Henry John Oram

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Engineer Vice-Admiral SIR Henry John Oram, K.C.B., F.R.S., Royal Navy (19 June, 1858 – 5 May, 1938) was the senior engineering officer of the Royal Navy in the lead-up to the First World War.

Life & Career


On 25 October, 1907, Oram was appointed Engineer-in-Chief. His salary was £1,300 a year, and his appointment was not to exceed three years.[1]

Oram was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Civil Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 24 June, 1910.[2]

He retired at his own request on 8 June, 1917, after nearly 33 years continuous service at the Admiralty.[3]


  • "Eng. Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Oram" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 6 May, 1939. Issue 48298, col B, p. 17.

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Deputy Engineer-in-Chief
before 1900[4][5]
Succeeded by
George G. Goodwin
Preceded by
Sir A. John Durston
Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet
25 Oct, 1907[6]
Succeeded by
Sir George G. Goodwin


  1. ADM 196/25. f. 246.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28388. p. 4475. 24 June, 1910.
  3. ADM 196/25. f. 246.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1900). p. 425.
  5. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 358.
  6. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 29 October, 1907. Issue 38476, col A, p. 12.