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Saffin, H.E.G.
to
Syrett, E.

   
H.E.G. Saffin  to  E. Syrett
Saffin,
Horace Ernest George
H.E.G. Saffin (Photo courtesy of Dawn Wells)
Son of Ernest Sydney Saffin (1880-), and Florence Beatrice Drake (1884-).
Married ((12?).1935, Cardiff district, Glamorgan) Maud E. Brown; one daughter, one son.
15.04.1908
Cardiff district, Glamorgan
-
17.03.2002
Cambridge district, Cambridgeshire
T/Lt. (E) 19.10.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
30.11.1942 - (02.)1943 HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea)
15.02.1943 - (07.1945) HMS Vivacious (destroyer)
(04.1946)     HMS Halladale (frigate) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Salmond,
Michael Paterson
"Mick"
M.P. Salmond
Son of ... Salmond, and ... Paterson.
Married ((12?).1942, Totnes district, Devonshire) Mildred C. "Peggy" Hocking.
(03?).1920
Wandsworth district, London
-
1996
Prob. Midsh. 01.09.1937
A/S.Lt. 24.02.1940
S.Lt. 24.02.1941
Lt. 24.08.1942 (reld 30. 04.1946) (retd 01.07.1950)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 15.08.1944 special operations at sea * [investiture 24.10.44]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 08.02.1950 -
* This officer's contribution to the work of the flotilla since his appointment in March 1942 includes 24 operations to France and Holland, principally as Navigating Officer of the expedition. He has also been in charge of surf-boat work. Lieutenant Salmond has also experienced in full measure the extreme discomfort of operations in the winter months when the ships of the 15th MGB Flotilla put to sea in weather which keeps normal Coastal Forces craft in harbour. Although a martyr to seasickness, this disability in no way detracts from Lieutenant Salmond's enthusiasm, determination and efficiency. He has on several occasions been in action with enemy forces during operations on the coast of Holland.
1937     training, HMS Worcester
24.09.1939 - (06.)1941 HMS Cathay (armed merchant cruiser)
(08.1941) - (12.1941) no appointment listed
01.03.1942 - 16.05.1943 Naval Intelligence Division, Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty outside Admiralty)
17.05.1943 - (10.)1943 Operations Division, Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty outside Admiralty)
(12.1943) - (07.1945) Admiralty [HMS President] (most probably attached Operations Division (Irregular)) *
      15th MGB Flotilla (DSC) [specialist navigating officer aboard MGB 718 for operation Cygnus, a trip to Norway in 1944]
03.09.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Mount Stewart (mobile flotation unit base, Teignmouth)
Emigrated to New Zealand.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Sapsworth,
John Jamieson
J.J. Sapsworth
1916
Govanhill district,
Glasgow, Scotland

-
1982
Peterculter district,
Aberdeen, Scotland
T/Paym.S.Lt. 14.05.1940
T/Paym.Lt. 01.11.1941 (commission terminated 01.01.1943)
      officer holding temporary commission under T.124X agreements:
14.05.1940 - 27.11.1940 HMS Port Napier (minelayer)
28.11.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Mersey (T.124X depot, Liverpool)
01.11.1941 - (08.1942) HMS Ausonia (armed merchant cruiser)
Sargeant,
John Gordon
J.G. Sargeant [portrait from group photo doesn't seem to be J.G. Sargeant]
Son of Thomas Edwin Sargeant (1848?-1917), and Mary Maryon (1877-) ?
11.1908 ?
Lewisham district, Kent ?
-
07.1987 ?
Lancing district, Sussex ?
T/Paym.S.Lt. 21.08.1940 (reld 05.11.1940; commission terminated, but later reinstated)
T/Paym.Lt. = T/Lt. (S) 05.04.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
      officer holding temporary commission under T.124 agreements:
21.08.1940 - 05.11.1940 HMS Jervis Bay (auxiliary merchant cruiser)
10.02.1941 - (12.1942) HMS Chitral (armed merchant cruiser)
(02.1943) - (04.1943) no appointment listed
17.04.1943 - (07.1945) HMS Laomedon (depot ship, Aden)
Saul,
William Hogan
W.H. Saul
From Dublin.
?
-
T/Eng.Lt.
23.04.1917, seniority 01.01.1915
T/Cdr. (E)
17.10.1939
      officer holding temporary commission under T.124 agreements:
10.1939
-
(02.)1943
HMS Queen of Bermuda (armed merchant cruiser) (South Atlantic Station)
Sayers,
Louis Alan
L.A. Sayers
?
-
Lt.
28.04.1934
Lt.Cdr.
28.04.1942 (reld 1946)
Mention in Despatches MID
18.05.1943
North Russian convoy
Order of the Red Star (Soviet Union) RedStar
11.04.1944
services to USSR
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
?
28.04.1942
-
(02.1943)
HMS Rhododendron (corvette)
(07.1945)


no posting listed
Sayle,
Arthur Reginald Willis
A.R.W. Sayle
Son of Boardman Bromhead Dalton Sayle, and Charlotte Mary Sayle.
Married (11.11.1939, St Ethelburga's, Bishopsgate, Thanet district; following a previous civil ceremony) Gertrude Mary "Ghita" Barley (? - 06.12.1965), widow of Frank E. Barley.
08.08.1887
Stanstead Abbotts, Ware district, Hertfordshire
-

19.07.1967
St Pancras district, London
Prob. S.Lt. 01.10.1913
S.Lt. 20.06.1914, seniority 01.10.1913
Lt. 01.10.1915 (reld 17.02.1920) (retd 18.08.1923)
Lt.Cdr. (retd) 01.10.1923
A/Cdr. (retd) 15.02.1943 (dispersed 21.10.1945) (reverted to retd 16.12.1945)
1914-1915 Star 14|15 St - -
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20 - -
Victory Medal VM - -
Mention in Despatches MID 29.10.1918 ?
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
British War Medal 1939-1945 BWM - -
1935 Jubilee Medal 35 Jub M - -
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 22.05.1923 -
Education: Merchants Taylors School, London (1897-1901); HMS Worcester (ca. 1902).
Served as an officer with
the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O). Received Masters' certificate 05.07.1916.
02.05.1914 - 06.06.1914 HMS Bulwark (to complete 10 weeks' training)
06.06.1914 - 13.07.1914 gunnery & tropedo courses at HMS Excellent & HMS Vernon
13.07.1914 - 23.07.1914 HMS Isis (cruiser)
02.08.1914 - 01.08.1916 HMS Vindictive (light cruiser) [20.09.1914 seconded to HMS Cormorant for 6 days]
01.08.1916 - 21.09.1916 HMS Titania (submarine depot ship)
21.09.1916 - 01.04.1918 HMS E 39 (submarine) [tender to HMS Lucia, from 17.07.1917-09.10.1917 tender to HMS Glory]
01.04.1918 - 24.06.1918 submarine course, HMS Dolphin
24.06.1918 - 15.11.1918 HMS E 39 (submarine) [tender to HMS Lucia
15.11.1918 - 28.02.1919 HMS R 3 (submarine) [tender to HMS Dolphin, then HMS Vulcan]
28.02.1919 - 17.02.1920 HMS J 4 (submarine) [tender to HMS Titania, from 25.03.1919 to HMS Platypus]
11.09.1920 - 10.1920 one-month gunnery course [HMS Vivd], followed by a torpedo course [HMS Defiance]
Administration Officer, South Nigeria, Colonial Office, 05.1921. Returned to UK, 09.07.1922. Admitted to Gray's Inn, 25.07.1922. Station manager at Ibadan, Southern Nigeria, 08.1925. Called to the bar, 01.1927. Political manager, Nigeria, 10.1928. Returned to UK, 08.08.1930. Crown Counsel, 1930. Arrived in UK from Africa, 02.05.1932. Acts as Solicitor-General in Nigeria, 1932-1935. Solicitor-General, Sierra Leone, 26.08.1936. Attorney-General, Sierra Leone, 05.1937-10.1937.
06.09.1939 - 04.12.1939 on staff of the Contraband Control Service in the Downs [HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)]
04.12.1939 - 07.06.1940 Intelligence Officer on Contraband Control Service [HMS Forte (RN base, Falmouth)]
07.06.1940 - 28.01.1943 HMS Ambrose (base 9th Submarine Flotilla, Dundee) (additional)
25.03.1941 - 08.04.1941 for duty Class I with submarines
10.05.1941 - 14.06.1941 for duty Class I with submarines
14.06.1941 - 26.06.1941 Staff Officer (Operations) (in lieu of specialist)
26.06.1941 - 28.01.1943 for duty Class I with submarines as Staff Officer (Operations)
28.01.1943 - 09.06.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Kihna (armed yacht; escort / target vessel) [tender to HMS Cyclops (depot ship, 7th Submarine Flotilla)]
09.06.1944 - 15.06.1944 HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) (additional)
23.07.1944 - 02.03.1945 Senior Submarines Officer, HMS Adamant (submarine depot ship, Trincomalee) (from 17.09.1944-02.12.1944 also Navigating Officer in lieu of specialist, and for duty with submarines)
02.03.1945 - 11.03.1945 admitted to HMS Vita (hospital ship) while suffering from debility
11.03.1945 - 19.04.1945 RN Hospital Colombo (found fit for limited sea service only)
19.04.1945 - 01.06.1945 on passage to UK before being appointed to HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport)
01.06.1945 - 20.06.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Shikari (destroyer)
20.06.1945 - 21.10.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Brilliant (destroyer)
Joined the legal department of the Control Commission for Germany at Lübeck, 11.1945. Later with the legal branch of the Military Government for the Schleswig-Holstein region, based at Kiel. By 11.1948 a barrister with the Board of Trade prosecution department.
Scott,
Henry Francis Morin
H.F.M. Scott
1922
Glasgow
-

