From 5-9 November 1914, Rear-Admiral Ernest Charles Troubridge stood trial for: ‘from negligence or through other default, forbear to pursue the chase of His Imperial German Majesty’s ship ‘Goeben’, being an enemy then flying’ (ADM 156/76). The case against Troubridge, outlined in various documents held here, reveals the difficult and demanding nature of command during a time of conflict, and especially the delicate problem of interpreting orders.
The service record of Rear-Admiral Troubridge, available to view online, reveals an experienced naval officer. Born in 1862, Troubridge first entered the Navy in 1875 and became a Lieutenant in September 1884. Promotions to Commander (1895), Captain (1901), and Rear-Admiral (1911) followed and prior to the outbreak of war in August 1914, Troubridge’s record is full of positive remarks from superior officers regarding his ability, tact and judgement as a naval officer (ADM 196/87/120).