Herbert Heath

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sir Herbert Heath
Sir Herbert Leopold Heath in 1916.jpg
Heath in 1916
Born 27 December 1861
Died 22 October 1954 (aged 92)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1874–1922
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Vulcan
HMS Repulse
HMS Lancaster
HMS Superb
Portsmouth Dockyard
Second Cruiser Squadron
Channel Fleet
Coast of Scotland
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Member of the Royal Victorian Order

Admiral Sir Herbert Leopold Heath, KCB MVO (27 December 1861 – 22 October 1954) was Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in the Royal Navy.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Vice Admiral Sir Leopold Heath and educated at Brighton College, Heath was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1874.[1] In 1877 he took part in an engagement with the Peruvian rebel ship Huáscar.[2] He was on board the battleship, HMS Victoria, when it was involved in a collision with the battleship, HMS Camperdown, and sank in 1893 with the loss of 372 lives.[1]

He was promoted Captain on 1 January 1902,[3] and later that year appointed Assistant-Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty. In 1904 he was made Commanding Officer of the torpedo boat depot ship, HMS Vulcan, in the Mediterranean.[1] Later he commanded the battleship, HMS Repulse, and the cruiser, HMS Lancaster.[1] In 1908 he became naval attaché in Berlin.[1] In 1910 he took command of the battleship, HMS Superb and around this time he was appointed the Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King.[4] In 1912 he was appointed Admiral-Superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard remaining in that post until 1914.[1]

He served in World War I and in 1915 took command of the Second Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet and as such he was the senior admiral of the cruiser line at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916.[1] In November 1916 he was appointed to the command of the 3rd Battle Squadron.[5]

In 1917 he became Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.[1] After the War he was made Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Scotland.[1] He retired in 1922.[1]


In 1891 he married Elizabeth Catherine Simson and they went on to have two daughters.[1]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Obituary: Admiral Sir Herbert Heath
  2. ^ Sea Fight Comedy The Argus, 22 December 1928
  3. ^ "no. 27393". The London Gazette. 3 January 1902. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "no. 28534". The London Gazette. 26 September 1911. p. 7010. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King
? to 1911
Succeeded by
J de M Hutchison
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Rosslyn Wemyss
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Montague Browning
Preceded by
Sir Cecil Burney
Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Scotland
Succeeded by
Sir John Green
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Paget
King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire
Succeeded by
Sir Roderick Carr