William Allmond Codrington Goode
|Sir William A.C. Goode
|Colonial Secretary of Singapore|
|Preceded by||Wilfred Lawson Blythe|
|Succeeded by||Edgeworth Beresford David|
|Governor of Singapore|
9 December 1957 – 3 June 1959
|Preceded by||Sir Robin Black|
|Succeeded by||None (Office dissolved)|
|1st Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Singapore|
3 June 1959 – 1 December 1959
|Preceded by||Newly created post|
|Succeeded by||Yusof Ishak|
|Governor of North Borneo|
1 December 1959 – 15 September 1963
|Preceded by||Sir Roland Turnbull|
|Succeeded by||None (office dissolved)|
8 June 1907|
Twickenham, Middlesex, England
|Died||15 September 1986
Goring-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire, England
Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode GCMG (8 June 1907 – 15 September 1986) was a British colonial officer who served as governor and Colonial Secretary to various Far Eastern colonies in the 20th century. Goode was the last Governor of the Crown Colony of Singapore, and the British protectorate of North Borneo.
Malaya, Singapore and Borneo
Goode joined the Malayan Civil Service in 1931, studying law in his spare time. He was admitted to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1936. From 1936 to 1939 he served as District Officer, Raub, and thereafter as Assistant Financial Secretary of Singapore in 1939. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Civil Defence, Singapore in 1940, serving in the Singapore Volunteer Corps as a Lance Corporal during the Second World War. After the colony's capitulation in 1942, he was taken prisoner by the Japanese and sent to work in Siam on the Burma Railway from 1943 to 1945. He remained in Malaya after the war, and in 1948 became Deputy Economic Secretary to the Federation. In 1949 he was posted to Aden as Chief Secretary, where he also acted as Governor from 1950-1951. He returned to Singapore as Colonial Secretary in 1953 and became the colony's last British Governor in 1957. In 1959, as part of transitional arrangements, he was made Yang di-Pertuan Negara of the State of Singapore from June to December, and United Kingdom Commissioner. From 1960 to 1963 he was Governor and Commander-in-Chief of North Borneo.
In 1938, Goode married Mary Harding. She died in 1947 and three years later he married Ena Mary McLaren.
Goode died in Goring-on-Thames in 1986, aged 79.
- Chief Secretary of Aden (1949–1953)
- Acting Governor of Aden (1950–1951)
- Acting Governor of Singapore (1955)
- Colonial Secretary (1953–1957) [position renamed to Chief Secretary in 1955]
- Last Governor of Singapore (1957–59)
- First Yang di-Pertuan Negara (Head of State) of Singapore (1959)
- Last Governor of British North Borneo (1959–1963)
- "William A.C. Goode". Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board Singapore. 2005. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- Gullick, J.M. "Goode, Sir William Allmond Codrington (1907–1986)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/64116. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Sir Robin Black
|Governor of Singapore
|New title||Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Singapore
Sir Roland Turnbull
|Governor of North Borneo