Hugh Tothill

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Sir Hugh Tothill
Rear-admiral Hugh Henry Darby Tothill, Cb - 1918 Art.IWMART1774.jpg
1918 portrait by Francis Dodd
Born 14 March 1865
Died 25 September 1927 (1927-09-26) (aged 62)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Illustrious
HMS Lancaster
HMS Conqueror
East Indies Station
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Admiral Sir Hugh Henry Darby Tothill KCB KCMG KCVO (14 March 1865 – 25 September 1927) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Captain in World War I and went on to become Commander-in-chief of East Indies Station following his promotion to Admiral.


Tothill was promoted to Lieutenant in 1888,[1] Commander in January 1901,[2] and subsequently to Captain in 1906.[3] Having received command of the HMS Illustrious by 1908[4] and the HMS Lancaster by 1911,[5] he served in World War I, commanding the HMS Conqueror at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.[6]

After the war he was appointed Fourth Sea Lord in 1917[7] and served as Commander-in-chief at East Indies Station from 1919 to 1921[8] before becoming Admiral Commanding the Reserves in 1923.[9] He retired from military service in 1926[10] and died in 1927.[11]


  1. ^ "No. 25772". The London Gazette. 3 January 1888. p. 15. 
  2. ^ "No. 27263". The London Gazette. 4 January 1901. p. 82. 
  3. ^ Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904-1945
  4. ^ Navy List 1908
  5. ^ 1911 Census Results
  6. ^ Battle of Jutland - Royal Navy Ships and Commanding Officers
  7. ^ Royal Air Force flag: timeline for introduction
  8. ^ Sir Henry Hesketh Bell Collection Janus
  9. ^ Naval and Military, The Times, 24 July 1923
  10. ^ Service Notes Evening Post, 1926
  11. ^ Obituary: Admiral Sir Hugh Tothill, The Times, 27 September 1927
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Lionel Halsey
Fourth Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Ernle Chatfield
Preceded by
Sir Ernest Gaunt
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
Sir Lewis Clinton-Baker