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1939-1945

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Lamont, A.
to
Lyle, J.B.

 
A. Lamont   to   J.B. Lyle
Lamont,
Archibald
A. Lamont
24.10.1891
Bunessan, Isle of Mull
-
10.1975
T/Boom Skpr. ?
T/Lt. 01.05.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. > 06.1944, < 10.1944
04.09.1939 - 01.03.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Bayonet (boom defence vessel)
01.03.1940 - 08.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Barnehurst (boom defence vessel)
08.1942 - (02.1943) Commanding Officer, HMS Barwick (boom defence vessel)
14.03.1944 - (10.)1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Barthorpe (boom defence vessel)
10.1944 - (04.1946) Commanding Officer, HMS Moorsman (mooring vessel)
Served Merchnat Navy (his final ship was mv Tay and he paid off from her on 07.09.1965)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Landon,
Martyn Arthur Jermyn
M.A.J. Landon
Son of Capt. Arthur Jermyn Landon, RN (1883-1931), and Eilie Emily Evans (1890-1976).
Married ((03?).1953, Winchester district, Hampshire) Claudine A. Bamber.
29.03.1920
Woking, Guildford district, Surrey
-
Prob. Midsh.
31.12.1936
A/S.Lt.
29.03.1940
S.Lt.
07.1941, seniority 29.03.1941
Lt.
29.09.1942
Lt.Cdr.
29./09.1950 (retd 10.03.1963)
Mentioned in Despatches MID
24.11.1942
special service Mediterranean, loss ship 13.06.42
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
24.06.1950
-
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
11.06.1963
1st clasp
?
-
21.11.1939
HMS Gipsy (destroyer) (ship mined off Harwich; slightly injured)
17.02.1940
-
(12.1941)
HMS Jaguar (destroyer)
?
-
13.06.1942
HMS Farouk (Q-ship) (ship sunk by U-83 off Ramkin Island)



long navigation course [HMS Dryad]
10.02.1944
-
(10.1944)
HMS Beehive (Coastal Forces base, Felixstowe) (for miscellaneous services [Navigation Officer for 50 ML Flotilla])
06.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Hind (sloop) (in lieu of specialist Navigating Officer)
(04.1946)


HMS Manxman (minelayer) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Lane,
Harry Robertson
H.R. Lane (Photo courtesy of Mr Mike Cooper)
(09?).1899
Toxteth Park district, Lancashire
-
(12?).1965

Liverpool South district, Lancashire
Lt. 31.12.1924
Lt.Cdr. 31.12.1932
Cdr. 31.12.1938
Capt. 30.06.1943
A/Cdre. 2nd cl. 10.08.1943
Cdre. 2nd cl. 29.01.1945 (retd 28.08.1954)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 02.06.1943 HM's birthday 43
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD ? -
Joined Elder Dempster Lines as Second Officer 1928, serving various units of the fleet until 1938 when he was promoted Chief Officer again serving aboard various units of the fleet until a few days prior to the outbreak of WWII he was appointed Chief Officer of the Abosso. On leaving the Abosso Harry Lane was appointed Master of the 'Bodnant’ for a coastal voyage before being called up for active service with the Royal Navy.
(04.1940) - (10.1940) HMS Loch Tulla (anti-submarine warfare trawler) *
18.10.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow)
01.10.1941 - (02.)1943 HMS Leigh (RN base, Southend on Sea)
10.08.1943 - (07.1945) Commodore of Ocean Convoys [HMS Eaglet]
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
? - 09.12.1953 RNR ADC to the Queen
On cessation of hostilities Captain Lane rejoined ED’s and subsequently relieved Captain Webster as Marine Superintendent a position he held until his retirement in 1963.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Langer,
Edward Frederick
E.F. Langer (Photo: www.dutchsubmarines.com)
Son of ... Langer, and ... Budd.
Married Minnie Mary Langer (09.12.1913-09.1995), of Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
06.02.1913
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
-
10.1984
Ipswich, Suffolk
T/S.Lt.
27.01.1941
T/Lt.
27.01.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
< 07.1945 (reld < 04.1946)
29.09.1941
-
(12.1941)
HMS Ambrose (submarine depot ship) (for submarines)
24.10.1942
-
(02.)1943
HMS P 556 (submarine)
17.03.1943
-
29.05.1944
on loan to RANR(S):
17.03.1943
-
18.03.1943
London Depot RAN
19.03.1943
-
05.1943
HMAS Penguin
05.1943
-
21.06.1943
HMAS Penguin (additional; for duty with K 9 (submarine))
22.06.1943
-
31.03.1944
First Lieutenant, HMAS K 9 (submarine) [based at HMAS Penguin, from 29.07.1943 HMAS Rushcutter]
01.04.1944
-
29.05.1944
HMAS Penguin (addtional; for passage to UK per SS [Nellor ?])
(07.1945)


