Clement Moody

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Admiral (retired) SIR Clement Moody, K.C.B. (31 May, 1891 – 1960) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a Reverend W. H. Moody, Clement Moody entered the training establishment on 15 January, 1904.

Moody was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 December, 1912.

Great War

When war broke out, Moody was in the battleship Venerable. In November, 1915, he was sent to H.M.S. Excellent. From there, Moody was appointed to Cochrane as gunnery officer on 21 January, 1917. He served in her until she paid off on 28 November, 1918.


Moody was appointed to Chester on 5 December, 1918. He left on 18 June, 1919 to requalify at Excellent. Having done so, he was appointed to Revenge as gunnery officer on 9 July, 1919.

Moody was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 December, 1920 and finally left Revenge on 25 July, 1921. After some staff work and time at Excellent, he was appointed to Iron Duke as her gunnery officer on 24 September, 1923, vice Blake.

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

In 1931, Moody re-wrote Volume I of the Manual of Gunnery. Captain Tower noted that his output was "interesting and instructive."

Moody was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1933.

World War II

Moody was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 8 July, 1941.

Moody was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 13 December, 1944.

Moody was appointed as Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic vice V/A Robert L. Burnett on 19 July, 1946. Superseded there in May, 1948, Moody was placed on the Retired List at his own request to facilitate the promotion of younger officers on 28 September, 1948. He was promoted to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List, originally dated 29 September and then antedated to 2 September, 1948.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Irving M. Palmer
Captain of H.M.S. Curacoa
31 Dec, 1934[1] – 14 Jan, 1936
Succeeded by
Randolph S. G. Nicholson
Preceded by
Lionel V. Wells
Captain of H.M.S. Eagle
1 Jan, 1937[2] – 1939
Succeeded by
Arthur R. M. Bridge
Preceded by
Charles A. A. Larcom
Director of the Naval Air Division
21 Nov, 1939 – 9 Sep, 1941
Succeeded by
Arthur R. M. Bridge
Preceded by
Sir Arthur J. Power
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies
15 Dec, 1945 – 19 Jul, 1946
Succeeded by
Arthur F. E. Palliser
Preceded by
Robert L. Burnett
Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic
19 Jul, 1946 – May, 1948
Succeeded by
Edward D. B. McCarthy


  1. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 227.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 235.