11.2007 still alive
T/Midsh.
23.10.1939
1941?, seniority 01.12.1940
T/S.Lt.
1942?
T/Lt.
01.04.1944
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) MBE
01.01.1986
New Year 86
23.10.1939
-
(04.)1940
HMS Worcestershire (armed merchant cruiser)
01.12.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS Worcestershire (armed merchant cruiser)
(12.1941)


HMS Ranchi (armed merchant cruiser) *
01.08.1944
-
(10.1944)
HMS Deveron (frigate)
16.04.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Gombroon (RN base, Hombruz, Persian Gulf)
(04.1946)


HMS Freesia (corvette) *
Commodore, Square Rigger Club, TS Royalist, Sea Cadet Corps.
Published: Gerda's sea saga : cruising in a Dragon yacht from Scotland to Norway (1950); War is a funny business (1989)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Scott,
James
J. Scott
?
-

Skpr.
06.04.1936 [WS 2687]
A/Ch.Skpr.
24.08.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Ch.Skpr.
30.06.1946 (retd > 05.1950, < 05.1953)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
?
03.10.1939
-
(04.1940)
Commanding Officer, HMS George Robb (auxiliary minsweeping trawler)
24.09.1940
-
(02.1941)
HMS Cape Nyemetski (auxiliary minsweeping trawler)
26.10.1943
-
(06.1944)
Commanding Officer, HMS Olivine (drifter; examination service vessel)
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
Seligman,
Adrian Charles Cuthbert
A.C.C. Seligman
A.C.C. Seligman
Son of the distinguished metallurgist Richard Seligman and Hilda McDowell, the sculptor and writer.
Married 1st (1936) Jane Batterbury; four daughters.
Married 2nd (1950) Rosemary Grimble; two sons.

26.11.1909
Leatherhead, Epsom district, Surrey
-
06.08.2003

London
T/Lt. RNVR
28.11.1939
T/Lt.
?, seniority 11.09.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
< 10.1944
T/A/Cdr.
> 07.1945, < 04.1946
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
04.04.1944
Aegean operations 09-11.43 [investiture 06.03.45]
Mention in Despatches MID
26.05.1942
[tkg rsn?] tanker Constantine Alexander
Mention in Despatches MID
02.06.1943
HM's birthday 43
Education: Harrow;  Cambridge University (failing his second-year examinations)
23.10.1939
-
(04.1940)
[Commanding Officer?], HMS Willow (minesweeping trawler)
(02.1941)
 
 
HMS Duchess of Rothesay (paddle minesweeper) *
(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
07.1942
-
09.02.1943
Commanding Officer, HMS Erica (corvette) (mined off Benghazi)
1943
-
1944
formed & commanded, Levant Schooner Flotilla
(10.1944)
 
 
no appointment lsited
14.11.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Cottesmore (destroyer)
(04.1946)
 
 
HMS President *
Published: The voyage of the Cap Pilar : the tale of seventeen young men and a girl who went sailing to the South seas; of a baby who was born to spend the first year of her life in a ship; of twelve who sailed round the world; of the thirteen who joined them, and of how, after two years’ sea wandering, they brought their ship home to London during the stormy days of the third week in September, 1938 (1939); No stars to guide (1947); Thunder reef (1950); Thunder in the bay (1951); A mountain of gold (1952); The slope of the wind (1994); War in the islands : undercover operations in the Aegean 1942-4 (1996)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Shackleton,
Richard
R. Shackleton
?
-
Second Radio Officer
?



Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy), serving under the T.124 agreement
?
-
05.11.1940
Second Radio Officer, HMS Jervis Bay (armed merchant cruiser)
Sheehan,
Thomas Trevor
T.T. Sheehan
Son (with one brother) of John Daniel Sheehan (1879-1933), and Nellie Elvira Thomas (1885-).
Married ((12?).1942, Cardiff, Glamorgan) Yvonne Betty Boyle (17.11.1917 - 12.1962), daughter of William Furey Boyle (1889-1977), and Edith Mary Powell (1890-1979); one daughter.
10.10.1910
Haverfordwest district, Pembrokeshire
-
(03?).1964
Southampton, Hampshire
A/Lt. 20.09.1938
Lt. 27.08.1940
A/Lt.Cdr. > 08.1942, < 02.1943
Lt.Cdr. 27.08.1948
Cdr. 30.06.1955 (retd 19.10.1960)
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 New Year 45
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD 19.11.1947 -
19.12.1939 - (10.)1940 HMS Discovery II (surveying vessel)
(12.1940)     HMS Discovery II (surveying vessel) *
30.12.1940 - 02.1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Prince Albert (landing ship, infantry (small))
01.03.1941 - (06.)1941 HMS Prince Phillipe (landing ship, infantry (small))
(08.1941)     no appointment listed
08.08.1941 - (10.)1944 HMS Daffodil (landing ship carrier) (despatches)
16.12.1944 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HM LST 347 (landing ship, tank)
(04.1946)     HM LST 371 (landing ship, tank) *
Post-war ship's captain with Cunard Lines.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Shepherd,
Charles Timothy
C.T. Shepherd
?
-

died between 07.1959 and 08.1973 ??
Prob. S.Lt.
24.06.1930
S.Lt.
26.08.1931, seniority 24.06.1930
Lt.
02.10.1932
Lt.Cdr.
02.10.1940 (retd 1945/46)
A/Cdr.
< 07.1945
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
01.01.1941
New Year 41
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
?
05.12.1931
-
(01.1932)
HMS Royal Oak (battleship) (Mediterranean) (to complete 12 months' training)
23.04.1932
-
(09.1932)
HMS Velox (destroyer) (Home Fleet)
28.11.1939
-
(04.1940)
HMS Badger (RN base, Harwich)
15.01.1941
-
(02.1941)
HMS Cordela (trawler)
(07.1945)


no posting listed
Sherwood,
Michael
M. Sherwood
?
-
Prob. Midsh.
25.08.1939
Midsh.
1941, seniority 25.08.1939
A/S.Lt.
< 08.1942
S.Lt.
17.02.1943
Lt.
17.08.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Lt.Cdr.
17.08.1952 (commission terminated 01.05.1961)
Cadet on the Port Line, Merchant Navy (Australia).
01.02.1940
-
(08.1942)
HMS Escapade (destroyer)
24.03.1943
-
(10.1944)
First Lieutenant, HMS Wolfhound (destroyer)
(07.1945)