HM LST 323 (landing ship, tank) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Langridge,
Richard Lionel
R.L. Langridge
(09?).1891
Mile End Old Town, London, Middlesex
-
17.12.1940
[age 49]
[Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Naval Reservation, grave 1240]
T/Lt.
12.02.1940
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
(10.1940)     HMS Wildfire (RN base, Sheerness) *
?
-
17.12.1940
HMS Thomas Conolly (armed trawler)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Larkin,
N
[Norman?]
N. Larkin
?
-
T/Lt.
01.11.1939



officer holding a temporary commission under T.124 agreements
01.11.1939
-
(04).1940
Commanding Officer, HMS Gracie Fields (paddle minesweeper)
Latch,
Cyril Clive Telford
C.C.T. Latch [PHOTO UNCONFIRMED]
(12?).1923
King's Norton district, Staffordshire / Warwickshire
-
05.11.1940
(MPK) [age ± 17]
[Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 40, column 1]
Prob. Midsh. 26.08.1939
Midsh. 1940, seniority 26.08.1939
08.10.1939 - 05.11.1940 HMS Jervis Bay (armed merchant cruiser) [missing, presumed killed when ship was sunk by the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer]
Law,
John Alexander
J.A. Law (© Imperial War Museum (A 24454))
(09?).1882
Gateshead, Co. Durham
-
(12?).1963
North Western Durham district, Co. Durham
T/Bm.Eng. 07.10.1939
... - ... ...
22.05.1943 - (06.1944) French Ship "Balise"
... - ... ...
Lawn,
James William
J.W. Lawn (Photo courtesy of Mr Jimmy Lawn)
Married; ... children (one son?).
22.08.1912 ?
Mutford district, Norfolk ?
-
07.1984 ?
Great Yarmouth district, Norfolk ?
Skpr. 24.01.1939
A/Skpr.Lt. 10.01.1944 [WS 2809] (reld < 04.1946)
Ch.Skpr. ?
Lt. (PS) 22.11.1951, seniority 17.05.1947
Lt.Cdr. (PS) 17.05.1955 (retd 27.08.1962)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 17.02.1953 -
27.12.1939 - 13.10.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Lord Hood (minesweeping trawler)
10.01.1944 - (10.)1944 Commanding Officer, HM MMS 300 (motor minesweeper)
22.11.1944 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HM MMS 300 (motor minesweeper)
Laws,
William Hall
W.H. Laws (Photo courtesy of Mrs Alison Parnum)
Son of William Richardson Laws (1876-), police court missionary, and Jane Hall.
Married ((06?).1940, Crosby district, Lancashire) Dorothy Joan Hadcock (17.05.1913 - 02.2003); one daughter, two sons.
23.09.1903
Widnes, Prescot district, Lancashire
-
05.10.1979
Gloucester district, Gloucestershire
Prob. S.Lt. 13.03.1930
S.Lt. 24.09.1930, seniority 13.03.1930
Lt. 22.06.1932, seniority 13.03.1932 *
Lt.Cdr. 13.03.1940 (retd < 05.1950)
A/Cdr. < 05.1943
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 22.05.1943 -
* officially retired 07.08.1939, but most probably re-instated on the Active List of the RNR
14.06.1930 - 25.07.1930 HMS Vivid
26.07.1930 - ? HMS Marlborough
29.11.1930 - (03.1931) HMS Revenge (battleship) (to complete 12 months' training) (Mediterranean)
16.06.1934 - 29.06.1934 HMS Defiance
30.06.1934 - ? HMS Drake
19.09.1936 - ? HMS Woolston
21.08.1938 - ? HMS Drake
29.08.1939 - (04.1940) HMS Cochrane (RN base, Rosyth) (additional for various services)
(10.1940)     HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) *
31.12.1940 - (06.)1942 HMS Dunnottar Castle (armed merchant cruiser)
(08.1942)     no appointment listed
06.08.1942 - (08.)1943 HMS Saker (British Admiralty Delegation, Washington, DC, USA)
08.1943 - 09.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS LST 430 (landing ship, tank)
(12.1943) - (01.1945) no appointment listed
13.02.1945 - (04.)1945 HMS Dinosaur (Combined Operations base, Troon)
(07.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
