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Daler, O.K.
to
Dymoke-Byrne, J.J.

  
O.K. Daler  to  J.J. Dymoke-Byrne
Daler,
Ove Kamillo
O.K. Daler
16.10.1908
Norway
-
?
Prob. T/Lt.
16.06.1941
T/Lt.
01.1942, seniority 16.06.1941 (reld 15.05.1942)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
-
minelaying Dover 43
16.06.1941
-
26.07.1941
RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
03.08.1941
-
31.08.1941
gunnery course, Chatham
08.09.1941
-
01.05.1942
HMS Sherwood (destroyer)
15.05.1942


transferred to Royal Norwegian Navy
(1943)


HM ML 213 (motor launch) (52nd ML Flotilla)
SOK 15-24.5.1942 (from RNR); DD "Draug" 24-25.5.1942; SOK 25.5.1942; 4 ML Flotilla 25.5.1942-18.11.1943; DD "Lincoln" 14.12.1943-8.2.1944; DD "Sleipner" 16.2-10.3.1944; MID Admiralty 13.3-1.5.1944; SOK 1.5-1.8.1944; Commanding Officer, M/Sw "Syrian" 1.8.1944-29.9.1945; SOK 18.10.1945; Commanding Officer, M/Sw "Sidmouth" 16.11.1945-7.12.1946.
Davidson,
Arthur
A. Davidson
?
-
25.11.1942
[Deli Ibrahim War Cemetery, Algeria, 3.E.10]
T/Skpr.
20.08.1940 [TS 718]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
16.03.1943
Operation Torch (landings in N Africa, 11.42); attacked 10.11.42 Italian submarine Emo, which was scuttled afterwards [award presented to next-of-kin]
20.08.1940
-
25.11.1942
HMS Lord Nuffield (trawler)
Davidson,
Alexander Frederick Sidney
A.F.S. Davidson
Only son of E.A. Davidson, and ... Pitt, of Oakstead, Radlett.
Married (17.07.1943, Aldenham Church, Watford district, Hertfordshire) Margaret Eleanor Owen, younger daughter of Mr & Mrs A. Lowe Owen, of Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
(12?).1919
Barnet district, Hertfordshire
-
died 1960s ??
Prob. Midsh. 01.12.1937
A/S.Lt. 11.01.1940
S.Lt. 04.10.1940
Lt. 11.07.1942 (retd 01.07.1950)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 08.02.1950 -
12.04.1940 - (10.1940) HMS Lormont (defensively-equipped merchant ship)
(02.1941)     HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham) *
02.09.1941 - (12.1941) HMS Broke (destroyer)
01.03.1942 - (08.1942) French Ship "Mistral" (torpedo boat)
12.01.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS Kite (sloop) (in lieu of specialist Navigating Officer)
(10.)1944 - (07.1945) HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent) *
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Davies,
John Ramsbottom
"Jack"
J.R. Davies (Photo courtesy of Mr John B. Davies)
Son of Job Davies (1874-1921?), and Annie Ramsbottom (1876-1962?).
Married (31.08.1931, South Shields district, Co. Durham / Tyne and Wear) Edith Mary Hutchinson.
01.12.1902
Rochdale, Lancashire
-
22.07.1986
Cumberland
S.Lt. 29.05.1925
Lt. 29.05.1927
Lt.Cdr. 29.05.1935 (retd 29.01.1937; own request)
A/Cdr. (retd) < 08.1943 (reverted to retd 1945)

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division)

OBE 08.06.1943 Inshore Squadron supporting 8th Army advance [investiture 28.09.43]
Mention in Despatches MID 06.07.1943 for gallantry in rescue work during a heavy air-raid on Tripoli harbour 03.43
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 15.10.1943 -
Master Mariner, Merchant Navy (1936 Commanded SS Langley Ridge which was lost carrying coal off Cape Breton Island, Canada; 1938 Nautical Surveyor).
(1925)     HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport)
23.11.1925 - (05.1926) HMS L 16 (submarine) (Atlantic Fleet) [tender to HMS Conquest]
(1932)     HMS Titania (submarine depot ship) (at the time of the loss of the submarine HMS M2 which was carrying out trials as an aircraft-carrying submarine 26.01.1932)
03.09.1932     HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport), then (same day) HMS Titania (submarine depot ship) (for HMS H 50 (submarine))
(04.1940)     no appointment listed
31.08.1940 - (10.1940) acting Sea Transport Officer-in-Charge, Port Sudan [under Sea Transport Department, Ministry of Shipping]
01.02.1941 - (06.)1943 HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said) [probably involved in the refloating of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Valiant in Alexandria harbour after an attack by Italian frogmen]
(08.1943)     no appointment listed
05.10.1943 - (07.1945) Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty with Ministry of War Transport)
Senior Nautical Surveyor, Board of Trade, 1945. Nautical Adviser to the Government of India, 1950-1956.
Davies,
Stanley Ewart
S.E. Davies S.E. Davies
S.E. Davies
Son (with three brothers and two sisters) of William Edward Davies (1867-), and Margaret Elizabeth Davies (1866-).
Married ((12?).1930, Bristol, Gloucestershire) Mary Elizabeth Burge; four sons, one daughter.
(06?).1906
Newport, Monmouthshire
-
12.11.1960
Manor Park Hospital, Fishponds, Bristol (formerly of Redland, Bristol)
T/Lt. 23.10.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 03.1943
T/A/Cdr. 07.1945
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 01.01.1942 New Year 42 [investiture 10.02.42]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 09.05.1944 Operation SMI 23 (minesweeping Orkney & Shetlands 44) [decoration posted]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 21.11.1944 Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44) [decoration posted]
Mention in Despatches MID 06.06.1944 minesweeping Humber area 28.01.44
Mention in Despatches MID 03.04.1945 minesweeping Holland & Antwerp 09-11.44
Gained his Master's Certificate with Messrs James Brothers before serving with the British India Steam Navigation Company for ten years.  He then worked with the Bristol Aeroplane Company for three years during which he became a voluntary instructor attached to HMS Flying Fox, the tender for Severn Division RNR.
17.03.1937 - 10.1939 Royal Naval Volunteer Supplementary Reserve [attached Severn Division RNVR]
23.10.1939 - (12.1940) HMS Bacchante (RN base, Aberdeen)
? - 28.11.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Manx Prince
09.12.1940 - (08.1943) Commanding Officer, HMS War Duke (minesweeping trawler) (DSC) *
24.09.1943 - 06.1945 Commanding Officer, HM BYMS 211 [from ... 1944: 2211] (British Yard minesweeper) & as Senior Officer, 159th Minesweeping Flotilla (Bar & Second Bar to DSC, despatches twice)
06.1945 - 01.1946 HMS Braganza (RN base, Trincomalee) (for miscellaneous services: as Commander Minesweeping, Trincomalee)
15.01.1946 - (04.1946) HMS Sultan (accounting base for personnel serving at Keppel Harbour, Singapore)
Served with the Port of Bristol Authority where he commanded several dredgers working out of Avonmouth. He was also Deputy Dock Master but ill health forced his early retirement.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Davies,
Thomas Edward
T.E. Davies
1908 ?
-
09.04.1942
(KIA) [age 34]
[Portsmouth Naval Memorial]
Lt.
02.12.1933
Lt.Cdr.
1939/40?

