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Herbert Heath

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Died  1954
Rank  Admiral
Years of service  1874–1922

Service/branch  Royal Navy
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Name  Herbert Heath
Herbert Heath
Commands held  HMS Vulcan HMS Repulse HMS Lancaster HMS Superb Portsmouth Dockyard Second Cruiser Squadron Channel Fleet Coast of Scotland

Admiral Sir Herbert Leopold Heath, (27 December 1861 – 22 October 1954) was Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in the Royal Navy.


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Military career

Born the son of Vice Admiral Sir Leopold Heath and educated at Brighton College, Heath was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1874. In 1877 he took part in an engagement with the Peruvian rebel ship Huáscar. He was on board the battleship, HMS Victoria, when it was involved in a collision with the battleship, HMS Camperdown, and sank in 1893 with the loss of 372 lives.

He was promoted Captain on 1 January 1902, and later that year appointed Assistant-Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty. In 1904 he was made Commanding Officer of the torpedo boat depot ship, HMS Vulcan, in the Mediterranean. Later he commanded the battleship, HMS Repulse, and the cruiser, HMS Lancaster. In 1908 he became naval attaché in Berlin. In 1910 he took command of the battleship, HMS Superb and around this time he was appointed the Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King. In 1912 he was appointed Admiral-Superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard remaining in that post until 1914.

He served in World War I and in 1915 took command of the Second Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet and as such he was the senior admiral of the cruiser line at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916. In November 1916 he was appointed to the command of the 3rd Battle Squadron.

In 1917 he became Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel. After the War he was made Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Scotland. He retired in 1922.


In 1891 he married Elizabeth Catherine Simson and they went on to have two daughters.

Honours and awards

  • Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
  • Member of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Commander of the Legion of Honour (France)
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan)
  • Navy Distinguished Service Medal (United States)
  • References

    Herbert Heath Wikipedia

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