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Gaffney, H.C.
to
Gunn, A.A.

  
H.C. Gaffney  to  A.A. Gunn
Gaffney,
Harry Cecil
H.C. Gaffney
11.11.1893
Wharfedale, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
Prob. Midsh.
01.1913
A/S.Lt.
09.1916
S.Lt.
03.04.1918, seniority 02.04.1916
A/Lt.
?
Lt.
02.04.1918
T/Lt. RNVR
20.09.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. RNVR
?
T/Lt.
30.09.1940, seniority 20.09.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. *
30.09.1940 (reld 24.08.1945)

* the official service record [1] states that he held the rank of [T/A/]Commander for the period 20.03.1943-21.02.1945, which cannot be substantiated from other sources, though

[1] As provided on 15.06.2006 by Second Sea Lord and Naval Home Command, Director Naval Career Management, Navy Search, TNT Archive Services, Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

01.1913
-
08.1914
Midshipman, Torpedo Boat 20
16.08.1914
-
07.1915
HMS Kinsfauns Castle (armed merchant cruiser)
15.07.1915
-
04.1918
HMS Challenger (6 inch cruiser)
18.04.1918
-
(01.1919)
First Lieutenant, Torpedo Boat 20
27.10.1939
-
20.04.1941
First Lieutenant, HMS Marmion (paddle minesweeper) (Dunkirk) *
21.04.1941
-
20.08.1942
Commanding Officer, HMS Goatfell (paddle minesweeper)
21.08.1942
-
26.08.1942
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth)
27.08.1942
-
19.10.1942
Commanding Officer, HMS Goatfell (paddle minesweeper)
20.10.1942
-
22.08.1943
Commanding Officer, HM LST 15 [or 364] (landing ship tank) [borne initially on HMS Asbury (accommodation base, Asbury Park, New Jersey)] **
23.08.1943
-
10.04.1944
Commanding Officer, HM LST 199 (landing ship tank) & SO 3rd LST Flotilla
11.04.1944
-
16.07.1944
Commanding Officer, HM LST 415 (landing ship tank)
17.07.1944
-
21.02.1945
HMS Beaver (RN base, Hull)
* official service record states 01.10.1940-20.04.1941; the Navy List gives as starting date 27.10.1939; the Feb. 1941 Navy List has no appointment listed and doesn't show him at HMS Marmion
** though the Navy List gives LST 15, the official service record mentions LST 364; there's no obvious connection between the two ships
Gale,
Newell Herbert
"Herby"
N.H. Gale
Son of William James and Elizabeth Gale.
Married ((12?).1912, Toxteth Park district, Lancashire) of Ethel Cove.
Residence: (1942) Salcombe, Devon.
(12?).1887
West Derby district, Lancashire
-
22.09.1942
[age 54]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 1, column 1]
Lt. 01.01.1916
Lt.Cdr. 01.01.1924
Cdr. 30.06.1931
Capt. 30.06.1937
A/Cdre. 2nd cl. 26.01.1942
Distinguished Service Order DSO 27.10.1942 Commodore of Convoy PQ16 05.42 [SS Ocean Voice]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 27.02.1925 -
Served Cunard White Star Line.
26.01.1941 - 22.09.1942 Commodore of Ocean Convoys [HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)]
17.03.1941 - 03.04.1941 Rear-Commodore of Convoy HX 115 (Halifax - Liverpool) (aboard "Malaya II")
01.11.1941 - 16.11.1941 Commodore of Convoy ON 32 (Liverpool - Halifax) (aboard "Port Adelaide")
08.05.1942 - 12.05.1942 Commodore of Convoy UR 23 (Loch Ewe - Reykjavik) (aboard "Ocean Voice")
21.05.1942 - 30.05.1942 Commodore of Convoy PQ 16 (Reykjavik - Murmansk) (aboard "Ocean Voice") (DSO)
26.06.1942 - 07.07.1942 Commodore of Convoy QP 13 (Archangel - Reykjavik/Loch Ewe)
18.09.1942 - 22.09.1942 Commodore of Convoy SC 100 (Sydney, CB - UK) (aboard "Athelsultan")
[She was fully loaded, in a severe gale, with heavy seas; no consideration had been given to the possibility of a submarine attack. But, at 0019hrs, on 22.09.1942, she was torpedoed by U-617, when the ship was just South East of Cape Farewell, position 58.24N 33.38W; the ship sank very quickly. Most of the ship’s crew were killed instantly, with only 9 survivors out of a total of 58 crew; together with six gunners, the Convoy Commodore and five of his staff, all of whom died.]
Galer,
Richard Percy
R.P. Galer (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter G. Best)
(03?).1887
Hackney, Greater London
-
12.09.1966
London
Prob. S.Lt.
?
S.Lt.
01.07.1913
Lt.
20.07.1915
Lt.Cdr.
20.07.1923
Cdr.
30.06.1929
Capt.
31.12.1935 (retd 15.12.1941) (reverted to retd < 04.1946)
A/Cdre. 2nd cl.
14.11.1940?
Cdre. 2nd cl. (retd)
11.09.1945
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
01.01.1942
New Year 42
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
< 1929
?
20.01.1940
-
(04.)1940
HMS Pembroke IV (RN accounting base, Chatham)
?
-
04.03.1940
convoy HX 19 (Halifax - Liverpool) [SS Pacific Reliance] (convoy dispersed)
14.11.1940
-
(12.1941)
Commodore of Convoys [HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)]
13.02.1941
-
17.02.1941
convoy OB 286 (Liverpool- ?) [SS Athelregent] (convoy dispersed)
21.03.1941
-
09.04.1941
convoy HX 116 (Halifax - Liverpool) [SS Kaipara]
26.08.1941
-
15.12.1941
also: RNR ADC to the King
04.03.1942
-
10.07.1945
Commanding Officer, HMS Mersey (RN depot, Liverpool) *
* (07.1945) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Galpin,
Richard John
"Dick"
R.J. Galpin (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carolyn Boiston Wheeler.)
21.07.1903
-
08.03.1986
Surrey Northern, Surrey
Prob. S.Lt.
14.04.1926
S.Lt.
18.10.1927, seniority 14.04.1926
Lt.
11.10.1929
Lt.Cdr.
11.10.1937
Cdr.
30.06.1943 (reld 11.04.1946)
Capt.
30.06.1951 (retd 29.06.1955)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
-
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
-
24.05.1930
-
(02.1931)
HMS Warspite (battleship) (Atlantic Fleet) (to complete 12 months' training)
02.10.1939
-
(02.1941)
HMS Laconia (armed merchant cruiser)
01.12.1943
-
(07.1945)
HMS Braganza (RN base, Bombay, India)
Went back to the Orient Line after the war and then went to Trinity House as one of the Elder Brethern.
Galteland,
Kristian
K. Galteland
Son of Tellef S. and Marie Galteland, of Sandefjord, Norway
19.06.1913
Norway
-
22.02.1942
[Lowestoft Naval Memorial, panel 8, column 1]
T/S.Lt.
23.09.1940
T/Lt.
19.06.1941
(02.1941)


