Rear-Admiral Walter HOSE, CBE

Rear-Admiral Walter HOSE, CBE

Rear-Admiral Walter HOSE, CBE

Rear-Admiral Hose was born at sea off the coast of Ceylon in 1875 and joined the Royal Navy (RN) as a Cadet in 1890.  From 1890 until 1895 he trained in HM Ships Britannia, Hyacinth, Impérieuse, Centurion and calypso. In 1896, following training courses at Greenwich and Portsmouth, he served in command of HM Torpedo Boat 44, then saw service in HM Ships Skate, Polyphemus, Dragon, Bonaventure and Tweed, the latter a river gunboat in China which he commanded.  In 1901 he then served in the battleship HMS Jupiter and as First Lieutenant (Executive Officer) of the cruiser HMS Charybdis for service on the North America and West Indies Station, including training of the Newfoundland Division of the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR).  In 1905 he assumed command of the gunboat HMS Ringdove on the Newfoundland Station and later that year command of the destroyer HMS Kale.  In 1906 he assumed command of the gunboat HMS Redbreast on the East Indies Station and then in 1908 command of the gunboat HMS Jason.  Later in 1908 he attended the War Staff Course and the Combined Naval and Military Operations Staff Course, then assumed command of the cruiser HMS Cochrane, and was promoted Commander in December of that year. In 1911 he was loaned by the RN to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and assumed command of the cruiser HMCS Rainbow, as well as charge of the Esquimalt Dockyard.  In 1912 he retired from the RN and joined the RCN, remaining in command of Rainbow.  Promoted to Captain in 1918, he was appointed Senior Naval Officer Halifax and Captain of Patrols for the east coast.

In 1920 he was appointed Naval Assistant to the Minister and Acting Director of the Naval Service.  In 1921 he was appointed Director of the Naval Service, and subsequently promoted to Commodore First Class in 1923.  On 7 March 1928 he was appointed as the first Chief of the Naval Staff.  Rear-Admiral Hose was promoted to his current rank on retirement from the Royal Canadian Navy in June 1934.  He died 22 June 1965.