Who's Who - William Goodenough

William Goodenough William Edmund Goodenough (1867-1945) served with the Royal Navy during World War One, most notably during the Battle of Jutland.

Goodenough's forte was in management of light cruisers, the advance force which served to alert the Grand Fleet of impending danger (or, alternately, opportunity).

Given command of the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron from 1913-16 he administered command from HMS Southampton.  He saw more wartime service than most of his naval colleagues, with action at Heligoland Bight in August 1914 and Dogger Bank in January 1915, both successful actions.

He followed these up with a scouting role during the Battle of Jutland, possibly the greatest (and last) demonstration of equal sea power in history.  Fought on 31 May/1 June Goodenough's role in the battle was creditable enough, in contrast to many of his colleagues (and which possibly cost Jellicoe a great victory).

Subsequently promoted to Rear-Admiral in the wake of Jutland in 1916, he was handed command of 2nd Battle Squadron until the armistice.

An Adrian Helmet was a French regulation helmet named after its designer.

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