HMS Claverhouse (RN base, Leith & Granton) *
18.11.1941
-
22.02.1942
Commanding Officer, HMS Rosemonde (anti-submarine trawler)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Gammack,
Alexander Robertson
A.R. Gammack
Son (with one brother and one sister) of Alexander Baxter Gammack (1875-1936), and Marjory Johnston (1876-1960).
Husband of Jane M. Gammack, of Inverness; one son.
26.04.1910
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
-
24.06.1945
[age 35]
[Rangoon War Cemetery, Burma, 1.J.18]
T/Lt. 02.09.1940
(10.1940)     HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
18.11.1940 - (06.)1942 HMS Atreus (motor launch base ship, East Indies)
14.06.1942 - (12.)1942 HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) (for sea transport duties at Colombo)
14.12.1942 - (04.)1943 HMS Lucia (submarine depot ship, Colombo, Ceylon)
(06.1943) - (08.1943) no appointment listed
27.09.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS James Cook (Combined Operations training establishment, Glen Caladh, nr Tignabruich)
16.08.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Eland (RN base, Freetown, Sierra Leone)
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
18.02.1945 - (06.)1945 HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea)
? - 24.06.1945 HMS Braganza (RN base, Bombay, India) (died of drowning)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Gaudie,
Robert Smith
J.B.B. Gedye

?
-
Prob. T/Skpr. 13.09.1940 [TS 650]
T/Skpr. 1941, seniority 13.09.1940
13.09.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Arnold Bennett (minesweeping trawler)
11.07.1941 - (12.1941) HMS Windermere (anti-submarine warfare whaler)
10.02.1944 - (01.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Crannock (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Geddes,
George Carlow

G.C. Geddes
22.06.1910
-
12.1987
West Lancashire district, Lancashire
Midsh.
01.01.1929
A/S.Lt.
02.04.1932
S/Lt.
28.05.1934
Lt.
18.01.1936
07.12.1938, seniority 01.01.1936
Lt.Cdr.
01.01.1944 (demobilized < 04.1946) (retd 22.06.1955)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
25.08.1943
-
(04.1940)
 
 
HMS Northern Reward (anti-submarine warfare trawler) *
06.11.1940
-
(04.)1945
Commanding Officer, HMS Azalea (corvette)
08.06.1945
-
(07.1945)
a Naval Assistant, Compass Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
* indexed, but not listed as such
Gedye,
John Brian Burnett
J.B.B. Gedye