Officer of the Order of the British Empire

OBE
11.07.1940
HM's birthday 40
(1940)


HMT Northern Gift
02.11.1940
-
09.04.1942
Commanding Officer, HMS Hollyhock (corvette) (sunk)
Davies,
Thomas Eta
T.E. Davies
?
-
T/Lt.
09.12.1939
13.12.1942
-
(04.1944)
for duties with sea transport officers, Western Approaches [HMS Eaglet]
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
(04.1946)


HMS Sultan
Davies,
Vaughan Ninian Startin
V.N.S. Davies (Photo courtesy of Mr Gordon MacIntosh)
Son (with three brothers) of Capt. Edward Vaughan Davies, DSO, OBE, CMC (1882-1945), and Ruth Jenkins (1883?-1967).
Married Joan Frances Gwendoline "Gwen" MacIntosh, of Levens, Westmoreland; two children.
Lived at Wallasey.
(06?).1917
Haverfordwest district, Dyfed / Pembrokeshire
-
24.01.1942
(MPK) [age 24]
[Lee-on-Solent Memorial, bay 3, panel 7]
Prob. Midsh. 01.10.1935
Midsh. 1937?, seniority 01.10.1935
A/S.Lt. 07.02.1938
S.Lt. 11.01.1940
Lt. 18.11.1940
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 28.04.1942 operations in Mediterranean [presented to next-of-kin]

Headstone in memory of V.N.S. Davies (Photo courtesy of Mr Owen Vaughan)

24.03.1937     HMS Rodney (battleship)
(1940)     HMS Cossack (destroyer)
07.01.1940 - (04.)1940 HMS Aurora (cruiser)
(10.1940) - (02.1941) HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent) *
29.08.1941 - (12.1941) pilot, 815 Squadron FAA [HMS Grebe (RN Air Station, Dekheila, nr Alexandria, Egypt)]
? - 24.01.1942 pilot, 828 Squadron FAA [HMS Grebe (RN Air Station, Dekheila, nr Alexandria, Egypt)] (missing, presumed killed in an air crash)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Davis,
Edward Albert George
"Ted"
E.A. Davis
24.12.1908
Camberwell, London
-
died between 07.1962 and 08.1973
Prob. S.Lt.
06.11.1933
S.Lt.
1934, seniority 06.11.1933
Lt.
26.11.1935
A/Lt.Cdr.
< 06.1943
Lt.Cdr.
1943?, seniority 26.11.1942
A/Cdr.
< 07.1945
Cdr.
31.12.1946
Distinguished Service Order DSO
24.03.1942
commanded 12 successful operations to the enemy controlled coasts of Holland and North Brittany [investiture 12.05.42]
Distinguished Service Order DSO
15.08.1944
special operations at sea [investiture 24.10.44]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
-
Croix de Guerre avec palme CdeG
05.1943
?
04.05.1935
-
(07.1935)
HMS Barham (battleship) (Home Fleet) (to complete 9 months' training)
26.09.1939
-
(04.1940)
HMS Cape Sable (special service vessel)
(02.1941)


