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

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.

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
New Command
Captain of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
1905 – 1907
Succeeded by
Trevylyan D. W. Napier

Preceded by
New Command
Commodore Commanding,
First Light Cruiser Squadron

1913 – 1915
Succeeded by
Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair

Preceded by
Trevylyan D. W. Napier
Rear-Admiral Commanding,
Second Light Cruiser Squadron

1915 – 1916
Succeeded by
Cecil F. Lambert

Preceded by
Arthur C. Leveson
Rear-Admiral in the Second Battle Squadron
1916 – 1919
Succeeded by
Sir Douglas R. L. Nicholson

Preceded by
Arthur D. Ricardo
Admiral Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard
1919 – 1920
Succeeded by
Lewis Clinton-Baker

Preceded by
The Hon. Sir Edward S. Fitzherbert
Commander-in-Chief
on the Africa Station

1920 – 1922
Succeeded by
Sir Rudolf W. Bentinck

Preceded by
Sir Douglas R. L. Nicholson
Vice-Admiral Commanding,
Reserve Fleet

1923 – 1924
Succeeded by
The Hon. Victor A. Stanley

Preceded by
Sir Hugh Evan-Thomas
Commander-in-Chief at the Nore
1924 – 1927
Succeeded by
Sir Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair

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