His daughter provided the following details on Cdr. W.H. Laws, RNR: "Attended the Liverpool Institute from where he could see the funnels of the Blue Funnel line.Taken on as an apprentice by the Kyle Transport Co. Sailed from the Tyne 9 November 1920. EARLY CAREER. 1920 SS Coya. 1921 SS Coya – a second voyage. 1922 SS Tregothnan and sister ship SS Trebatha. Moved to Haines Line. 1925 Qualified with 2nd Mates Ticket [11.03.1925]. Signed on with Cunard Line. Joined Franconia. 1927 SS Trekiev. Signed on as 3rd Officer, then 2nd Officer and studied for his 1st Mate's Ticket. 1928/9 Completed 4 voyages with SS Trekiev then left to study for his Masters Certificate and Extra Masters Certificate (Nautical Technical School Liverpool). 1930 Joined RNR. Royal Mail Ship Orita (one of the passenger ships owned by Pacific Steam Navigation Company) as Sub Lieutenant. Appointed to HMS Revenge in December 1930 and whilst on a signal course on HMS Victory he was sent to London with the Royal Naval Reserve Guard for Armistice Day at the Cenotaph. Then sent to HMS Glorious for the first RNR Officers Short Air Course. 1931 Secured a position with the Bibby Line running between Liverpool and Rangoon. Signed on with the Staffordshire on 27 November 1931. After 3 round voyages was promoted to Lieutenant RNR. 1932 October 10 joined the Transport Lancashire as 4th Officer After a spell on HMS Oxfordshire returned to the Lancashire as 3rd Officer eventually returning to the Liverpool to Rangoon run as 2nd Officer. 1936 Joined HMS Videt. 1938 Attended the Gunnery School at Devonport for the Executive Officers Advanced Course.
THE WAR. 1939 Fleet mobilised. HMS Caledonia - appointed to Examination Service. 1940, 13 March promoted to Lieutenant Commander on the Ocean Boarding Vessel HMS Maron. 3 December joined MS Dunnottar Castle (luxury liner of Union Castle fitted out as armed vessel). Sailed and escorted a convoy to Freetown then a home bound convoy to the Clyde. Then return to Freetown. 1941 The Taking of SS Bamfora. On April 12 the Bamfora with French Vichy colours was sited leaving Dakar for Casablanca and Marseilles with many Americans on board trying to get home. Was sent in charge of a boarding party with the Dunnottar Castle following behind. The Boarding party consisted of men with an armed guard and a steamer party. The Bamfora was escorted safely to Freetown, under British control. A court ruled she had been taken as a prize (one of my fathers medals relates to this episode.) 1942. Left the Dunnottar Castle and proceeded to Baltimore in the USA to help oversee the building of a fleet of Landing Craft LSTs and a period with the Atlantic Conveys. 1943 Battle or Salerno. Sailed on 6 September 1943. Badly wounded during the landings by an 88mm shell from a German tank stationed on the low hills. Invalided out first to Alexandria and Sicily and then a troop ship home. After a long recovery he returned to the Merchant Navy.
RETURN TO MERCHANT NAVY. 1947 Chief Officer of SS Corabank with Bank Line. 1948 Joined a new service carrying vehicles between Preston, Lancashire and Larne in Co. Antrim, Ireland. The ships were converted LSTs, similar to those he had been involved with during The War and were already running between Tilbury and Antwerp. Appointed as Chief Officer and joined the Empire Cedric. 1949 Promoted to Master of the Empire Cedric. 1951 Cairo Riots. Master of the HMS Empire Doric taken over by the army and sailed to Cyprus transporting army reinforcements between Port Said, Cyprus and Malta. The Empire Doric then resumed service on the Preston to Larne run expanding to Belfast with the Empire Cedric, Empire Nordic and Empire Gaelic.
SUEZ. 1956 August. Master of the HMS Empire Cedrick which was requisitioned by the Navy for the Suez Crisis. Joined a convoy of ships sailing to Port Said for the landing at Suez.
RETIREMENT. Captain Laws' last days at sea were spent on the Bardic and Ionic Ferries. He retired early as war wounds were always a problem. He died in 1979 as a result of multiple war wounds sustained at Salerno."
Leach,
Harold Frederic
H.F. Leach (Photo courtesy of Mr David Leach)
Son of Frederic Priestley Leach.
Married 1st Kathleen Dorcas Pearce (born (03?).1913, Bristol district, Gloucestershire; died (06?).1945), Oxford district, Oxfordshire); two sons.
Married (1959) 2nd Moira Gertrude Lee.
08.07.1910 Bradford district, West Yorkshire
-
22.11.1993
Bristol, Gloucestershire
Prob. Paym.S.Lt.
09.02.1932
Paym.S.Lt.
30.08.1932, seniority 09.02.1932
Paym.Lt.
09.02.1934
Paym.Lt.Cdr. = Lt.Cdr. (S)
09.02.1942 (retd 08.07.1955; age)
A/Cdr. (S)
30.06.1945? (demobilized < 04.1946)

