George Hope (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Sir George Price Webley Hope, KCB, KCMG (11 October 1869 – 11 July 1959) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to become Deputy First Sea Lord during World War I.

Sir George Hope
1917 portrait by Francis Dodd
Born11 October 1869 (1869-10-11)
Died11 July 1959 (1959-07-12) (aged 89)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Magnificent
HMS Bulwark
HMS Superb
HMS King Alfred
HMS Queen Elizabeth
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Hope joined the Royal Navy. He was promoted to commander on 30 June 1900. In July 1902 he was appointed in command of the light cruise HMS Pioneer, which served in the Mediterranean Fleet.[1]

Promoted to Captain in 1905,[2] he was given command of HMS Magnificent in March 1909,[3] HMS Bulwark in March 1910,[3] HMS Superb in April 1913,[3] HMS King Alfred in July 1914[3] and HMS Queen Elizabeth in October 1914.[3]

Hope served in the First World War.[4] He was appointed Flag Captain to the Commander-in-Chief of the East Mediterranean Squadron, as well as Aide-de-Camp to the King, in 1915, Director of the Operations Division at the Admiralty in 1916 and Deputy First Sea Lord in 1918.[4]

He was present at the signing of the Armistice with Germany on 11 November 1918. After the War, he was promoted to vice-admiral on 26 November 1920,[5] and became Commander of the 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron. From 1923 he was President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.[4] He served as Chairman (1925-1951) of the Society for Nautical Research and its President (1936-1951).[6]


In 1899, he married Arabella Phillippa Sams.[4]


  1. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36814). London. 8 July 1902. p. 11.
  2. Sir George Price Webley Hope Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904-1945
  3. Sir George Price Webley Hope The Dreadnought Project
  4. Vice-Admiral Sir George Webley Hope The Peerage
  5. "No. 32166". The London Gazette. 17 December 1920. p. 12399.
  6. Hugh Murphy & Derek J. Oddy (2010) , The mirror of the sea; a centenary history of the society for nautical research, London, Society for Nautical Research, p.41. ISBN 978-0-902387-01-0
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Herbert Richmond
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Webb
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