James Lacon Hammet

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Vice-Admiral James Lacon Hammet, C.V.O., Royal Navy (15 May, 1848 – 15 February, 1905) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Hammet was confirmed in the rank of Lieutenant dated 29 July, 1869 on passing college in December, 1870.

Hammet was promoted to the rank of Commander on 23 June, 1880.[1]

In 1885, Hammet was awarded the Royal Humane Society's clasp for his Bronze Medal.[2]

Hammet was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1886, at the relatively young age of thirty-seven.[3] On 15 December, 1890, he was appointed in command of the troop ship Tamar.[4]

On 1 January, 1900, Hammet was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral.[5] He served as one of the three umpires for the 1901 naval manœuvres.[6]

On the occasion of the King's visit to Malta Hammet was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) on 21 April, 1903.[7]

Hammet was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 January, 1905.[8]

His successor at Malta was appointed on 16 January, 1905. Hammet started for home, but was not to make it; he died at the Grand Hotel in Florence on 15 February, following two days' illness.

Bibliography

  • "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 17 February, 1905. Issue 37633, col F, p. 8.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Arethusa
8 Jul, 1887 – 1 Sep, 1887
Succeeded by
Frederick R. Boardman
Preceded by
The Hon. Thomas S. Brand
Captain of H.M.S. Swiftsure
24 Apr, 1888[9] – 3 Oct, 1890
Succeeded by
Sacheverel C. Darwin
Preceded by
Gerard H. U. Noel
Captain of H.M.S. Nile
1 Nov, 1893 – 1 Feb, 1896
Succeeded by
Orford Churchill
Preceded by
William H. C. St. Clair
Flag Captain at the Nore
1 Feb, 1896[10] – 11 Jan, 1898
Succeeded by
William F. S. Mann
Preceded by
Arthur K. Wilson
Captain of H.M.S. Sans Pareil
Feb, 1896[11] – 11 May, 1898
Succeeded by
John R. E. Pattisson
Preceded by
William H. C. St. Clair
In Command of Sheerness Gunnery School
2 Mar, 1896[12] – 11 May, 1898
Succeeded by
William F. S. Mann
Preceded by
Thomas S. Jackson
as Command of Fleet Reserve at Portsmouth
Captain of the Portsmouth Fleet Reserve
11 Jan, 1898[13]
Succeeded by
John L. Burr
Preceded by
Wollaston C. Karslake
Captain of H.M.S. Duke of Wellington
11 May, 1898[14]
Succeeded by
William Wilson
Preceded by
Burges Watson
Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard
16 Jan, 1902 – Feb, 1905[15]
Succeeded by
Arthur C. B. Bromley
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 24858. p. 2646. 25 June, 1880.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1885). p. 595.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 25545. p. 7. 1 January, 1886.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 256.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27150. p. 3. 2 January, 1900.
  6. List of His Majesty's Ships, Vessels, and Torpedo Boats Engaged in the Naval Manœuvres (July, 1901). p. 10.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 27560. p. 3525. 2 June, 1903.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 27751. p. 150. 6 January, 1905.
  9. The Navy List. (July, 1890). p. 252.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 28 January, 1896. Issue 34798, col D, p. 10.
  11. The Navy List. (April, 1897). p. 268l.
  12. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 2 March, 1896. Issue 34827, col B, p. 6.
  13. Hammet Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 572.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 245.
  15. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY SENIOR APPOINTMENTS.