HMS Cape Sable (special service vessel) *
18.09.1941
-
(08.1942)
French Ship "Gustave-Denis"
04.05.1943
-
(07.1945)
Operations Division, Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty outside Admiralty) (and for liaison with ISLD)
(1943?)
-
(1944?)
Senior Officer & Principal Operations Commander, 15th MGB Flotilla & in charge of Deputy Director of Operations Division (Irregular)'s main training and operational base at Dartmouth (based at RN College, Dartmouth)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Davis,
Penrose Owen
P.O. Davis
Son of James Herbert and Louise Ann Davis, of Dunster.
Married ((06?).1918, Wareham district, Dorset) Marie Henrietta Oldfield.
01.02.1896
Dunster, Somerset
-
07.10.1946
Poplar, Stepney district, London (formerly of Swanage, Dorsetshire)
Prob. Midsh. 01.07.1914
A/S.Lt. (10.1916)
S.Lt. 01.02.1917
A/Lt. (01.1919)
Lt. 01.02.1919 (demobilized > 06.1919, < 07.1919)
Lt.Cdr. 01.02.1927
Cdr. 30.06.1935
A/Capt. 10.10.1943?
Capt. 31.12.1943 (reverted to retd 26.09.1945)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD ? -
11.1914 - (04.1915) HMS Celtic
14.03.1916 - (10.1916) HMS Avoca
06.07.1917 - 13.08.1917 HMS Bergamot
19.07.1918 - (02.)1919 HMS Colleen (receiving ship, Queenstown) (for special service)
(03.1919) - (06.1919) no appointment listed
11.1939 - 12.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Discovery II
01.01.1941 - (10).1941 Naval Berthing Officer, Tilbury [HMS Pembroke IV (accounting base, Chatham)]
06.11.1941 - (08.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Empire Pintail (Ministry of War Transport)
10.10.1943 - (02.)1944 [Commanding Officer?], HMS Thane (escort carrier)
01.03.1944 - (07.1945) Salvage Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
Dawson,
James Crosbie
J.C. Dawson (Photo courtesy of Mr Dominique Henrard)
Son of Edmund Arthur Dawson, and Marion Crosbie.
24.03.1901
Manchester, Prestwich district, Lancashire
-
1960s? *

* shown in 1965 Retired List, no longer in 1967 edition
Prob. S.Lt. 07.12.1927
S.Lt. 22.01.1929, seniority 07.12.1927
Lt. 29.12.1929
Lt.Cdr. 29.12.1937 (retd 24.03.1946; age)
Cdr. (retd) 24.03.1946?
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 13.02.1945 sinking of U-boat 08.44 [decoration handed]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD 05.1942 -
Served Merchant Navy (Second Mate's Certificate 14.09.1922; First Mate's Certificate 23.07.1924; Master's Certificate late 1920s?).
28.09.1939 - (01.)1942 HMS Ranpura (armed merchant cruiser) (in lieu of specialist Gunnery Officer)
15.01.1942 - 23.03.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Buttercup (Flower class corvette)
15.04.1943 - (06.)1943 HMS Canada (RN base, Halifax, Nova Scotia) (for miscellaneous duties)
25.06.1943 - 06.04.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Findhorn (River class frigate) (DSC) *
09.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Adamant (submarine depot ship)
(04.1946)     HMS Zanzibar (Colony class frigate) **
Captain of the Queen Mary (Cunard Line), 30.03.1960-25.05.1960.
* (07.1945) still shown as such, but next list (10.1945) shows a successor in command from 06.04.1945
** indexed, but not listed as such
De Courcy,
Benjamin John Maxwell
B.J.M. De Courcy
Son of Thomas Matthew De Courcy (1875?-1943) & Sarah Gamble "Saidie" Maxwell (1869-1948).
Married ((06?).1927, Wandsworth district, London) Rosalie Isabel Foster (15.12.1888 - (09?).1983).
10.12.1903
Woodford, West Ham district, Essex
-
11.1988
Chichester district, Sussex
T/Lt. 21.04.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 24.01.1944? (reld < 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID 13.03.1945 Operation Neptune (Normandy), Sword & Juno Beaches 06-09.44
Croix de Guerre avec palme CdeG ? Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44)
21.04.1942 - (06.)1942 HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea)
(08.1942) - (02.1944) HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow) *
24.01.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Monck (HQ Combined Training, Largs) (for Sea Transport)
(06.1944)     HMS Odyssey (Naval Parties accounting base)
(10.1945)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Delf,
Allen
A. Delf (Photo courtesy of Mr James Arber)
26.01.1903
Wangford district, Suffolk
-
08.1973
Lowestoft, Lothingland district, Suffolk
Skpr.
23.05.1934 [WS 2646]
Ch.Skpr.
30.06.1943
A/Skpr.Lt.
03.07.1945 (reld < 04.1946)
Skpr.Lt.
30.06.1950 (retd 27.01.1953)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
01.08.1952
-
23.08.1939
-
(12.1941)
Boom Defence Depot, Malaya [HMS Sultan]
01.02.1943
-
03.1944
Commanding Officer, HMS Imelda (auxiliary boom defence trawler)
(10.1944)


HMS William Hannam (trawler) *
05.1945
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Barfoss (boom defence vessel)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Dennis,
Ralph Deacon
R.D. Dennis
Son of Henry Haywood Dennis, and Una Mary D'Elboux (1874-1947).
Married (23.03.1940) Josephine Sharman; two daughters.
26.01.1912
Leicester district, Leicestershire
-
13.04.1988
Dover district, Kent
Prob. T/S.Lt.
29.01.1940
T/S.Lt.
1940?, seniority 29.01.1940 (reld 1941)



may have served at HMS Turquoise and at HMS Velia (Dunkirk)
(04.1940)
 
