Henry Adair

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Lieutenant Henry Adair, (13 April, 1861 – 13 May, 1896) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Southsea, the son of Henry Adair, Royal Marine Artillery.

Adair earned a third-class certificate in Seamanship with 650 marks. He joined the Royal Naval College in June, 1881 and passed with a second-class certificate in February, 1882 with 1003 marks.

In April of that year, he obtained a second-class torpedo certificate at Vernon with 161 marks and in July a second-class gunnery certificate at Excellent with 472 marks.

Adair was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1884.

In June 1895, Captain Milne wrote that Adair would make "a good 1st Lt.". Indeed, all his evaluations were positive in tone. On 9 March, 1896, Vice-Admiral Alexander Buller inspected Pigmy, which had been placed under Adair's command the previous October, and declared her satisfactory as she was commissioned for work on the China Station.

Adair committed suicide on 18 May 1896 by a pistol shot to the head during a "fit of temporary insanity."

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry A. Phillipps
Captain of H.M.S. Pigmy
18 Oct, 1895[1] – 18 May, 1896
Succeeded by
Charles J. T. Dormer


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 248b.