1939-1945 Star

39|45 St
-
-
Atlantic Star Atl St
-
-
Africa Star Afr St
-
& clasp North Africa 42-45
Defence Medal Def M
-
-
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45
-
-
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
-
ASAA (1930), later FCA.
02.07.1932
-
1932
training, HMS Concord (signal school cruiser, Portsmouth)
1934
-
1934
training, HMS Renown (battlecruiser) (Home Fleet) (42 days)
1935
-
1935
training, HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (14 days)
19.09.1936
-
1936
training, HMS Courageous (aircraft carrier) (Home Fleet)
21.07.1939
-
1939
training, HMS Forth (submarine depot ship) (Home Fleet)
(04.1940)


HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea) *
1940
-
1940
HMS Ark Royal (aircraft carrier)
09.05.1940
-
(12.1941)
HMS Pembroke IV (accounting base, Chatham)
15.03.1942
-
(10.)1943
HMS Argus (aircraft carrier)
23.11.1943
-
(10.)1944
HMS Tern (RN Air Station, Twatt, Orkney)
11.12.1944
-
29.06.1945
HMS Jackdaw (RN Air Station, Crail, Fife)
30.06.1945
-
(07.1945)
Staff Officer (Supply & Secretariat), HMS Jackdaw (RN Air Station, Crail, Fife)
Chartered accountant.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Leadbetter,
Charles William
C.W. Leadbetter
Son of ... Leadbetter, and ... Manning.
19.11.1913
Fylde district, Lancashire
-
08.2003
Blackpool district, Lancashire
Prob. A/S.Lt.
01.09.1935
A/S.Lt.
24.03.1937
S.Lt.
15.10.1939
Lt.
24.03.1940
A/Lt.Cdr.
> 12.1943, < 04.1944
Lt.Cdr.
24.03.1948 (retd 19.11.1958)
Mentioned in Despatches MID
08.06.1944
HM's birthday 44
Mentioned in Despatches MID
21.08.1945
destruction U-Boat Western Approaches 04.02.45
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
21.11.1946
-
25.08.1939
-
(02.)1941
HMS Royal Sovereign (battleship)
(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
05.1942
-
10.04.1944
Commanding Officer, HMS Oxlip (corvette) (despatches)
16.04.1944
-
(10.)1944
Commanding Oficer, HMS Pevensey Castle (corvette)
13.11.1944
-
01.1945
Commanding Officer, HMS Loch Shin (frigate)
26.01.1945
-
27.05.1945
Commanding Officer, HMS Papua (frigate) (despatches)
09.06.1945
-
(04.1946)
Commanding Officer, HMS Loch Scavaig (frigate)
Leddra,
Morris Reynolds
M.R. Leddra
Son of Thomas William and Elizabeth Grace Leddra, of Plymouth; husband of Edith Blanche Mary Leddra, of Mannamead, Plymouth.
(03.)1887
Plymouth, Devon
-
05.11.1940
(KIA) [age 53]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 2, column 1]
Lt.Cdr. (E)
15.09.1939


  serving under the T.124 agreement
15.09.1939
-
05.11.1940
HMS Jervis Bay (auxiliary merchant cruiser)
Lees,
Andrew Robertson
A.R. Lees (Photo courtesy of Mr Nick Clark)
Son of James and Elizabeth Lees, of Aberdeen.
Husband of Ann Buchanan Lees, of Aberdeen.
1905 ?
-
15.09.1940
(KIA) [age 35]
[Dover (St James's) Cemetery, C.1]
Skpr.
10.06.1937
20.09.1939
-
(04.)1940
HMS Dalmatia (armed trawler)
1940
-
15.09.1940
HMS Botanic (armed trawler)
Legassick,
George Victor
G.V. Legassick
Married (31.10.1938, Chelsea Register Office) Pauline Powis (née Lucas), of Woodley, Berkshire.
(12?).1904
Cardiff district, Glamorgan
-
27.04.1964
S.Lt. 23.02.1928
Lt. 23.02.1931
Lt.Cdr. 23.02.1939
Cdr. 03.06.1943
Capt. 26.02.1951 (retd 23.09.1959)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 02.06.1943 HM's birthday 43 [investiture 30.10.45]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 01.08.1942 -
Education: HMS Worcester (1921).
27.09.1937     HMS Osprey
(04.1940)     HMS Romola *
(06.1940)     took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk at "San Antonio" from Poole
19.05.1940 - 06.09.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Godetia (corvette)
(10.1940)     HMS Pascholl *
16.12.1940 - 12.1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Petunia (corvette)
12.12.1941 - 31.01.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Saladin (DSC)
01.02.1943 - 20.09.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Berry (frigate)
(12.1943)     Commanding Officer, HMS Exe (frigate)
26.02.1944 - 03.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Pink (corvette)
22.03.1944 - 03.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Hesperus (destroyer)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Emigrated to South Africa, 1945. Captain Superintendent of the “General Botha” the training establishment in South Africa, 1947-17.12.1958.
Leggett,
Arthur Abel
A.A. Leggett (Photo courtesy of Mr Phil Leggett)
Son of Thomas and Charlotte Leggett; husband of Hilda May Leggett, of Hakin, Milford Haven.
17.03.1904
-
07.03.1943
[age 38]
[Milford Haven Cemetery, section C, grave 561]
Skpr.
10.01.1939 [WS 2804]
A/Lt.Skpr.
< 12.1941
Trawler skipper, fishing out of Milford Haven.
(04.1940)


HMS Milford Duke (boom defence vessel) *
16.10.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS Suma (minesweeping trawler)
14.02.1941
-
(12.1941)
Commanding Officer, HMS Blighty (minesweeping trawler)
19.02.1942
-
07.03.1943
HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea) (for service at Barry)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Leigh,
Frederick Haworth
F.H. Leigh
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
1913
-
1970
at sea
Midsh. 01.01.1930
A/S.Lt. 19.06.1933
S.Lt. 03.01.1936, seniority 31.12.1934
Lt. 16.08.1936
A/Lt.Cdr. > 04.1943, < 06.1943
Lt.Cdr. 16.08.1944 (retd 02.05.1957)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 13.02.1945 -
Joined Training ship Worcester in 1927 and left in 1929 to join White Star Line. He held a Master Foreign Going Certificate.
19.08.1939 - (12.1939) HMS Maidstone (submarine depot ship) (additional; for various services)
03.02.1940 - (06.)1943 HMS Worcestershire (armed merchant cruiser) (in lieu of specialist Gunnery Officer)
(08.1943) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
Chief Officer on a tanker in 1970 and fell overboard when going on morning watch.
Leslie,
John Aim Shearer
J.A.S. Leslie
Only son of Captain John Spence Leslie.
31.01.1908
South Shields district, Durham / Tyne and Wear
-
05.1984
Birkenhead district, Cheshire
T/Lt.
24.11.1941 (reld 1945/46)
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
11.12.1945
wind up, Europe 45
(08.1942)


