Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (HKRNVR) Officers
1939-1945

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A      
Ashby,
Ronald Robert Willson
see: RNVR officers' section  

B      
Brewer,
Herbert Ernest
"Tommy"
H.E. Brewer H.E. Brewer
Son of Herbert Edney Brewer, and of Constance Isabel Brewer, of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

1917 ?
-
28.07.1942
(road traffic accident on the A1) [age 25]
[Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Naval Reservation, grave 1447]
S.Lt.
02.10.1940
T/S.Lt. RNVR
17.07.1942, seniority 02.10.1940
Mention in Despatches MID
20.10.1942
Burma 05.42
(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed (served with the Ministry of Information & HM MTB 09 (motor torpedo boat) at Hong Kong; escaped)
(05.1942)


HM ML 1104 (motor launch) (Burma)
17.07.1942
 
 
transferred, RNVR
1942
-
28.07.1942
HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport)
Brown,
Arthur Robert
A.R. Brown
18.06.1889
Grantham, Lincolnshire
-
07.12.1975
Lagos, Portugal
Wt.Offr.
21.10.1938
A/Lt.
1942?, seniority 01.10.1940 (reld 23.04.1946)
05.09.1939
 
 
mobilized
(04.1940)
 
 
no appointment listed
(02.1941)
-
25.12.1941
HMS Tamar III (RN base, Hong Kong) * [in charge of mine watching at one of the island stations and surrendered on Christmas Day 1941]
1941
-
1945
no appointment listed [probably POW in Japanese captivity]
* indexed, but not listed as such
       

C      
Colls,
John Baxter
J.B. Colls
?
-
19.12.1941
(KIA)
[Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 96, column 3]
A/Lt.
02.10.1940
?
-
19.12.1941
Commanding Officer, HM MTB 12 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS Tamar (RN base, Hong Kong)]
       

D      
Divett,
Geoffrey Edward Ross
G.E.R. Divett
(09?).1905
Brentford district, Middlesex
-
1989 ?
[aged 84]
Wt.Offr. 27.04.1940
(12.1941)     no appointment listed (apparently served at APV Stanley)
1941 - 1945 POW in Japanese captivity
Dulley,
Hugh William Macpherson
H.W.M. Dully
Husband of T. Dulley, of Tonbridge, Kent; ... children (one son?).
11.07.1903
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
-
19.12.1941
Hong Kong
[Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 96, column 3]
Lt. 02.12.1936
Lt.Cdr. 15.06.1940
Mention in Despatches MID 02.07.1946 fall of Hong Kong [posthumously]
Rowed for Great Britain in the 1924 Olympics at Paris.
1939 - 1940 HMPS Perla (Hong Kong)
(04.1940)     no appointment listed
(02.1941) - (12.1941) HMS Tamar III (RN base, Hong Kong?) *
1941     HMAPV St Aubin  (which he took to Aden)
11.1941 - 15.12.1941 First Lieutenant, HMS Cornflower (sloop) (ship sunk by Japanese aircraft near Ceylon)
* indexed, but not listed as such
       

E      
       

F      
Forster,
John Jacob
J.J. Forster
Son of Capt. John Forster, Victoria House, Armagh, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.
22.10.1902
[The Netherlands?]
-
25.12.1941
Hong Kong
[Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 96, column 3]
Prob. Cadet
02.12.1938 [37A]
A/S.Lt. (E)
01.10.1940
Education: The Royal School, Armagh (09.1917-12.1918).
(04.1940)
 
 
no appointment listed
(10.1940)
 
 
no appointment listed
(02.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
?
-
25.12.1941
Hong Kong Naval Volunteer Force Headquarters [HMS Cornflower (reserve drill ship, Hong Kong)]
       

G      
Gee,
Arthur Edwin
see: RNVR officers' section  
       

H      
Haddock,
Joseph Robert
J.R. Haddock
?
-
S.Lt. ?
Lt. ?
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 23.07.1946 for outstanding services prior to his capture and devotion to duty whilst a Prisoner of War in the Far East [decoration posted]
      not listed in any wartime Navy Lists
Harriman,
Gilbert Alexander
G.A. Harriman
Third child of Sidney Reeve Harriman (1873-1939), and Caroline Olive Woods (1873-1956).
Married (1924, Hong Kong) Laura Evelyn (1900-); three sons.

10.06.1900
Catford, Lewisham district, London
-
10.05.1981
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wt.Offr. 18.11.1939
Wt.Offr. (Senior Minewatcher) 01.10.1940 (reld 1946?)
15.03.1919     commissioned (2nd Lt.), Royal Air Force (Flying Branch)
(10.1940) - (12.1941) HMS Tamar III (RN base, Hong Kong) *
      POW in Japanese captivity in Sham Shi Po camp for 3 years, 8 months
08.1945     repatriated to Sydney via HMAS Quiberon
? - 1946? HMS Golden Hind (RN manning depot, Sydney, NSW)
Returned to live in Hong Kong after the war and was a founder member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Gilbert arrived in Australia with his wife and three sons aboard the Maetsuycker on 20th February 1948 when a short interview was published in a newspaper. He was a member of the Sydney Stock exchange for many years.
* indexed, but not listed as such
       

 
I      
       

J      
       

K      
Kilbee,
Laurence Dudley
L.D. Kilbee L.D. Kilbee
Son of Dudley Richard Kilbee (1880-...), and Louisa Emma Millson (1882-...).
Married Evelyn Grace Martin (died 08.12.2006); one daughter, two sons.

