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EVAN-THOMAS , Sir HUGH ( 1862 - 1928 ), admiral ,

fifth son of Charles Evan-Thomas , of Gnoll , Neath , and Cara Pearson b. at Llwynmadoc , Brecknock , 27 Oct. 1862 . He entered the navy in 1876 , joining the Britannia . He served for three years on the Ramillies with a chosen band of officers, every one of whom afterwards became a renowned admiral . He was promoted commander in 1897 , being appointed to the Victory for charge of the signal school at Portsmouth . He became captain in 1902 . From 1905 to 1908 he was private secretary to Lord Cawdor , first lord of the Admiralty . He then took command of the Bellerophon in the home fleet until 1910 , when he was appointed captain of the naval college , Dartmouth . He was later appointed second in command of the first battle squadron with his flag on the St. Vincent . In Aug. 1915 he was transferred to the command of the 5th battle squadron , flying his flag in the Barham . In this post he took a notable part in the battle of Jutland , 31 May 1916 . He was promoted vice-admiral in Sept. 1917 . He retained command of the 5th battle squadron until Oct. 1918 . In 1919 he was created K.C.M.G. He was made admiral in 1920 and appointed commander-in-chief at the Nore . In 1924 he retired. He m., 1894 , Hilda , daughter of Thomas Barnard , of Cople House , Beds. ; they had no children. After his retirement he lived at Charlton , near Shaftesbury , where he d. 30 Aug. 1928 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Idwal Lewis, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959