William Herbert Sandford

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Commander (emergency) William Herbert Sandford, R.N. (10 March, 1887 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Kildarton, Armagh. Sandford entered the navy direct from Worcester in September, 1903.

Sandford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 March, 1908.

Sandford resigned his commission on 23 September, 1911 following discovery of debts he'd accrued in T.B. 067 and Prince of Wales, and it was decreed that he was not to be placed on the Emergency List. Sandford later attempted, unsuccessfully, to cancel his resignation. He was eventually placed on the Emergency List on 19 August, 1914, presumably as a push to help the Navy reach staffing demands.

Sandford was admitted to Plymouth Hospital to be treated for gonorrhea on 1 February, 1915. He emerged fit on 17 May. He spent most of 1915 in Devonport at the barracks and submitted a design for a Mechanical Adjuster of Time Fuses. The Admiralty thanked him for his zeal and ingenuity and took out a secret patent on the idea before year's end.

Sandford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 March, 1916.

Sandford was appointed in command of the destroyer Mansfield on 8 July, 1917.[1]

Sandford was promoted to the rank of Commander on 11 November, 1918.

Sandford was in bankruptcy in 1920.

The Navy had some difficulty locating him in the inter-war period, but again got in touch. He was informed in 1939 that his services could not be used at present.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Richard M. Welby
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 067
Captain of H.M. T.B. 067
7 Jun, 1910[2] – Nov, 1910
Succeeded by
Reginald H. Ransome
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. P24
4 Dec, 1915 – 1 Aug, 1916
Succeeded by
Edmund H. Hopkinson
Preceded by
Alan M. Yeats-Brown
Captain of H.M.S. Exe
7 Nov, 1916[3] – 6 Apr, 1917
Succeeded by
Lawrence F. N. Ommanney
Preceded by
Robert H. B. Hammond-Chambers
Captain of H.M.S. Tartar
6 Apr, 1917 – 24 Apr, 1917
Succeeded by
Guy K. Twiss
Preceded by
Gordon McL. Cameron
Captain of H.M.S. Ophelia
26 Apr, 1917 – 2 Jul, 1917
Succeeded by
Hamilton C. Allen
Preceded by
Alan F. W. Howard
Captain of H.M.S. Mansfield
8 Jul, 1917[4] – 7 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 841.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 14 June, 1910. Issue 39298, col E, p. 12.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 394i.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 841.