8th Battle Squadron

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8th Battle Squadron
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Garrison/HQDevonport Dockyard
In CommandRear-Admiral Commanding, 8th Battle Squadron
FirstRear-Admiral: Robert S. P. Hornby
LastRear-Admiral: Henry Loftus Tottenham

The 8th battle Squadron or Eighth Battle Squadron was a formation of Battle Ships of the British Royal Navy assembled prior to the beginning of World War One [1] it was later assigned to the Third Fleet the squadron consisted of pre-dreadnought type battleships [2] it existed from 1912 to 1914.


The squadron was established on December 1912. In December 1913 it was assigned to the Third Fleet [3] and in August 1914 it was based at Devonport Dockyard.[4] The Third Fleet included the 7th and 8th Battle Squadrons, and consisted of the Royal Navy's oldest battleships and cruisers.[5]

In Command

Rear-Admiral, Commanding, 8th Battle Squadron

Post holders included:[6][4]

Rear-Admiral, Commanding, 8th Battle Squadron
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Robert S. P. Hornby 1912 – July, 1914
2 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Henry Loftus Tottenham 13 July, - 27 July 1914


  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Eighth Battle Squadron (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley & Lovell, 10 November 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  2. Gordon, Smith. "Royal Navy ship dispositions 1914-1918: THE GRAND FLEET, 1914-1916 by Admiral Viscount Jellicoe". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 6 January 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  3. Smith, Gordon. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployments 1900-1914". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harley & Lovell, 2016
  5. Smith, 2015
  6. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie, February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.