Frederick Hamilton (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Frederick Hamilton
Admiral Sir Frederick Tower Hamilton Kcb Cvo Art.IWMART1746.jpg
1917 portrait by Francis Dodd
Born 8 March 1856
London, England
Died 4 October 1917
Rosyth, Scotland
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1869 – 1917
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Rattlesnake[1]
HMS Bulwark (1899)[2]
Battles/wars Zulu War
World War I
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Frederick Tower Hamilton GCVO KCB (8 March 1856 – 4 October 1917) was a senior Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.

Naval career[edit]

Hamilton joined the Royal Navy in 1869[3] as a cadet on the training ship Britannia.[1] He fought in Naval Brigade in the Zulu War in 1879, for which service he was mentioned in despatches.[3] After promotion to Lieutenant he specialised into the Torpedo Branch and in 1884 after training was appointed a staff officer at the Torpedo Schoolship Vernon.[1] In 1892 he was promoted to commander and serving aboard the battleship HMS Hood. He was appointed in command of the torpedo school ship HMS Defiance at Devonport on 1 November 1897,[4] promoted to Captain on 1 January 1898,[5] and re-appointed in command of the Defiance the same day.[6] On 18 March 1902 he was appointed flag captain of the battleship HMS Bulwark, which in May was to become flagship of Admiral Sir Compton Domvile, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet.[7] Hamilton was Aide-de-Camp to the King between 1906 and 1907.[8]

At the outset of World War I he was Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel and was promoted to full Admiral in June 1916.[9] He went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth later that year[10] but died suddenly from a heart attack in 1917 and is buried in Fife.[11]

He lived at Anmer Hall near King's Lynn in Norfolk.[8]

Honours and awards[edit]


Hamilton married Maria Walpole Keppel, the daughter of Admiral Sir Henry Keppel; they went on to have two sons (including Admiral Sir Louis Keppel Hamilton) and two daughters.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Death of Admiral Sir F.T. Hamilton" (Deaths). The Times (London). Friday, 5 OCtober 1917. (41601), col D, p. 11.
  2. ^ The Dreadnought Project
  3. ^ a b National Maritime Museum
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 19 October 1897. (35338), p. 8.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26924. p. 7854. 31 December 1897.
  6. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Saturday, 8 January 1898. (35408), p. 10.
  7. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 5 March 1902. (36707), p. 5.
  8. ^ a b c The
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  10. ^ Dunfermline Heritage Roots
  11. ^ Great War Forum
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27560. p. 35235. 2 June 1903. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28194. p. 8162. 9 November 1908. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28677. p. 1. 1 January 1913. Retrieved 17 July 2010.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Jellicoe
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Somerset Gough-Calthorpe
Preceded by
Sir Robert Lowry
Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
Succeeded by
Sir Cecil Burney