BINNEY, Adm Sir (Thomas) Hugh (1883-1953)

Scope and Content

Printed 'Report of the Board of Enquiry appointed to enquire into the circumstances in which the German Battle Cruisers (SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU) and Prinz Eugen proceeded from Brest to Germany on 12th February, 1942, and on the operations undertaken to prevent this movement', Mar 1942, relating to Operation CERBERUS or the 'Channel dash', with typescript covering letter from Binney to AF Sir (Alfred) Dudley (Pickman Rogers) Pound, Mar 1942.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1883; Gunnery Officer, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, 1914-1918; served on staff of Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet, 1918; Capt, 1922; HMS CARDIFF, 1923-1925; Deputy Director of Plans, Admiralty, 1925-1927; Flag Capt, HMS NELSON, 1928-1930; Director, Tactical School, 1931-1932; commanded HMS HOOD, 18932-1933; Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, 1933-1935; ADC to King George V, 1934; R Adm, 1934; R Adm, 1 Battle Sqn, 1936-1938; V Adm, 1938; Commandant, Imperial Defence College, 1939; Adm Commanding Orkneys and Shetlands, 1939-1942; Adm, 1942; member of Board of Enquiry appointed to investigate the escape from Brest of the German battle cruisers SCHARNHORST, GNEISENAU and PRINZ EUGEN, 1942; retired list, 1943; Flag Officer, 1944; Governor of Tasmania, 1945-1951; died in 1953.


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1983.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Separated Material

Imperial War Museum holds microfilm of papers relating to his career, 1899-1949, (Ref: PP/MCR/95) including midshipman logbooks 1899-1902, diary relating to his service in the Dardenelles, 1915, report of Peace and War Complements Committee 1935-1936, diary relating to Spanish Civil War, 1936, reports of Second Bucknill Committee relating to loss of HMS PRINCE OF WALES and HMS ARK ROYAL, 1941-1942, diaries relating his service in Shetland and Orkney Islands, 1939-1941. Liddle Collection, Leeds University also holds papers relating to his career, including two pre-World War One logbooks, two copies of the diary of HMS ELIZABETH, 1915 and papers and maps relating to the Dardenelles operations and gunnery, 1915.

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