 
no appointment listed
30.05.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS Badger (RN base, Harwich) (for Anti-Submarine Striking Force convoy duties)
Depoorter,
George Félix Léon
G.F.L. Depoorter (Photo courtesy of Mr George Depoorter Jr.) G.F.L. Depoorter (Photo courtesy of Mr George Depoorter Jr.)
Son of Félix Julianus Constantinus Depoorter, a civil servant of the Dienst Bruggen en Wegen ("Bridges and Roads Department"), and Angeline Cath. Ferd. Dams.
Married (28.09.1937) Godeliva Decoster; ... children (one son?).
20.02.1908
Ekeren, Belgium
-
Prob. T/Lt. 26.01.1942
T/Lt. 1942?, seniority 26.01.1942 (reld > 07.1945, < 04.1946)
Education: Koninklijk Atheneum, Antwerp.
Breveted as deck officer in the Belgian Merchant Navy, 1927, starting his career aboard ss Kambove, followed by several other vessels of the Lloyd Royale Belge (later known as Compagnie Maritime Belge). Promoted to 2nd Mate in July 1935, he came ashore in 1936 as Assistant Shipping Commissioner at Ostend and as Shipping Commissioner at Nieuwpoort in 1939. In this last capacity he was able to bring a substantial part of the Belgian fishery fleet into safety in the UK.
      gunnery course, HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth),
(02.1942) - (04.1942) no appointment listed
(06.1942) - (07.1945) Gunnery Officer, HMS Queen Emma (landing ship, infantry) (Dieppe, North Africa, Sicily, Normandy) * 
Post-war commissioned in the Belgian Navy, from which he retired in 1965 as a Captain. Had been Commandant of the Naval Base at Banana, Belgian Congo, 1954-1960.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Deveson,
Francis Samuel
F.S. Deveson
Married ((06?).1935, Rochford district, Essex) Vera Frances D. Pells (05.06.1910 - 06.1999); ... children (one son?).
06.03.1906
Romford district, Essex
-
(03?).1983
Norwich district, Norfolk
Midsh. 01.09.1923
A/S.Lt. 06.03.1927
S.Lt. 16.03.1929
Lt. 03.07.1932
04.10.1932, seniority 03.04.1932 * (retd 27.08.1937)
A/Lt.Cdr. 1941?
Lt.Cdr. (retd) 13.04.1942
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 1942? -

* Promotion for specially good service. In recognition of his outstanding abilities as an officer during his training with the fleet.

Entered the RNR while a cadet with the Royal Mali Steamship Company which he joined from the Training Ship Worcester.
17.09.1923 - 25.11.1923 HMS King George V (battleship)
26.11.1923 - 1923? HMS Glorious (cruiser)
14.09.1931 - 11.1931 HMS L 21 (submarine) [tender to HMS Lucia]
26.11.1931 - (07.)1932 HMS L 18 (submarine) [tender to HMS Lucia]
25.04.1936 - 1936 HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport)
(12.1939) - (07.)1940 no appointment listed [on blockship SS Moyle under Lt.Cdr. R.H.D. Lane to Dunkirk in Operation Dynamo]
06.07.1940 - (06.)1944 1st Lieutenant, then from about mid-1941 Commanding Officer, French Ship "L'Incomprise"
25.09.1944 - (04.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Misoa (landing ship, tank)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
17.10.1945 - (04.1946) Commandng Officer, HM LST 3002 (landing ship, tank)
Devlin,
John Norman

J.N. Devlin

Son of ... Devlin, and ... Norman.
17.01.1919
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
-
24.04.2003
Clarke, Virginia, USA
T/S.Lt. 15.04.1940
T/Lt. 01.06.1942
Lt. RN ?, seniority 01.06.1941
Lt.Cdr. RN 01.06.1949 (retd 17.01.1964)
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE 08.06.1963 HM's birthday 63 [investiture 30.10.63]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 11.05.1943 sinking of enemy ships 11/12.42 [investiture 09.11.43]
(1934)     sailed as a Cadet in Alan Villiers' training ship "Joseph Conrad"
(1939)     Fourth Officer, SS Port Bowen (steamer)
... - ... ...
(12.1941)     no appointment listed
15.01.1942 - (02.)1942 HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport) (for submarines)
(04.1942) - (12.1942) HMS P 211 (submarine) * (DSC)
28.01.1943 - (04.)1943 HMS Safari (submarine)
16.05.1943 - (10.)1943 HMS Safari (submarine)
(12.1943)     HMS Safari (submarine) *
15.12.1943 - (02.)1944 HMS Safari (submarine)
04.03.1944 - (04.)1944 HMS Sealion (submarine)
(06.1944)     HMS Cyclops (submarine depot ship) *
20.07.1944 - (07.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Uproar (submarine)
01.08.1945     transferred, RN
01.08.1945 - (04.1946) HMS Theseus (submarine)
... - ... ....
16.09.1949 - (05.1950) Commanding Officer, HMS Thorough (submarine)
(1963)     DGNPS (MBE)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Dickie,
John Wilfred Harper Fullerton
J.W.H.F. Dickie
From Nottingham.
?
-
2002 still alive
T/Midsh.
?
T/A/S.Lt.
?
T/S.Lt.
02.01.1945, seniority 18.11.1944
T/Lt.
05.12.1946, seniority 18.11.1946
Lt. RN
?, seniority 18.11.1946
Lt. RNZN
07.07.1951, seniority 18.11.1946 [13695]
Lt.Cdr. RNZN
18.11.1954
Cdr. RNZN
?  (retd < 02.1969?)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
01.01.1973
New Year 73
1939
-
1942
HMS Conway (mercantile marine services)
20.02.1943
-
(06.1944)
HMS Wild Goose (sloop)
(07.1945)


HMS Opossum (sloop) *
02.1946
-
(04.1946)
HMS Welcome (minesweeper)
1946?
-
07.07.1951
served on an Extended Service Commission, RN
29.04.1949
-
(05.1950
HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport)
07.07.1951


transferred to RNZN
25.10.1952
-
(05.1953)
HMNZS Maori
02.01.1956
-
(01.1956)
HMS Vernon (miscellaneous duties)
16.02.1961
-
(02.1963)
Director of Undersurface Warfare, Navy Office, Wellington [HMNZS Wakefield]
President of the Conway Club, 2000-2002.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Dickson,
Alexander Forrest
"Alec" / "Forrest"
A.F. Dickson
Son of a merchant marine captain. Married (1947) Norma Houston; three sons, two daughters.

