Harold Hickling DSO, RN

Born  17 Sep 1892

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15 May 1910 Mid.
15 Sep 1912 A/S.Lt.
30 Jun 1913 S.Lt.
30 Jul 1914 Lt.
30 Jul 1922 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1927 Cdr.
31 Dec 1935 Capt.
2 Jan 1945 Rear-Admiral
2 Sep 1948 Vice-Admiral (retired)

Retired: 12 Jan 1948


30 Sep 1941 DSO
28 Nov 1944 CBE
1 Jan 1948 CB

Warship Commands listed for Harold Hickling, RN

HMS Glasgow (21)Capt.Light cruiser6 Jun 19405 Jan 1941
HMS Glasgow (21)Capt.Light cruiserFeb 194127 Dec 1941

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Light cruiser HMS Glasgow (21)

5 Dec 1940
HMS Glasgow (Capt. H. Hickling, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN) and HMS Hereward (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (1)

9 Dec 1941 (position 15.20, 72.29)
At midnight on the 9th of December 1941 HMS Glasgow (Capt. H. Hickling, DSO, RN) in error sank the RIN patrol vessel HMIS Prabhavati with two lighters in tow en route for Karachi, with 6 inch shells at 6000 yards. The vessel was alongside the lighters and appeared to those in Glasgow to be a large Japanese submarine on the surface. HMS Glasgow arrived in Bombay with the survivors on 9th. HMS Glasgow had left Colombo for patrol on 6 December 1941, she returned to Colombo on the 25th. The event took place about 80 nautical miles west of Goa in position 15°20'N, 72°29'E.


  1. ADM 53/112302

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