John de Mestre Hutchison

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Admiral John de Mestre Hutchison, C.M.G., C.V.O., Royal Navy, Retired (4 September, 1864 – 9 October, 1932) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

John de Mestre Hutchison was born in Adelaide, Australia, on 4 September, 1862, the son of Commander (later Captain) John Hutchison, R.N. He came thirtieth in order of merit out of forty-two candidates who passed the examination for naval cadetships and entered the training ship Britannia at Dartmouth as a Naval Cadet on 15 January, 1876.[1] On passing out from the training ship in December, 1877, he gained three months' time for conduct out of a possible three and none for study out of a possible nine, and therefore had to wait nine months before being rated Midshipman. His first ship was the ironclad Agincourt at the Dardanelles, which he joined via the trooper Simoom. He was rated Midshipman on 20 September, 1878, and remained in the Agincourt until appointed to the frigate Inconstant on 24 August, 1880. For serving in her during the Egyptian War he received the Egyptian Medal. He provisionally passed his examination in Seamanship in September, 1882, and attained a 2nd class certificate on 20 October, receiving 850 marks out of a possible 1,000. He was promoted Acting Sub-Lieutenant from that date. He reported to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, for six months of study and in May,1883, received a 3rd class certificate. He then proceeded to Vernon at Portsmouth for the torpedo course, obtaining a 2nd class certificate in June, and on to Excellent for the gunnery course, where he again obtained a 2nd class in September. In December he was rejected in the Pilotage examination at the Admiralty and lost one month's seniority. In February, 1884, he finally attained a 2nd class.

On 29 February he went back to sea and was appointed to the troop ship Assistance until appointed to the corvette Canada on the North America and West Indies Station on 10 September.

Hutchison was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 September, 1885.[2]

Hutchison was promoted to the rank of Commander on 22 June, 1897.[3]

Captain

On 1 January, 1903 he was promoted to the rank of Captain.[4]

He arrived home on 16 September and went on 18 days' foreign service leave. On 12 October he assumed command of the Template:UK-1Juno. He was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) on 9 November.[5]

He was appointed in command of H.M.S. Exmouth in March of 1909, and would remain there for thirteen months.[6]

On the occasion of the visit of the King to Malta Hutchison was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) on 24 April, 1909.[7]

Hutchison was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V on 19 September, 1911, vice Heath.[8]

Flag Rank

Hutchison was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 10 May, 1913, vice Bethell.[9]

He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 9 May, 1916.[10]

Hutchison was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 30 January, 1918.[11] On 1 April Hutchison was appointed temporary Colonel in the Royal Air Force and granted the honorary rank of Lieutenant-General.[12] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 5 July, 1921.[13]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Hutchison" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 10 October, 1932. Issue 46260, col C, p. 19.

Papers

  • Papers in the possession of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John G. Hewitt
Captain of H.M.S. Juno
10 Oct, 1905[14] – 8 May, 1907[15]
Succeeded by
Richard F. Phillimore
Preceded by
Arthur T. Stuart
Captain of H.M.S. Devonshire
8 May, 1907[16] – 19 Mar, 1909[17]
Succeeded by
Cuthbert G. Chapman
Preceded by
John S. Luard
Chief of Staff, Mediterranean Station
Mar, 1909[18] – 30 Apr, 1910[19]
Succeeded by
Bernard Currey
Preceded by
John S. Luard
Captain of H.M.S. Exmouth
16 Mar, 1909[20] – 30 Apr, 1910[21]
Succeeded by
Bernard Currey
Preceded by
E. Hyde Parker
Flag Captain, Portsmouth Station
30 Apr, 1910[22] – 28 Mar, 1911[23]
Succeeded by
Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair
Preceded by
Rosslyn E. Wemyss
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport
25 Apr, 1911[24] – 6 Jun, 1913[25]
Succeeded by
Arthur D. Ricardo
as Rear-Admiral in Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport
Preceded by
Thomas D. L. Sheppard
as Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport
21 Dec, 1914[26] – 21 Dec, 1916[27]
Succeeded by
Charles F. Corbett
as Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport

Footnotes

  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 4 December, 1875. Issue 28490, col A, p. 6.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 25516. p. 4599. 2 October, 1885.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 26865. p. 3443. 22 June, 1897.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27512. p. 3. 2 January, 1903.
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27852. p. 7496. 19 October, 1906.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 28246. p. 3277. 30 April, 1909.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 28534. p. 7010. 26 September, 1911.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 28718. p. 3438. 13 May, 1913.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 29578. p. 4696. 12 May, 1916.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 30522. p. 1946. 12 February, 1918.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 30613. p. 4140. 5 April, 1918.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 32394. p. 5733. 19 July, 1921.
  14. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  15. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  16. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  17. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  18. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  19. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  20. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 400.
  21. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 400.
  22. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  23. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  24. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  25. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  26. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.
  27. Hutchison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 132.