23.06.1920
Edinburgh
-
01.10.2005
Kenmore
Midsh.
24.10.1938
A/S.Lt.
23.06.1940
S.Lt.
23.06.1941
Lt.
01.08.1942
Lt.Cdr.
01.08.1950 (retd 01.07.1958)

Officer of the Order of the British Empire

OBE
31.12.1979
New Year 80
Mention in Despatches MID
18.04.1944
Operation Canned (destruction of enemy tankers 02.44)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
08.02.1950
?
Education: George Watson's School, Edinburgh



MS Kemmendine (belonging to the Patrick Henderson Line - one of the last passenger steam ships that sailed from Glasgow to Rangoon)
24.10.1938


joined RNR
03.02.1940
-
(04.1940)
HMS Keppel (destroyer) *
23.06.1941
-
(08.)1942
HMS Keppel (destroyer) (Mediterranean, Atlantic, Russian convoys [PQ17])
01.11.1942
-
(06.1944)
HMS Relentless (destroyer) (Africa) (was involved in a successful attack and sinking against some U-boat supply ships)
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
(04.1946)


HMS Anthony (destroyer) ** [was First Lieutenant, then CO]
Returned to the merchant marine, before joining Shell Marine Division. In 1970, Dickson joined the board of Shell Marine and later became head of Marine Operational Services for Shell International. Retired mid-1980s to Kenmore, in Perthshire.
Published: Seafaring, a chosen profession (1995)
* (02.1941) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
** indexed, but not listed as such
Dines,
Ernest
E. Dines
1887/88 ?
-
16.01.1946
Lowestoft harbour
(accident)
[age 58]
A/T/Boom Skpr.
14.09.1942
T/Boom Skpr.
?, seniority 15.09.1942
15.09.1942
-
(06.1944)
Commanding Officer, HMS Twinkling Star (admiralty steel drifter)
(07.1945)


Boom Defence Depot, Rosyth *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Ditcham,
Anthony Greville Fox
"Tony"
A.G.F. Ditcham (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie) A.G.F. Ditcham (Photo courtesy of Mr Rex Gaskell)
A.G.F. Ditcham (Photo courtesy of Mr Rex Gaskell)
Younger son of Vivian Ashley Ditcham (1896-1957), and Irene M. Robinson, of Weston Colville, Cambridgeshire.
Engaged (& married?) (1956) Janet Mary Bateman, daughter of Mr & Mrs R.W. Bateman, of Roundabouts, Pulborough, Sussex.
Married ((09?).1982, Rotherham district, West Riding of Yorkshire) Anne Hilton.

(09?).1922
Edmonton district, Oxfordshire
-
10.2013 still alive in Shropshire
T/Midsh. 06.05.1940
T/A/S.Lt. 25.07.1942
T/S.Lt. 01.07.1943
T/Lt. 25.01.1945 (reld 1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 21.04.1942 action with E-boats 19.02.42
? - 11.05.1940 HMS Worcester (RNR training ship)
11.05.1940 - 01.1941 HMS Renown (battlecruiser) (as Flagship of the battlecruiser Squadron, Scapa Flow: Arctic, Norwegian Sea, North Sea, Atlantic) (as Flagship of Force H, Gibraltar) (Mediterranean, Atlantic)
03.1941 - 06.1942 HMS Holderness (destroyer) (North Sea & Channel convoys)
14.09.1942 - (02.1943) HMS Reading (destroyer) (North Sea)
(04.1943) - (06.1943) HMS Scorpion (destroyer) *
01.07.1943 - (02.)1944 HMS Scorpion (destroyer) (Atlantic, Arctic convoys [torpedoed Scharnhorst]) *
(04.1944) - (10.1944) no appointment listed
12.1944 - (04.)1945 HMS Scorpion (destroyer) (anti-E-boat and U-boat patrols in Channel; return to Scapa Flow and Arctic)
1945 - (07.1945) First Lieutenant, HMS Finisterre (destroyer) (Far East; organised Ship’s Company race meeting in Shanghai with 30 horses borrowed from Chinese Army on borrowed race course)
Cambridge & London Universities, 1946-1948. Overseas Civil Service Nigeria, 1948-1961. Industry – UK, 1961-1982 (retired; reading history, writing memoirs, sailing offshore 8 metre (sold 1992)). Unpaid stable lad exercising race horses in training since 1987.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Dixon,
Jesse
J. Dixon
From Milford Haven.
?
-
T/Lt. 21.09.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. > 02.1941, < 04.1941 (reld < 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID 14.06.1945 HM's birthday
22.03.1940 - (02.)1941 First Lieutenant, HMS Queen of Kent (paddle minesweeper)
(04.)1941 - (10.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Queen of Kent (paddle minsweeper)
(12.1943)     no appointment listed
11.01.1944 - 16.07.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Cape Nyemetski (minesweeping trawler) (despatches)
Dobson,
George William
G.W. Dobson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Hilary Ambrose)
G.W. Dobson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Hilary Ambrose)
G.W. Dobson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Hilary Ambrose)
From Harpenden.