HMS Tarana (Mediterranean)
25.05.1944
-
(07.1945)
Staff Officer (Operations), HMS Fox (RN base, Lerwick)
Rejoined merchant fleet, Furness Withy (Prince Line) (master mariner)
L'Estrange,
Henry Owen
H.O. L'Estrange
Second son of Henry George L’Estrange, and his wife Evelyn,  who was the second eldest daughter of Owen Wynne of Hazelwood, Sligo, and the grandson of Christopher Carleton L’Estrange of Kevinsfort, Sligo, and Market Hill, Co.Fermanagh.

biography
1912
Lisnalurg, Sligo
-
12.1972
on board his ship RFA Stromness in the Singapore naval base
[St. Anne’s Churchyard Knocknarea, Strandhill Co. Sligo]
S.Lt.
01.02.1938
Lt.
21.12.1940
Lt.Cdr.
21.12.1948
Cdr.
30.06.1955
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
11.06.1942
HM's birthday 42 [investiture 22.09.42]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
?
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
15.07.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS Northern Sun (auxiliary anti-submarine trawler)
20.07.1941
-
02.1943
Commanding Officer, HMS Kingston Agate (auxiliary anti-submarine trawler)
11.1943
-
08.1944
Commanding Officer, HMS Kilbride (escort)
(10.1944)


no appointment listed
02.1945
-
(04.1946)
HMS Berry Head (escort repair ship)
Served Royal Fleet Auxiliary pre- & post-war.
Le Sueur,
John Alexander
J.A. Le Sueur
?
-
Prob. T/Midsh.
29.09.1939
T/Midsh.
1940?, seniority 29.09.1939
(04.1940)
-
(02.1941)
HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) *
29.11.1941


HMS Dunedin (cruiser) [torpedoed & sunk by U-124 in South Atlantic, 24.11.1941] **
* indexed, but not listed as such
** intended, but not substantiated appointment
Letty,
Angus
A. Letty (Photo courtesy of Mr Alastair Letty) A. Letty (Photo courtesy of Mr Alastair Letty)
A. Letty (Photo courtesy of Mr Alastair Letty) A. Letty (Photo courtesy of Mr Alastair Letty)
A. Letty (Photo courtesy of Mr Alastair Letty) A. Letty (Photo courtesy of Mr Alastair Letty)
Son of Duncan Pirie Letty, and Isabella McKenzie.
Married ((06?).1940, Liverpool district, Lancashire) Ethel B. Mann; two daughters, one son.
14.07.1913
Thirsk district, North Riding of Yorkshire
-
12.1985
Honiton district, Devon
S.Lt. 06.07.1939
Lt. 18.10.1940
?, seniority 18.10.1939
A/Lt.Cdr. < 10.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Lt.Cdr. 18.10.1947
Cdr. 30.06.1955 (Supernumerary List 22.01.1957)
Capt. 31.12.1959 (retd 14.07.1968)
Distinguished Service Order DSO 30.03.1943 distinguished services [investiture 19.10.43]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 05.07.1940 naval minelaying expedition [investiture 03.09.40]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 13.07.1948 -
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 12.01.1959 1st clasp
(12.1939)     no appointment listed
11.12.1939 - (02.)1940 HMS Ilsenstein (mine bumper)
(03.)1940 - (06.)1940 Admiralty [HMS President] (for irregular operations) *
[with the Naval Expeditionary Force to France in 1940 for Operation Royal Marine – floating fluvial mines down the Rhine] (DSC)
02.07.1940   (08.)1941 HMS Broke (Shakespeare class destroyer)
[leading boarding party on 26.10.1940 to ‘Empress of Britain’ which was on fire and later to be torpedoed]
(10.1941)     no appointment listed
(12.1941)     French Ship "Gustave Denis" *
01.12.1941 - (12.)1943 Naval Intelligence Division, Admiralty [HMS President] (DSO)
13.12.1943 - (10.)1945 HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for duties with Sea Transport Officers)
01.10.1945 - (10.1945) Commanding Officer, HM LST 352 (landing ship, tank)
01.1961     HMS Eaglet (in command of Mersey Division RNR)
01.01.1963 - 01.01.1964 RNR ADC to the Queen
* indexed, but not listed as such
Lewis,
Eric Walter
"Rex"
E.W. Lewis (Photo courtesy of Mrs Stephanie Gilberry)
Son (with two sisters) of Thomas Walter James Lewis (1867-1956), and Fanny Mainwaring Ansdell (1866-1926).
Married (03.08.1936, Wallasey, Cheshire) Norah Minnie Lavin (29.03.1904 - 26.10.1999); one daughter.
16.06.1902
New Brighton, Birkenhead district, Cheshire
-
18.10.1975
Wallasey district, Merseyside
Prob. T/S.Lt. 29.09.1941
T/Lt. 1942?, seniority 29.09.1941 (reld < 04.1946)