(06?).1922
Southampton district, Hampshire
-
T/A/S.Lt.
?
T/S.Lt.
22.05.1943
26.05.1944
-
(10.)1944
HMS Truculent (submarine)
14.12.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS London (cruiser)
(04.1946)
 
 
HMS Flint Castle (corvette) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Gentle,
Thomas
T. Gentle

?
-
Prob. T/S.Lt.
15.04.1940
T/Lt.
15.04.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
< 10.1944
Mention in Despatches MID
28.11.1944
Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44)
(02.1941)


HMS Carnarvon Castle (armed merchant cruiser) *
10.1941
-
(12.1941)
First Lieutenant, HMS William Scoresby (minesweeping trawler)
01.07.1943
-
(01.)1945
First Lieutenant, HMS Bangor (Bangor class minesweeper)
23.07.1945
-
(10.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Welcome (Algerine class minesweeper)
(04.1946)
 
 
HMS Salvestor (salvage vessel) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
George,
William Arthur
W.A. George (Photo courtesy of Julie Tomlinson)
Son (with ten brothers and two sisters) of Robert George, and Julia Gertrude Sutton (1884-1946).
Married (21.08.1931, Grimsby, Lincolnshire) Annie M. Harris; two daughters.
12.1904
Grimsby, Lincolnshire
-
15.10.1952
Grimsby, Lincolnshire
T/Skpr. 08.09.1939 [WS 3051 & TS 178]
T/A/Ch.Skpr. 01.05.1945 (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 26.09.1940 services in Norway * [investiture 03.02.42]
* On 8 May 1940, being landed with a party from the Northern Spray to examine a German troop-carrier down in Efjordan, the party was surprised and attacked by some 30 Germans, the late occupants of the plane, with machine-guns and grenades. After all their ammunition was expended, the party surrendered, except Skipper George, who, eluding his captors, made his way to the wrecked plane, in which he spent the night. He collected all books and papers he thought might be of value and, launching the india-rubber boat, crossed the fjord and eventually rejoined his ship.
(12.1939)     no appointment listed
15.01.1940 - (06.)1940 HMS Northern Gem (anti-submarine warfare trawler) (DSC)
15.06.1940 - (02.)1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Exyhne (minesweeping trawler)
(04.1941)     no appointment listed
04.05.1941 - (06.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Egeria (minesweeping trawler)
12.07.1943 - (10.1945) Commanding Officer, HMS Internos (minesweeping trawler)
Gibbon,
Donald William
D.W. Gibbon

Son of William Duff Gibbon and Clara Elizabeth Gibbon, of Usk, Monmouthshire.
Husband of Irene Gibbon.
(12?).1910
Kings Norton district, Staffordshire / Warwickshire / Worcestershire
-
25.03.1941
(MPK) [age 30]
[Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 60, column 1]
Prob. T/S.Lt.
27.05.1940
T/Lt.
?
Served Merchant Navy (Anchor Line?).
(02.1941)


HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport) *
?
-
(03?).1941
training, HMS Vernon (torpedo school and experimental establishment, Portsmouth)
(03?).1941
-
25.03.1941
HMS Medway (submarine depot ship)
[missing, presumed killed while on passage aboard steamship SS Britannia [to join his submarine in India] when it was sunk by the German raider Thor off the Cape Verde Islands]
* indexed, but not listed as such
Gibbons,
James
J. Gibbons (Photo courtesy of Mr Tony Gibbons) J. Gibbons (Photo courtesy of Mr Tony Gibbons)
Oldest of four children; younger brother Sgt. (Pilot) Michael Gerrard Gibbons, RAFVR, was killed in action over Cologne, 26.02.1943.
04.07.1905
Birtley, Durham
-
04.1988
Whitehaven, Cumberland
T/Lt.
02.09.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
20. 01.1944? (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
11.12.1945
wind up Europe 45 [award posted]
Mention in Despatches MID
03.04.1945
minesweeping Holland & Antwerp 09-11.44
Served Merchant Navy.
06.11.1940
-
04.1942
HMS California (armed merchant cruiser)
20.01.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Bootle (Bangor class minesweeper)
Returned to the Hudson Steamship Co sailing out of Newcastle initially. He then opened up the sugar route to the West Indies and before retirement became Commodore of the Hudson fleet.
Gibson,
Harold
H. Gibson

