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.


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]


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]


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


  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.


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

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
F. Alban A. G. Tate
Admiral Superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard
1912 – 1915
Succeeded by
Arthur W. Waymouth

Preceded by
Henry L. Tottenham
Rear-Admiral Commanding,
Seventh Cruiser Squadron

1915 – 1916
Succeeded by
Command Abolished

Preceded by
The Hon. Sir Somerset A. Gough-Calthorpe
Rear-Admiral Commanding,
Second Cruiser Squadron

Succeeded by
Sydney R. Fremantle

Preceded by
Sir John M. de Robeck
Vice-Admiral Commanding,
Third Battle Squadron

1916 – 1917
Succeeded by
Sir Dudley R. S. de Chair
Preceded by
Sir Rosslyn E. Wemyss
Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel
1917 – 1919
Succeeded by
Sir Montague E. Browning

Preceded by
Sir Cecil Burney
Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Scotland
1919 – 1922
Succeeded by
Command Abolished

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