Life & Career
Though his parents hailed from Jersey, Gaudin and his siblings were born in St Malo, France, where Edouard's father, a mariner, had lived for many years.
Gaudin became a naval engineer student at Devonport in 1880.
Gaudin passed qualification as an Interpreter in French in November, 1892. He had previously been sent out to Australia on a French ocean liner to clandestinely gather information on her water tube boilers.
Gaudin was promoted to the rank of Engineer Captain in 1911 and to Engineer Rear-Admiral in 1914.
During a wartime inquiry into boiler problems in Royal Navy ships, Gaudin was asked by the First Lord of the Admiralty, A. J. Balfour, who was responsible for the troubles. Guadin replied: "You are, sir ... When you were Prime Minister, sir, you appointed a committee of people who knew nothing about naval boilers, to investigate."
George G. Goodwin
8 Jun, 1917
Robert B. Dixon
- Email to Tone from Mike Bisson, 2 August, 2017.
- Obituary. The Times, 9 March, 1945. pg. 7, 50087 C.
- The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 432a.
- The Navy List. (April, 1897). p. 197.
- The Navy List. (January, 1904). p. 320.
- The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 352.
- The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 532.
- The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 304.
- Brown. The Grand Fleet. p. 94.
- The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 871, 1820.