Henry Ruthven Moore

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Sir Henry Moore
Admiral Sir Henry Ruthven Moore TR2390.jpg
Admiral Moore under the guns of his flagship HMS Duke of York at Scapa Flow
Born (1886-08-29)29 August 1886
Plumstead, Kent
Died 12 March 1978(1978-03-12) (aged 91)
Wateringbury, Kent
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1902–1950
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Caradoc
HMS Dauntless
HMS Neptune
Home Fleet
Nore Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Legion of Merit (United States)

Admiral Sir Henry Ruthven Moore GCB, CVO, DSO (29 August 1886 – 12 March 1978) was the last British admiral to command Home Fleet during World War II. He served in that post from 1944 to 1945.

Naval career[edit]

Moore joined the Royal Navy in 1902.[1] He served in World War I taking part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

After the war Moore joined the staff of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich and then became Naval Assistant Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence.[1] Between 1928 and 1930 he commanded the cruisers HMS Caradoc and HMS Dauntless.[1] He was appointed Deputy Director of Plans in 1930 and then took command of the cruiser HMS Neptune in 1933.[1] He went on to be Chief of Staff for the Home Fleet in 1936 and Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1938.[1]

He served in World War II initially as Commander of 3rd Cruiser Squadron and then as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff from 1940.[1] He became Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in 1941, Commander of the 2nd Battle Squadron in June 1943 and Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet in 1944.[1]

After the War he was appointed Head of the British Naval Mission in Washington D. C. and then became the first Chairman of the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations Security Council in 1946.[1] His final appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1948.[1] He retired in 1951.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
New post
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Syfret
Preceded by
Lord Fraser of North Cape
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Syfret
Preceded by
Sir Harold Burrough
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Cecil Harcourt
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Lord Fraser of North Cape
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Power