Married; ... children.
?
-
T/S.Lt.
14.11.1942
T/A/Lt.
01.11.1944
T/Lt.
07.12.1945 (reld 03.12.1946)



temporary officer serving under T.124T (rescue tugs) agreement
01.04.1944
-
(10.1944)
HMS Marshal Soult (trawler base, Portsmouth) (for rescue tugs)
23.01.1945
-
(07.)1945
HMS Hannibal (RN base, Taranto) (for duty with rescue tugs)
17.07.1945
-
(04.)1946
HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta) (for duty with rescue tugs)
Gill,
Sir Roy
R. Gill (Photo courtesy of Mr Basil Gill)
R. Gill (Photo courtesy of Mr Basil Gill)
R. Gill R. Gill
R. Gill R. Gill
Son of Mason Gill, dentist, and British subject.
Married (1914) Ivy Gwendolen Taylor, daughter of J. Taylor, of Kingston-on-Thames; one son, one daughter.
19.02.1887
Philadelphia, USA
-
13.10.1967
Blackheath, London SE3
A/S.Lt. ?
S.Lt. 02.10.1913, seniority 16.09.1912
Lt. 10.02.1915
A/Lt.Cdr. (1922)
Lt.Cdr. 10.02.1923
Cdr. 30.06.1930
?, seniority 30.06.1929
Capt. 31.12.1935
A/Cdre. 2nd cl. 10.1940 (retd 19.02.1942, reld 1946)
Cdre. 2nd cl. (retd) 24.05.1946
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire KBE 01.01.1945 New Year 45 [investiture 03.07.45]
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 01.01.1943 New Year 43 [investiture 23.03.43]
Mention in Despatches MID 01.02.1944 for outstanding devotion to duty during 3 years arduous service as Commodore of Ocean Convoys
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 15.08.1922 -
Education: Shoreham Grammar School; HMS Worcester.
Served with Geo. Milne & Company as apprentice in the Barques Inverneill and Inverness, 1908. 2nd Mate of Inveresk. Served in command of South Metropolitan Gas Company's Steamers, 1920-1939.
1905     joined RNR
1914 - 1919 served European War, 4 years in command of a Q-ship
(04.1940) - (10.1940) HMS Iolanda (auxiliary patrol ship) *
10.1940 - (01.)1945 Commodore of Ocean Convoys [HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)]
[became known as "the most shot-at Commodore in World War II"; brought all but 34 out of 1,869 ships safely into port]
12.01.1941 - 02.02.1941 convoy SC 19 (Halifax-Liverpool) [in SS Basil]
06.04.1941 - 22.04.1941 convoy HX 119A & HX 119B (Halifax-Liverpool) [in SS Tucurinca]
16.06.1941 - 03.07.1941 convoy HX 133 (Halifax-Liverpool) [in SS Glenpark]
28.10.1941 - 15.11.1941 convoy ON 31 (Liverpool-dispersed) [in SS Ville de Tamatave]
(1943)     convoy ON 176
01.05.1943 - 17.05.1943 convoy HX 237 (New York-Liverpool) [in SS Pacific Enterprise]
16.06.1943     convoy ON 189 (Loch Ewe)
23.07.1943 - 06.08.1943 convoy HX 249 (New York-Liverpool) [in SS Empire Chivalry]
(10.1944)     convoys XIF 23 & IXF 23
17.09.1941 - 19.02.1942 also: RNR ADC to the King
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
17.10.1945 - 20.10.1945 Member of British Military Court for the trial of war criminals held at the War Crimes Court, Hamburg (The Peleus trial)
1945 - 1946 Naval Officer-in-Charge, Tyne Area
Formerly River Superintendent South Eastern Gas Board, Metropolitan Division. Vice-President The Royal Naval Association; President, Association of Old Worcesters. Master of Clipper Ship Cutty Sark, 1957-1965; then Captain Commodore (Hon.); Governor of Cutty Sark Society.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Gillies,
John
J. Gillies (Photo courtesy of Mr Donald Forbes)
?
-
T/Midsh. 03.12.1940
T/A/S.Lt. 31.01.1943
T/S.Lt. 31.07.1943
T/Lt. 22.02.1946, seniority 31.07.1945
03.12.1940 - (02.)1942 HMS Circassia (armed merchant cruiser)
(04.1942)     no appointment listed
08.04.1942 - (08.)1942 HMS Nigeria (Fiji class cruiser)
19.09.1942 - (04.)1943 HMS Queen of Bermuda (armed merchant cruiser)
(06.1943)     no appointment listed
01.06.1943 - (08.)1943 HMS Kale (River class frigate)
01.08.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS Ascension (Colony class frigate)
(10.1944)     HMS Loch Tarbert (Loch class frigate) *
12.10.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Labuan (Colony class frigate)
24.09.1945 - (10.1945) HMS St Columba (boom defence depot, Greenock)
28.12.1945 - (07.1946) HMS Loch Fada (Loch class frigate)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Goff,
Roy Cyril
R.C. Goff
?
-
Prob. T/S.Lt.
29.01.1940
T/S.Lt.
?, seniority 29.01.1940
T/Lt.
29.01.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
> 12.1943, < 04.1944
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
14.08.1940
-
(02.1941)
HMS Hazard
08.09.1943
-
(06.1944)
Commanding Officer, HMS Selkirk
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
Goldsworthy,
Ivan Ernest Goodman
I.E.G. Goldsworthy
1894 *
St Erth
-
[1959 still alive]