HMS St Bride's Bay (frigate) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Shields,
John
J. Shields
Son of Richard and Bethia Shields, of Musselburgh, Midlothian.
1903 ?
-
23.11.1939

(KIA) [age 36]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 2, column 2]
T/Lt. (E)
28.09.1939
09.1939?
-
23.11.1939
HMS Rawalpindi (armed merchant cruiser) (sunk southeast of Iceland)
Shirley,
Sidney Donald
S.D. Shirley
22.12.1911
Canterbury district, Kent
-
(12?).1973
Chichester district, Sussex
T/Lt. (E) 27.12.1940 (reld < 04.1946)
01.08.1941 - (12.1941) HMS Orlando (RN base, Greenock)
21.07.1942 - 14.04.1943 HMS Cutty Sark (yacht; submarine escort vessel)
(10.1944)     no appointment listed
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Shorter,
Claude Burnaby Onslow
C.B.O. Shorter (Photo courtesy of Mr R.G.M. Shorter)
Married; at least one son.
15.01.1907
Kingston, Surrey
-
12.12.1979
Prob. S.Lt.
18.05.1932
S.Lt.
21.11.1932, seniority 18.05.1932
Lt.
18.05.1934 (retd 16.01.1937)
A/Lt.Cdr. (retd)
31.03.1943
Lt.Cdr. (retd)
22.06.1945
(dispersal date 21.03.1946)
(release date 28.07.1946)
(reverted to retd 29.07.1946)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD
07.12.1945
?
Joined Elder Dempster Lines Ltd as 4th officer 24.03.1927, promoted to 3rd officer 14.09.1927. Being not physically well for some time, he joined Elder Dempster's shore staff 14.11.1934, where he worked on the west coast of Africa until 1940.
30.07.1932
-
09.09.1932
HMS Vivid (RN base, Devonport) (6 weeks' training)
10.09.1932
-
28.10.1932
HMS Warspite (battleship) (Home Fleet) (to complete 3 months' training)
25.02.1933
-
13.04.1933
HMS Dolphin (submarine depot ship)
14.04.1933
-
28.04.1933
HMS H 30 (submarine)
29.04.1933
-
25.11.1933
HMS L 21 (submarine) (to complete 9 months' training)
22.02.1940


on active service with RNR
22.02.1940
-
07.04.1940
HMS President (Admiralty)
08.04.1940
-
30.08.1940
HMS Flora (RN base, Invergordon)
31.08.1940
-
26.01.1941
Commanding Officer, HMS Stalwart (rescue tug) [HMS Victory III (accounting section, Portsmouth)]
27.01.1941
-
12.11.1941
Commanding Officer, Examination Vessel 8 [HMS Skirmisher (RN base, Milford Haven)]
13.11.1941
-
08.12.1941
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth)
09.12.1941
-
07.07.1942
HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (additional for various services)
08.07.1942
-
20.07.1942
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth)
21.07.1942
-
31.03.1943
HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)
01.04.1943
-
15.08.1943
Commanding Officer, LST 73 [HMS Asbury (accommodation, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA)]
16.08.1943
-
13.10.1943
Commanding Officer, LST 237 [HMS Drake IV (accounting base, Devonport)]
14.10.1943
-
31.03.1944
Commanding Officer, LST 80 [HMS Drake IV (accounting base, Devonport)]
01.04.1944
-
13.04.1944
HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport)
14.04.1944
-
27.01.1945
HMS President (Admiralty)
28.01.1945
-
28.01.1945
HMS Boscawen (RN base, Portland)
29.01.1945
-
18.02.1945
HMS Lochinvar (destroyer & minesweeper base, Granton)
19.02.1945
-
04.03.1945
HMS Osprey (anti-submarine training establishment, Dunoon)
05.03.1945
-
11.03.1945
HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)
12.03.1945
-
18.03.1945
HMS President (Admiralty)
19.03.1945
-
03.04.1945
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth)
04.04.1945
-
02.05.1945
HMS Seaborn (RN Air Station, Dartmouth, Halifax, NS)
03.05.1945
-
31.05.1945
Algerine Class minsweeper (in command on commissioning) [HMS Seaborn (RN Air Station, Dartmouth, Halifax, NS)]
01.06.1945
-
07.09.1945
Commanding Officer, HMS Mariner (Algerine class minesweeper)
08.09.1945
-
21.10.1945
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth)
22.10.1945
-
28.07.1946
HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover)
Returned to Elder Dempster's in May 1946 when he became Beachmaster in West Africa, returning home due to health reasons in January 1948. Left Elder Dempster Ltd in February 1951. Had a stomach operation at around this time. Joined Watts Watts & Co. Ltd where he served as 1st Officer on m/v Wanstead, and resigned from the company in February 1952 to make application to become a North Sea Pilot, having taken his Masters Certificate in the mean time. Worked as a Trinity House Pilot until he retired at the age of 70. Was Ship's Pilot aboard USS Iowa (battleship) during NATO exercises (possibly Operation Mariner in 1953).
Simonsen,
Petter Haavik
P.H. Simonsen (Photo courtesy of Kristina Færaas Simonsen)
Son of Andreas and Anna Simonsen, of Haugesund, Norway.
Husband of Gudrun Simonsen, of Haugesund.
13.02.1904
Norway
-
06.05.1942
[age 38]
[Greenwich Cemetery, E.360]
Prob. T/Lt. 16.06.1941
T/Lt. ?, seniority 16.06.1941
13.09.1941 - 06.05.1942 HMS Berkeley (escort destroyer)
Simpkin,
Edmund Smethurst
E.S. Simpkin
Son of Fred and Jane Oram Simpkin; husband of Maggie Isobel Simpkin, of Ramsey.
(03?).1884
Bury, Lancashire
-
21.03.1941
[age 57]
[Kirk Maughold (St. Maughold) Churchyard, north of church]
T/Lt.
30.12.1940
30.12.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS Rooke (boom defence central depot, Rosyth)
1941
-
21.03.1941
HMS Orlando (RN base, Greenock)
Simpson,
David William Leon
D.W.L. Simpson
Son of Leon O'Connell Spence Simpson and Mary Simpson.
Husband of Susan Ella Simpson, of Hafod, Swansea.
(09?).1895
Haverfordwest, Dyfed, Pembrokeshire
-
28.05.1940
[age 44]
[Dover (St James's) Cemetery, row C, joint grave 9]
Deck Hand
? [ON 1397 DA]
Skpr.
26.03.1926 [WS 2407]
Ch. Skpr.
26.03.1936

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
01.01.1940
New Year 40 [investiture 06.02.1940]
Distinguished Service Medal DSM
01.01.1917
minesweeping operations
07.10.1939

07.10.1939
18.03.1940
-

-
-
28.05.1940

18.03.1940
28.05.1940
HMS Thuringia (trawler) [ship mined in the North Sea off Margate during the Dunkirk evacuation]
First Lieutenant
Commanding Officer
Sinclair,
Donald William
D.W. Sinclair
Married (1940, Blythswood district, Glasgow) Beatrice ... (1915 - 13.09.2010).

10.07.1909
-
(09?).1981
Torbay district, Devonshire
T/Paym.Lt.Cdr. = T/Lt.Cdr. (S) 19.09.1939 (reld 23.04.1946)
19.09.1939 - 13.05.1941 HMS Salopian (armed merchant cruiser) (torpedoed & sunk by U-98)
17.07.1941 - 12.11.1942 HMS Karanja (landing ship infantry (large)) (bombed & sunk by German aircraft off Bougie)
27.02.1943 - (07.1945) HMS Trumpeter (escort carrier)
Hotelier. Was model for the character of Basil Fawlty (played by John Cleese) in the comedy Fawlty Towers.
Sinclair,
George Sutherland
G.S. Sinclair

?
-
02.12.1964
Eckington, Derbyshire
Prob. Midsh.
01.09.1937
S.Lt.
11.01.1940
Lt.
11.07.1942 (reld from active service < 04.1946)
Lt.Cdr.
11.07.1950 (retd 15.12.1955)
Distinguished Service Order DSO
04.05.1943
special operations Mediterranean [investiture 09.11.43]

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
20.01.1942
attack submarine [from A Lighter ?] 10.41 [investiture 09.11.43]
Mention in Despatches MID
11.11.1941
Greek withdrawal 04.41
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD 08.02.1950 -
19.08.1939
-
(12.1941)
HMS Isis (destroyer)
(10.1941)
 
 
HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt)
(1943?)
 
