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SERVICE NOTES

NAVAL PEOMOTIONS.

(From Our Own Correspondent.) LONDON, 11th November.

Admiral Sir Hugh .H. D. Tothill, X.C.8., K.C.M.G., X.C.V.0., has been placed on the retired list at his own request, to date 25th October. In consequence of this officer's retirement pro* motions have taken effect from the same date. These include: Vice-Admiral Sir James A. Fergusson, X.C.8., X.C.* M.G., to be Admiral in His Majesty* Fleet; and Kear-Admiral J. D. Kelly, C.8., to be vice-admiral. In the late war Sir Hugh Tothill was present at the Battle of Jutland, and Vice-Admiral Sir M. Jerram reported that he "handled his sub-division most skilfully- throughout the action, and amply justified the high opinion I have always had of him." For his service*' on that occasion he was appointed C.B. He was Fourth Sea, Lord at the Admiralty during 1917-19, and was Command* er-in-Chiof of the East Indies station! in the following two years. His last appointment was Admiral Commanding Reserves. Sir James Fergusson, who is now in New Zealand, was Commander-in-Ohief, North America and West Indies station, from May, 1924, until June this year, when he was snecoeded by Vice* Admiral Sir W. H. Cowan. He took part in the South African War, receiving mention in dispatches, promotion to commander, and the Queen's Medal with four clasps. His services in the late war, when he commanded the second light cruiser squadron, were again noted, in dispatches, and he was appointed C.B. He was a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty in 1919, and subsequently commanded the Devonport Reserve. During 1919-20 he was Assist* ant Chief of the Naval Staff, and afterwards commanded the first light cruiser squadron. It is announced that Lieutenant W. R Fell has been appointed to Alecto ioi 8/M Commanding Officers' Course. Wt. Tel. H. H. Euwlings, M.8.E., has been lent to the New Zealand Division .of the Koyal Navy for three. years from 3rd November. THE LONDON- "GAZETTE." It was notified in "The Times" if few days ago that three subalterns ojj tin New Zealand Staff Corps are serv* ing in India. The announcement reads# "The King hns approved "the grant ot the local ranlc of lieutenant to the fol* lowing officers of the New Zealand Staff Corps while serving with the Im* porial Forces in India, with effect from 15th September, but to rank from 15th' Juno, 1920:—Lieutenants J. A. M. Cla* chan, G. M. M'Gaskill, D. T. Maxwell. The three officers concerned are New! Zealand graduate*} of the Koy.il Mill* tary School, Duntroon, Australia. New Zealand military men, and ill particular gunners, will be interested to know that the King has been pleased to approve of the appointment of General the Lord Home, G.C.8., K.C.M.G-. g Colonel Commandant,. Eoyal Horse Ar« tillery, to be master gunner, St. James's Park, iv succession to the late General Sir Edward Chapman, K.C.B. Lord Home of Stirkoko, so created in 1919, was born in IS6I, and joined the Royal Artillery in 1880. He served always with the guns in India, in the South African War, and at Home. In the Great War ho was successfully artillery commander of tho I. Corps, G.O.C. tho XV. Corps in Egypt, and another XV. Corps allotted to Kawlinson's Fourth Army in Franco, and finally tfl the I First Army. His name is remembered in connection with the creeping barrage and the tank, both first tested in the Battles of the Soninie, 1916. For four years from 1919 ho was G.O.C, Eastern Command. 85, Fleet street;.

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SERVICE NOTES Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 157, 31 December 1926

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