* baptized at 08.06.1894
Lt.
30.09.1925
Lt.Cdr.
30.09.1933
Cdr.
30.06.1937
Capt.
31.12.1942 (reld 1945/46)
Commendation Cmndn
08.10.1940
rescue survivors Lancastria
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
?
(1940)


SS Oronsay (as Staff Cdr., Merchant Navy)
[ (07.1945)


HMS Osborne (RN base, Isle of Wight) ?]
Gordon,
Alexander
A. Gordon
From Glasgow.
?
-
T/Lt. (E)
24.09.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. (E)
?
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
14.06.1945
HM's birthday 45 [award posted]
(02.1941)
-
(12.1941)
HMS St Modwen (armed yacht; anti-submarine duties) *
* at least indexed for the given period, but not listed as such; got the DSC in 1945 while obviously still serving at the ship
Gornall,
Charles Edwin
C.E. Gornall
Married ((06?).1918, Swansea district, Glamorgan) Emily Richards; .. children (one son?).
09.1900
Fylde district, Lancashire
-
26.01.1955
(died at sea on the trawler Lorella out of Hull when it went down in a storm)
T/Skpr. 11.12.1939 [T.S. 283]
T/A/Ch.Skpr. 18.01.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID 11.12.1945 wind up Europe 45
27.02.1940 - 12.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS William Cale (minesweeping trawler)
30.12.1942 - (08.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Lacerta (minesweeping trawler)
10.1943 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HMS Lacerta (minesweeping trawler)
Gorton,
Sandford George

S.G. Gorton (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Taylor)
Son of Sandford Thomas Gorton (1858-1900), railway engineer, and Clara Elliott (1866?-?).
Married 1st ((06?).1907, Wandsworth district, London) Haldane Mary (died (06?).1944), daughter of R.E. Hutchison, of New South Wales; two sons, one daughter.
Married 2nd (10.01.1945, Chelsea, London) Margaret Vinton Brown (ne French)  (born 17.08.1901 at Lynn, Mass., USA), daughter of Edward Vinton French, president of a US insurance trust.
09.10.1883
Clapham, Lambeth, Greater London *
-
1957


* place of birth sometimes indicated as: Richmond, Surrey
T/Lt. 25.03.1918 ?
A/Lt.Cdr. 1918 ?
T/Cdr. 12.12.1939
A/T/Capt. 08.1943
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) MBE 01.01.1918 New Year 18: for service at cable ships
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20 - -
Victory Medal VM - -
Defence Medal DefM - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Education: Cameron House preparatory school, Leatherhead; Thames Nautical Training College’s HMS Worcester (16.09.1897-22.06.1900; 1st Class Petty Officer).
Joins Devitt & Moore as an apprentice (four-masted barque Macquarie), 27.06.1900-21.08.1903. 2nd Mate's Certificate, 10.10.1903. Passes for First Mate, 22.02.1905. Served as Third Officer at Beatrice, Third Officer, then Fourth Officer at Wilcania & Second Officer at Waregal [as of 14.06.1905]. Master's ticket, 16.09.1908.
20.11.1909
20.11.1909
09.12.1910
18.09.1912









General Post Office Cable Ship HMCS Monarch *
4th Navigating Officer
3rd Navigating Officer
Assistant Cable Engineer
25.03.1918
25.03.1918

