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Sir Robert Harris
Born (1843-10-12)October 12, 1843
Died August 25, 1926(1926-08-25) (aged 82)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held Cape of Good Hope Station
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/wars Second Boer War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Admiral Sir Robert Hastings Penruddock Harris KCB, KCMG (12 October 1843 – 25 August 1926) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station.

Naval career

Harris joined the Royal Navy in 1856.[1] Promoted to Captain in 1879 and to Rear-Admiral in 1891, he commanded the Training Squadron from 1893 to 1895 before becoming Second-in-Command of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1896.[1] He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station in 1898 and played an important role in the Second Boer War:[1] in October 1899 he formed a Naval Brigade and despatched the brigade to support General Frederick Forestier-Walker in defeating of the Boers at the Battle of Ladysmith - one of the guns surrendered by the Boers survives at Devonport today.[2] Promoted to Vice Admiral in 1901[3][4] he went on to serve as President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1903 with promotion to admiral in 1904.[5][6]

He lived at a house called The Brake in Yelverton, Devon.[6][7]


He married Florence Cordelia Henn-Gennys; they had three sons and five daughters.[6][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Anglo-Boer War
  2. HMS Doris Gun
  3. "No. 27288". 22 February 1901. 
  4. Vice Admiral Sir Robert Harris Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February 1901
  5. Royal Navy Flag Officers, 1 June 1906
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 'HARRIS, Adm. Sir Robert Hastings', in Who Was Who 1916–1928 (London: A & C Black, 1992 reprint, ISBN 0-7136-3143-0)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Admiral Sir Robert Hastings Penruddock Harris

External links

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Harry Rawson
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Moore
Preceded by
Sir Robert More-Molyneux
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Fanshawe

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