Harry William Cuthbert Hughes

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Captain Harry William Cuthbert Hughes, R.N. (24 January, 1879 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Hughes was born in Amwell, Middlesex. The Royal Navy thought this first name was Henry before his father wrote to the editor of the Navy List of 14 November 1894 to correct the matter.

Hughes was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1901.[1]

Promotion from Lieutenant to Commander followed on 31 December, 1913.[2]

He was appointed to the battleship Dreadnought as her Commander (N) on 24 January, 1914.

Great War

On the bridge of Dreadnought on 18 March 1915, Hughes played an active part in the ramming and sinking of Otto Eduard Weddigen's submerged U 29.[3]

On 4 January, 1916, he was appointed to leave Dreadnought to await the commissioning of the new battleship Revenge, to be her navigator upon her commissioning. He moved to Marlborough upon the transfer of the flag in 1917.


He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1918.[4]

Hughes was appointed in command of the scout cruiser Boadicea on 27 March, 1919.[5]

World War II

Appointed in command of the Armed Merchant Cruiser Aurania, vice Scott, from 25 September, 1939 to 15 January, 1940. He then reverted to the Retired List.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edwin H. Edwards
Captain of H.M.S. Boadicea
27 Mar, 1919[6] – 10 Mar, 1920
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gilbert C. W. Crispin
Captain of H.M.S. Blenheim
15 Mar, 1921 – Sep, 1921
Succeeded by
Frank Powell
Preceded by
Frank Powell
Captain of H.M.S. Diligence
Sep, 1921 – 1922
Succeeded by
Wilbraham T. R. Ford
Preceded by
Harold D. Briggs
Senior Naval Officer, Aultbea
7 Jan, 1942 – 19 Oct, 1942
Succeeded by
Edmund L. B. Lockyer
as Naval Officer in Charge, Aultbea
Preceded by
Royal Naval Officer, Rye
24 Nov, 1942 – 1 Jun, 1945
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 39.
  2. The Navy List. (September, 1914). p. 51.
  3. Dawson. Flotillas. pp. 133-5.
  4. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 96.
  5. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 743.
  6. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 743.