1918

01.03.1919
autumn 1919
-
15.12.1919






lent to Admiralty
HMS President (additional; for miscellaneous or special service)
for duty outside Admiralty, under Director of Anti-Submarine Division [HMS President]
HMS Vernon (mining school, Portsmouth)
HMS Hodder (cable ship)
15.12.1919
18.03.1924
-
-
17.03.1924
?
Commanding Officer, Cable Ship "Kilmun" (serving under the Admiralty)
12.12.1939 - 30.06.1942 Anti-Submarine Warfare Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
01.07.1942 - (04.1946) Anti-Submarine Materiel Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
* ship sunk 08.09.1915 off Folkestone, but Gorton continued service on successor with same name Monarch (3); saw service in Home Waters & Russia
Goulding,
Harold Wilkinson
"Harry"
H.W. Goulding H.W. Goulding
H.W. Goulding H.W. Goulding
H.W. Goulding H.W. Goulding
H.W. Goulding
Son (with three brothers and two half siblings) of Harold Goulding (1883-1959), and Alice Jane Hodgson (1882-1923).
Married ((12?).1926, Hartlepool district, Co. Durham) Edna Victoria Crallen (17.08.1901 - 09.2000), daughter (with four brothers and one sister) of John Thomas Crallan (1871-1911), and Mary Ann Taylor (1874-1960); one son.
21.08.1903
Stranton, West Hartlepool, Co. Durham
-
04.08.1945
Edinburgh, Scotland
(died of illness, subdural haematoma)
[Stranton Cemetery, Hartlepool, plot 6 A 288]
Prob. T/Lt. 13.06.1940
T/Lt. 02.1941, seniority 13.06.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 13.06.1940?
T/Cdr. 15.01.1944
Distinguished Service Order DSO 13.11.1940 for outstanding fearlessness and resource on special service on enemy coasts [investiture 18.02.41]
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
France & Germany Star Fr&G St - -
Defence Medal DefM - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Mention in Despatches MID 02.10.1942 Operation Jubilee (raid on Dieppe 19.08.42)
Education: West Brougham School.
Served Merchant Navy.
13.06.1940 - (10.)1940 HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover) (for miscellaneous duties) (DSO)
14.12.1940 - 09.1943 HMS Victory III (accounting section, Wantage, Berkshire), as:
12.1940 - 09.1943 Chief Training Officer (Combined Operations), HMS Northney (Combined Operations landing craft base, Hayling Island)
08.1942     Senior Officer, Blue Beach Landings, Dieppe raid (despatches)
09.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS President (Admiralty) *
09.1943 - 02.1944 Second-in-Command, HQ Special Boat Unit, Special Service Group [HMS Rodent (Special Boat Unit HQ, Coldhayes, Liss, Hampshire)]
02.1944 - 04.1945? Commanding Officer, HQ Special Boat Unit, Special Service Group [HMS Rodent (Special Boat Unit HQ, Coldhayes, Liss, Hampshire)]
17.04.1945 - 26.05.1945 HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea, including Cardiff, Avonmouth, Barry & Newport) (as Commodore of Coastal Convoys, Naval Control Service, Cardiff)
14.06.1945 - 04.08.1945 HMS Cochrane II (supply & accounting base for tenders, Rosyth) (for duty with Naval Officer-in-Charge, Methil)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Letter of Chief of Combined Operations Maj.Gen. R.E. Laycock about the wartime activities of Cdr. H.W. Goulding (Courtesy of Mr Charlie Goulding) Letter of Chief of Combined Operations Maj.Gen. R.E. Laycock about the wartime activities of Cdr. H.W. Goulding (Courtesy of Mr Charlie Goulding)
Granger,
Peter Henry Thomas
P.H.T. Granger
Son of Thomas E. Granger, and Bertha W. Ashcroft.
16.02.1927
Eastbourne district, Sussex
-
19.03.2011
T/Midsh. 05.01.1945
A/S.Lt. RN ?
S.Lt. RN 09.06.1947, seniority 16.02.1947
Lt. RN 16.02.1949 (emgcy 23.04.1951)
Lt. RNVR 14.02.1955, seniority 13.06.1950
Lt.Cdr. RNVR (later RNR) 13.06.1958 (retd 18.08.1971)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 01.05.1964 -
(04.1945) - (10.1945) no appointment listed
(04.1946)     HMS Rifleman (Algerine class minesweeper) *
... - ... ...
* indexed, but not listed as such
Grant,
Brian Borthwick
B.B. Grant

Married (1922) to Doris Eunice Fleming; two sons.
(12?).1891
Barton Regis, Gloucestershire
-
1966
T/Lt.
04.05.1917
Prob. Lt.
31.12.1924
Lt.
25.08.1926, seniority 31.12.1924
Lt.Cdr.
31.12.1932
Cdr.
31.12.1935 (retd 10.10.1941)
Capt. (retd)
10.10.1941 (reld 1945/46)
A/Cdre. 2nd cl. (retd)
05.09.1942
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 11.03.1940 -
22.11.1939
-
(04.1940)
HMS Pembroke IV (accounting base, Chatham)
05.08.1940
-
(02.1941)
HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport)
05.09.1942
-
(06.1944)
Commodore of Ocean Convoys [HMS Eaglet]
03.07.1945
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Glengyle (landing ship infantry)
(1949)


Commanding Officer, SS Empress of France
Graves,
William Francis
W.F. Graves
30.04.1907
Alnwick district, Northumberland
-
06.1997
Whitby district, Yorkshire
Prob. S.Lt. 26.03.1931
S.Lt. 07.08.1932, seniority 26.03.1931
Lt. 26.03.1933 (retd 05.09.1935)
Lt.Cdr. (retd) 10.03.1945
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 1945/46? -
(02.1940)     no appointment listed
31.01.1940 - 10.06.1940 HMS Vandyck (armed merchant cruiser) (sunk by German bombing off Andenes; captured)
1940 - 1945 POW in German captivity
Harbour Master, Whitby.
Gray,
Alfred Francis Colenso
A.F.C. Gray
18.04.1900
North Witchford district, Cambridgeshire
-
11.1984

