Louis Henry Keppel Hamilton DSO, RN

Born  31 Dec 1890
Died  27 Jun 1957(66)

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30 Jun 1911 S.Lt.
30 Jun 1913 Lt.
30 Jun 1921 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1926 Cdr.
31 Dec 1932 Capt.
15 Jan 1941 Rear-Admiral
31 Dec 1943 Vice-Admiral
16 May 1947 Admiral

Retired: 26 Sep 1948


24 Sep 1915 DSO
26 Sep 1940 Bar to DSO
6 Jan 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1943 CB
1 Jan 1944 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
8 Jun 1944 KCB

Warship Commands listed for Louis Henry Keppel Hamilton, RN

HMS Delhi (D 74)Capt.Light cruiser24 Aug 1939Dec 1939
HMS Aurora (12)Capt.Light cruiser22 Jan 19401 Oct 1940
HMS Prince of Wales (53)Capt.Battleship5 Oct 194015 Feb 1941

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Light cruiser HMS Delhi (D 74)

25 Oct 1939
The German merchant Rheingold (5055 GRT) is intercepted and captured south-east of Iceland in position 64°00'N, 11°40W by the British light cruiser HMS Delhi (Capt L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN).

12 Nov 1939
The German merchant Mecklenburg (7892 GRT) is intercepted east off Iceland in position 63°09'N, 11°38'W by the British light cruiser HMS Delhi (Capt L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN). However before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her crew.

Light cruiser HMS Aurora (12)

31 Aug 1940
On 31 August 1940 a group of destroyers sailed from Immingham on a mine laying mission off the Dutch coast. The minelayers were from the 20th Destroyer Flotilla and consisted of the destroyers HMS Express (Cdr. J.G. Bickford, DSC, RN), HMS Esk (Lt.Cdr. R.J.H. Couch, DSC, RN), HMS Icarus (Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSC, RN), HMS Intrepid (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, RN) and HMS Ivanhoe (Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN). The minelayers were escorted by members of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla consisted of the destroyers HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN), HMS Jupiter (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN) and HMS Vortigern (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Howlett, RN). Aerial reconnaissance detected a German force and the ships of the 20th and 5th DF were ordered to intercept, believing wrongly that the German ships were part of an invasion force. HMS Express struck a mine and was badly damaged, HMS Esk went to her assistance and hit mine and sank immediately, HMS Ivanhoe also went to her assistance and hit a mine and was badly damaged, so much so she had to be sunk by HMS Kelvin. The following day they were joined by the light cruisers HMS Aurora (Capt. L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN) and HMS Galatea (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN) and while returning to base HMS Galatea struck another mine and was slightly damaged off Cleaner Shoal Buoy near the Humber light vessel.

Battleship HMS Prince of Wales (53)

19 Jan 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Rear Admiral L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO and Bar, RN) was commissioned at Birkenhead with a reduced complement. (1)

28 Jan 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Rear Admiral L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO and Bar, RN) departed Liverpool for Rosyth. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN), HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN) and HMS Havelock (Cdr. E.H. Thomas, RN).

At 1825 hours the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Curacoa (Capt. C.C. Hughes-Hallett, RN) also joined.

At 0850/29 the destroyer HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) joined until 1253 hours when she departed the screen.

Shortly before 1600/29 light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr M.J. Clark, RAN) joined. HMS Hesperus and HMS Havelock were then detached.

For the daily noon positions of HMS Prince of Wales during the passage from Liverpool to Rosyth see the map below.


30 Jan 1941
At 1645 hours, HMS Prince of Wales (Rear Admiral L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO and Bar, RN), entered no.1 dock at the Rosyth Dockyard for further outfitting. (1)


  1. ADM 53/114884

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