Clement Moody

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Sir Clement Moody

Vice-Admiral Sir Clement Moody in 1946 courtesy © National Portrait Gallery, London.
Born31 May 1891
Frensham, Surrey, England
Died6 July 1960 (age 69)
Fleet, Hampshire, England
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
Service BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom from 1801.png Royal Navy
Years Active (44 yrs)1904-1948
Highest RankAdmiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Admiral
Commands heldHMS Curacoa
HMS Eagle
Naval Air Division
Naval Air Stations
Aircraft Carriers, Home Fleet
Aircraft Carriers (Eastern Fleet)
Air, East Indies Station
East Indies Fleet
South Atlantic Station

Admiral Sir Clement Moody KCB. CB. (31 May 1891 – 6 July 1960), was a Royal Navy flag officer who went on to serve as Flag Officer (Air) East Indies Station from 1944 to 1946, Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet, 1946 and finally as Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic from 1946 to 1948.[1]

Naval Career

Moody was appointed a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy in 1911. He served in the First World War. He was appointed Experimental Commander, HMS Excellent, 1926–27. On 30 June 1933 he was promoted to Captain. In 1935 he was appointed Commanding Officer, HMS Curacoa (light cruiser). Imperial Defence College, 1936; Commanding Officer, HMS Eagle, 1937–39; Director of Naval Air Division, 1939–41.[2]

Flag Appointments

On 8 July 1941 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral. On 30 September 1941 he was appointed Rear-Admiral, Naval Air Stations until April 1943; He was then next appointed Rear-Admiral, Aircraft Carriers, Home Fleet on 21 May 1943 until November 1943. On 1 December 1943 he was sent to the Far East and appointed Rear-Admiral, Aircraft Carriers, Eastern Fleet until June 1944. On 31 December 1944 he was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral.[3]

On 31 December 1944 he was next appointed Flag Officer (Air) East Indies Station until December, 1945. On 15 December 1945 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet and held that post until 8 March 1946. On 19 July 1946 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic and remained in that post until 5 June 1948. On 2 September 1948 he was advanced to the rank of Admiral. He was retired from the Royal Navy on 28 September at own request to facilitate the promotion of junior officers.[4]


He was educated at Royal Naval College, Osborne and Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.[5]


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