Henry James Daniel Laxton

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Captain (retired) Henry James Daniel Laxton, R.N. (1 June, 1855 – 8 July, 1937) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Laxton possessed some knowledge of French and Spanish.

Laxton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 27 February, 1879.

Laxton was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1896.

An inspection of Nymphe on 28 November, 1900 found the ship not clean and the ship's company badly dressed, necessitating a follow-up inspection in three months' time. This one showed improvement, but the ship was "not yet up to the mark." A Court of Inquiry would determine that Laxton have committed an error of judgment when Nymphe collided with the screw sloop Basilisk.

Laxton was placed on the Retired List on account of age with the rank of Captain on 1 June, 1905.

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Thomas F. W. Ingram
Captain of H.M.S. Peacock
8 Aug, 1893[1] – 30 Jun, 1896
Succeeded by
Percy S. St. John
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Perseus
10 Jul, 1900
Succeeded by
Edmund R. Pears
Preceded by
Richard B. Farquhar
Captain of H.M.S. Nymphe
4 Sep, 1900[2] – 20 May, 1901
Succeeded by
Edmund P. E. Jervoise


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 246.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 285.