Alexander Riall Wadham Woods

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Vice-Admiral REV. Alexander Riall Wadham Woods, D.S.O., Royal Navy, Retired (19 October, 1880 – 1 November, 1954) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

On the occasion of the resignation of Admiral Sir Francis C. B. Bridgeman as First Sea Lord, Woods was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 9 December, 1912.[1] Bridgeman had written to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston S. Churchill, on 8 December:

I should be obliged if my resignation should be associated with his promotion at this time; he is regarded as the most able and experienced Signal Lieutenant in the Navy; he served with me in several commands, and I cannot say too much in his favour.[2]

Flag Commander on Iron Duke at the Battle of Jutland.

On 15 September he was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) for his services at Jutland.[3]

He was appointed as captain of the third class protected cruiser Topaze on 22 August, 1916, remaining with her through the end of the war.[4]

In September 1924, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Concord.[5]


  • "Rev A. R. W. Woods" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 2 November, 1954. Issue 53078, col F, p. 6.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Cecil H. Fox
Captain of H.M.S. Topaze
22 Aug, 1916[6] – 1919
Succeeded by
Cuthbert D. Longstaff
Preceded by
Gilbert G. P. Hewett
Captain of H.M.S. Greenwich
17 Aug, 1922[7]
Succeeded by
Arthur M. Lecky
Preceded by
Henry G. Thursfield
Captain of H.M.S. Concord
30 Sep, 1924[8][9]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Kennedy-Purvis


  1. The London Gazette: no. 28673. p. 9696. 20 December, 1912.
  2. Bridgeman to Churchill. Letter of 8 December, 1912. Copies of Churchill-Bridgeman correspondence. p. 5. The National Archives. CAB 37/113. No. 135.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29751. p. 9071. 15 September, 1916.
  4. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 921.
  5. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 921.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 242.
  8. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  9. Day of month taken from predecessor. Thursfield Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 276.