Henry Harwood Harwood

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Admiral (retired) Henry Harwood Harwood, K.C.B., O.B.E., R.N. (19 January, 1888 – 9 June, 1950) served in the Royal Navy.

Harwood would earn fame in the Second World War, commanding the heavy cruiser H.M.S. Exeter in the Battle of the River Plate.

Life & Career

Harwood was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 July, 1908.[1]

Harwood was appointed to Sutlej as torpedo officer for the Test Mobilisation and remained in her until 8 March, 1915 when he was sent to H.M.S. Vernon. On 17 August, 1915 he was appointed to Royal Sovereign, to be her torpedo officer upon commissioning.

Harwood was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 July, 1916.


Harwood finally left Royal Sovereign when appointed to Southampton as torpedo officer on 19 March, 1919. He also provided torpedo services to the entire Seventh Light Cruiser Squadron, and indeed the Fleet while in this appointment.

Harwood was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1921.

Harwood was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1928.

Harwood was specially promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 13 December, 1939.

Harwood was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 6 February, 1943.

Harwood was placed on the Retired List on 15 August, 1945 and promoted to the rank of Admiral (retired) on 16 October, 1945.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Leonard F. Potter
Fleet Torpedo Officer, Mediterranean Fleet
4 Aug, 1925[2] – 7 Jan, 1927[3]
Succeeded by
John G. Crace
Preceded by
Harold M. Burrough
Captain of H.M.S. London
28 Mar, 1932[4] – 17 Apr, 1934
Succeeded by
Francis H. W. Goolden
Preceded by
The Hon. Cyril E. Douglas-Pennant
Captain of H.M.S. Exeter
17 Sep, 1936[5] – 25 Aug, 1939
Succeeded by
Frederick S. Bell
Preceded by
Henry D. Pridham-Wippell
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
22 Apr, 1942 – 21 May, 1943
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew B. Cunningham
Preceded by
Lionel V. Wells
Flag Officer Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands
15 Apr, 1944 – 2 Mar, 1945
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1914). p. 28.
  2. Harwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/194. f. ?.
  3. Superseded on that date. Crace Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 61.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 251.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 238.