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Walford, L.
to
Wykes, F.E.

  
L. Walford  to  F.E. Wykes
Walford,
Lyndon
L. Walford (Photo courtesy of Mrs Ruth Moston)
Son of Russell Walford (1882-1946), and Ellen Louisa Lyndon (1881-1965).
Married (23.09.1941, St John's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA) Mercie Tarbell Clay (28.06.1919 - 12.01.2011), daughter of Henry Sellers McKee Clay (1890-), and Tarbell Mercie Clay (1895-), only child of Henry Sellers McKee (1890-) and Tarbie Mercie Clay (1895-), of Newcastle, New Hampshire, USA.
(03?).1918
West Bromwich district, Warwickshire
-
01.04.1942
(MPK) [age 24]
[Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 71, column 1]
Prob. Midsh. 01.02.1936
A/S.Lt. 03.12.1938
S.Lt. 11.01.1940
Lt. 03.06.1941
Served with the Cunard's White Star Line from 1934.
07.1938     HMS Rodney (battleship) (for training)
08.1938     HMS Royal Oak (battleship) (for training)
10.1939     HMS Iron Duke (RN base, Scapa Flow)
03.1940     HMS Chitral (armed merchant cruiser)
(04.1940)     no appointment listed
06.05.1940 - (06).1940 submarine course [HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport)]
06?.1940 - 15.06.1940 HMS H 31 (submarine)
15.06.1940 - 01.04.1941 HMS Medway (submarine depot ship) (spare officer for submarines)
01.04.1941 - 01.04.1942 Sixth Hand, HMS Pandora (submarine) (ship sunk in air attack at Malta)
Walgate,
Richard
R. Walgate, 1957 (Photo: Merchant Navy Nostalgia website)
R. Walgate, 1957 (Photo: Merchant Navy Nostalgia website)
?
-
died between 07.1962 and 08.1973 ??
Prob. A/S.Lt. 01.09.1934
A/S.Lt. 11.08.1936
S.Lt. 11.08.1937
Lt. 14.11.1939
02.1941, seniority 03.10.1939
A/Lt.Cdr. > 04.1946
Lt.Cdr. 03.10.1947 (retd 03.09.1957)
Mention in Despatches MID 16.12.1941 attack submarine U452 Orkneys & Shetlands 25.08.41
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD 19.04.1948 -
1939, Atlantic with France and Germany bar, Africa with North Africa 1942-43 bar and Italy Stars, War Medal
01.09.1934     joined RNR
(04.1940)     no appointment listed
28.11.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Kingston Onyx (anti-submarine trawler)
(08.1941)     HMS Vascama (anti-submarine trawler)
23.10.1943 - (06.1944) Navigating Officer, HMS Latimer (cable ship) [involved in the Pipeline under the ocean (PLUTO) scheme]
06.1945 - (07.1945) Navigating Officer, HMS Dungeness (landing craft repair ship)
27.03.1946 - (04.1946) HMS Chaser (escort carrier)
Served Merchant Navy. Staff Commander, "Empress of England" (Canadian Pacific Steamship Company), 1957.
Walker,
Stanley Hope
S.H. Walker
?
-
01.01.2001
Paym.S.Lt. 06.01.1935
Paym.Lt. 06.01.1937
Lt.Cdr. (S) 06.01.1945
Lt.Cdr. (S) RN 03.12.1946, seniority 06.01.1945
Cdr. (S) RN 31.12.1952 (retd 12.03.1964)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 01.01.1964 New Year 64 [investiture 17.03.64]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 11.12.1945 wind up Europe 45
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD 1945? ?
