Frederick Hamilton (Royal Navy officer)

Sir Frederick Hamilton

1917 portrait by Francis Dodd
Born (1856-03-08)8 March 1856
London, England
Died 4 October 1917(1917-10-04) (aged 61)
Rosyth, Scotland
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1869–1917
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Rattlesnake[1]
HMS Bulwark[2]
Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
Battles/wars Zulu War
First World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Frederick Tower Hamilton GCVO, KCB (8 March 1856 – 4 October 1917) was a senior Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.

Naval career

Hamilton joined the Royal Navy in 1869[3] as a cadet on the training ship Britannia.[1] He fought in Naval Brigade in the Zulu War in 1879, for which service he was mentioned in despatches.[3] After promotion to Lieutenant he specialised into the Torpedo Branch and in 1884 after training was appointed a staff officer at the Torpedo Schoolship Vernon.[1] In 1892 he was promoted to commander and serving aboard the battleship HMS Hood. He was appointed in command of the torpedo school ship HMS Defiance at Devonport on 1 November 1897,[4] promoted to Captain on 1 January 1898,[5] and re-appointed in command of the Defiance the same day.[6] On 18 March 1902 he was appointed flag captain of the battleship HMS Bulwark, which in May was to become flagship of Admiral Sir Compton Domvile, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet.[7] Hamilton was Aide-de-Camp to the King between 1906 and 1907.[8]

At the outset of the First World War Hamilton was Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel and was promoted to full Admiral in June 1916.[9] He went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth later that year[10] but died suddenly from a heart attack in 1917 and is buried in Fife.[11]

He lived at Anmer Hall near King's Lynn in Norfolk.[8]

Honours and awards


Hamilton married Maria Walpole Keppel, the daughter of Admiral Sir Henry Keppel; they went on to have two sons (including Admiral Sir Louis Keppel Hamilton) and two daughters.[8]


  1. 1 2 3 "Death of Admiral Sir F.T. Hamilton". Deaths. The Times (41601). London. 5 October 1917. col D, p. 11.
  2. The Dreadnought Project
  3. 1 2 National Maritime Museum
  4. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (35338). London. 19 October 1897. p. 8.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 26924. p. 7854. 31 December 1897.
  6. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (35408). London. 8 January 1898. p. 10.
  7. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36707). London. 5 March 1902. p. 5.
  8. 1 2 3 The
  10. Dunfermline Heritage Roots
  11. Great War Forum
  12. The London Gazette: no. 27560. p. 35235. 2 June 1903. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 28194. p. 8162. 9 November 1908. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
  14. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28677. p. 1. 1 January 1913. Retrieved 17 July 2010.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Jellicoe
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Somerset Gough-Calthorpe
Preceded by
Sir Robert Lowry
Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
Succeeded by
Sir Cecil Burney
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