George Evelyn Laverton Atwood

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Commander (retired) George Evelyn Laverton Atwood (30 April, 1891 – 28 May, 1955) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of the Reverend George Atwood passed out of the Training Establishment with one month's time gained on 15 September, 1908 and was appointed to the battleship London of the Channel Fleet. After completing his second appointment in Invincible in mid-November, 1909, Atwood managed to have Captain Mark Kerr record that he was "untrustworthy" and that he "dislikes hard work."[1]

On 26 January, 1910, Atwood was admitted to Portland Hospital with tonsilitis. On 8 February, he was discharged back to duty in his new appointment in H.M.S. Warrior.

On 15 September 1910, Atwood was appointed to the pre-dreadnought Britannia. He left her on 18 September, 1911 to undertake his examinations.

Atwood was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant on 15 December, 1911.[2]

In the first half of 1913, Atwood received Engine Room training, having been denied this certificate by the Engineer Officer in Britannia two years previously. He did, however, manage to earn this on 14 July, 1913.[3]

Atwood completed a stint in Alarm on 2 December was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 December, 1913.[4]

When war broke out, Atwood was in a new, temporary appointment in H.M.S. Mars. On 2 September, 1914 he was appointed to the dreadnought battleship Hercules. He served in her through until he was appointed to the destroyer Nemesis on 12 August, 1915. On 2 December, 1915, he moved from her to await the commissioning of the new Magic. Superseded in Magic on 9 January, 1917, Atwood received an appointment in command of P11 five days later.[5]

On 30 November 1917, Atwood was appointed in command of the Saracen, where he would spend about seven months.

Atwood was appointed in command of the destroyer Mastiff on 14 July, 1918.[6]

Post-War

Atwood commanded Minos briefly before on 17 April, 1919, proceeding from Oban to assume temporary command of Nerissa. By July, he was back with Minos briefly before being appointed in command of the destroyer Undine on 2 August, 1919. At the end of March 1921, Admiral Tupper expressed his appreciation for Atwood's good services. He would be superseded in command of Undine on 2 August, 1921 after precisely two years in command and he was placed on half pay when an appointment to Revenge was cancelled. Atwood was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander while still on half pay, on 15 December, 1921.[7]

Atwood was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 9 June, 1922.[8]

Atwood was promoted to the rank of Commander on the Retired List on 30 April, 1931.[9]

World War II

In mid 1940, Atwood was appointed for duty at Lowestoft. After three weeks, he was sent to Minos. In February, 1941 he travelled to Liverpool as N.L.O., vice Prescott-Roberts. On 18 August, 1941 he was sent to Torch, additional, as Staff Officer (O) & (I), Holyhead, vice Kennedy. He worked in this capacity until being reverted to the Retired List in September, 1945, receiving a commendation for good service by Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur J. Landon
Captain of H.M.S. P11
4 Jan, 1917[11] – 30 Nov, 1917[12]
Succeeded by
Noel H. Beaver
Preceded by
Leslie T. Creery Hill
Captain of H.M.S. Saracen
30 Nov, 1917[13] – Jul, 1918[14]
Succeeded by
James Figgins
Preceded by
George C. H. Lawson
Captain of H.M.S. Mastiff
14 Jul, 1918[15] – 16 Apr, 1919[16]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Christopher H. Petrie
Captain of H.M.S. Miranda
16 Apr, 1919[17] – 4 Jun, 1919[18]
Succeeded by
Charles T. A. Bunbury
Preceded by
Charles T. A. Bunbury
Captain of H.M.S. Minos
May, 1919[19] – 4 Jun, 1919[20]
Succeeded by
George E. L. Atwood
Preceded by
Lionel S. M. Adam
Captain of H.M.S. Nerissa
4 Jun, 1919[21] – Jul, 1919[22]
Succeeded by
Lionel S. M. Adam
Preceded by
George E. L. Atwood
Captain of H.M.S. Minos
Jul, 1919[23] – 2 Aug, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Philip W. S. King
Captain of H.M.S. Undine
2 Aug, 1919[25][26] – 2 Aug, 1921[27]
Succeeded by
David B. Nicol

Footnotes

  1. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 4.
  3. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  4. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  5. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 844.
  7. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  8. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  9. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  10. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  11. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396d.
  12. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  13. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  14. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  15. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 844.
  16. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  17. The Navy List. (May, 1919). p. 847.
  18. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  19. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  20. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  21. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  22. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  23. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  24. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  25. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.
  26. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 879.
  27. Atwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/94. f. 93.