Search for 'Catalogue number' 12066

24.02.1905
Liverpool
-
20.11.1971
West Cheshire district
Midsh.
23.11.1923
A/S.Lt.
01.11.1926
S.Lt.
12.01.1929
Lt.
02.01.1930
Lt.Cdr.
02.01.1938 (mobilized 06.09.1939)
Cdr.
30.06.1943 (reld 27.04.1946)
Capt.
30.06.1950 (retd 24.02.1960)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) OBE
10.06.1961
HM's birthday 61: Master, t.s. "Devonshire", Bibby Line, Ltd., Liverpool [investiture 24.10.61]
Mention in Despatches MID
14.06.1945
HM's birthday 45: leading the first supply ships into the Mulberry Harbours in Normandy
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
1943
-
30.03.1929
-
(08.1929)
HMS Courageous (aircraft carrier) (Mediterranean)
06.09.1939
-
11.1940
HMS Montclare (armed merchant cruiser)
01.01.1941
-
05.1941
HMS Prinses Josephine Charlotte [also: HMS Princess J. Charlotte] (landing ship infantry (small))
21.05.1941
-
18.10.1943
Commanding Officer, French Ship La Capricieuse (minesweeper)
01.01.1944
-
08.1945
Commodore of Coastal Convoys, HMS Leigh (RN base, Southend on Sea)
Served in the Merchant Navy, registration No. 1057850. First ship "Mercedes de Larrinaga" belonging to the Larrinaga Steamship Co. Then serving the Bibby Line, 02.1931-31.07.1965 (retired due to ill-health). Promoted Master, 04.1949. His last ship was "Leicestershire".
Dodwell,
Oswald Thomas
"Ossie"
O.T. Dodwell (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie) O.T. Dodwell (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie)
O.T. Dodwell (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie) O.T. Dodwell (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie)
O.T. Dodwell
 
Son (with three brothers) of Charles John Deane Dodwell (1858-1918), and Margaret Edgar (1868-1903).
Married (11.12.1934, St Francis Xavier's (Francisci Xavarii), Liverpool, Lancashire) Alice Walsh (14.04.1903 -(09?).1981), daughter (with five brothers and two sisters) of James Walsh (1869-), and Alice Connor (1871-).
07.11.1902
Stoneycroft, Liverpool, West Derby district, Lancashire
-
(09?).1967
Wallasey district, Cheshire
Prob. T/S.Lt. RNVR 22.11.1940
T/Lt. 09.1941, seniority 22.02.1941 (reld > 04.1946)
Served Merchant Navy.
27.01.1941 - (08.)1943 HMS St Loman (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
(10.1943) - (01.1945) no appointment listed
10.01.1945 - (10.)1945 HMS Golden Hind (RN manning depot, Sydney, NSW)
12.1945 - (04.1946) on staff of Commander-in-Chief, Hong Kong [HMS Tamar]
Douglas,
George
E. Dines
Son of William and Kaluda Douglas.
Half-brother of Lt. Ian George Alistair Douglas, RN.
06.03.1915
-
18.11.2008
Canada
T/S.Lt. 22.02.1940
Prob. T/Lt. 18.07.1940
T/Lt. 1941, seniority 18.07.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 22.03.1943? (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 06.06.1943 air attacks enemy shipping 02-05.43 [investiture 19.10.43]
22.02.1940 - 04.1940 HMS Beaver (RN base, Hull)
22.04.1940 - (12.1940) HMS Wildfire (RN base, Sheerness) (for Examination Service)
(02.1941) - (08.1941) HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent) *
(10.1941)     HMS Jackdaw (RN Air Station, Crail, Fife) *
(12.1941)     HMS Condor (RN Air Station, Arbroath) *
30.01.1942 - (02.)1943 [Commanding Officer?], 823 Squadron FAA [HMS Landrail (RN Air Station, Machrihanish, Argyllshire)]
22.03.1943 - (12.)1943 Commanding Officer, 823 Squadron FAA
01.12.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent) (additional; for various services)
06.09.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Formidable (aircraft carrier)
15.02.1945 - (07.1945) Lieutenant-Commander (Flying), HMS Grebe (RN Air Station, Dekheila, nr Alexandria, Egypt)
Commodore, Indian Navy (Chief of Naval Aviation). Retired 1966.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Douglas,
Ian George Alistair
E. Dines
Son of William and Elsie Douglas.
Half-brother of Lt.Cdr. George Douglas, RNR.
1927 ?
-
12.10.1954
Lossiemouth
T/Midsh. 04.05.1945
A/S.Lt. RN 1947?
S.Lt. RN 29.11.1947 (emgcy 02.06.1949)
A/Lt. RN (emgcy) ?
Lt. RN 01.09.1952, seniority 13.10.1951
(07.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
(07.1948)     HMS Pincher (Algerine class minesweeper) *
20.01.1949 - (05.1949) HMS Woolwich (destroyer depot ship)
01.09.1952     short service commission in the Executive Branch of the RN
(05.1953)     no appointment listed
(07.1954)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Dowding,
John Charles Keith
J.C.K. Dowding
01.11.1891
-
13.02.1965
A/S.Lt.
?
S.Lt.
08.05.1916
Lt.
08.05.1918
Lt.Cdr.
08.05.1926
Cdr.
30.06.1933
Capt.
31.12.1940 (retd 01.11.1946; removed from retd 29.11.1954)
Cdre. 2nd cl.
02.04.1941
A/Cdre. 2nd cl.
1945?
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
13.10.1942
Russian convoy PQ17 07.42
Distinguished Service Order DSO
16.08.1940
Dunkirk
Mention in Despatches MID
13.03.1945
assault Normandy 06-11.44
Commander of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) OCwn
01.02.1949
liberation of Belgium
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
?
1914
-
1919
served 4 years in sailing ships; in 10th Cruiser Squadron and 2nd in Command of Destroyers, Home Station and Mediterranean, until 1919
1919


joined Orient Line; 1919; Staff Commander, 1936
(03.1938)


