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Lieutenant General Sir William Howley Goodenough KCB (5 April 1833 – 24 June 1898) was a British Army officer who became General Officer Commanding North-West District.

Sir William Howley Goodenough
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Sir William Howley Goodenough
Born 5 April 1833
Died 24 June 1898 (1898-06-25) (aged 65)
Anerley, KwaZulu-Natal
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Indian Rebellion
Anglo-Egyptian War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Military careerEdit

Born the son of Edmund Goodenough, Head Master of Westminster School,[1] Goodenough was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 20 June 1849.[2] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 April 1851, to captain on 1 January 1856 and to major on 20 July 1858.[3] He fought and was wounded at the Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Rebellion.[1] Promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 25 March 1869, he became military attaché in Vienna in 1871.[1]

He commanded the artillery during the Anglo-Egyptian War in 1882.[4] He went on to be Inspector-General of Royal Artillery in August 1886, General Officer Commanding North-West District in July 1889 and General Officer Commanding, Chatham District in April 1890.[5] His last appointment was as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope in December 1894, in which capacity he briefly acted as Governor of Cape Colony in 1897, before retiring in October 1898.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Edmund Burke: Annual register. Longmans Green and Co., 1899
  2. ^ The new army list, and militia list. 1855, p. 240
  3. ^ Hart’s annual Army list, Militia list, and Imperial Yeomanry list. 1870, p. 167
  4. ^ "Lieutenant-General Sir William Howley Goodenough (1833-98)". Royal Collection. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Army Commands" (PDF). Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
Military offices
Preceded by
New Post
GOC North Western District
Succeeded by
Julian Hall