Fenland district, Cambridgeshire
Prob. S.Lt.
14.01.1926
S.Lt.
26.05.1926, seniority 14.01.1926
Lt.
03.04.1929
Lt.Cdr.
03.04.1937 (retd 18.04.1945)
Cdr. (retd)
18.04.1945
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
20.11.1942
-
(04.1940)
 
 
HMS Circassia (armed merchant cruiser) *
(06.1940)


Commanding Officer, HMS St Sunniva (accommodation ship for Contraband Control Service)
28.10.1940
-
(12.1941)
Commanding Officer, HMS Valena (armed yacht for anti-submarine duties) (Campbeltown)
14.04.1942

-
07.1943
Commanding Officer, HMS Sardonyx (destroyer)
23.09.1943
-
(01.)1945
Commanding Officer, HMS Charlestown (destroyer)
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, 1968-1969.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Gray,
Frank
F. Gray
Son of Francis William and Hilda Gray, of Beverley.
Husband of Joan Gray, of Beverley.
(09?).1907
Beverley district, East Riding of Yorkshire
-
10.05.1940
(KIA) [age 32]
[Beverely (Queensgate) Cemetery, Yorkshire, block 35, grave 22]
Prob. T/Lt. 26.02.1940
(04.1940)     no appointment listed
? - 10.05.1940 HMS Fowey (sloop) (killed by fire)
Green,
Anthony Harold
"Tony"
A.H. Green (Source: www.mikekemble.com) A.H. Green (Source: www.mikekemble.com)
A.H. Green (Source: www.mikekemble.com) A.H. Green (Source: www.mikekemble.com)

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20.10.1924
-
T/Midsh.
?
T/S.Lt.
24.10.1944 (reld 09.1946)
Joined Merchant Navy as a Cadet, 1941. TSS City of Pretoria, 11.1941.
05.1943


joined RNR
21.05.1943
-
12.1943
HMS Howe (battleship) (Mediterranean)
12.1943
-
05.1944
course, RN College, Greenwich
18.05.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Wren (sloop)
06.03.1946
-
(04.1946)
HMS Kingfisher (sloop)
Received a government grant to study for his Second Mate’s certificate then joined Shell Tankers (Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co) and remained with Shell until 1956 as Master of a tanker. Emigrated to Canada.
Green,
George Durham
G.D. Green
1917 ?
-
05.11.1940
(KIA) [age 23]
[Chatham Naval Memorial]
A/S.Lt. (E)
?
?
-
05.11.1940
HMS Jervis Bay (auxiliary merchant cruiser)
Green,
John William
J.W. Green
?
-
T/Skpr.
01.09.1940 [TS 780] (reld < 04.1946)
(1940?)


HMS Girl Gladys (drifter)
(1941?)


HMS Yezo (trawler)
(02.1941)


no appointment listed
12.05.1941
-
22.10.1941
HMS Alder (trawler) (wrecked east coast Scotland)
20.09.1944
-
(10.1944)
Commanding Officer, HMS Bruinvisch (auxiliary minesweeping trawler)
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
Greene,
Joseph William
"Jimmy"
J.W. Greene
From Fleetwood.
04.04.1909
Fleetwood, Lancashire
-
06.1988
North Walsham, Norfolk
T/Skpr.
04.12.1939 [WS 3171, TS 288]
T/A/Skpr.Lt.
28.04.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
14.06.1945
HM's birthday 45
Awarded a gold watch by President Eisenhower for his seamanship in the post-war rescue of American seamen crewing a foundering timber ship.
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
(02.1941)


HMS Kennymore (minesweeping trawler) *
24.05.1941
-
(12.1943)
HMS St Tudno (minesweeping depot, Sheerness) (for minesweeping duties)
28.04.1944
-
(06.1944)
Commanding Officer, HMS Pierre Gustave (drifter)
06.1945
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HM MMS 144 (motor minesweeper)
Commanded the Grimsby trawler 'Northern Duke', 1950s/60s.

