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Hickley was promoted to the rank of {{LieutRN}} on 1 September, 1890.<ref>Hickley Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/43.|D7602446}} f. 108.</ref>

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Captain Spencer Allen Hickley, Royal Navy (2 September, 1870 – 27 September, 1914) was an officer of the Royal Navy with a curious talent for getting in trouble with the Admiralty who died shortly after the start of the First World War.

Life & Career

Hickley was the son of Rear Admiral Henry D. Hickley.[1]

Hickley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 September, 1890.[2]

On 11 July, 1893, Hickley was loaned to first-class torpedo boat T.B. 34 as Lieutenant & Commander, for manoeuvres.[3]

Hickley was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1901.[4]

Hickley was appointed in command of the scout cruiser Pathfinder on 2 May, 1905.[5]

Hickley was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1907. That same month he was scolded for cancelling an exercise in which T.B.Ds. would attack Scouts on account of weather. He failed to inform the destroyers that the exercise was called off and they wasted the night searching for their prey. He was superseded in Pathfinder on 36 January.[6]

On 27 November 1908, he was appointed to succeed Stuart St. John Farquhar in command of the second class protected cruiser Doris. In May, 1910 he was reprimanded for failing, as prosecutor in a Court Martial, to cross-examine a witness. Worse, he soon incurred Their Lordships' "severe displeasure for entire lack of judgment and for the inefficient pilotage of the ship" in grounding her on 10 June, 1910 in Gibraltar Harbour. The Board concurred and acted to have him superseded in July, 1910.[7]

In April 1911, he assumed command of the destroyer Encounter.

On 22 August, 1912, he arrived home in England and wrote an intemperate letter when an allowance for his baggage was not provided him. He was cautioned as to his conduct in such cases in future.[8]

Hickley was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Argonaut and for a group of ships of the Third Fleet on 6 December, 1913.[9]

He died on 27 September, 1914. No detail has been found on his demise.[10]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  2. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  3. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Monday, 10 July, 1893. Issue 33999, col D, p. 10.
  4. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  5. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  6. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  7. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  8. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  9. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 280.
  10. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  11. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Monday, 10 July, 1893. Issue 33999, col D, p. 10.
  12. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  13. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 384.
  15. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 280.

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