Henry Dennis Hickley

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Admiral Henry Dennis Hickley, Royal Navy, Retired (11 December, 1826 – 22 December, 1903) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Hickley was promoted to the rank of Captain on 16 February, 1864.[1]

Hickley's central battery ironclad Iron Duke collided with Richard Dawkins's Vanguard in fog on 1 September 1875, sinking the Vanguard. Captain Dawkins was severely reprimanded and dismissed his ship following a Court Martial that criticised his role in the collision. Neither Hickley nor any of the crew of Iron Duke was subjected to a Court Martial despite their obvious complicity in the fog-bound misadventure.[2]

Hickley was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 20 January, 1880, vice Dowell.[3]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 22 June, 1886, vice Clanwilliam.[4] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List dated 5 April, 1892.[5]

See Also


  • "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Thursday, 24 December, 1903. Issue 37272, col A, p. 1.


Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Audacious
18 Sep, 1873 – 17 Mar, 1874
Succeeded by
Philip H. Colomb
Preceded by
William Arthur
Captain of H.M.S. Iron Duke
22 Jul, 1875 – 30 Sep, 1875
Succeeded by
Richard E. Tracey
Preceded by
William H. Edye
Captain of Training Ship H.M.S. Impregnable
1 Jan, 1878[6]
Succeeded by
Richard Bradshaw
Preceded by
Thomas B. Lethbridge
Senior Officer on the Coast of Ireland
Succeeded by
Walter C. Carpenter


  1. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 419.
  2. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 10.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 24806. p. 391. 27 January, 1880.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 25600. p. 3033. 25 June, 1886.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 26279. p. 2252. 15 April, 1892.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1878). p. 218.