Colin Alexander Gordon Hutchison

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Captain (retired) Colin Alexander Gordon Hutchison, D.S.O., O.B.E., R.N. (3 February, 1889 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Hampstead, N.W..

Hutchinson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 April, 1910.

Hutchinson was appointed Lieutenant in Command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 21 on 29 July, 1914.[1]

On 9 August, 1917, Hutchinson was appointed in command of the destroyer Hope.[2]

Hutchinson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 April, 1918.


Hutchinson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1924.

Hutchinson was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 14 September, 1935.

World War II

Awarded a bar to his D.S.O., gazetted 8 September 1942 for "gallantry, skill and seamanship in a brilliant action against strong enemy forces, which were driven off and severely damaged. This action resulted in the safe passage to Malta of an important Convoy." The acting rank of Captain was approved to date 1 May, 1944.

In 1944, to which he'd been appointed in command in 1943, the infantry landing ship Glenearn was grounded. A review of a Board of Enquiry pinned the fault on Hutchinson's officers, who had served him poorly. It was made plain that Hutchinson did not deserve censure for the misadventure.

Hutchinson was awarded his O.B.E. for his courage and ledership demonstrated in saving men from a burning mess deck in the wake of a petrol fire aboard Glenearn on 31 August, 1945.

He reverted to the Retired List on 14 November, 1946.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles L. Fox
Captain of H.M. T.B. 21
29 Jul, 1914[3] – 18 Jan, 1915
Succeeded by
Daniel H. Rainier
Preceded by
William C. Castle
Captain of H.M.S. Vigilant
21 Mar, 1915[4] – 4 Nov, 1915
Succeeded by
William J. O'Neill
Preceded by
John Brooke
Captain of H.M.S. Ettrick
6 Nov, 1915 – 4 May, 1916
Succeeded by
John N. Knox
Preceded by
John N. Benbow
Captain of H.M.S. Laverock
4 May, 1916[5] – 18 Jan, 1917
Succeeded by
Henry A. Binmore
Preceded by
Reginald V. Holt
Captain of H.M.S. Mastiff
18 Jan, 1917 – 20 Jun, 1917
Succeeded by
William D. Irvin
Preceded by
Lionel G. Foote
Captain of H.M.S. Hope
9 Aug, 1917[6] – 28 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John B. Hughes
Captain of H.M.S. Bee
26 Aug, 1927 – 21 Oct, 1929
Succeeded by
Piers K. Kekewich
Preceded by
Edward McC. W. Lawrie
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
30 Sep, 1932[7]
Succeeded by
Henry J. Egerton


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 400.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1919). p. 815.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 400.
  4. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 399b.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395u.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1919). p. 815.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 286.