The Goodenough Medal and Fund was an annual prize of a gold medal awarded to the Sub-Lieutenant who achieved the highest gunnery examination for the given year and who also achieved a first-class certificate in seamanship.
Paraphrasing the description in the Navy List:
It was founded in memory of the late Captain James G. Goodenough, C.B., G.C.M., who died on 20th August, 1875, whilst serving as Commodore on the Australian Station, from wounds Inflicted with poisoned arrows in an unprovoked attack by natives of Santa Cruz—consists of a sum of about 800 pounds sterling. The interest of this sum is employed annually in providing a Gold Medal, called the Goodenough Medal, which is conferred on the Sub-Lieutenant who, when qualifying for the rank of Lieutenant, passes the best examination of his year In Gunnery, provided he has also taken a first-class certificate in Seamanship. Any balance that remains after payment of expenses is also handed over to him.
The recipients are denoted in Navy Lists by a triangle in a circle appearing after their name in the seniority lists.
Other Gunnery Prizes
- The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 2333.