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Arthur Francis Lysons Atwood, O.B.E.


Captain, RCN


Born: 1869, Rodmarton, Gloucestershire, England


Died: 03 Dec 1950, Halifax, Nova Scotia


ATWOOD, Arthur Francis Lysons - died at his home in Halifax, December 30, was buried with full naval honors in Holy Cross cemetery, Halifax, on January 2, following requiem high mass at St. Mary's Basilica. Senior naval officers from the Atlantic Command, including Rear-Admiral E.R. Mainguy, OBE, Flag Officer Atlantic Coast, attended the funeral. Born in Rodmarton, Gloucestershire, England, in 1869, Captain Atwood entered the Royal Navy as a cadet at the age of 12. He subsequently saw service in destroyers in the Mediterranean, specialized in gunnery, and, from 1914 to 1917, was Gunnery Officer-in-Charge in the RN Barracks at Chatham. In 1917 he transferred to the RCN with the rank of Commander and in November of that year took command of the cruiser HMCS "Niobe". He remained in the ship until May 1919, when he was appointed to an administrative post in the Halifax dockyard. He retired from the RCN in July, 1920, in the rank of captain, and shortly after, as a civilian, was appointed Armament Supply Officer in the dockyard. He retired from the Civil Service in 1930. Captain Atwood was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1925 for services in the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy. Surviving him are a daughter, Mrs. T.E. White of Bedford, and three sons, John, of Chicago, Arthur of Arvida, Que., and Captain Lorenzo L. Atwood, VRD, RCN, who is at present attending the National Defence College, Kingston. (CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, February, 1951)


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