 
HMS Maidstone (submarine depot ship)
02.1943
-
(12.1943)
HMS Quebec (Combined Training Centre, Inverary)
(07.1943)
-
(07.1943)
Combined Operations Pilotage Party (COPP) 4 (special operations, Mediterranean / Sicily)
15.03.1944
-
(10.1944)
HMS Morpeth Castle (corvette)
?
-
(07.1945)
First Lieutenant, HMS Loch Killisport (frigate)
Doctor.
Skyrme,
Walter Charles
W.C. Skyrme (Photo courtesy of Mr Edward Trivigino)
?
-
died between 07.1962 and 08.1973 ?
Prob. S.Lt.
?
S.Lt.
01.10.1926, seniority 01.09.1925
Lt.
02.10.1927 (retd)
A/Lt.Cdr. (retd)
> 02.1941, < 12.1941
Lt.Cdr. (retd)
30.12.1945
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD ? -
25.08.1939
-
(12.1941)
HMS Cormorant (RN base, Gibraltar) (additional; for various services)
11.05.1942
-
(07.1945)
Trade Convoy Plotting Room, Trade Division, Admiralty [HMS President] (routeing & convoy plans of defensively armed merchant ships)
29.01.1946
-
(04.1946)
HMS Ferret (RN base, Londonderry)
Slater,
Magnus John
M.J. Slater (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Denoon-Slater)
Brother of Skpr.Lt. Richard William Slater, RNR.
1908 ?
-
Skpr. 07.06.1939 [WS 2924]
T/A/Ch.Skpr. 29.08.1944 (reld > 07.1945, < 04.1946) (retd 18.07.1951)
Skpr.Lt. (retd) 18.07.1951 (removed from retd 29.05.1958)
(12.1939) - (06.1940) no appointment listed
01.06.1940 - (04.)1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Philippe (trawler)
(06.1941)     HMS Europa (RN Patrol Service Central Depot, Lowestoft) *
01.07.1941 - (06.)1942 HMS Loch Tulla (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
(08.1942)     no appointment listed
(10.1942)     HMS Iron Duke *
11.1942 - (01.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Sunnyside Girl (anti-submarine trawler)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Slater,
Richard William
R.W. Slater (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Denoon-Slater)

Brother of Skpr.Lt. Magnus John Slater, RNR.
1906
Portnockie, Moray, Scotland
-
1960
Torry, Aberdeen, Scotland
Skpr. 11.01.1939 [WS 2797]
A/Skpr.Lt. 16.01.1943
Skpr.Lt. 30.06.1955 (retd 30.09.1955)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD 10.08.1954 -
06.10.1939 - 10.03.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Lady Beryl (anti-submarine warfare whaler)
(06.1940) - (07.1940) no appointment listed
07.08.1940 - 09.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Southern Star (anti-submarine warfare whaler)
09.1942 - (06.)1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Kerrera (minesweeping trawler)
16.07.1944 - (10.1944) Assistant Salvage Officer, Salvage Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
(01.1945) - (07.1945) no appointment listed
07.01.1946 - (04.1946) Assistant Salvage Officer, Salvage Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
Slater,
Robert
R. Slater
?
-

T/S.Lt.
13.11.1943
A/T/Lt.
17.01.1945 (reld < 04.1946)



Temporary Officer serving under T.124T agreements
01.04.1944
-
(10.1944)
HMS Marshal Soult (trawler base, Portsmouth) (for rescue tugs)
28.01.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Marshal Soult (trawler base, Portsmouth) (for rescue tugs)
Slee,
John Tristram
J.T. Slee
Youngest son of John Edward Slee, and ... Cain, of Shoreham, Sussex, later of Worthing.
Engaged (1946) Second Officer Barbara Mary Paul, WRNS, only daughter of Mr & Mrs W.G. Paul, of Weymouth.
Married (17.11.1951, Lagos Cathedral) Margery Elizabeth Heard, daughter of Arthur Prynn Heard, and Mrs E.P. Heard, of Barnes, London SW13; ... children (one daughter?).
(12?).1915
Bucklow district, Cheshire
-
Prob. A/S.Lt. ?
A/S.Lt. 25.09.1937
S.Lt. 11.01.1940
Lt. 29.11.1940 (reld < 04.1946)
Lt.Cdr. 29.11.1948 (retd 17.10.1950)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 01.07.1941 HM's birthday 41
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD 09.11.1949 -
(09.1939) - (02.1940) no appointment listed
(03.1940)     HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
13.03.1940 - (10.)1940 HMS Atherstone (destroyer)
06.11.1940 - (10.)1941 HMS Blencathra (destroyer) (MBE)
(12.1941) - (02.1942) no appointment listed
19.02.1942 - (12.1942) HMS Hurricane (destroyer) (in lieu of specialist Navigating Officer)
(02.1943)     no appointment listed
02.03.1943 - (06.)1944 Navigating Officer, HMS Biter (escort carrier)
(10.1944)     no appointment listed
01.11.1944 - (07.1945) Navigating Officer, HMS Battler (escort carrier)
Served Nigerian Marine.
Slimon,
Alan Pearith
A.P. Slimon
Son of Charles George Slimon (1876-1955), and Ada Rowe (1876-).
Married ((12?).1938, Hampstead district, London) Margaret Charman (1913-2001); one son.
06.11.1904
St Pancras district, London
-
03.03.1984
La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Isles, Spain

T/Paym.Lt.
30.04.1940
T/Paym.Lt.Cdr. = T/Lt.Cdr. (S)
05.02.1943 (reld > 04.1946)



Temporary Officer serving under T.124X agreements
30.10.1940
-
(08.1942)
HMS Menestheus (minelayer)
28.02.1944
-
(01.)1945
HMS Atheling (escort carrier)
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
11.11.1945
-
(04.1946)
HMS Premier (escort carrier)
Smith,
D
D. Smith
?
-
T/Bm.Eng.
03.09.1939
T/Lt. (E)
01.01.1941
03.09.1939
-
31.12.1940
HMS Dunnet (boom working vessel)
01.01.1941
-
(10.1944)
HMS Leonian (boom carrier)
12.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Beehive (Coastal Forces base, Felixstowe) *
04.1945
-
(04.1946)
HMS Barbrook II (depot & base, Freetown, Sierra Leone) *
* in the (07.1945) Navy List indexed as HMS Barbrook II, but shown under both HMS Beehive & HMS Barbrook II
Smith,
Edwin Thomas Walter
E.T.W. Smith (Photo courtesy of R.E. Smith)
25.08.1885
-
T/Bm.Eng.
16.09.1939 (reld < 10.1940)
Mercantile Marine War Medal MMWM
08.09.1919
-
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20
08.09.1919
-
Apprentice, HM Dockyard Portsmouth, 1901.
02.09.1915
 
 
Emergency S.Lt., serving on HMS Lady Moira (1916), HMS Oratava (1917) & HMS Doncaster (1917)
16.09.1939
-
(04.)1940
HMS Falconet (boom defence vessel)
Chief Engineer, MS Inverader (sunk 20.02.1942).
Smith,
Frank Montem
F.M. Smith (Photo courtesy of Mr Graham Martin)
Son of Edward Henry and Emily Smith.
Husband of Mary Louise Smith, of Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire; one son, one daughter.

