William Hannam Henderson

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Admiral Sir William H. Henderson.

Admiral SIR William Hannam Henderson, K.B.E., Royal Navy (20 June, 1845 – 29 April, 1931) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

William Hannam Henderson was born at Worth, near Sandwich, on 20 June, 1845. He was the eldest of four brothers born to John Henderson, J.P., and Laura, daughter of Henry Pett Hannam. His brothers were Reginald Friend Hannam Henderson (later an Admiral and knighted), Frank Hannam Henderson (later Vice-Admiral on the Retired List), and John Henderson, who retired as a Commander.

Henderson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 11 September, 1866.[1]

Henderson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1879.[2]

Henderson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1886.[3]

He assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Edgar in January 1894, remaining with her until 1896.

Flag Rank

Henderson was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral dated 20 November, 1899, vice Andoe.[4]

On 28 March, 1900, he was appointed a Member of the Privy Council of Jamaica, and a nominated Member of the Legislature of Jamaica.[5]

Henderson succeeded Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas S. Jackson as Admiral Superintendent of Devonport Dockyard on 11 July, 1902.[6] He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 27 November, 1904, vice Pattisson.[7] He was succeeded at Devonport by Rear-Admiral Charles J. Barlow on 1 April, 1906.[8] On 21 August he was appointed a Commissioner of a Royal Commission on the management of British coastal lights, buoys and beacons.[9]

Henderson was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 30 June, 1908, vice Pearson.[10] In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, he was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 2 July.[11]

He maintained a keen interest in the naval service after retirement, serving as the first Editor of The Naval Review from 1913 until his death.

On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.) on 3 June, 1924.[12]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir W. H. Henderson" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 30 April, 1931. Issue 45810, col B, p. 16.

Papers

Service Records

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 23162. p. 5031. 14 September, 1866.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 24797. p. 2. 2 January, 1880.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 25545. p. 7. 1 January, 1886.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27139. p. 7929. 28 November, 1899.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27178. p. 2129. 30 March, 1900.
  6. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 10 July, 1902. Issue 36816, col C, p. 10.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 27740. p. 8290. 2 November, 1904.
  8. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 9 March, 1906. Issue 37963, col A, p. 10.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 27944. p. 5867. 28 August, 1906.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 28156. p. 4940. 7 July, 1908.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 28156. p. 4940. 7 July, 1908.
  12. Edinburgh Gazette: no. 14029. p. 766. 6 June, 1924.
  13. The Navy List. (March, 1892). p. 212.
  14. "The Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 16, 1892; pg. 17; Issue 33692.
  15. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 220.
  16. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 21 March, 1898. Issue 35469, col C, p. 12.
  17. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY SENIOR APPOINTMENTS.
  18. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 10 July, 1902. Issue 36816, col C, p. 10.