1939-1945 Star

39|45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Education: HMS Conway (Merchant Navy training ship).
(12.1941)     no appointment listed
23.12.1941 - (08.)1942 French Ship "Mammouth" (rescue tug)
08.1942 - (06.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Pingouin (harbour service rescue tug)
24.07.1943 - (01.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Velda (escort vessel)
(07.1945)     HMS Sheppey (trawler) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Lewis,
John Dudley Edward
J.D.E. Lewis
Son of ... Lewis, and ... Jewell.
12.07.1916
Westhampnett district, Sussex / Isle of Wight
-
01.2003
Dacorum district, Hertfordshire
Prob. A/S.Lt.
01.04.1937
A/S.Lt.
31.01.1938
S.Lt.
11.01.1940
Lt.
09.09.1940
Lt.Cdr.
09.09.1948
Cdr.
30.06.1955 (Supernumerary List 06.07.1957) (retd 12.07.1966)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
-
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
1st clasp
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
22.04.1966
2nd clasp
20.02.1940
-
(02.1941)
HMS Breda (auxiliary patrol armed yacht)
(12.1941)


no appointment listed
19.01.1944
-
(06.1944)
Commanding Officer, HMS Verbena (corvette)
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
10.11.1945
-
(04.1946)
HMS Ferret (RN base, Londonderry)
Linder,
Charles John
C.J. Linder
(12?).1886 ?
Sunderland, Durham ?
-
1958 ?
T/Lt. 03.10.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 08.1942
05.11.1940 - (02.)1941 Boom Defence Depot, Scapa Flow (Lyness, Orkneys) [HMS Proserpine (RN base, Scapa)]
09.10.1941 - 06.07.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Fernmoor (boom defence vessel)
06.07.1943 - (06.1944) First Lieutenant, HMS Fernmoor (boom defence vessel)
05.03.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Rooke (boom defence central depot, Rosyth)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Linfield,
Frederick Roy
F.R. Linfield
Son of Fredrick William Linfoeld, and Mary Barclay Roy.
Husband of Alice Cameron Minter Linfield, of Durban, Natal, South Africa.

(09?).1910
East Preston district, Sussex
-
29.01.1942
[age 31]
[Lowestoft Naval Memorial, panel 8, column 1]
T/Lt. 20.08.1940
(04.1941) - (06.1941) HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham) *
28.07.1941 - 29.01.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Sotra (minesweeping whaler) [torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-431 about 80 nautical miles east of Tobruk, Libya]
* indexed, but not listed as such
Linwood,
Norman James Shaw
C.J. Linder
Son of American parents.
Married (1940, Alexandria, Egypt) Kathleen Baker, of Banksia, Widley, Hampshire;... children (one son?).
10.11.1907
Harrismith, Orange Free State, South Africa
-
Prob. Lt. 19.07.1938
Lt. 27.04.1939, seniority 19.07.1938 (reld < 04.1946)
Lt.Cdr. 19.07.1946 (retd 01.07.1950)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD ? -
Education: British public schools.
Sea-going apprentice, 1922-1926.
05.02.1939     HMS Kempenfelt (flotilla leader, Portsmouth Local Destroyer Flotilla)
12.1939 - (04.)1940 HMS Fiona (armed boarding vessel)
(10.1940) - (02.1941) HMS Fiona (armed boarding vessel) *
(12.1941)     HMS Nile (RN base. Alexandria) *
01.05.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Nile (RN base. Alexandria) (additional; as Assistant Fuelling Officer)
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Control Officer, Control Commission for Germany, 1945-1947. Manager of a chemical agency in Peru, 1947-1948. Appointed acting US consular agent at Mollendo, 16.06.1948. US Consular agent, 20.12.1948.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Lloyd,
Norman Mostyn
N.M. Lloyd
Son of Alfred Norman Mostyn Lloyd (1868-1941), and Alice Rivière Condron (1874-1944).
Married (02.04.1941) Ethel Kathleen Crouch (25.06.1910 - 08.1986), daughter of Edward Crouch; one son, one daughter.
27.04.1911
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
-
04.1986
Poole district, Dorset
A/S.Lt. 27.04.1932
S.Lt. 18.11.1933
Lt. 26.08.1935
Lt.Cdr. 26.08.1943
Cdr. 31.12.1950 (retd 27.04.1961)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 21.09.1944 -
Joined Union Castle Company aged 17.
13.12.1939 - (10.1940) HMS Bulolo (armed merchant cruiser)
(02.1941)     HMS Bulolo (armed merchant cruiser) *
24.04.1941 - (06.)1942 HMS Edinburgh Castle (RN base, Freetown, Sierra Leone)
(08.1942) - (12.1942) no appointment listed
07.12.1942 - (01.)1945 HMS Kongoni (RN base, Durban)
21.06.1945 - (07.)1945 HMS Seaborn (RN Air Station, Dartmouth, Halifax, NS, Canada) (for miscellaneous services)
15.08.1945 - 23.10.1945 Commanding Officer, HM LST 3512 (landing ship, tank)
First Commodore of the Safmarine fleet and Master of the SA Vaal, retiring 1971.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Locke,
John Vivian
J.V. Locke
Married; ... children (one daughter?).
29.01.1896
Southampton district, Hampshire
-
(09?).1972
Exeter
[cremated in Plymouth]
S.Lt.
06.03.1919, seniority 11.12.1917
Lt.
03.10.1922, seniority 15.03.1920
Lt.Cdr.
15.03.1928
Cdr.
31.12.1935 (retd 29.01.1946; age)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
24.07.1931
-
14.09.1939
-
21.10.1941
HMS Aurania (armed merchant cruiser) (torpedoed & damaged by U-123)
01.05.1944
-
(07.)1945
HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow)
08.12.1945
-
(04.1946)
HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said, Egypt)
Served the Cunard White Star Line for about 50 years, the last ten of them as a Captain.
Lockyer,
Henry Charles John
H.C.J. Lockyer
Married Patricia Meredith Denholm (25.01.1921 - 03.06.2004), daughter of Francis Darcey Denholm (1882-1967), and Caroline Matilda Isabelle Parkinson (1893-1982); one daughter.

