Godfrey Noel Brewer

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Captain Godfrey Noel Brewer, D.S.O., R.N. (17 March, 1901 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

As with many men born c. 1899 or later, his Service Records at The National Archives do not reflect activity between 1931 and 1939 or so.

Life & Career

Brewer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 June, 1922.[1]

He served in H.M.S. Royal Sovereign from September 1917 through the end of the war.

Brewer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 June, 1930.[2]

In March and April, 1934, he spent a month in Whitehall at Wei-hai-wei and then took her to Shanghai and Hong Kong in mid to late April.[3]

Brewer was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1935.[4]

Brewer was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1943. He was awarded a D.S.O. on 19 October "for gallantry and devotion to duty in determined & successful attacks on U-boats."[5]

Shortly after the war, Captain Simpson wrote of Brewer, "An experiencedd small ship and destroyer commander who has done sterling work in command of 1st Escort Group, which has accounted for several U-boats this summer whilst acting as a Support Group. Captain Brewer's combination of intelligence and experience gives him very sound judgment and correct decision. A cheerful personality and natural leader. A gifted jazz pianist whose talents are a great asset to the life of his messmates ashore and afloat. Sound health." Admiral Horton concurred.[6]

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Michael W. Ewart-Wentworth
Captain of H.M.S. Wrestler
22 Sep, 1931
Succeeded by
Dudley B. Dowling
Preceded by
Frederick R. G. Maunsell
Captain of H.M.S. Whitehall
3 Feb, 1933 – 1934
Succeeded by
John Bostock
Preceded by
Denys R. Brocklebank
Captain of H.M.S. Diamond
c. Dec, 1934
Succeeded by
Norman L. Dwane
Preceded by
Victor C. Dorman-Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Castor
7 Jul, 1935
Succeeded by
Vessel Decommissioned
Preceded by
Patrick W. B. Brooking
Captain of H.M.S. Ceres
17 Jul, 1935[7]
Succeeded by
Arthur H. S. Casswell
Preceded by
Henry J. Haynes
Captain of H.M.S. Vanquisher
? – c. Jun, 1936
Succeeded by
Edward G. Le Geyt
Preceded by
Geoffrey N. Oliver
Captain of H.M.S. Veteran
c. Jun, 1936
Succeeded by
John E. Broome
Preceded by
George D. Belben
Captain of H.M.S. Ardent
? – c. Oct, 1938
Succeeded by
John F. Barker
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Maori
15 Oct, 1938 – 30 May, 1940
Succeeded by
Harold T. Armstrong

Footnotes

  1. Brewer Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/94/87. f. 87.
  2. Brewer Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/94/87. f. 87.
  3. "Royal Navy." The Times (London, England), 13 Apr. 1934, p. 26.
  4. Brewer Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/94/87. f. 87.
  5. Brewer Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/94/87. f. 87.
  6. Brewer Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/94/87. f. 87.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 222.