(03?).1894
Warminster, Wiltshire
-
21.06.1942
(KIA) [age 48]
[Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya, 2.D.25]
Lt. 08.08.1918
Lt.Cdr. 08.08.1926
Cdr. 30.06.1934
Capt. 1941/42?
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) CBE 30.06.1942 for outstanding services: salvage Cerion when bombarded 07.03.42 [presented to next-of-kin]
Distinguished Service Order DSO 19.08.1941 bombing of Tobruk [presented to next-of-kin]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD > 06.1928
< 08.1929
-
Mention in Despatches MID 17.11.1942 Middle East operations 07-10.41
Mention in Despatches MID 15.06.1943 withdrawal from Tobruk 20.06.42 [posthumously]
Served Merchant Navy.
1914 - 1918 served World War I (HM E 39 (submarine))
07.12.1939 - 01.1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Arpha (armed merchant cruiser)
10.01.1941 - 21.06.1942 Naval Officer-in-Charge, Tobruk [HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria)]
Smith,
George Henry
G.H. Smith
?
-
04.01.1944
[Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina Extension, section D, grave 27]
T/A/Skpr. 01.06.1940 [WS 3450 & TS 531]
T/Skpr. 1941?, seniority 01.06.1940
(07.1940)     no appointment listed
20.07.1940 - (08.)1941 HMS Stour (trawler)
26.08.1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Dunluce Castle (depot/accommodation ship, Scapa Flow)
02.1942 - (04.)1942 HMS Daniel Clowden (minesweeping trawler)
19.05.1942 - 04.01.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Commander Holbrook (minesweeping trawler) [killed in a boat accident]
Smith,
George Wingfield
G.W. Smith
(09?).1908
Blything district, Suffolk
-

T/Skpr.
07.09.1939 [WS 2999 & TS 118]
T/A/Ch.Skpr.
06.01.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID
11.02.1941
Dunkirk 06.40
Mention in Despatches MID
14.06.1945
HM's birthday 45
05.01.1940
-
(06.1940)
Commanding Officer, HMS Three Kings (drifter)
(02.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
07.08.1941
-
(08.1942)
Commanding Officer, HMS Internos (minesweeping trawler)
24.01.1944
-
(10.1944)
Commanding officer, HMS Delphinus (minesweeping trawler)
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
Smith,
John
J. Smith
?
-

[1959 still alive]
Lt.
31.12.1924
Lt.Cdr.
31.12.1932
Cdr.
31.12.1938
Capt.
30.06.1943
A/Cdre. 2nd cl.
01.10.1943 (reld 1940/50s)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
?
01.10.1943
-
(06.1944)
Commodore of Ocean Convoys [HMS Eaglet]
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
11.01.1946
-
(04.1946)
Commanding Officer, HMS Northmark (ex-German fast fleet attedendant oiler)
Smith,
J
J. Smith
?
-

T/Skpr.
?
01.1943
-
(10.1943)
Commanding Officer, HMS Olivine (drifter; examination service vessel)
Smith,
John MacDonald
J.M. Smith
Son of John and Catherine Smith.
Husband of Edith May Smith, of Streatham, London.
1906 ?
-

04.08.1943
[age 37]
[Chatham Naval Memorial, 73, 2]
T/Cdr. 03.09.1939
T/A/Capt. 01.01.1943?
03.09.1939 - (02.)1941 HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea)
13.10.1941 - (12.1941) Admiralty [HMS President] (for special and miscellaneous services)
01.01.1943 - 04.08.1943 Divisional Sea Transport Officer, Algiers [HMS Hannibal (RN base, Algiers)] (killed during explosion at Algiers)
Smith,
Percy Sidney
P.S. Smith
?
-
T/Skpr. 13.09.1940 [TS 967] (warrant terminated 11.10.1943; medically unfit)
13.09.1940 - 11.1941 Commanding Officer, HMS George Adgell (minesweeping trawler)
11.1941 - (12.)1941 HMS George Adgell (minesweeping trawler)
26.12.1941 - (12.1942) HMS Skirmisher (RN base, Milford Haven)
(02.1943) - (04.1943) no appointment listed
(06.1943)     HMS Skirmisher (RN base, Milford Haven) *
(08.1943) - (10.1943) no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Smith,
William Thomas
W.T. Smith
?
-
T/Midsh. 19.01.1942
T/A/S.Lt. 18.10.1943
T/S.Lt. 18.04.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: Pangbourne Nautical College.
(02.1942) - (06.1942) no appointment listed
06.06.1942 - (08.)1942 HMS Danae (cruiser)
28.08.1942 - (12.1943) HMS Howe (battleship)
02.01.1944 - (04.)1945 HMS Caicos (frigate)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
31.12.1945 - (04.1946) HMS Tamar II (accounting base, Hong Kong)
Smith-Cross,
Norman Barron
N.B. Smith-Cross
Son of James and Anne Smith-Cross; husband of Gwendoline Smith-Cross, of Mossley Hill, Liverpool.
(06?).1898
district West Derby, Lancs.
-
04.02.1941

(KIA) [age 42]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 2, column 2]
T/Lt. (E)
01.1941, seniority 24.10.1940
?
-
04.02.1941
HMS Crispin (ocean boarding vessel) (sunk by U-107 north-northwest of Rockall)
Smyth,
Frederick Arthur
"Fred"
F.A. Smyth (Photo courtesy of Mr Neil Smyth)
Son of Arthur Ernest Smyth, and Alice Jane Symons, of Ilfracombe, Devon.
Married (23.09.1932, Parish Church of Merton, Croydon district, Surrey) Dorothy Wilde; one son, one daughter.
20.10.1905
Barnstaple district, Devon
-
20.03.1945
(KIA) [age 39]
[Vlieland General Cemetery, the Netherlands, grave 79] [his body drifted ashore at Vlieland on 06.04.1945, being buried the next day]
T/Lt. 01.11.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. > 02.1943, < 06.1943
Mention in Despatches MID 19.06.1945 for courage, tenacity and devotion to duty
in an attempt to save his ship after she
had struck a mine, and in the rescue of
survivors 19.03.45 [posthumously]
Master mariner.
02.11.1939 - (10.)1940 HMS Snaefell (auxiliary minesweeper; paddle steamer)
23.10.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Snaefell (auxiliary minesweeper; paddle steamer)
03.02.1941 - 12.06.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Princess Elizabeth (auxiliary minesweeper; paddle steamer)
17.01.1944 - (06.)1944 Commanding Officer, HM FDT 217 (fighter direction tender)
08.1944 - 20.03.1945 Commanding Officer, HM LST 80 (landing ship, tank) (operated in the shuttle service between London, Ostend and Antwerp; struck two mines while in convoy ATM97 and sank)) (despatches)
Snelgrove,
Reginald George
see: RNVR officers' section  
Sorensen,
Sigurd Hesleberg *
R. Spencer
Son of Capt. Andreas Sorensen, and Eleanor (née ...).
Married (1919, Halifax, NS, Canada) Gwndoline M. Rosser.

* Navy List gives:
Siguard Hesleburgh, CWGC gives: Sigurd Heselburg

His daughter writes: "My father was at sea in his late teens aboard the North Atlantic fishing fleets, met my mother in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where they married in 1919. He became a captain for the fishing firm he worked for, eventually they based out of Hull and Grimsby on the east coast of England by the North Sea. I was the last to be born, in Hessle where we lived, in 1938. When the war broke out my father immediately joined the RNR and I know that he was based out of HMS Bacchante, at Aberdeen in Scotland. The last three years he was Skipper (RNR) of the "William Brady", this was his last command before he died. I know he did travel across the North Sea to Occupied Norway some times, as well as the regular minesweeping, taking part in RN war training for officers and men, and also being up in Archangel or Murmansk area. He died when I was 6 years old, I wish I knew him better, I gather that many men liked him."

