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1939-1945

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Near,
Isaac Elliston
I.E. Near (Photo courtesy of Mrs Sarah King)
I.E. Near (Photo courtesy of Mrs Sarah King)
Married ((03?).1924, Croydon district,
Greater London) Olive Vera Simpson;
... children.
24.07.1901
West Bromwich
district, Shropshire /
Staffordshire /
Warwickshire /
Worcestershire

-
04.1993
Chichester district,
Sussex
T/Lt. RNVR
22.10.1939
T/Lt.
09.1940, seniority 22.10.1939
Mention in Despatches MID
07.12.1943
Operation Antidote (minesweeping Galita to Sousse, Tunisia 05.43)
03.05.1938
 
 
joined Royal Naval Volunteer Supplementary Reserve (attached London Division RNVR)
12.11.1939
-
10.03.1940
Navigating Officer, HMS Salamander (Halcyon class minesweeper) 
[conduct sheet dated 15.03.1940]

11.03.1940
-
(04.)1940
HMS Burlington (minesweeper)
09.1940
 
 
transferred to RNR
23.10.1940
-
05.11.1940
HMS Claverhouse (RN base, Leith & Granton) *
06.11.1940
-
26.02.1941
Executive Officer, HMS Gossamer (Halcyon class minesweeper)
17.04.1941
-
23.03.1942
Assistant Minesweeping Maintenance Officer, HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover)
01.07.1941
-
23.03.1942
Commanding Officer, HMS Conidaw (yacht)
26.06.1942
-
(06.1943)
HMS Circe (Algerine class minesweeper)
* in the 02.1941 Navy List listed under both HMS Claverhosue & HMS Gossamer
Neil,
Henry David
H.D. Neil (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Halliday)
H.D. Neil, Christmas 1944 (India)  (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Halliday)
Residence: (1946) Bristol.
13.12.1911
Bedminster, Somerset
-
10.1989
Bristol, Gloucestershire
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 (reld 18.04.1946)
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
23.07.1940
-
06.04.1941
HMS Comorin (armed merchant cruiser)
(survived the loss of the ship after having caught fire on 06.04.1941)
01.09.1942
(12.1943)
-

(04.1944)

HMS Saker (RN accounting base for the US)
served with the British Naval Liaison Officer, Norfolk, Va.
09.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Tengra (Combined Operations base, Mandapam, India)
Nesbitt,
James D'Arcy
"Jimmy"
J.D'A. Nesbitt (Photo courtesy of Chris Hankin)

Son of Henry Percy Nesbitt (1876-1919), and Alice Bowman (1882-1952).
Married ((03?).1940, Crosby, Merseyside) Mary M. Squires; three daughters.
16.05.1910
Liscard, Birkenhead district, Cheshire
-
12.1993
Oxford district, Oxfordshire
Prob. T/S.Lt. RNVR 17.02.1940
T/Lt. RNVR 18.05.1940
T/Lt. late 1943, seniority 16.05.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 06.1944 (reld 01.04.1946)
17.02.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Eaglet (for flotilla duties)
03.05.1941 - (12.1941) Commanding Officer, HMS St Silio (examination service vessel)
11.03.1942 - (12.1943) HMS Duke of York (battleship)
10.01.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Northney III (landing craft base, Hayling Island) (in lieu of specialist Navigating Officer)
23.08.1944 - 27.12.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Banff (sloop)
Newby,
Thomas Graham
T.G. Newby

21.02.1910
Cardiff, Glamorgan / Monmouthshire
-
10.1996

Cardiff, Glamorgan / Monmouthshire
T/Lt.
20.05.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
> 08.1942, < 12.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID
13.07.1943
defence air raids Benghazi
25.05.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Caroline (RN base, Belfast)
22.06.1940 - 23.06.1940 in charge of convoy aboard MV Stork evacuating people from Alderney to Weymouth
23.04.1941 - (12.1943) HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said, Egypt)
29.03.1944 - (01.1945) HMS Shrapnel (RN base, Southampton)
19.03.1945 - (04.)1945 HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea)
(07.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
Newell,
Daniel Edward Treymain
D.E.T. Newell
Son of Capt. George Mitchell Newell (1876-1964), and Edna Gertrude Kenney (1878-1977).
Husband of Margaret Yvonne Newell, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; ... children (one son?).
05.1911
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
-
03.08.1940
(KIA) [age 29]
[Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 44, column 1]
Midsh. 01.09.1927
A/S.Lt. 02.05.1932
S.Lt. 02.05.1933
Lt. 06.08.1935
Education: HMS Conway (c. 1923)
Served Merchant Navy (1933 Navigating Officer, SS "Empress of Britain" (Canadian Pacific Line)).
12.10.1939 - (02.)1940 HMS H 44 (submarine) [tender to HMS Dolphin]
25.02.1940 - 03.08.1940 Navigating Officer, HMS Thames (submarine) (lost off Norway)
Newing,
Sydney Thomas
S.T. Newing
?
-
1965?
T/Lt.Cdr. 02.09.1939
Pre-war Dockmaster, Dover Dockyard.
02.09.1939 - (07.1945) Dockmaster, HM Dockyard Dover [HMS Lynx]
Newton,
William
W. Newton

