Admiral Sir Henry Ruthven Moore (1886-1978)

posted Mar 27, 2017, 4:54 AM by Terry Bird   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 11:45 AM ]

Admiral Sir Henry Ruthven Moore



Henry Moore is best known for leading, when he was Second-in-Command, Home Fleet, the attack which crippled the German battleship Tirpitz  in April 1944 at Altenfjord in Norway.


Born in Dublin in 1886, he attended Sherborne School. After school he joined the navy and was posted to China, shortly after the Boxer Rebellion.

During WWI he served as navigation officer on the light cruiser HMS Castor, which, at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, suffered heavy damage - Henry was awarded the DSO.

During WWII he was involved in the decision to scatter the Arctic Convoy PQ17, which resulted in the loss of most of the 34 merchant ships. After the attack on the Tirpitz he was made an Admiral and Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet.

With the end of WWII he became a diplomat and was made a GCB (Knight Grand Cross of the Bath). From 1948 to 1950 he was Commander-in-Chief, The Nore, at Chatham.

On retirement he came in 1951 to live at The Beck at Wateringbury. He was very involved in the Royal British Legion Village at Aylesford and became High Sheriff for Kent in 1959/60. He died at home in 1978.