Edmund Barker Van Koughnet

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Edmund Barker Van Koughnet, C.M.G., R.N. (14 July, 1849 – 27 March, 1905) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born at Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Koughnet entered the Navy in July, 1863, which does not seem to coincide with any regular Britannia intake terms. Perhaps he is best considered a late joiner to the June term.

Koughnet would be awarded a medal of the Royal Humane Society while a Midshipman for saving the lives of two boys on 24 August, 1868.

Koughnet was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 17 December, 1873.

One day before Koughnet was promoted to the rank of Commander on 4 February, 1885 he was involved in action under Beresford against a battery at Wad H[illeg] and wounded by a rifle in the left thigh, leaving him with a "wasting loss of power & impaired sensation of the limb." This necessitated his removal back to England, arriving on 23 April. He was discharged from the hospital on 25 June and finally declared fit on 1 September.

Koughnet was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 14 July, 1894.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John S. Hallifax
Captain of H.M.S. Wild Swan
4 Jan, 1888[1] – 20 Feb, 1889
Succeeded by
Archibald B. Purvis
as Captain of H.M.S. Clyde


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 239.