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
William J. B. Law
Captain of H.M.S. Topaze
22 Aug, 1916[6]
Succeeded by
Cuthbert D. Longstaff
Preceded by
Henry G. Thursfield
Captain of H.M.S. Concord
Sep, 1924[7]
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. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.