Kenneth Edwards

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Captain Kenneth Edwards, D.S.C. (19 February, 1891 – 6 July, 1943) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Edwards was awarded the Goodenough Medal, being the Sub-Lieutenant who achieved the highest gunnery examination for the year and who also achieved a first-class certificate in seamanship, as well as the Commander Egerton Prize.

Wood was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 February, 1912. Around the same time, he invented a device that would calculate deflection as a ship altered course.

In 1913, he invented a plotting device which was not adopted, but which impressed the Admiralty.

Edwards was commended for his conduct in the landing and the evacuation at Helles and in conducting the salvage of the monitor M.20 under enemy fire.

After three months as gunnery officer in H.M.S. Achilles, Edwards was appointed to Centurion as gunnery officer from June 1918 to June 1919.

Wood was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 February, 1920.

Wood was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1925.

Placed on the Retired List as medically unfit due to neurasthenia in 1929, Wood was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 31 December, 1932.

World War II

"Captain Edwards, who was found on Tuesday in the garden of his billet at Lee-on-Solent, Hants, dying from a revolver wound near his heart, was due to appear before a court of inquiry into the question of discipline. Recording a verdict of suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed the coroner said that he did not propose to ask any questions about the disciplinary inquiry."[1]

See Also



  1. Western Daily Press - Saturday 10 July 1943.