09.08.1911
Cork, Ireland
-
08.07.1955
Adelaide, South Australia
T/S.Lt. 02.09.1940
T/Lt. 09.08.1941 (dispersal 19.02.1947) (reld 20.05.1947)
(10.1940)     HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
22.11.1940 - (04.)1944 HMS Atreus (minelayer base ship)
15.05.1944 - (04.1946) HMS Vindex (escort carrier)
Transferred to RANVR as Lt. after WWII.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Longhurst,
John Michael
J.M. Longhurst (Photo courtesy of Mr Tim Wordsworth)
Son of John Henry and F.W. Muriel Longhurst, of Farnborough, Hampshire.
(12?).1921
Farnborough, Farnham district, Hampshire
-
24.09.1942
(MIA) [age 21]
[Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 71, column 1]
Prob. Midsh.
01.09.1938
Midsh.
?, seniority 01.09.1938
A/S.Lt.
22.09.1941
Mentioned in Despatches MID
01.12.1942
Operation EV (North Russian convoy PQ18 & QP14 09.42) [posthumously]
15.02.1940
-
(10.1940)
HMS Mashona (destroyer)
01.08.1941
-
(08.)1942
HMS Ashanti (destroyer)
1942
-
24.09.1942
HMS Somali (destroyer) (missing in action after ship was torpedoed by U-70 in North Atlantic)
Louw,
Peter
see: South African Naval Forces (Voluntary) (SANF(V)) Officers section  
Lowe,
Thomas Albert
"Tom"
T.A. Lowe (Photo courtesy of Mr Glen Martin)
?
-
Prob. T/Lt.
27.01.1941
T/Lt.
1942?, seniority 27.01.1941 (reld 04.01.1946; on medical grounds)

1939-1945 Star

39|45 St
-
-
Atlantic Star Atl St
-
-
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45
-
-
Served Merchant Navy (First Mate (SS) certificate, no 007834 dated March 1916)
23.06.1941
-
(02.1943)
HMS Bacchante (RN base, Aberdeen) (for Examination Service)
09.03.1944
-
?
HMS Orlando (RN base, Greenock) (additional; for training with Admiralty Berthing Officer, Clyde)
(10.1944)


no appointment listed
(07.1945)
 

no appointment listed
(04.1946)
 
 
no appointment listed
Lowein,
John Charles
J.C. Lowein
Son of Arthur Edmund Lowein and Kathleen Minnie Yates.
Brother of S/Lt. (Sp.Br.) Robert Trevor Lowein, RNVR [later: Sg.Lt. (D) RN].
04.02.1924
Cowes, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
-
06.11.1992
London (brain tumour)
T/Midsh.
09.05.1941
T/S.Lt.
01.03.1944
T/Lt.
01.12.1945
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) CBE
14.06.1986
HM's birthday 86: Chairman Mobil Oil
Education: Pangbourne Naval College



served Mediterranean, Baltic & north Russian convoys (Murmansk):
08.08.1941
-
(02.)1943
HMS Sheffield (cruiser)
06.04.1943
-
(10.1944)
HMS King George V (battleship)
(07.1945)
-
(04.1946)
HMS King George V (battleship) *
Company secretarial course, London. Served Guiness Breweries. Joined Mobil Oil in America (late 1940s?) (attended Harvard School of Business), later South East Asia Manager in Tokyo. Former chairman and chief executive, Mobil Oil. Sailed at the Olympics?
* indexed, but not listed as such
Lowrey,
William Sutton
W.S. Lowrey
01.02.1908
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
-
(12?).1981
Waveney district, Suffolk
T/Lt.
09.10.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
28.11.1944
Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44) [decoration posted]



temporary officer serving under T.124T (rescue tugs) agreement
05.02.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Nimrod (anti-submarine training establishment, Campbeltown) (for duty with rescue tugs)
(06.1944)


Commanding Officer, HMS Jaunty (Assurance class tug)
Loyns,
Bertie Horace
B.H. Loyns
Married ((03?).1915, Cardiff district, Glamorgan) Olive Eleanor M. Martin ((06?).1892 -).