1890 ?
Brevik, Norway
-
31.01.1945

[Hull Crematorium, panel 5]
Prob. T/Skpr.
27.11.1940 [TS 840]
T/Skpr.
1941?, seniority 27.11.1940
(02.1941)


HMS Europa (RN Patrol Service Central Depot, Lowestoft) *
09.02.1941
-
10.05.1943
First Lieutenant, HMS Hoverfly (minesweeping trawler)
11.05.1943
-
(10.1944)
Commanding Officer, HMS William Brady (minesweeping trawler)
?
-
31.01.1945
HMS Europa (RN Patrol Service Central Depot, Lowestoft)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Sowden,
Douglas William
D.W. Sowden
Son (with one brother) of James Alfred Sowden (1880-1951), and Mary Susannah Hudson (1880-).
Married (19.10.1940, St PEter's Church, Upton Cross, West Ham district, Essex) Stella Marian Gayfer (10.09.1915 - 12.2002), daughter of Charles Frederick Gayfer (1879-1955), and Nellie Mary A. Spicer (1881-1965); one son.
25.04.1915
West Ham district, London
-
04.1986
Chichester district, Sussex
Prob. A/S.Lt. 01.12.1936
A/S.Lt. 12.11.1937
S.Lt. 01.01.1940
A/Lt. 17.11.1940
Lt. ?, seniority 17.11.1940 (demobilized < 04.1946)
Lt.Cdr. 17.11.1948
Cdr. 31.12.1954
Capt. 30.06.1962 (retd 30.06.1967)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD 01.03.1946 -
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD 28.08.1964 1st clasp
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD 22.04.1966 2nd clasp
Croix de Guerre with vermillion star (France) CdeG ? several dangerous minesweepings coast of France
Joined Union Castle Line as a Cadet in 1930 and obtained his Second Mate's Certificate of Competency in 1935, when he was appointed Fourth Officer in the Llanstephan Castle. In 1938 he was promoted to the rank of Third Officer.
13.08.1937 - 1937 HMS Revenge (battleship, Home Fleet) (for training)
07.01.1940 - (12.1940) HMS Iron Duke (depot ship)
(02.1941) - (08.)1941 HMS Verity (destroyer) *
(10.1941)     no appointment listed
02.10.1941 - (07.1945) [Executive or Commanding Officer?], HMS Tarana (minesweeping trawler)
Returned to the Company's service as Chief Officer, and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1952 when he took command of the Drakensberg Castle. Since 1957 he commanded several passenger vessels in the mail service, including Bloemfontein Castle, Warwick Castle.  He took Command of Edinburgh Castle in 1967, and S.A. Vaal in October 1970, and was promoted to Commodore of the Safmarine Fleet in January 1972. Master, Gordon Lodge No 1726 of the Freemasons, 1981-1982.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Spencer,
Roland
R. Spencer
?
-

[1959 still alive]
Lt.Cdr.
02.08.1923
Cdr.
31.12.1931
Capt.
31.12.1938 (retd > 08.1939, < 07.1944)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
?
?
12.10.1942
-
04.1944
RNR ADC to the King
Spring,
John
J. Spring
?
-

T/S.Lt. (E)
09.09.1940
T/Lt. (E)
09.10.1941 (reld < 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID
11.06.1942
HM's birthday 42
Mention in Despatches MID
05.12.1944
shuttle service to France
09.09.1940
-
(08.1942)
HMS Fratton (barrage balloon vessel)
(06.1944?)


HM LST 364 (landing ship, tank)
09.1944
-
(10.)1944
HMS Porcupine (landing craft base, Stokes Bay, Portsmouth)
16.11.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS TF 29
Stanford,
Charles Wilson
C.W. Stanford
(06?).1901
district South Shields, Durham / Tyna and Wear
-
08.1973 still alive
T/Lt.
21.04.1942
T/Lt.Cdr.
26.10.1945
Lt.Cdr. RN
15.11.1946 (emgcy 15.11.1951)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
30.01.1945
towing Mulberries to France & rescue 06.44
(06.1944)


HMS Griper (rescue tug) (Normandy)
05.02.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Braganza (RN base, Bombay, India) *
01.06.1948
-
(07.1948)
Commanding Officer, HMS Hengist (rescue tug)
07.11.1949
-
(05.1950)
Commanding Officer, HMS Mediator (rescue tug)
* (04.1946) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Stannard,
Richard Been

R.B. Stannard R.B. Stannard
R.B. Stannard
R.B. Stannard
R.B. Stannard

21.08.1902
Blyth, Northumberland, England
-
22.07.1977
Sydney
[Rookwood Crematorium, Sydney]
Prob. S.Lt.
05.03.1929
S.Lt.
11.11.1930, seniority 05.03.1929
Lt.
17.12.1932
A/Lt.Cdr.
?
Lt.Cdr.
17.12.1940
A/Cdr.
08.02.1946?
Cdr.
30.06.1947
Capt.
30.06.1952 (retd 14.07.1954)
Victoria Cross VC
16.08.1940
Namsos *
Distinguished Service Order DSO
18.05.1943
convoy SC118 Western Approaches 02.43
Mention in Despatches MID
03.12.1940
SS Statira bombed
Mention in Despatches MID
05.12.1944
passage convoy JW59 & RA59A
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD
1942
?
Norwegian War Cross NowWC
13.10.1942
Namsos wharf 28.04.40
* When enemy bombing attacks had set on fire many tons of hand grenades on Namsos wharf, with no shore water supply available, Lieutenant Stannard ran Arab's bows against the wharf and held her there. Sending all but two of his crew aft, he then endeavoured for two hours to extinguish the fire with hoses from the forecastle. He persisted in this work till the attempt had to be given up as hopeless. After helping other ships against air attacks, he placed his own damaged vessel under shelter of a cliff, landed his crew and those of two other trawlers, and established an armed camp. Here those off duty could rest while he attacked enemy aircraft which approached by day, and kept anti-submarine watch during the night. When another trawler near-by was hit and set on fire by a bomb, he, with two others, boarded Arab and moved her 100 yards before the other vessel blew up. Finally, when leaving the fjord, he was attacked by a German bomber which ordered him to steer East or be sunk. He held on his course, reserved his fire till the enemy was within 800 yards, and then brought the aircraft down. Throughout a period of five days Arab was subjected to 31 bombing attacks and the camp and Lewis gun positions ashore were repeatedly machine- gunned and bombed; yet the defensive position was so well planned that only one man was wounded. Lieutenant Stannard ultimately brought his damaged ship back to an English port. His continuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy was magnificent, and his enterprise and resource not only caused losses to the Germans but saved his ship and many lives.
Education: Royal Merchant Navy School, Wokingham
Cadet, C and D Line, 1918-1921.
2nd Officer, C and D Line, 1924-1928. Joined Orient Line, 1929 (2nd Officer 1937).
1929


entered RNR
05.02.1940
-
(04.)1940
Commanding Officer, HMS Arab (armed trawler)
12.1940
-
(02.)1941
Commanding Officer, HMS Stanley (destroyer)
04.03.1941
-
(08.)1942
Commanding Officer, HMS Ramsey (destroyer)
01.12.1942
-
03.1943
Commanding Officer, HMS Vimy (destroyer)
03.03.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Peacock (sloop)
08.02.1946
-
(04.1946)
Commanding Officer, HMS Prince Henry (armed merchant cruiser)
Staff Commander, Orient Line, 1949-1955.
Honorary Company Master Mariners; Marine Superintendent for P&O­Orient Lines, Sydney, 1955-1964.
Stanton,
Ronald George Gladstone
R.G.G. Stanton
Married (02.01.1941) Mattie Moore Taylor (born 26.09.1909).
04.1909
West Derby district, Lancashire
-
T/S.Lt.
29.06.1940

Distinguished Service Order

DSO

17.12.1946

last action of HMS Li Wo 14.02.42 [decoration presented at Hong Kong 30.12.47]
29.06.1940
-
14.02.1942
First Lieutenant, HMS Li Wo (auxiliary patrol vessel)
[ship sunk; see entry for Lt. Thomas Wilkinson, RNR]
1942
-
1945
POW in Japanese captivity
Literature: A.V. Sellwood, Stand by to die! (1961; based mainly on information provided by R.G.R. Stanton)
Steel,
Ronald Sidney
R.S. Steel (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Moss)
30.10.1909
Axminster, Devon
-
05.1988
Honiton, Devon
T/Lt.
24.03.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
31.08.1944? (reld < 04.1946)
31.08.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Ness (frigate)
Stephens,
Robert John Cyril
"Stevie"
R.J.C. Stephens
Married; one son.
07.1902
Pontypridd, Glamorgan
-
25.12.1958
Berkeley, Gloucestershire
Prob. A/S.Lt.
30.06.1926
Prob. S.Lt.
30.06.1926?
S.Lt.
23.12.1927, seniority 30.06.1926
Lt.
06.03.1929, seniority 30.12.1928 (retd 13.12.1934)
Lt.Cdr. (retd)
30.12.1936 (reld 01.1946)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) OBE
07.01.1941
bombarded, strafed, damaged North Channel / Irish Sea 40 *
Atlantic Star, with France & Germany bar; Africa Star; Italy Star.

