Sir Douglas Nicholson
|Born||4 March 1867|
|Died||8 February 1946 (aged 78)|
|Commands held||HMS Hyacinth|
HMS St Vincent
Flag Officer, Royal Yachts
3rd Battle Squadron
World War I
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath|
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
Nicholson served in the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882. He was appointed in command of the destroyer HMS Spiteful on 11 January 1901, as she was serving in home waters, and was in charge when she ran aground near the Isle of Wight the following month and during a collision with sister ship HMS Peterel in October. After a year with the Spiteful, he was appointed in command of HMS Dove on 24 February 1902, serving in the Channel Fleet as part of the Portsmouth instructional flotilla. In May 1902, the ship hit a rock off Kildorney, and had to be towed by her sister ship HMS Bullfinch to Queenstown, and later back to Portsmouth for repairs. Douglas and the crew transferred to the recently completed torpedo boat destroyer HMS Success, which was commissioned at Portsmouth on 9 June. The following day, the navy held a Court-martial where he was tried for negligence during the Kildorney incident. He was acquitted of negligence, but severely reprimanded for being in error of judgment.
Nicholson became commanding officer of the cruiser HMS Hyacinth in August 1905, of the cruiser HMS Hermes in December 1905 and of the battleship HMS St Vincent in 1910. He went on to be commanding officer of the battleship HMS Conqueror in 1912 and Commodore of His Majesty's Yachts in 1913. He served in World War I as commanding officer of HMS Agincourt in the Grand Fleet from 1914. He continued his war service as Second-in-Command of the 3rd Battle Squadron from March 1917, as Second-in-Command of the 4th Battle Squadron from September 1917 and as Commander of the 3rd Battle Squadron from 1918.
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36340). London. 1 January 1901. p. 12.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36691). London. 14 February 1902. p. 9.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36774). London. 22 May 1902. p. 8.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36777). London. 26 May 1902. p. 7.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36790). London. 10 June 1902. p. 12.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36791). London. 11 June 1902. p. 13.
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