Hughes Campbell Lockyer

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Captain Hughes Campbell Lockyer, C.B. (4 March, 1866 – 22 June, 1941) was an officer in the Royal Navy with a knack for angering his superiors.

His son of the same name was born in 1902 entered the Paymaster branch of the service in 1916.

Life & Career

Born in London, the son of Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer, K.C.B. F.R.S..[1]

At the examinations for naval cadetships in June 1879, Lockyer placed tenth out of thirty-seven successful candidates.[2]

Lockyer was awarded the Egyptian Medal in 1883. On 10 April, 1883, he was deprived of one month's time by the Captain Blackburne of H.M.S. Heroine for impertinence toward a naval instructor.

Lockyer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1899.[Citation needed]

Lockyer married Geraldine Louise Stairs in 1901 in London.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 31 December, 1902.[3]

Lockyer was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1908.

IN August of 1911, he incurred displeasure by handing a chit of paper to the Senior Secretary's clerk in the Mediterranean with comments regarding a recently-complete Court Martial. He was informed that his conduct was contrary to the tradition and custom of the Service.

He was appointed captain of H.M.S. Exmouth in December of 1912, taking her back to Malta. He paid her off at some point in 1913, perhaps in early January.

At some point after 1912, Lockyer incurred the Admiralty's severe displeasure for sending a "grossly improper letter" to Vice Admiral, Channel Fleet.

Lockyer was then appointed in command of the battleship Implacable on 21 August, 1913,[4] directing her while supporting shore bombardment activities off Gallipoli and the Straits in April and May, 1915.[5]

Lockyer acted as president of a Court of Enquiry probing a collision between Scorpion and Wolverine on 30 November, 1916. His work was criticised as having been unsatisfactory.

Appointed Commodore, Second Class for "special service" on 30 April, 1917, Lockyer was convicted in a Court Martial on 13 July, 1917 for being drunk aboard H.M.S. Mavis while serving as Commodore of a convoy she was escorting. He was severely reprimanded, dismissed the ship and informed that he would not be employed again.

He retired at his own request on 21 March, 1918.

Lockyer would die at age at age 75 in Langford, Somerset.[1]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
James C. Tancred
King's Harbour Master, Malta
2 Apr, 1910 – 20 Apr, 1912
Succeeded by
Francis A. L. Andrews
Preceded by
Wilmot S. Nicholson
Captain of H.M.S. Exmouth
Dec, 1912
Succeeded by
Thomas W. Kemp
Preceded by
Gerald C. A. Marescaux
Captain of H.M.S. Implacable
21 Aug, 1913[6] – 19 Apr, 1916
Succeeded by
Hughes C. Lockyer
Preceded by
Hughes C. Lockyer
Captain of H.M.S. Implacable
31 Aug, 1916[7] – 14 Mar, 1917
Succeeded by
Bertram S. Evans


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wikitree page on Lockyer.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 25 June, 1879. Issue 29603, col E, p. 7.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27512. p. 4. 2 January, 1903.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 334.
  5. The National Archives. ADM 1/8440/335, Enclosure 3.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394s.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395i.