British admiral and historian. The son of the distinguished artist Sir William Blake Richmond, Herbert William Richmond was born on September 15, 1871, at Beaver Lodge, Hammersmith. Richmond made a boyhood choice to enter the navy. While a torpedo lieutenant he helped draw up officer-training reforms and caught the eye of Sir John Fisher. Promoted to captain in 1908, he soon commanded the famous battleship Dreadnought. In this and every other shipboard command he was well liked and had an unblemished record.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Maritime History.