24.08.1939 - (08.1942) Secretary to Naval Officer-in-Charge, Methil [HMS Cochrane II (RN base, Rosyth)]
18.01.1943 - (1945) HMS Sheffield (cruiser) *
22.03.1946 - (04.1946) HMS Mullion Cove (repair ship)
03.12.1946     transferred, RN
07.10.1947 - (07.)1948 HMS Mercury (signal school, nr. Petersfield)
25.09.1948 - (05.)1949 HMS Royal Rupert (Naval Party 1735, Wilhelmshaven)
01.10.1949 - (05.1950) HMS Royal Prince (RN parent ship Germany, Krefeld)
21.05.1951 - (05.1953) HMS Lochinvar (destroyer / minesweeping base, Port Edgar)
26.10.1954 - (01.)1956 HMS Harrier (RN school of aircraft direction and meteorology, Kete, Pembrokeshire)
27.02.1956 - (01.1957) SSO [= Senior Supply & Secretariat Officer ?], Persian Gulf & Resident Naval Officer, Bahrein [HMS Jufair]
06.05.1960 - (02.1964) SSO [= Senior Supply & Secretariat Officer ?] on staff of Flag Officer Scotland & Northern Ireland [HMS Cochrane (RN base, Rosyth)]
* (07.1945) indexed, but not listed as such
Walker,
William John
W.J. Walker (Photo courtesy of Mr Euan Walker) W.J. Walker (Photo courtesy of Mr Euan Walker)
1909
-
14.07.1953
Port Sudan (died of sunstroke on the bridge of a ship)
Prob. T/Lt. 02.09.1940
T/Lt. ?, seniority 02.09.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. > 10.1943, < 12.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 08.12.1942 Russian convoy PQ18 09.42
(10.194)     HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
08.11.1940 - (12.1941) HMS Lasso (cable ship)
(02.1942)     HMS Claverhouse (RN base, Leith and Granton) *
(04.1942)     HMS Explorer *
(06.1942)     no appointment listed
03.06.1942 - (10.)1942 Commanding Officer, MMS 212 (motor minesweeper) (DSC)
26.11.1942 - (08.)1943 Commanding Officer, MMS 243 (motor minesweeper)
27.09.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base)
(04.1945) - (10.1945) no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Walley,
Rupert Healey
R.H. Walley
12.10.1887
Chester, Cheshire
-
(03?).1962
Sidcup district, Kent
Lt.Cdr. 01.10.1922
Cdr. 31.12.1929
Capt. 30.06.1936
A/Cdre. 2nd cl. 14.11.1940 (retd)
Cdre. 2nd cl. (retd) 12.10.1945
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) OBE 01.01.1949 New Year 49
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD ? ?
14.11.1940 - (08.1942) Commodore of Ocean Convoys [HMS Eaglet]
15.12.1941 - (08.1942) also: RNR ADC to the King
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Commodore of the United Baltic Corporation's fleet.
Walls,
Alexander Kidd
A.K. Walls
?
-
T/S.Lt. (E) 06.10.1939 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
      temporary officer serving under T.124X Agreements:
06.10.1939 - (06.)1940 HMS Holdfast (cable ship)
23.07.1940 - (12.1940) HMS Troubadour (armed yacht)
18.01.1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Troubadour (armed yacht)
05.02.1942 - (08.)1942 HMS St Sunniva (accommodation ship for Contraband Control Service)
14.09.1942 - (12.)1942 HMS Mersey (T124X depot, Liverpool)
11.12.1942 - (10.)1943 HMS Ethiopian (boom carrier)
01.10.1943 - (10.1945) HMS Laomedon (boom carrier; depot ship, Aden)
Walton,
John
J. Walton
Married (1914) Lilian Blanche Normandale; two daughters, one son.
1893
-
14.12.1956
Skpr. 01.07.1924 [WS 2337]
Ch.Skpr. 01.07.1934 (retd 03.07.1941; medically unfit)
Skpr.Lt. (retd) 03.07.1941
Merchant Navy skipper, North Shields.
05.11.1939 - 04.06.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Waveflower (minesweeping trawler)
(07.1940) - (10.1940) HMS Waveflower (minesweeping trawler) *
23.07.1940 - (06.)1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Sabreur, renamed 1941: HMS Badinage (minesweeping trawler)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Ward,
Geoffrey Villiers
G.V. Ward (Photo courtesy of Mr John Culver)
Married Emily Janet Burden (? - 1994); one son.
23.11.1913
France
-
07.12.1996
Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
[All Saints Anglican Church Cemetery, Howick, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand]
Prob. A/S.Lt. 01.05.1935
A/S.Lt. 18.01.1937
S.Lt. 30.06.1940, seniority 19.02.1940
Lt. 10.1940, seniority 18.03.1940
A/Lt.Cdr. 01.11.1945
Lt.Cdr. 18.03.1948
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 11.12.1945 wind-up Europe 45 [decoration presented]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 16.03.1943 Operation Torch [investiture 15.02.44]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 10.01.1946 -
... - ... ...
