Humphrey Benson Jacomb

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Captain Humphrey Benson Jacomb, C.B.E., R.N. (27 June, 1891 – 10 March, 1969)[1] was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Reginald Benson Jacomb, wool broker.

Jacomb was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 March, 1912.

Jacomb was appointed Lieutenant in Command of the destroyer Ambuscade on 21 June, 1918.[2]


Jacomb was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 March, 1922.

Jacomb was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1926.

Jacomb was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1933.

Jacomb was appointed in command of Londonderry on 26 May, 1935, to assume command upon her commissioning. He was superseded in October 1937.

World War II

Jacomb was appointed to Callipoe, additional on 11 November, 1941, to assume command of the depot ship Blenheim as soon as she completed conversion and upon commissioning. On 5 April, 1942 he was appointed in command of the battleship Nelson, vice Hill.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. P37
Mar, 1917[3] – 28 Feb, 1918
Succeeded by
Villiers J. H. H. Sankey
Preceded by
Harold G. Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. Liberty
28 Feb, 1918 – 21 Jun, 1918
Succeeded by
George H. Creswell
Preceded by
Maxwell A. C. Ritter
Captain of H.M.S. Ambuscade
21 Jun, 1918[4] – 21 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Richard C. A. Littleton
Captain of H.M.S. Pylades
28 Mar, 1919 – 26 Apr, 1919
Succeeded by
Edward F. B. Law
Preceded by
Leslie H. Ashmore
Naval Assistant to Admiral Commanding Reserves
7 Apr, 1938 – 18 Dec, 1939[5]
Succeeded by
Vernon S. Butler
Preceded by
Llewellyn V. Morgan
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Sovereign
15 Dec, 1939 – 26 Sep, 1941
Succeeded by
Reginald H. Portal
Preceded by
Duncan C. Hill
Captain of H.M.S. Nelson
5 Apr, 1942 – 12 Jan, 1943
Succeeded by
The Hon. Guy H. E. Russell
Preceded by
Ernest R. Archer
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth
30 Mar, 1943 – 20 May, 1945
Succeeded by


  1. Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England
  2. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 729.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396e.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 729.
  5. Superseded that day. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.