Edouard Gaudin

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Engineer Rear-Admiral Edouard Gaudin, C.B., R.N. (25 July, 1865 – 8 March, 1945) served in the Royal Navy.

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.[1]

Gaudin became a naval engineer student at Devonport in 1880.[2]

Gaudin passed qualification as an Interpreter in French in November, 1892.[3] He had previously been sent out to Australia on a French ocean liner to clandestinely gather information on her water tube boilers.

Gaudin was appointed to oversee the completion of the destroyer Albatross on 6 July, 1896.[4]

Gaudin was appointed to the armoured cruiser Good Hope on 1 October, 1903.[5]

In 1905-1907, Gaudin was serving in the Naval Intelligence Department.[6][7]

Gaudin was appointed to the Dreadnought on 14 December, 1908.[8]

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."[9]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George G. Goodwin
Deputy Engineer-in-Chief
8 Jun, 1917[10]
Succeeded by
Robert B. Dixon


  1. Email to Tone from Mike Bisson, 2 August, 2017.
  2. Obituary. The Times, 9 March, 1945. pg. 7, 50087 C.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 432a.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1897). p. 197.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1904). p. 320.
  6. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 352.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 532.
  8. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 304.
  9. Brown. The Grand Fleet. p. 94.
  10. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 871, 1820.