Herbert Leopold Heath

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Admiral SIR Herbert Leopold Heath, K.C.B., M.V.O., Royal Navy (27 December, 1861 – 22 October, 1954) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Contents

Life & Career

Heath was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1884.[1]

On 7 July 1887, he was loaned to command the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 36 for manoeuvres.[2]

Heath was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1896.[3]

Captain

Heath was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1902.[4]

Heath was appointed in command of the pre-dreadnought Repulse on 27 February, 1905.[5]

In March 1906, he was made Captain of Lancaster.[6]

He was appointed a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order on 30 April, 1907.[7]

He was appointed in command of the dreadnought Superb on 14 March, 1909.[8]

Flag Rank

Heath was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 19 September, 1911, vice Startin.[9]

Captain Francis F. Haworth-Booth, naval adviser to the Australian High Commission in London, informed the Permanent Secretary to the Board of Admiralty, Sir W. Graham Greene, that Heath was wanted by the Australian government for the position of First Naval Member of the Commonwealth Naval Board, which was why an officer of Rear-Admiral's rank had been asked for. Heath himself was apparently "ready to go."[10] Greene relayed this to the First Sea Lord, Prince Louis of Battenberg, who noted rather acerbically:

If the Comth Govt have come to terms, behind our back, with R.Adl Heath, they had better say so & ask that Officer what he will charge. We shall be prepared to let him go.[11]

Great War

On 24 October, 1915, he was appointed Rear-Admiral commanding Seventh Cruiser Squadron, in Minotaur.[12]

His Flag Captain in the Minotaur, Captain Edward B. Kiddle, later wrote of him: "He was a delightful man and much liked."[13]

In the King's Birthday Honours of 3 June, 1916, Heath was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.).[14]

Heath was confirmed in the rank of Vice-Admiral on 26 April, 1917.[15]

On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 4 June, 1917.[16]

Post-War

Heath was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 3 October, 1919, vice Christian.[17]

He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 June, 1922.[18]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Adml. Sir Herbert Heath" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 25 October, 1954. Issue 53071, col D, p. 8.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 36
7 Jul, 1887[19]
Succeeded by
Philip S. Watson
Preceded by
Charles J. Briggs
Head of War Division
1 Jan, 1902[20] – 18 Dec, 1903[21]
Succeeded by
George A. Ballard
Preceded by
Randolph F. O. Foote
Captain of H.M.S. Repulse
27 Feb, 1905[22]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Kingsmill
Preceded by
Henry L. Tottenham
Captain of H.M.S. Lancaster
Mar, 1906[6]
Succeeded by
Sydney R. Fremantle
Preceded by
Philip W. Dumas
Royal Navy Naval Attachés to Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands
1 Aug, 1908[23]
Succeeded by
Hugh D. R. Watson
Preceded by
Frederick C. T. Tudor
Captain of H.M.S. Superb
16 Aug, 1910[24]
Succeeded by
Ernest F. A. Gaunt
Preceded by
F. Alban A. G. Tate
Admiral Superintendent, Portsmouth Dockyard
10 May, 1912[25]
Succeeded by
Arthur W. Waymouth
Preceded by
Henry L. Tottenham
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Seventh Cruiser Squadron
24 Oct, 1915[26] – 5 Jun, 1916[27]
Succeeded by
Command Abolished
Preceded by
The Hon. Sir Somerset A. Gough-Calthorpe
as Vice-Admiral Commanding, Second Cruiser Squadron
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Second Cruiser Squadron
30 May, 1916[28]
Succeeded by
Sydney R. Fremantle
Preceded by
Sir John M. de Robeck
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Third Battle Squadron
5 Dec, 1916[29]
Succeeded by
Sir Dudley R. S. de Chair
Preceded by
Sir Rosslyn E. Wemyss
as Second Sea Lord
Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel
27 Sep, 1917[30]
Succeeded by
Sir Montague E. Browning
Preceded by
Sir Cecil Burney
Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
30 Mar, 1919[31]
Succeeded by
Sir John F. E. Green

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25372. p. 3009. 1 July, 1884.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 2 July, 1887. Issue 32114, col C, p. 12.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 26757. p. 3978. 10 July, 1896.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27393. p. 3. 3 January, 1902.
  5. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 200.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 28020. p. 3191. 10 May, 1907.
  8. Tudor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 90.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 28533. p. 6949. 22 September, 1911.
  10. Greene to Battenberg. Note of 17 February, 1914. The National Archives. ADM 1/8368/40. f. 3.
  11. Battenberg minute of 18 February, 1914. The National Archives. ADM 1/8368/40. f. 3.
  12. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List (November, 1915) p. 6.
  13. Kiddle. Naval Memories. National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth. 1988.337. f. 88.
  14. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29608. p. 5553. 2 June, 1916.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 30037. p. 3955. 27 April, 1917.
  16. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30111. p. 5453. 4 June, 1917.
  17. The London Gazette: no. 31610. p. 12892. 21 October, 1919.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 32717. p. 4329. 6 June, 1922.
  19. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 2 July, 1887. Issue 32114, col C, p. 12.
  20. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 138.
  21. Heath Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 200.
  22. Heath Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 200.
  23. Heath Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 200.
  24. Heath Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 200.
  25. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 9 April, 1912. Issue 39868, col E, p. 2.
  26. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. f. 18.
  27. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. f. 18.
  28. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. f. 13.
  29. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. p. 4.
  30. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 119.
  31. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. f. 37.

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