John Henry Godfrey

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Admiral John Henry Godfrey, C.B., R.N., Retired (10 July, 1888 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Birmingham, the son of G. H. Godfrey, Esq..

Godfrey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 October, 1908.

Godfrey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 October, 1916.


Godfrey was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1920.

Godfrey was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1928.

Godfrey was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Repulse in January, 1936.

Godfrey was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 22 February, 1939.

World War II

Godfrey was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 15 September, 1942.

Godfrey was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Admiral on 25 September, 1945.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Bertram H. Ramsay
Captain of H.M.S. Kent
20 Jun, 1931[1] – 16 Nov, 1931
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Layton
Preceded by
Geoffrey Layton
Captain of H.M.S. Suffolk
16 Nov, 1931 – May, 1933
Succeeded by
Errol Manners
Preceded by
Edward L. S. King
Deputy Director of Plans
24 Nov, 1933 – 2 Jan, 1936
Succeeded by
Edward N. Syfret
Preceded by
Philip L. Neville
Captain of H.M.S. Repulse
2 Jan, 1936[2] – 19 Dec, 1938
Succeeded by
Ernest J. Spooner
Preceded by
James A. G. Troup
Director of Naval Intelligence
7 Feb, 1939 – 27 Nov, 1942
Succeeded by
Edmund G. N. Rushbrooke
Preceded by
Sir Herbert Fitzherbert
Flag Officer Commanding, Royal Indian Navy
22 Mar, 1943 – 15 Mar, 1946
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey J. A. Miles


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 248.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 266.