Son of John and Jessie Newton.
1882 ?
-
05.11.1940
(KIA) [age 58]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 2, column 2]
T/Lt. (E)
15.09.1939


  serving under the T.124 agreement
15.09.1939
-
05.11.1940
HMS Jervis Bay (auxiliary merchant cruiser)
Nicholls,
Stanley George
S.G. Nicholls
From Cleethorpes Road, Grimsby.
?
-
T/Skpr.
01.01.1942 [T.S. 1146] (reld 21.02.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
05.10.1943
minesweeping Mediterranean 01-05.43



HMS Negro (auxiliary minesweeping trawler)
01.04.1943
-
(06.1944)
HMS Elbury (auxiliary minesweeping trawler) (Mediterranean) [initially indicated as second officer aboard, (at least till 06.1943) but then "in command" (at least from 08.1943)]



HMS Achroite (auxiliary minesweeping trawler)



HMS Triton (auxiliary minesweeping trawler)



HM MMS 47, 68, 80 & 171 (motor minesweepers)
(07.1945)


no posting listed
Nicolson,
Peter Trevylyan Erskine
P.T.E. Nicolson
Son of Captain the Hon. Erskine Arthur Nicolson, DSO, JP, RN, and Katherine Frederica Albertha Lopes (daughter of 1st Baron Roborough), of Sheepstor.
1921
-
18.08.1942
(KIA) [age 20]
[Sheepstor Churchyard, Devon, north of church]
T/Midsh.
04.11.1940
T/A/S.Lt.
?
T/S.Lt.
?

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
03.03.1942
attack enemy shipping Dover 17.01.42
Mention in Despatches MID
20.10.1942
attack convoy Dover Straits 17.08.42
16.12.1940
-
(02.1941)
HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport)
04.09.1941
-
18.08.1942
Commanding Officer, HM MTB 38 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS Wasp]
Nightingale,
William Enoch
W.E. Nightingale

10.01.1904
Hull, Sculcoates district, Yorkshire
-
07.1985
Pocklington district, Yorkshire
T/Skpr.
07.11.1939 [TS 212]
T/A/Ch.Skpr.
06.12.1944 (reld < 04.1946)



wounded while attending a promotion course at Portsmouth
01.02.1940
-
(02.)1941
Commanding Officer, HMS Ocean Vim (drifter)
28.09.1941
-
07.1943
HMS Antrim (trawler base, Belfast) (as Berthing Master)
(10.1944)
 
 
no appointment listed
(01.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
Nisbet,
William Bruce
W.B. Nisbet (Photo courtesy of Mr Gordon Nisbet)
Married 1st (18.10.1928, Liverpool district, Lancashire) Caroline Carter (? - 01.06.1938)
Married 2nd (12.11.1938, Southampton district, Hampshire) Marie E. Collis; two sons.
14.11.1899
Toxteth Park district, Lancashire
-
23.05.1981
Liverpool district, Merseyside
T/Lt.Cdr. (E) 20.02.1940 (commission terminated 26.03.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 01.01.1944 New Year 44 [decoration posted]
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1946 New Year 46
Employee of Bibby Line, returning there after the war.
      officer holding temporary commission under T.124 agreements
20.02.1940 - (06.)1941 HMS Salopian (armed merchant cruiser)
04.07.1941 - (08.)1941 HMS Ulster Queen (anti-aircraft ship)
15.09.1941 - (12.)1941 HMS Troubadour (armed yacht)
05.12.1941 - (06.)1943 HMS Biter (Archer class escort carrier) (DSC)
07.1943 - (10.)1943 HMS Mersey (T124X depot, Liverpool)
14.10.1943 - (10.1945) HMS Shah (Ruler class escort carrier) (despatches)
Noall,
William Robert Boyce
W.R.B. Noall (Photo courtesy of the PC Cother family, via Mr Tony Drury) W.R.B. Noall (Photo courtesy of the PC Cother family, via Mr Tony Drury)
W.R.B. Noall (Photo courtesy of the PC Cother family, via Mr Tony Drury)
W.R.B. Noall (Photo courtesy of the PC Cother family, via Mr Tony Drury)