* A bomb which struck the vessel started a fire among the shells and cordite. It was vital to put out the fire as soon as possible and the Chief Engineer and the Chief Officer distinguished themselves by the resolution and ready resource with which they rallied the crew and seconded the good leadership of the Captain.
Served Merchant Navy. Served (1940) as Chief Officer aboard MV Regent Lion (OBE).
16.11.1941
-
09.1942
HMS Queen of Bermuda (armed merchant cruiser) (in lieu of specialist Navigating Officer) (Western Approaches convoys)
09.1942
-
1942
HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)
1942
-
12.1942
HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
01.01.1943
-
12.1943
HMS Elissa (RN base, Philippeville, North Africa)
12.1943
-
(06.)1944
HMS Elissa (Combined Operations base, Messina) (for duty at Augusta)
07.1944
-
10.1944
HMS Fabius (RN base, Taranto, Italy)
[King's Harbour Master at Bari?]
10.1944
-
02.1945
HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)
02.1945
-
05.1945
HMS Odyssey (naval party accounting base, Ilfracombe)
05.1945
-
01.1946
Naval Party 1730 [HMS Royal Albert (base for Naval Parties, London/Berlin]
Involved in the salvage of sunk and damaged ships around North Europe after the war from 1946 to 1952 based in Hamburg.
Stephenson,
Arthur Ernest
A.E. Stephenson
Son of John Stephenson (1872-1961), and Mary Maude Hamilton (1873-1948).
Married (06.06.1934, Darlington district, Durham) May Dorothy Stanley (1906-1948); ... children.
28.11.1901
Darlington, Durham
-
10.12.1941
(MPK) [age 40]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 1, column 2]
T/Lt. 31.12.1940
Served Merchant Navy (Second Mate's Certificate, 04.07.1923).
Member, Hugh de Pudsey Lodge of Freemasons, Darlington.
      officer holding temporary commission under T.124 agreements:
31.12.1940 - 10.12.1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Banka (auxiliary minesweeper)
[ship
recalled to Singapore 06.12.1941, last transmission 07.12, overdue 09.12; offically recorded as lost 10.12; wreck located 12n.m n.e. of Tioman Island, Malaysia; all officers missing, presumed killed]
Stephenson,
John

J. Stephenson (Photo courtesy of Mr Tim Hutchinson)
?
-
Prob. T/Lt.
07.04.1941
T/Lt.
?, seniority 07.04.1941 (reld < 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID
01.08.1944
Operation Shingle 9landing at Anzio 22.01.44)
23.06.1941
-
(08.1942)
First Lieutenant, HMS Sambur (auxiliary patrol trawler)
08.1943
-
(10.1944)
First Lieutenant, HM LST 214 (landing ship, tank) (Anzio & Normandy)
(07.1945)


HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Stewart,
John
J. Stewart (Photo courtesy of Mr Ernie Stewart)
?
-
T/Lt. (E) 02.09.1940
T/Lt.Cdr. (E) 17.12.1941 (reld < 02.1944)
05.10.1940 - (10.)1941 HMS Baldur (RN base, Reykjavik, Iceland)
(12.1941)     no appointment listed
17.12.1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Fossbeck (boom depot ship)
27.03.1942 - (08.)1942 HMS Kodumaa
(10.1942)     no appointment listed
23.11.1942 - (12.1943) HMS Baldur (RN base, Reykjavik, Iceland)
Stirling,
Archibald
A. Stirling
?
-
Prob. T/Lt.
27.08.1941
T/Lt.
1942?, seniority 27.08.1941 (reld < 07.1945)
(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
18.01.1942
-
01.10.1943
[Commanding Officer?], HMS Ronaldsay (Isles class trawler)
26.07.1944
-
(10.1944)
HMS Rodney (battleship)
Stocker,
Charles Edward
C.E. Stocker
?
-

[possibly:
28.04.1908
-
03.1987
Walsall, Staffordshire]
T/Lt.
16.09.1939 (commission terminated 21.02.1942)
Mention in Despatches MID
16.08.1940
Dunkirk 05/06.40
09.01.1940
-
(04.1940)
HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover)
05.1940
-
06.1940
Sea Transport Officer, Folkestone (Dunkirk evacuation)
(10.1940)
 
 
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) *
02.11.1940
-
(12.1941)
HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for flotilla duties)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Stonehouse,
Herbert Arthur
C.E. Stocker
26.09.1909
West Derby district, Lancashire
-
05.1984
North Walsham district, Norfolk
Prob. A/Lt.
03.02.1939
Lt.
11.01.1940
A/Lt.Cdr.
> 12.1943, < 04.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Cdr.
30.06.1954 (retd 26.09.1959)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
19.10.1943
defence of a convoy against U-boat attacks Western Approaches 05.05.43 [investiture 07.03.44]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
19.06.1945
Operation Hotbed (North Russian convoy 02.45) [award posted]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD
08.02.1950
-
04.11.1939
-
(12.1941)
HMS Ausonia (heavy repair ship)
10.04.1943
-
(06.)1944
Commanding Officer, HMS Loosestrife (corvette)
20.07.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Alnwick Castle (corvette)
Stott,
Anthony Walmsley
A.W. Stott
1916 ?
-
05.11.1940
(KIA) [age 24]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 3, column 1]
T/Paym.Lt.
15.09.1939
15.09.1939
-
05.11.1940
HMS Jervis Bay (armed merchant cruiser)
Stott,
Sydney Thorburn
S.T. Stott
Son (with two brothers and one sister) of John Howard Stott (1862-1949), and Mary Williams (1861-1925?).
Married ((06?).1922, Birkenhead district, Cheshire) Ivy G. Falla (1894 - (06?).1965), daughter (with one brother) of John Thomas Falla (1860-1915), and Emma Jane Hodder (1861-1937); ... children

