Reginald Stannus Goff

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Captain (retired) Reginald Stannus Goff, C.B.E., D.S.O. (27 February, 1882 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Southampton and raised by his mother, Goff gained seven months' time on passing out of Britannia.[1]

Goff was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1903. In April 1905 passed exam as Interpreter in Japanese as arranged by D.N.E..[2]

In 1907, he was told to exercise more caution after damaging Cynthia at Hull. On 10 February 1910, he left Cynthia for command of Garry. In June, he commenced 17 months studying Japanese on the books of Minotaur, being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1911.[3]

Goff stayed on in Japan during an absence of the Naval Attache, Tokyo. Upon his return in September 1912, the Attache reported that Goff had been extremely useful and had gotten on well with his Japanese counterparts while reporting on thei naval manoeuvres. Goff commenced to find his own way home on 20 November 1912, arriving home on 24 January, 1913.[4]

Goff was appointed in command of the destroyer Ure on 25 February, 1913.[5]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Garland on 25 November, 1913.[6] He was her captain at the Battle of Jutland, operating as part of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla.[7] Goff's performance in Garland during the battle was lauded, as he had immediately reported the presence of the enemy, fired guns and torpedoes judiciously and had escorted and stood by Porpoise to ensure her safe return to the Tyne. Goff was specially promoted for the services to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1916.[8]

Post-War

Goff was placed on the Retired List at his own request upon the expiration of his foreign service leave, that date being 11 August, 1922.[9]

Goff was promoted to the rank of Captain on 27 February, 1927.[10]

World War II

Surprisingly, Goff served in the European Theatre despite his uncommon command of the Japanese language. On 22 August 1939, he was appointed Consular Shipping Adviser with N.C.S. Duties Oslo. On 10 April 1940, appointed Consular Shipping Adviser with N.C.S. Duties Stockholm.

On 9 April 1941, Goff was appointed N.C.S.O. Liverpool vice Champion. On 24 June 1942, he was granted acting rank of Captain while holding that same appointment.

Goff reverted to Retired List on 4 September, 1945. He was made C.B.E. in the New Year's Honours of 1946 and in 1947 was awarded the King Haakon Liberty Cross for services rendered to Norway during the war.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry R. Heathcote
Captain of H.M.S. Cynthia
11 Jun, 1907[12] – 10 Feb, 1910
Succeeded by
Robert L. Jermain
Preceded by
Percy Johnson
Captain of H.M.S. Garry
10 Feb, 1910 – 10 Jun, 1910
Succeeded by
Lewis G. E. Crabbe
Preceded by
Hugh Seymour
Captain of H.M.S. Ure
25 Feb, 1913[13] – 9 Aug, 1913
Succeeded by
Evelyn H. B. L. Scrivener
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Garland
25 Nov, 1913[14]c. Jun, 1916
Succeeded by
David B. Nicol
Preceded by
David B. Nicol
Captain of H.M.S. Peyton
8 Jul, 1916[Inference] – 14 Sep, 1916
Succeeded by
Charles L. M. M. Crichton
Preceded by
Cecil R. Hemans
Captain of H.M.S. Rapid
14 Sep, 1916[15] – 14 Nov, 1918
Succeeded by
Alban T. B. Curteis
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Campbell
14 Nov, 1918 – 24 Dec, 1918
Succeeded by
Philip E. V. Townshend

Footnotes

  1. Goff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/153. f. 154.
  2. Goff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/153. f. 154.
  3. Goff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/153. f. 154.
  4. Goff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/153. f. 154.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 388.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 321.
  7. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
  8. Goff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/153. f. 154.
  9. Goff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/153. f. 154.
  10. Goff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/153. f. 154.
  11. Goff Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/153. f. 154.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 298.
  13. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 388.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394h.
  15. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397i.