Alfred Edmund Godsal

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Commander Alfred Edmund Godsal, D.S.O., R.N. (2 December, 1884 or 8 January, 1885 – 10 May, 1918) served in the Royal Navy.

He was the cousin of Wilfred Parke.

Life & Career

His Service Records clearly give two separate dates for his birth, suggesting perhaps there was some fibbing.

Godsal ranked ninth among 62 successful candidates in examinations for entry to the Britannia intake term of September 1899, with 2577 marks.[1]

Godsal was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 March, 1905.

Godsal was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 March, 1913.

Godsal was appointed to the battleship Centurion as she was still building, on 20 November, 1912. He served in her as torpedo officer through 11 February, 1918, being promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1917.

In February, 1918, he was placed on the books of President, and was involved in the planning, preparation and execution for the Zeebrugge Raid, in which he was wounded.

He was eventually killed on the night of 9/10 May in Vindictive as he moved forward to get a better view as she was expended as part of the blocking operation of the Second Raid.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Maurice B. Leslie
Captain of H.M.S. Brilliant
? – 24 Apr, 1918[2]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Alfred F. B. Carpenter
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
? – 10 May, 1918[3]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Aug 12, 1899; pg. 8; Issue 35906.
  2. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 129.
  3. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 132.