Officer-in-Charge, Sea Training for Boys, British Sailors' Society (Limehouse, London)
05.09.1939
-
(06.1940)
Commanding Officer, HMS Mona's Isle (auxiliary armed boarding vessel) [called up for active service]
(02.1941)


HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham) *
02.04.1941
-
(06.1943)
Commodore of Ocean Convoys [HMS Eaglet}:
(07.1942)


Commodore of Convoy PQ17 to Archangel
(06.1944)


Staff Flag Officer Assault Area [HMS Odyssey ?]
(10.1944)


Principal Sea Transport Officer, Expeditionary Force
(07.1945)
-
(04.1946)
Principal Sea Transport Officer, British Army of Occupied Germany [Sea Transport Department, Admiralty]
01.09.1945
-
01.11.1946
RNR ADC to the King
* indexed, but not listed as such
Down,
Jack Charles Edwin
J.C.E. Down (Photo courtesy of Bob Down)
Son of Charles Percy Allan Down (1877-1946), and Maud Elizabeth West (1879?-1961).
Married (29.08.1939, Worthing district, Sussex) Evelyn Beatrice "Evie" Campbell (12.06.1917 - 07.1990); one daughter, two sons.
19.03.1913
Pulborough, Thakeham district, Sussex
-
12.1990
Worthing district, West Sussex
Prob. T/S.Lt. 29.01.1940
T/S.Lt. 06.1940, seniority 29.01.1940
T/Lt. 29.01.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 08.08.1945? (dispersal 20.12.1945) (reld 04.03.1946)
(03.1940) - (04.1940) no appointment listed
(05.1940) - (07.1940) HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
23.07.1940 - (10.)1941 HMS Cathay (armed merchant cruiser)
31.12.1941 - 13.01.1942 short anti-submarine course [HMS Nimrod (training establishment, Campbeltown)]
15.01.1942 - (10.)1943 First Lieutenant, later Commanding Officer, HMS Mallow (corvette)
(12.1943) - (02.1944) no appointment listed
07.02.1944 - (10.)1944 Commanding Officer, HMS St Adrian (armed yacht)
10.12.1944 - 24.07.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Pennywort (corvette)
08.08.1945 - 14.11.1945

Assistant Senior Officer Assault Group & Assistant King's Harbour Master Bangkok in Naval Parties 2472 and 2480

* indexed, but not listed as such
Down,
Robert William
J.C.E. Down
?
-
?
T/Skpr. 01.01.1943 [T.S. 1337] (reld < 04.1946)
? - ? HMS Playmates (minesweeping trawler)
? - ? HMS Stella Canopus (minesweeping trawler)
(06.1943)     HMS Stora *
20.09.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Cypress (minesweeping trawler)
Pre- & post-war a trawler skipper out of Lowestoft.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Driscoll,
Arthur William
"Hawkeye"
A.W. Driscoll
Son of Denis and Margaret Driscoll.
1904 ?
-
05.11.1940
(KIA) [age 36]
[Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 39, column 3]
Prob. S.Lt.
07.11.1927
S.Lt.
30.04.1928, seniority 07.11.1927
Lt.
07.11.1930
Lt.Cdr.
07.11.1938



Master Mariner in the Merchant Navy
05.02.1935
-
(07.1935)
HMS L 54 (submarine)
11.09.1939
-
05.11.1940
First Officer, HMS Jervis Bay (armed merchant cruiser)
Duck,
Norman Winder
N.W. Duck
Son of Garnet Woolsey Duck, and Rosalie Benedetta Kough (Harley?), of Fleet, Hampshire.
Married (14.07.1945, Caxton Hall) Second Officer Charlotte Hazel Langton Wilkinson, WRNS, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Noël Wilkinson, of Woodside, Windsor Forest, Berkshire.
20.04.1903
St Marylebone, Greater London
-
31.05.1970
Priory Nursing Home, Wandsworth district, London SW15
Prob. S.Lt. 02.05.1929
S.Lt. 06.09.1929, seniority 02.05.1929
Lt. 29.11.1931
Lt.Cdr. 29.11.1939
Cdr. 31.12.1943
A/Capt. 1946?
Capt. 31.12.1950 (retd 20.04.1958)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 25.08.1942 Murmansk convoys 03-05.42 [decoration posted]

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 07.11.1944 sinking enemy submarine U-333 31.07.44 [decoration posted]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 14.07.1944 -
31.01.1931 - (02.1931) HMS Sussex (cruiser) (Mediterranean) [to complete 12 months' training]
29.11.1939 - (12.1940) HMS Circassia (armed merchant cruiser)
(02.1941)     HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
22.03.1941 - 06.08.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Starwort (corvette)
20.08.1942 - 07.11.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Rockingham (destroyer)
01.1944 - (06.)1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Dominica (frigate)
(06.)1944 - 02.08.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Starling (sloop) & Senior Officer, 2nd Escort Group
11.09.1944 - 08.03.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Berkeley Castle (corvette) & Senior Officer, 31st Escort Group
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
(04.1946)     Divisional Sea Transport Officer, Ceylon [Sea Transport Department]
1945 - 1946 RNR ADC to the King
* indexed, but not listed as such
Dunbar,
George Learmouth
G.L. Dunbar
Son of Alexander and Caroline Alberta Clavell Dunbar.
Married ((06?).1919, West Derby district, Lancashire) Catherine Dorothy Bairsto, of Orrell Park, Liverpool.

