Charles Woodhouse

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Charles Henry Lawrence Woodhouse
The Royal Navy during the Second World War A15204.jpg
Captain C H L Woodhouse ( left), HM King George VI (centre) and Admiral Sir John Tovey (right) aboard HMS Howe
Born9 July 1893
East Retford district, Nottinghamshire
Died23 September 1978 (1978-09-24) (aged 85)
Warlingham, Surrey
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1906–1952
Commands heldHMS Ajax
HMS Howe
East Indies Station
Battles/warsBattle of the River Plate (1939)
Commander, Order of Merit (Chile);
Silver Medal of Concepcion

Admiral Sir Charles Henry Lawrence Woodhouse KCB (9 July 1893 – 23 September 1978) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Woodhouse joined the Royal Navy in 1906.[1] He served in World War I and specialized in gunnery.[1] In 1935 he was appointed Assistant Director of Naval Equipment at the Admiralty.[1]

He captained HMS Ajax in the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939.[1] In October 1940 he became Director of the Local Division at the Admiralty and in April 1942 he assumed command of HMS Howe.[1] In March 1944 he went on to be Director of Naval Ordnance at the Admiralty.[1]

After the War he became Second-in-Command of the Carrier Fleet and in 1948 he was made Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station; he retired in 1950.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

In the 1956 film The Battle of the River Plate, Woodhouse was played by Ian Hunter.


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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Palliser
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Oliver