(09?).1893
Cardiff, Glamorgan
-
mid 1970s ??
T/S.Lt. 28.06.1918
T/Lt. 21.09.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 01.1945
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 24.04.1945 minesweeping East coast of Italy (Ancona) 07-08.44 [decoration posted]
Mentioned in Despatches MID 23.05.1944 Operation Avalanche (Salerno landings)

WW I Mercantile Marine medals

(10.1940) - (02.1941) HMS Glen Avon (paddle minesweeper) *
10.04.1941 - (08.1942) HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (additional; for various services)
04.07.1943 - (01.)!945 Commanding Officer, HM BYMS 209, from early 1944 BYMS 2209 (British yard minesweeper)
15.07.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Cormorant (RN base, Gibraltar) (additional; for various services)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Lucas,
Charles Henry
C.H. Lucas (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Taylor) C.H. Lucas (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Taylor)
C.H. Lucas (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Taylor)
Son (with three brothers and two sisters) of George Charles Lucas (1874-1951), and Ada Firth (1872-1958).
Married (25.08.1917, All Souls' Church, Halifax) Gladys Smith (1896? - (12?).1960), widow of Pte. Wilfred Shaw (1/4th Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) (Territorial Force)), and daughter of Sgt.Maj. Dan Smith, MPSC; one son, two daughters.
08.07.1896
Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
28.09.1975
Royal Halifax Infirmary, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Boy 2nd cl. RN 03.04.1912 [J16778]
Boy Signalman RN 21.10.1912
Ordinary Signalman RN 08.07.1914
Signalman RN 08.01.1915 (reld 05.05.1915; medically unfit [otitis media, double])
T/S.Lt. 26.10.1942
T/A/Lt. 26.01.1943 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) OBE 09.06.1955 HM's birthday 55: for political and public services in Halifax
1914 Star 14|15 St - -
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20 - -
Mercantile Marine War Medal MerM WM - -
Victory Medal VM - -
Defence Medal Def Med - -
1939-1945 War Medal 39|45 WM - -
Tailor's assistant.
03.04.1912 - 11.04.1913 HMS Ganges (training ship)
12.04.1913 - 19.08.1913 HMS Vivid I (RN base, Devonport)
20.08.1913 - 08.08.1914 HMS Blake (cruiser)
09.08.1914 - 27.11.1914 HMS Active (cruiser)
28.11.1914 - 23.02.1915 HMS Blake (cruiser)
24.02.1915 - 31.03.1915 HMS Vivid I (RN base, Devonport)
01.04.1915 - 05.05.1915 HMS Victory I (RN base, Portsmouth)
Served Merchant Marine (Anchor Line) (2nd Mate 25.10.1919). Chairman of B M Sugden Ltd, 1930. Conservative councillor for the Akroydon Ward on Halifax Borough Council, 1934-1961.
23.11.1942 - (07.)1945 HMS Spartiate (RN base Clyde, Glasgow) (for Naval Control Service)
(10.1945)     no appointment listed
["After the end of the war in Europe, he served in Northern Scandinavia in a Naval department directing repatriation of Russian and German prisoners-of-war."]
Mayor of Halifax, 11.1946-1947. Halifax Borough Alderman, 1949. Justice of the Peace (JP), 1954-1970. Freeman of the Borough of Halifax, 1964.
Lyall,
James McLaren
"Will"
J.M. Lyall
?
-
T/Skpr 13.11.1939 [WS 3100 & TS 219]
T/A/Ch.Skpr. 06.01.1944
T/A/Skpr.Lt. 16.02.1944? (reld < 04.1946)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1943 New Year 43
Mentioned in Despatches MID ? Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44)
21.01.1940 - (10.)1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Tilly Duff (minesweeping trawler)
26.10.1940 - (02.)1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Star of Briatin (minesweeping trawler)
01.03.1941 - (10.1943) Commanding Officer, HMS Silver Seas
16.02.1944 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HM MMS 214 (motor minesweeper)
Lyle,
James Branthwaite
J.B. Lyle (Photo courtesy of Mr Chris Lyle)
Son of George Trevor Lyle, and Dorothy Nina Branthwaite.
Married (31.07.1940, Christchurch district, Hampshire) Joanna M. Diamond; one son.
30.06.1915
Lymington district, Hampshire
-
30.07.1987
Bournemouth district, Hampshire
Prob. T/S.Lt. 24.02.1941
T/S.Lt. 1941?, seniority 24.02.1941
T/Lt. 24.02.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr. > 07.1945, < 04.1946 (reld 30.09.1947)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1942 New Year 42
Served Merchant Navy.
(04.1941)     HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham) *
08.05.1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Vansittart (destroyer) (despatches)
(04.1942) - (06.1942) no appointment listed
23.06.1942 - (08.)1943 HMS Puckeridge (destroyer)
(10.1943)     no appointment listed
23.11.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Erne (sloop)
05.03.1945 - (04.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Dianthus (corvette)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
14.11.1945 - ? Commanding Officer, HM LST 3525 (landing ship, tank)
(04.1946)     HM LST 173 (landing ship, tank) *
(06.1946)     Commanding Officer, HM LST 3043 (landing ship, tank)
       
 
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