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21.10.1892
Liverpool, West Derby district, Lancashire
-
01.07.1946
[age 53]
[Liverpool (Kirkdale) Cemetery, section 9, nonconformist, grave 679]
T/S.Lt. 21.08.1915
Prob. Lt. 31.12.1923
Lt. 15.12.1925, seniority 31.12.1923
Lt.Cdr. 31.12.1931
Cdr. 31.12.1935 (retd 21.10.1942)
Capt. (retd) 21.10.1942 (reverted to retd > 07.1945, < 04.1946)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 05.06.1935 -
16.11.1935 - ? HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport)
07.11.1939 - (10.)1940 HMS Ausonia (armed merchant cruiser)
11.1940 - 15.07.1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Lady Somers (ocean boarding vessel) (sunk by Italian submarine Morosini)
18.09.1941 - (12.1941) HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for flotilla duties; additional for various services)
(06.1943)     no appointment listed
23.06.1943 - (07.1945) HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for Naval Control Service)
Dunn,
John Oliver
J.O. Dunn
?
-
[1959 still alive]
Lt.
31.12.1924
Lt.Cdr.
31.12.1932
Cdr.
30.06.1936
Capt.
30.06.1942
A/Cdre. 2nd cl.
10.08.1942 (retd 1940s)
Cdre. 2nd cl. (retd)
15.12.1948
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD ? -
10.08.1942
-
(06.1944)
Commodore of Ocean Convoys [HMS Eaglet]
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
Dutton,
Wilfred Louis Gerard
W.L.G. Dutton
(12?).1913
Stone, Staffordshire
-
died between 07.1962 and 08.1973 ?
S.Lt.
01.02.1938
Lt.
04.11.1940
A/Lt.Cdr.
01.03.1944?
Lt.Cdr.
04.11.1948 (retd 01.07.1950)
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1941
New Year 41
Mention in Despatches MID
25.08.1942
Operation Ironclad
Mention in Despatches MID
21.12.1943
Operation Husky
Mention in Despatches MID
30.05.1944
Operation Antidote
Mention in Despatches MID
03.04.1945
minesweeping Holland & Antwerp 09-11.44
Mention in Despatches MID
13.06.1946
HM's birthday 46
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
< 12.1948
?
(04.1940)


HMS Shower (trawler) *
18.12.1940
-
(02.)1941
Commanding Officer, HMS Cape Nyemetski (trawler)
16.08.1941
-
(12.1943)
Commanding Officer, HMS Poole (Bangor class minesweeper)
01.03.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Speedy (Halcyon class minesweeper)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Dymoke-Byrne,
James Joseph
"Smokey"
J.J. Dymoke-Byrne (© Imperial War Museum (A 14619)) J.J. Dymoke-Byrne (© Imperial War Museum (A 14618))
Son of William James Byrne, and Muriel Kathleen Leech.
Married ((12?).1951, Stepney district, London) Edy Berani (née Ninchi) (06.12.1919 - 02.03.1996), of Yugoslav descent.
11.06.1914
Rochford district, Essex
-
01.1970
Hythe, Folkestone district, Kent
[his remains were scattered into the sea by the Royal Navy at Spithead (Portsmouth) 07.1970]
Prob. T/S.Lt. 25.11.1940
T/S.Lt. 28.03.1942, seniority 25.11.1940
T/Lt. 20.03.1942 (reld 02.07.1946)
George Medal GM 16.01.1945 for gallantry in rendering safe the first specimen of a German "human torpedo" which ran ashore at Anzio *
Mention in Despatches MID 09.05.1944 for good services in salvage and repair work at the port of Naples
* Although he had no previous experience in bomb-disposal work, Lieutenant Dymoke-Byrne volunteered for and successfully carried out this hazardous task under direct enemy observation at three miles range and under imminent threat of artillery fire, well knowing that there was the gravest risk that the torpedo might explode, in which case he would have had no chance of escape from a violent death.
(02.1941)     Admiralty [HMS President] *
24.03.1941 - (04.)1941 submarine course, Portsmouth [HMS Dolphin]
04.05.1941 - (06.)1941 HMS Cyclops (submarine depot ship) (for submarines)
08.06.1941 - 11.1941 HMS Pandora (submarine)
25.11.1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Newcastle (cruiser)
03.02.1942 - 06.1942 HMS Oberon (submarine)
27.06.1942 - 29.04.1943 Torpedo Officer, HMS Trooper (submarine)
29.04.1943 - 17.05.1943 HMS Maidstone (submarine depot ship)
01.01.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Byrsa (RN base, Naples, Italy)
09.1944 - (10.)1944 HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) (additional; for various services)
01.12.1944 - (10.1945) HMS Fabius (RN base, Taranto)
Managed the pub The Clarendon Inn at Hythe, Kent.
* indexed, but not listed as such
       
 
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