04.06.1914
Barnet district, Greater London / Hertfordshire / Middlesex
-
01.2006
S.Lt. 29.11.1934
Lt. 16.11.1937
Lt.Cdr. 01.11.1951
Cdr. 03.09.1957 (retd early 1960s)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 09.06.1955 HM's birthday 55: HMS Cornflower

1939-1945 Star

39|45 St - -
Pacific Star Pac St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Royal Naval and Royal Marine Forces Volunteer Reserve Decoration VRD ? -
Royal Naval and Royal Marine Forces Volunteer Reserve Decoration VRD ? 1st clasp
?     joined Hong Kong Naval Volunteer Force (List II) (later Hong Kong RNVR)
12.02.1940 - 25.12.1941 HMS Tamar (RN base, Hong Kong):
? - ? HM MTB 27 (motor torpedo boat)
? - 16.12.1941 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 08 (motor torpedo boat) (lost in air bornbardment)
17.12.1941 - 21.12.1941 Base MTB Officer, Aberdeen Docks, Hong Kong
22.12.1941 - 25.12.1941 First Lieutenant, HM MTB 10 (motor torpedo boat)
25.12.1941 - 1945 POW in Japanese captivity
* indexed, but not listed as such
       

L      
Legge,
David Pauncefoote
see: RNVR officers' section  
       

M      
Morahan,
Bernard Joseph [B]
H.W.M. Dully
(03?).1905
Lambeth district, Greater London
-

A/S.Lt.
08.11.1938
Lt.
15.06.1940
(04.1940)
-
(04.1946)
no appointment listed
 
       

 
N      
Nash,
Walter
W. Nash
?
-

Wt.Offr. (Minewatcher)
25.04.1939
(04.1940)
-
(04.1946)
no appointment listed [captured; POW in Argyle Street Camp]
Nettle,
Percival Edward
P.E. Nettle
?
-

A/S.Lt. 01.10.1940
(12.1941) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
       

O      
       

P      
Parsons,
Thomas Maurice
see: RNVR officers' section  

Q      
       

R      
       

S      
Smalley,
Walter Norman Adams
W.N.A. Smalley
Son of Fred Adams Smalley, timber merchant manager, and Annie Smalley.
Married ((12?).1932, Wandsworth, London) Grace M. Barrett.
Residences: Wandsworth (1920s),
Ashgrove, Berkhampstead (1950s/1970s).

16.09.1899
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
-
25.03.1979

Dacorum, Hertfordshire
Seaman ? [F38286]
A/S.Lt. 01.10.1940
     

Served in RNAS and RAF from Sept. 1917-18 as Air Mechanic II, based on HMS Daedalus (RNAS) and HMS President II. Motor Branch.

Became a “merchant” on the China Coast and HK from 1923 (when first went to Singapore) until 1956 when retired.

(04.1941) - 25.12.1941 no appointment listed [captured while serving at minewatching stations at Hong Kong]
1941 - 1945 POW in Japanese captivity

Stevenson,
Leslie John
L.J. Stevenson
Married 1st (& divorced) ...; two sons.
Married 2nd (Jersey) ...
?
-
1954

Jersey, Channel Islands
Lt. 02.12.1936
Lt.Cdr. 15.06.1940
1940 - 1945 no appointment listed in the Navy List:
? - 15.12.1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Indira (auxiliary patrol vessel)
12.1941 - 1945 POW in Japanese captivity (acting as Senior Naval Officer in a POW camp); returned to the UK via the USA

       

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U      
       

V      
       

W      
Wright,
William Morley
W.M. Wright (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Hide) W.M. Wright (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Hide)

?
-
Wt.Offr. (Minewatcher)
19.07.1939
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
16.06.1942

for skilful and courageous services which enabled a party to make a daring escape from Hong Kong

(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
?
-
12.1941
possibly borne on the book of HMS Robin (river gunboat) (captured at Hong Kong)
12.1941
-
1945?
POW in Japanese captivity
       

X      
       

Y      
Young,
Patrick Elliott
P.E. Young
Son (with two brothers and one sister) of Cyril Roe Muston Young (1881-1955), and Gertrude Annie Elliott (?-1994), of Braunton, North Devonshire.
Married (14.05.1946) Sadie Reid Beattie, daughter of Laurence Beattie; three daughters, one son.

06.03.1917
Shanghai, China
-
02.2016 still alive in Oregon, USA
S.Lt. 02.10.1940
Education: Elizabeth College, Guernsey.
Stenographer for the Canadian Pacific Steamship Co.
1941 - 1945 no appointment listed in the Navy List:
12.1941 - 1945 POW in Japanese captivity
Took a job with the Shanghai Shipping Company. Young International Sales FL, Niedermeyer Martin, Portland, Oregon, USA 1976–91 (ret).
His brother writes: "He was given command of APV "Perla" which was a minesweeper. The Perla was sunk by the Japanese and he ended up in Argyle St camp for the duration of the war."

       

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