* indexed, but not listed as such; vessel was sunk on 25.11.1940
Greene Kelly,
Edward Trenchard
"Tizzy"
E.T. Greene Kelly
Son (with a twin brother and two sisters) of Sir Henry Greene Kelly (1865-1934), and Doris Muriel Dagmar Trenchard (?-1947).
Married (13.09.1939, St James's, Piccadilly) Loraine Ianthe "Pipps" Dickson, of Woodspean, Newbury, Berkshire, youngest daughter of Col. William G.B. Dickson (?-1944), and Mrs Dickson, of Crossways, Newbury; ... children (one daughter). Loraine Greene Kelly remarried Nigel Craven-Wilkinson.
(09?).1913
Eton district, Buckinghamshire
-
15.10.1943
Piombino Channel
[age 32]
[Chatham Naval Memorial, 73, 2]
T/S.Lt. 25.09.1939
T/Lt. 02.01.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. ? 1943 ?
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 21.12.1943 Operation Husky (invasion of Sicily 07.43)
25.09.1939 - (02.)1941 HMS Montclare (armed merchant cruiser)
03.09.1941 - (08.)1942 HMS Cumberland (cruiser)
14.12.1942 - 26.09.1943 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 655 (motor torpedo boat) & acting Senior Officer, 33rd MTB Flotilla (DSC)
26.09.1943 - 15.10.1943 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 636 (motor torpedo boat) (lost his life in what is now termed as a “friendly fire’ incident – the loss of 636 under the guns of 658)
 
Griffiths,
Leslie
L. Griffiths
Son of Frank Dyer Griffiths and Kate Griffiths, of Hayes, Middlesex.
Husband of Mabel Griffiths, of Woodford, who was killed in the same incident.

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17.03.1899
Birmingham, Warwickshire
-
19.07.1944
killed by a V1 bomb
[age 45]
[Woodford (Roding Lane) Cemetery, Essex, grave 1]
(formerly of Kingston-upon-Thames)
Lt. 30.09.1925
Lt.Cdr. 30.09.1933
Cdr. 30.06.1939
Distinguished Service Order DSO 11.07.1940 HM's birthday 40 [investiture 08.04.41]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 11.1940 -
24.11.1939 - (06.)1940 HMS Pembroke IV (accounting base, Chatham)
30.11.1939     SS Sheafcrest [sunk after being mined off Margate] (DSO)
(08.1940) - (12.1940) no appointment listed
(02.1941)     Admiralty [HMS President] *
17.03.1941 - (02.)1943 on staff of Superintendent of De-magnetisation, Admiralty [HMS President]
22.02.1943 - (06.)1943 HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow)
01.06.1943 - 19.07.1944 Superintending Inspector of Degaussing (SIDG), London, South East Area [HMS Yeoman (RN base, Thames)]
Groos,
William Henry

W.H. Groos
(06?).1888
Lambeth, London
-
died possibly between 07.1962 and 08.1973
A/Asst.Paym.
04.03.1910
Asst.Paym.
15.11.1911, seniority 04.03.1910
Paym.Lt.Cdr.
04.03.1920
Paym.Cdr. = Cdr. (S)
30.06.1930 (retd 10.06.1938) (reverted to retd < 07.1945)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
15.02.1921
?
12.08.1940
-
15.02.1945
HMS Unicorn II (RN base, Dundee),
renamed 1942:
HMS Cressy (RN base, Dundee)
Groves,
John [William]
J. Groves
Married ...; ... children.
?
-
?
T/Midsh. 06.08.1941
T/A/S.Lt. 21.09.1944
T/S.Lt. 21.03.1945 (reld > 07.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID 30.05.1944 Operation Antidote (minesweeping Galita to Sousse, Tunisia 05.43)
(10.1941)     no appointment listed
25.11.1941 - 05.1943 HMS Warspite (battleship)
05.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Poole (Bangor class minesweeper) (despatches) *
(02.1944)     no appointment listed
28.02.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Poppy (corvette)
(10.1944) - (01.1945) no appointment listed
02.1945 - (07.)1945 HMS Belvoir (destroyer)
(10.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
02.07.1946 - (07.1946) HMS Arcturus (Algerine class minesweeper)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Gunn,
Andrew Anderson
A.A. Gunn
Son (with one sister and six brothers) of John Harper Gunn (1878-1955), and Jessie Daisy Anderson (1882-1969).
Married 1st (08.02.1943, Brooklyn, New York, USA; divorced) Margaret Catherine Evarts (25.06.1917 - 23.05.2003); one son.
Married 2nd (04.1961, Grimsby district, Lincolnshire) Evelyn Edith Morrison (ne King); three sons, three daughters.

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10.04.1907
Pultneytown, Wick, Caithness, Scotland
-
30.03.1994
Grimsby, Humberside
A/Skpr. 07.08.1943 [WS 3731]
Skpr. 1944?, seniority 07.08.1943
Ch.Skpr. 31.12.1951
A/Skpr.Lt. 07.03.1946?
Skpr.Lt. 30.06.1955 (retd 10.04.1957)
13.11.1943 - (10.1945) First Lieutenant, HM BYMS 2278 (British Yard minesweeper)
07.03.1946 - (04.1946) Commanding Officer, HM MMS 236 (motor minesweeper)
       
 
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