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27.08.1894
Seaforth, West Derby district, Lancashire
-
08.1986
Birkenhead district, Cheshire
Prob. Eng.Lt. ?
Eng.Lt. 10.05.1923
Eng.Lt.Cdr. 10.05.1931
Cdr. (E) 30.06.1938 (retd 27.08.1944) (reverted to retd > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
Capt. (E) (retd) 08.05.1946
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 07.09.1938 -
20.05.1931     HMS Hood (battlecruiser)
16.12.1933     HMS Renown (battlecruiser)
21.11.1939 - 23.03.1940 HMS Coventry (cruiser)
23.03.1940 - 11.01.1941 HMS Cardiff (cruiser)
11.01.1941 - 14.09.1942 HMS Coventry (cruiser) [ship sunk by German and Italian aircraft off Tobruk] *
12.11.1942 - (08.)1943 HMS Bull (RN base, Massawa, Eritrea)
(10.1943)     HMS Bull (RN base, Massawa, Eritrea) *
22.11.1943 - (10.1945) HMS Venerable (aircraft carrier)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Stretton,
Sydney Kingsley
C.E. Stocker
?
-
died between 07.1962 and 08.1973
Midsh.
31.12.1937
A/S.Lt.
07.03.1940
S.Lt.
07.03.1941
A/Lt.
07.09.1942
Lt.
01.09.1943, seniority 07.09.1942 (reld from active duty < 04.1946) (retd 01.07.1950)
17.01.1940
-
(04.1940)
HMS Queen of Bermuda (armed merchant cruiser)
05.1941
-
(12.1942?)
in French captivity *
12.04.1943
-
30.10.1944
Commanding Officer, HMS Tasajera (landing ship, tank)
30.10.1944
-
(07.1945)
Third Officer, HMS Tasajera (landing ship, tank)
* Part of the prize crew aboard ss Criton (captured from Vichy French by Cilicia on 11 May 1941 and escorted into Freetown) from 17 June 1941 until she was sunk by Vichy French warships on 21 June 1941 when a few miles south of Conakry. Following the sinking the crew were arrested and tried for piracy before a Vichy French court martial. They were then transported to Timbuctoo, and not released until December 1942. Stretton was separated from the others after they left Timbuctoo in August 1942; he was sent to a camp at Koulikoro, and the others to a camp at Kankan.
Stuart,
Ronald Neil
R.N. Stuart
Victoria Cross Reference
26.08.1886
Liverpool
-
08.02.1954
Charing, Kent
[Charing Cemetery]
Lt.
?
Lt.Cdr.
01.09.1924
Cdr.
30.06.1928
Capt.
30.06.1935 (retd > 08.1939)
Victoria Cross VC
20.07.1917
Atlantic Ocean 07.06.17 *
Distinguished Service Order DSO
23.03.1917
?
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
21.11.1929
?
Mention in Despatches MID
24.03.1919
?
  NC
16.09.1919
Navy Cross (USA)
* On 7 June 1917 in the Atlantic, Lieutenant Stuart was serving in HMS Pargust (one of the 'Q' or 'mystery' ships) which was inviting an attack by U-boats. At about 8am a U-boat fired a torpedo at close range and damaged Pargust's engine room. The 'Panic party' went away and the U-boat surfaced, its captain thinking that a merchant vessel had been hit, but when the U-boat was only about 50 yards away, the commander of Pargust gave the order to fire. The submarine tried to get away, but had received a great number of direct hits and blew up and sank almost at once.
Education: Liverpool College
1901


Commenced career at sea in sailing vessel
1913


joined Allan Line
1913


Extra Master (square rig)
1914
-
1919
served in Royal Navy as Lieutenant, RNR (VC, DSO, despatches, United States Navy Cross); 



in Command of Q boat and Destroyers
(04.1940)
-
(02.1941)
no appointment listed
22.05.1941
-
?
RNR ADC to the King
Retired from Canadian Pacific Steamships (General Superintendent Steamships 1936-1938, General Manager, UK, 1938-1951).
Stuart,
Ronald Neil
R.N. Stuart
Married ...; two daughters.
(09?).1921
Toxteth Park district, Lancashire
-
25.03.2013
Gravesend ?
T/S.Lt. 29.03.1943
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 01.01.1945 New Year 45 [investiture 18.05.45]
... - ... ...
08.09.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Foley (frigate) (DSC)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
... - ... ...
Stubbs,
Archie
A. Stubbs
?
-

T/Lt.
19.10.1939
A/T/Lt.Cdr.
29.08.1940
A/T/Cdr.
< 12.1941 (reld < 07.1945)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
13.04.1943
minesweeping operations Nore area 09.42
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1942
New Year 42
21.10.1939
-
(04.)1940
HMS Halcyon (minesweeper)
1940
-
01.06.1940
Commanding Officer, HMS Brighton Queen (paddle minesweeper) [ship sunk]
02.07.1940
-
(02.1941)
Commanding Officer, HMS Glen Avon (paddle minesweeper)
14.05.1942 -
05.1944
Executive Officer, HMS Miranda (minesweeping base, Great Yarmouth)
Stubbs,
Bertie
B. Stubbs
?
-

T/Lt. (E)
27.02.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. (E)

< 10.1944
(12.1941)


HMS Minona *



HMRT Favourite (rescue tug)
03.04.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) (for rescue tugs)
02.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Sheba (RN base, Aden) (for duty with rescue tugs)
(04.1946)


HMS Golden Hind (RN manning depot, Sydney, NSW)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Swan,
Transvaal
T. Swan
Son of William and Florence Swann.
Married ((03?).1927, Mutford, Suffolk) Marian May Aldred (24.08.1903 - 04.03.1989), daughter of Charles Bertram Aldred (1878-1935), and Florence Mary Cook (1881-1908); ... children.
21.10.1900
Mutford, Suffolk
-
07.11.1975
Lowestoft, Suffolk
Second Hand ? [LT/JX 177707]
T/Skpr. 01.08.1942 [TS 1263]
Distinguished Service Medal DSM 01.01.1942 New Year 42
(1941)     HM Drifter Hosanna (DSM)
30.10.1942 - (04.)1943 HMS Quercia (minesweeping trawler)
05.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Stroma (minesweeping trawler)
(04.1945)     no appointment listed
04.04.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Doon (minesweeping trawler)
Went to sea on drifters before the war and returned to fishing after.
Swinsco,
Joseph
J. Swinsco
28.02.1906
Castle Ward, Northumberland
-
07.06.1973
T/Lt.
08.11.1939 (reld 1945/.46)
Mention in Despatches MID
04.10.1940
directing sea transport Dunkirk
01.01.1940
-

HMS Victory (base Portsmouth, for training establishment)
02.07.1940
-

HMS Spartiate (base Glasgow, sea transport duties)
01.01.1941
-

HMS Orlando (base Greenock, Flotilla Gunnery duties)
12.03.1942
-
(06.1944)
HMS Stag (base Port Said, Canal Area sea transport duties)
31.05.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Spartiate (base Glasgow, sea transport duties)
Symons,
Ernest Edward
E.E. Symons
Married Lilian May ...; ... children.
(06?).1890
Cardiff district, Glamorgan
-
19.08.1946
Saint Ives, Cornwall
T/Lt. 08.10.1942 (commission terminated 08.04.1944; medically unfit)
Served Merchant Navy (First Mate's Certificate, 28.10.1910; Master's Certificate, 24.09.1913).
09.11.1942 - 27.07.1943 HMS Spartiate (RN base Clyde, Glasgow)
28.07.1943 - (02.)1944 HMS Orlando (RN base, Greenock) (for sea transport duties)
(04.1944)     no appointment listed
Symons,
James Francis
J.F. Symons
Son of Capt. James John Symons, and Mary Ann Symons. 
1883/84 ?
-
21.04.1942
(died of illness) [age 58]
[Norfolk (St Mary's) Cemetery, Vigrinia, USA, row 4, grave 41]
Prob. S.Lt.
01.01.1909
S.Lt.
15.10.1910, seniority 01.01.1909
Lt.
02.08.1915? (retd)
Lt.Cdr. (retd)
02.08.1923
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
-
-
Harbour Master, Montreal, Canada.
(04.1940)
-
(12.1941)
no appointment listed
?
-
21.04.1942
Naval Command Staff (NCS) Office, Norfolk, Va.
Symons,
Philip
P. Symons
Son of Philip and Ada Frances Symons.
1880 ?
-
13.07.1943
(died of illness) [age 63]
[Halifax (Fort Massey) Cemetery, Canada, section E, grave 50]
T/Cdr.
21.12.1939
Mention in Despatches MID

07.12.1943

liaison duties Norway, France & North Africa [posthumously]
21.12.1939
-
13.07.1943
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (for miscellaneous services) *
1939?
-
1943?
British Naval Liaison Officer, Polish MV Batory
* according to Commonwealth War Graves Commission borne on the books of HMS Queen Elizabeth (battleship) at the time of his death; gravestone shows HMT Queen Elizabeth
Syrett,
Edward
E. Syrett
?
-
28.12.1946
[Hull Northern Cemetery, compt. 227, grave 67]
T/Skpr.
20.08.1940 [TS 713] (reld > 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1941
New Year 41
1940
-
1940
Commanding Officer, HMS Kurd (minesweeping trawler)
11.12.1940
-
(02.1941)
Commanding Officer, HMS Sanson (minesweeping trawler)
(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
(10.1944)
 
 
no appointment listed
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
(04.1946)
 
 
no appointment listed
?
-
28.12.1946
HMS Europa (RNPS base, Lowestoft)
 
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