William Edmund Goodenough

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Admiral Sir William E. Goodenough, 1919.
Photograph: © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Admiral SIR William Edmund Goodenough, G.C.B., M.V.O., F.R.G.S., Royal Navy (2 June, 1867 – 30 January, 1945) was an officer in the Royal Navy. he is chiefly remembered for his service in command of light cruisers during the First World War.

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Early Life & Career

Goodenough was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 23 August, 1889.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander with seniority of 30 June, 1900.[2]

Goodenough was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1905, upon the retirement of Lord Walter Kerr as First Sea Lord.[3]

He was appointed in command of the pre-dreadnought Albemarle on 25 August, 1907.[4]

Goodenough was appointed in command of the pre-dreadnought Vengeance on 12 September, 1908.[5]

He served as captain of Duncan from December 1908 until August of 1910.[6]

He was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Cochrane on 3 January, 1911.[7]

On 5 July 1913, Goodenough was appointed in command of the light cruiser Southampton as she was transferring to the First Light Cruiser Squadron,[8] a command he'd retain until the end of 1916.

Great War

He commanded the Second Light Cruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland from the bridge of his flagship, the light cruiser Southampton.[9]

In the King's Birthday Honours of 3 June, 1916, Goodenough was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.).[10] He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 10 June.[11]

Post-War

Goodenough was appointed an Additional Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 1 January, 1919.[12]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 31 July, 1920.[13]

He was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 8 May, 1925, vice Gough-Calthorpe.[14]

On 23 May, 1930, he was placed on the Retired List.[15]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir William Goodenough" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 31 January, 1945. Issue 50055, col C, p. 7.
  • Goodenough, Admiral Sir William (1943). A Rough Record. London: Hutchinson & Co..

Papers

  • Papers in the possession of the Imperial War Museum.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Rosslyn E. Wemyss
Captain of Royal Naval College, Osborne
15 Jan, 1905[16] – ?
Succeeded by
Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
1 May, 1905[17] – ?
Succeeded by
Trevylyan D. W. Napier
Preceded by
Robert F. Scott
Captain of H.M.S. Albemarle
25 Aug, 1907[18] – ?
Succeeded by
Henry W. Grant
Preceded by
Charles E. Anson
Captain of H.M.S. Vengeance
12 Sep, 1908[19] – ?
Succeeded by
Bentinck J. D. Yelverton
Preceded by
Arthur W. Ewart
Captain of H.M.S. Duncan
Dec, 1908[6] – ?
Succeeded by
Frederick L. Field
Preceded by
Cecil S. Hickley
Captain of H.M.S. Cochrane
3 Jan, 1911[20] – ?
Succeeded by
William G. E. Ruck-Keene
Preceded by
Dudley R. S. de Chair
Captain of H.M.S. Colossus
10 Aug, 1912[21] – ?
Succeeded by
George W. Smith
Preceded by
Arthur A. M. Duff
Captain of H.M.S. Southampton
5 Jul, 1913[22] – ?
Succeeded by
Halton S. Lecky
Preceded by
New Command
Commodore 2nd Class Commanding, First Light Cruiser Squadron
5 Jul, 1913[23] – ?
Succeeded by
Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair
as Rear-Admiral Commanding, First Light Cruiser Squadron
Preceded by
Trevylyan D. W. Napier
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Second Light Cruiser Squadron
8 Feb, 1915[24] – ?
Succeeded by
Cecil F. Lambert
Preceded by
Arthur C. Leveson
Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Second Battle Squadron
5 Dec, 1916[25] – ?
Succeeded by
Douglas R. L. Nicholson
Preceded by
Arthur D. Ricardo
Admiral Superintendent, Chatham Dockyard
1 May, 1919[26] – ?
Succeeded by
Lewis Clinton-Baker
Preceded by
Edward S. Fitzherbert
as Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station
Commander-in-Chief, Africa Station
18 Jun, 1920[27] – 1922
Succeeded by
Rudolf W. Bentinck
Preceded by
Douglas R. L. Nicholson
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Reserve Fleet
3 Oct, 1923[28] – ?
Succeeded by
Victor A. Stanley
Preceded by
Hugh Evan-Thomas
Commander-in-Chief at the Nore
5 Mar, 1924[29] – ?
Succeeded by
Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair
Court Appointments
Preceded by
Richard F. Phillimore
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
6 Oct, 1929 – ?
Succeeded by
Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25969. p. 4738. 30 August, 1889.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27211. p. 4433. 17 July, 1900.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27750. p. 25. 3 January, 1905.
  4. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 433.
  5. The Navy List (October, 1908). p. 389.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 433.
  8. The Navy List (April, 1914), p. 375.
  9. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 46.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29608. p. 5553. 2 June, 1916.
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29629. p. 6066. 20 June, 1916.
  12. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 106. 1 January, 1919.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 32017. p. 8408. 13 August, 1920.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 33049. p. 3445. 22 May, 1925.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 33608. p. 3233. 23 May, 1930.
  16. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 433.
  17. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 433.
  18. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 433.
  19. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 389.
  20. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 433.
  21. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 433.
  22. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398c.
  23. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 5.
  24. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1915). p. 6.
  25. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 433.
  26. "Naval Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 1 May, 1919. Issue 42088, col B, p. 19.
  27. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 699-700.
  28. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 206.
  29. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. p. 206.

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