Constantine Henry Hughes-Onslow
Life & Career
Born in Richmond, Surrey.
He was appointed to H.M.S. Imogene for navigation on 10 May, 1893. On 25 August, 1894, she grounded and Hughes-Onslow was informed he must be more careful, having proceeded at 10 knots near an isolated rock above water. An "unsatisfactory state of affairs" was held to prevail aboard the ship. It was deemed that Lieutenant-Commander Colwell exhibited a "want of tact & 'savoir faire'", but also that Huges-Onslow's letter to him was "most improper & insubordinate." Both officers were superseded; Hughes-Onslow on 17 January, 1895.
Hughes-Onslow was promoted to the rank of Captain dated 30 June, 1908.
Hughes-Onslow assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Grafton in March of 1910.
He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 16 June, 1912.
In October of 1912, he accepted a two year appointment to serve as Second Naval Member of the Australian Naval Board, but he was removed from the post thirteen months later owing to "friction" he was causing.
On 4 February 1916, the Admiralty expressed its surprise at the "indiscretion of his conversation at Gibraltar."
Hughes-Onslow was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral dated 3 October, 1919. He reverted to the Retired List on 19 December, 1919 with an effective date of 26 January, 1916.
He would die accidentally of coal gas poisoning.
Hugh H. D. Tothill
|Captain of H.M.S. Diamond
10 Feb, 1906 – 26 Feb, 1908
Reginald F. Parker
Owen F. Gillett
|Captain of H.M.S. Diadem
17 Jun, 1909
John F. Grant-Dalton
Ronald A. Hopwood
|Captain of H.M.S. Grafton
1 Mar, 1910 – 2 Mar, 1912
Frederic A. Whitehead
Bertram M. Chambers
|Second Naval Member of the Australian Naval Board
21 Oct, 1912 – 19 Nov, 1913
Arthur G. Smith
Henry W. Grant
|Captain of H.M.S. Revenge
24 Oct, 1914 – 23 Jul, 1915
Vincent B. Molteno
Cecil A. Severn
|Captain of H.M.S. Terrible
8 Sep, 1915
Charles H. Morgan
- The London Gazette: no. 26093. p. 5268. 3 October, 1890.
- The London Gazette: no. 27512. p. 4. 2 January, 1903.
- The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 377.
- The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 301.
- The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 321.
- The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 397n.
- The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398p.