(06?).1908
Dartford, Kent
-
21.06.1967
Lowdham, Nottinghamshire
Midsh.
26.08.1925
A/S.Lt.
02.05.1929
S.Lt.
16.08.1930
Lt.
08.07.1935
Lt.Cdr.
08.07.1943 (reld < 04.1946) (retd 10.07.1950)

Distinguished Service Order

DSO
24.03.1942
attack U-boat Western Approaches 19.10.41 [investiture 14.07.42]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
26.11.1943
?
(04.1940)


HMS Elfin (submarine base, Blyth) *
17.10.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS H 50 (submarine)
01.07.1941
-
10.05.1943
Commanding Officer, HMS Mallow (corvette)
12.06.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Defender (ocean escort base, Liverpool)
Post-war a prison governor.

* indexed, but not listed as such
Norman,
Harry Hastings
H.H. Norman
14.12.1906
St Marylebone district, London
-
03.1988
Haverfordwest district, Wales
T/Lt. (E) 28.05.1941 (reld > 07.1945, < 04.1946)
23.07.1941 - (08.1942) HMS Freshwater (water carrier)
14.04.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Cutty Sark (yacht; submarine escort vessel)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
North,
Edward John Robert
E.J.R. North
?
-
died between 07.1962 and 08.1973
...
...
Lt.
10.02.1928
Lt.Cdr.
10.02.1936
Cdr.
31.12.1942 (reld from active service < 04.1946) (retd 01.07.1950)
A/Capt.
< 07.1945
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1941
New Year 41
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
1945?
?
14.02.1940
-
(04.)1940
First Lieutenant, HMS Imperialist
(06.)1940
-
(10.1940)
Commanding Officer, HMS Heartsease (corvette)
(02.1941)


HMS Caroline (RN base, Belfast) *
(12.1941)


no appointment listed
06.09.1943
-
10.1945
HMS Activity (escort carrier)
06.09.1943
-
05.1945
Executive Officer
05.1945
-
10.1945
Commanding Officer **
* indexed, but not listed as such
** the July 1945 Navy List shows 26.09.1944 as date of appointment
Norton,
Frank Montagu
F.M. Norton (Photo courtesy of Mr Phil Norton) F.M. Norton (Photo courtesy of Mr Phil Norton)
Son (with three sisters and three brothers) of Frank Norton (1885-), and Ethel Platts (1888-).
Married ((06?).1930, Sculcoates, nr Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire) Gladys Muriel Parkinson; three daughters, one son.
26.06.1908
Hull, Sculcoates district, East Riding of Yorkshire
-
12.10.1966
Holderness district, East Riding of Yorkshire
A/T/Skpr. 01.04.1941 [TS 982]
T/Skpr. 1942?, seniority 01.04.1941 (reld > 10.1944, < 04.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 28.11.1944 Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44) [investiture 27.02.45]
1939-19145 Star 39|45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - & France & Germany clasp
Africa Star Afr St - & North Africa 42-43 clasp
It St - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Coronation Medal 1937 Cor M 37 - -
(06.1941)     HMS Europa (RNPS Central Depot, Sparrow's Nest, Lowestoft) *
27.07.1941 - (04.)1942 HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said, Egypt)
28.05.1942 - (12.1943) HMS Saunders (Combined Operations base, Kabret, Egypt) [from 08.1943 the index to the Navy List indicates: HM LCT 4 (landing craft, tank)]
07.02.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base) (for landing craft duty)
(06.1944)     HM LCT 1120 (landing craft, tank) (DSC)
His son writes: "I recollect him saying that he was the Commanding Officer of several different LCTs around the Mediterranean/North Africa, as well as skippering a converted trawler at the very early part of the war. After the cessation of hostilities he stayed on and took part in the relief of Holland taking food and supplies to that Country until he was finally demobbed and returned to being a Trawler Skipper."
* indexed, but not listed as such
       
 
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