Godfrey Harry Brydges Mundy

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Lieutenant Godfrey Mundy and other officers of Ardent, mid-1890s.
Photograph: Navy & Army Illustrated.

Admiral Godfrey Harry Brydges Mundy, C.B., D.S.O., M.V.O., Royal Navy, Retired (11 August, 1860 – 7 October, 1928) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Mundy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 29 June, 1883.[1]

He was appointed to the Royal Adelaide[2] as Flag Lieutenant to Sir Augustus Phillimore, Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, on 5 March, 1885. He ceased this duty on 25 May, 1887, and on 7 July was appointed to Vernon for command of T.B. 52 for the Jubilee naval review.[3]

On 22 October he was appointed to Excellent for the short course in torpedo and gunnery, before being appointed to Dreadnought on 14 November, which he joined on 13 December.[4] The Dreadnought, serving in the Mediterranean, had a notable complement. The Captain was Noel S. F. Digby; the Commander was Prince Louis of Battenberg; and amongst the Lieutenants were Charles J. Briggs and Prince George of Wales.[5] He was superseded at his own request on 16 November, 1889, and was ordered to make his way home at his own request: "no promise can be given how long he will be unemployed." This wasn't long, for on 4 February, 1890, he was appointed to the Triumph.[6]

On 22 June, 1891, he was appointed to Duke of Wellington as Flag Lieutenant to the Earl of Clanwilliam, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth.[7]

Mundy was appointed in command of the destroyer Ardent on 30 April, 1895.[8]

Commander

Mundy was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1896.[9]

Captain

Mundy was promoted to the rank of Captain on 26 June, 1902.[10] In September, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Isis.[11]

On the occasion of the King's visit to Austria he was appointed a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) on 9 October, 1903.[12]

In January 1905, he was made captain of the armoured cruiser King Alfred.[13]

A rapid series of battleship commands followed. In August of 1905, he was placed in command of Victorious, remaining there until the following August,[14] when he became captain of Canopus until February of 1908,[15] then right over to Commonwealth until December.[16]

On 5 December, 1908, he was appointed Captain Superintendent of Pembroke Dockyard.[17]

Flag Rank

Mundy was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 11 April, 1912, vice Shortland.[18] He was appointed Admiral Superintendent of Devonport Dockyard on 11 December, 1913, in succession to Rear-Admiral Robert H. S. Stokes.[19]

Mundy was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1917.[20] He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 19 August, 1917, vice Slade,[21] and was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 19 September.[22] His last service was as Vice-Admiral in the North Atlantic Convoy from 1917 to 1918. He was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) on 1 January, 1919.[23] He was promoted to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 7 October, 1920.[24]

Medals

Order of the Bath (Civil); Royal Victorian Order; Distinguished Service Order; Egypt 1882, no clasp; British War and Victory Medals; Khedive's Star.

Bibliography

  • "Admiral G. H. B. Mundy" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 9 October, 1928. Issue 45019, col A, p. 21.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 52
1 Jul, 1887[25]
Succeeded by
Robert J. Prendergast
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Ardent
30 Apr, 1895[26][27] – 1 Apr, 1897[28]
Succeeded by
E. Hyde Parker
Preceded by
Henry L. Tottenham
Captain of H.M.S. Barham
11 Jan, 1901[29] – mid Jul, 1902[Inference]
Succeeded by
William C. Pakenham
Preceded by
Charles Windham
Captain of H.M.S. Isis
18 Sep, 1902[30] – 3 Jan, 1905[31]
Succeeded by
Charles F. Sowerby
Preceded by
Herbert G. King-Hall
Captain of H.M.S. King Alfred
3 Jan, 1905[32] – 14 Jul, 1905[33]
Succeeded by
Charles D. Granville
Preceded by
Ernest C. T. Troubridge
Captain of H.M.S. Victorious
15 Aug, 1905[34] – 25 Aug, 1906[35]
Succeeded by
Robert F. Scott
Preceded by
Douglas A. Gamble
Captain of H.M.S. Canopus
30 Apr, 1907[36] – 1 Feb, 1908[37]
Succeeded by
William O. Story
Preceded by
Montague E. Browning
Captain of H.M.S. Commonwealth
1 Feb, 1908[38] – 4 Dec, 1908[39]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Horace L. A. Hood
Preceded by
Henry C. Kingsford
Captain Superintendent, Pembroke Dockyard
5 Dec, 1908[40][41] – 5 Dec, 1911[42]
Succeeded by
Alfred E. A. Grant
Preceded by
Robert H. S. Stokes
Admiral Superintendent, Devonport Dockyard
11 Dec, 1913[43][44] – 18 Dec, 1916[45]
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur J. Henniker-Hughan, Bart.

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25247. p. 3378. 3 July, 1883.
  2. The Navy List. (September, 1885). p. 233.
  3. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 2 July, 1887. Issue 32114, col C, p. 12.
  4. ADM 196/39. f. 928.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 205.
  6. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 928.
  7. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 928.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 18 April, 1895. Issue 34554, col C, p. 4.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 26757. p. 3978. 10 July, 1896.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27448. p. 4198. 26 June, 1902.
  11. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 27604. p. 6147. 9 October, 1903.
  13. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  14. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  15. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  16. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  17. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 20 November, 1908. Issue 38809, col E, p. 14.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 28599. p. 2704. 16 April, 1912.
  19. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 12 December, 1913. Issue 40393, col E, p. 6.
  20. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29886. p. 1. 1 January, 1917.
  21. The London Gazette: no. 30248. p. 8703. 24 August, 1917.
  22. The London Gazette: no. 30313. p. 10050. 28 September, 1917.
  23. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 115. 1 January, 1919.
  24. The London Gazette: no. 32081. p. 9891. 12 October, 1920.
  25. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 2 July, 1887. Issue 32114, col C, p. 12.
  26. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 928.
  27. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 18 April, 1895. Issue 34554, col C, p. 4.
  28. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 928.
  29. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 229.
  30. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  31. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  32. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  33. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  34. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  35. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  36. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  37. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  38. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 189.
  39. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 189.
  40. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 20 November, 1908. Issue 38809, col E, p. 14.
  41. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  42. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  43. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 12 December, 1913. Issue 40393, col E, p. 6.
  44. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  45. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.