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Captain (retired) Edward Williams Hamilton Brookfield, R.N. (24 June, 1880 – ) served in the Royal Navy as a physical training officer.

Life & Career

Brookfield was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 March, 1903.

Brookfield was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 March, 1911. He was awarded the King Gustav Olympic Medal in 1912.

Brookfield was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1915. He would fight at the Battle of Jutland in the battleship Orion, in which he was first and physical training officer.

On the last day of 1918, Brookfield commenced two months as acting Captain of H.M.S. Temeraire after Captain Underhill was stricken by pneumonia. Another officer identified only as "Hal" (possibly Commander Harry Cecil Brand Pipon) recorded that: "[Underhill] is going on well, but will probably take some time to get quite well. In the meantime Brookfield has put on a fourth stripe & is thoroughly enjoying himself as acting captain. He is very unfussy and quite undisturbed at any close work on the bridge which is very pleasant. Old Underhill used to get very nervous & consequently troublesome."[1] Temeraire soon received a proper new Captain when Francis Wade Caulfeild was appointed to her in mid-February.

Brookfield retired on 1 September 1921 and was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List dated 24 June, 1925.

World War II

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edwin V. Underhill
Captain of H.M.S. Temeraire
31 Dec, 1918 – Feb, 1919
Succeeded by
Francis W. Caulfeild


  1. HAL ?, ROYAL NAVY - 1919 Original Archive of Seven Manuscript Letters Handwritten by a Royal Navy Officer of the HMS Temeraire Detailing the Ship's Role in Settling the Post World War Eastern Mediterranean.