Thomas Fellowes (Royal Navy officer, born 1827)

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For the Napoleonic-era naval captain, see Thomas Fellowes (1778-1853). For other people of the same name, see Fellows (surname).
Thomas Hounsom Butler Fellowes
Naval Brigade at Goon-Goona.jpg
The Naval Brigade at Goon-Goona. The mounted figure is most likely to be Captain Fellowes
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RankRear Admiral
Battles/wars1868 Expedition to Abyssinia
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Hounsom Butler Fellowes, KCB (1827–1923[1]) was an officer in the Royal Navy during the Victorian era.


Born in 1827 to the physician James Fellowes (making him nephew to Vice-Admiral Thomas Fellowes), he joined the Royal Navy and achieved the rank of rear admiral. He lived at Woodfield Park, Stevenage and died in 1923 at the impressive age of 96. He married Margaret, and their youngest son, Ivan Gordon Fellowes (b. 1898) joined the Royal Navy and died at sea on 18 March 1915 aged 17 in HMS Irresistible when she struck a mine.


Fellowes was promoted to lieutenant on 10 December 1852[2] and served in the flagship of Vice-Admiral William Fanshawe Martin, HMS Marlborough, in the Mediterranean Fleet.[3] He was promoted commander on 24 June 1862[3] and on 3 May 1867 took command of HMS Dryad on the East Indies Station.[3] As captain of Dryad he commanded a Naval Brigade of 80 men during the 1868 Expedition to Abyssinia, seeing action at Arogye Pass and the Battle of Magdala. He was invalided out of the ship shortly afterwards.[3] He was promoted to captain on 14 August 1868[2] for his services in the Abyssinian War and retired on 1 October 1873.[4] He was promoted on the retired list to rear admiral on 1 January 1886.[5]

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hertford[edit]

On 12 June 1912 Fellowes was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County of Hertford.[6]



  1. ^ Diary of a Journey to Abyssinia 1868: The Diary and Observations of William Simpson, by William Simpson, Richard Pankhurst, Frederic Sharf, published by Tsehai Publishers, 2002, ISBN 0-9723172-1-X
  2. ^ a b c "Executive Officers (F)". Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d "William Loney RN website – Thomas Hounsom Butler Fellowes Biography". Retrieved 8 March 2008.
  4. ^ "No. 24022". The London Gazette. 3 October 1873. p. 4430.
  5. ^ "No. 25545". The London Gazette. 1 January 1886. p. 7.
  6. ^ "No. 28620". The London Gazette. 21 June 1912. p. 4469.