Robert William Garnham

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Chief Gunner Robert William Garnham, (6 December, 1867 – 19 March, 1916) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Garnham was promoted to the rank of Gunner on 21 January, 1896. He was awarded an Africa General Service Medal in 1904. His early evaluations were generally positive, such as those from Lieutenant Coode and Commander Stoppard.

Garnham served in Leviathan from mid-January, 1907 through March 1908, during which time Captain Boothby found him "not specially recd" and then served a further two years in Black Prince until April 1910, where Captain Barton regarded him as being "slow" and "lacking in intelligence."

After twenty months in Andromache, where Commander Cobbe found him "zealous and hardworking," Garnham was promoted to the rank of Chief Gunner on 1 April, 1912.

He was appointed to St. George to serve in T.B.Ds. of the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla on 5 August, 1912 until being sent to Wallington, additional, for T.B.Ds. on 2 November, 1915.

Garnham was one of four men lost when the trawler Valpa was mined on 19 March, 1916 off Immingham.[1] His body was washed ashore on 18/19 July and was buried in Heligoland Cemetery. He left a widow in Gillingham, Kent.

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward S. Graham
Captain of H.M. T.B. 079
22 Apr, 1912 – May, 1912
Succeeded by
George B. Hazell


  1. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 186.