Eric Walter Harbord

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Captain Eric Walter Harbord, D.S.O., R.N., Retired (14 March, 1879 – 18 March, 1952) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Harbord was born in Anglet, France the son of the Honourable W. Harbord. He gained nine months' time on passing out of Britannia, earning a prize in French.[1]

Harbord was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1901.[2]

Harbord was caught copying examination answers while trying to pass for gunnery Lieutenant at Excellent in late May 1903. He was sent to Amphitrite on the China Station for two years.[3]

On 10 July, 1905, Harbord was ordered from Amphitrite to take up command of the destroyer Bruizer. This seems to have lasted less than a day, as he was appointed to Earnest the same day, where he remained for three months. This began a year-long series of brief destroyer commands, which ended when he was ordered to return to England on 21 July 1906.[4]

Harbord was appointed to the battleship Illustrious for the Annual Manoeuvres of 1909 in June and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1909. On 17 July, he was appointed to the battleship Triumph in the Mediterranean.[5]

From February 1911 to September 1912 Harbord served in Eclipse as first officer, and in Hecla and Amethyst as first and gunnery officer before he was appointed to the second class protected cruiser Charybdis as first and gunnery officer on 17 May 1912. After four months in this role, Harbord was made the ship's captain

On 16 July 1915, Harbord rammed a German submarine with the torpedo gunboat Speedwell.[6]

Harbord was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1916.[7]

On 13 October, 1920, Harbord was appointed Local Fishery Naval Officer, Scotland, in command of the fishery protection trawler Exe.[8]

Harbord was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 22 June, 1922.

Harbord was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List on 14 March, 1924.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Dennis A. H. Larking
Captain of H.M.S. Earnest
10 Jul, 1905[9] – 6 Oct, 1905[10]
Succeeded by
Percy W. Pontifex
Preceded by
William H. H. S. Thomson
Captain of H.M.S. Bruizer
6 Oct, 1905[11] – 22 Dec, 1905[12]
Succeeded by
Lionel G. Preston
Preceded by
Lionel G. Preston
Captain of H.M.S. Foam
22 Dec, 1905[13] – 4 Jun, 1906[14]
Succeeded by
Arthur K. Waistell
Preceded by
Arthur K. Waistell
Captain of H.M.S. Stag
1 Jun, 1906[15] – 21 Jul, 1906[16]
Succeeded by
Hubert H. de Burgh
Preceded by
George B. Eldridge
Captain of H.M.S. Charybdis
10 Sep, 1912[17] – 19 Aug, 1913[18]
Succeeded by
Rudolf M. Burmester
Preceded by
Daniel McDowell
Captain of H.M.S. Speedwell
23 Jun, 1915[19] – Nov, 1918
Succeeded by
Robert C. Warden

Footnotes

  1. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  2. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  3. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  4. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  5. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  6. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 50.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 773.
  9. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  10. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  11. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 288.
  12. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  13. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. ?. Date inferred from Preston's Service Record.
  14. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. ?
  15. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  16. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  17. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  18. Harbord Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/68. f. 68.
  19. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398c.