12.06.1941 - (02.)1943 HMS Palomares (fighter direction ship) (DSC)
03.1943 - (06.)1943 HMS Canada (RN base, Halifax, Nova Scotia) (for miscellaneous services)
28.07.1943 - (10.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Rosebay (modified Flower class corvette)
(12.1943)     no appointment listed
28.12.1943 - (10.1945) Commanding Officer, HMS Dahlia (Flower class corvette) (MBE)
Naturalized New Zealand citizen, 14.12.1981.
Ward,
Sidney John
S.J. Ward
?
-
Skpr. 01.07.1924
Ch.Skpr. 01.07.1934
Skpr.Lt. 30.06.1939 [WS 2338]
Skpr.Lt.Cdr. 30.06.1947 (retd 25.01.1948)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 01.01.1940 New Year 40 [investiture 06.02.40]
Mention in Despatches MID 11.06.1942 HM's birthday 42
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 20.09.1939 -
21.09.1939 - 09.07.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Stafnes (anti-submarine warfare trawler) (DSC)
30.09.1940 - (06.)1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Stella Polaris (anti-submarine warfare trawler) (despatches)
01.07.1941 - (08.)1943 HMS Antrim (trawler base, Belfast)
(10.1943) - (06.1944) no appointment listed
09.07.1944 - (04.1946) an Assistant Salvage Officer, Salvage Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
Warman,
Francis Ethelbert
F.B. Warman
Son (with three brothers and four sisters) of William Wales Warman (1853-1914), and Desdemonia Williams (1872-1946).
Brother of Skpr. Frederick Bernard Warman, RNR.
Married (01.01.1914, Old Clee Church, Grimsby, Lincolnshire) Amy Coral Carless (1891-).
(06?).1895
Caistor district, Lincolnshire
-
14.02.1964
Grimsby, Lincolnshire
T/Skpr. 01.09.1940 [TS 667] (reld < 10.1944)
Trawler skipper, Grimsby.
31.08.1940 - (02.)1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Ampulla (armed patrol trawler)
(12.1941)     no appointment listed
Warman,
Frederick Bernard
F.B. Warman (Photo courtesy of Mr Gordon E. Warman)
Son (with three brothers and four sisters) of William Wales Warman (1853-1914), and Desdemonia Williams (1872-1946).
Brother of Skpr. Francis Ethelbert Warman, RNR.

Married (26.12.1922, St Andrew's Church, Grimsby, Lincolnshire) Jessie Bellamy (26.05.1903 - 01.1991), daughter of William Bellamy; one son, one daughter.
19.04.1904
Grimsby, Lincolnshire
-
03.02.1981
Grimsby, Humberside
T/Skpr. 14.09.1940 [TS 676] (reld < 04.1946)
Trawler skipper, Grimsby.
14.06.1940 - (10.1940) Commanding Officer, HMS Louis Botha (minesweeping trawler)
(02.1941)     HMS Louis Botha (minesweeping trawler) *
25.04.1941 - 10.03.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Doonie Braes (minesweeping trawler)
26.04.1944 - (01.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS General Birdwood (minesweeping trawler)
04.02.1945 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HMS Sunlight (minesweeping trawler)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Warwick,
Richard Colin
R.C. Warwick (Photo courtesy of Mr Lindsay W. Clubb) R.C. Warwick (Photo courtesy of Mr Lindsay W. Clubb)
R.C. Warwick (Photo courtesy of Mr Lindsay W. Clubb)
R.C. Warwick (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie)
R.C. Warwick (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie) R.C. Warwick (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie)

Weblog on HMS Rushen Castle
30.08.1912
Surbiton, Surrey
-
20.04.2002
Washington, DC, United States of America
Prob. T/S.Lt. 31.01.1940
T/S.Lt. 05.08.1940, seniority 31.01.1940
T/Lt. 04.1941, seniority 31.01.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 01.12.1943? (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 16.08.1940 15th Anti-Submarine Striking Force, Norwegian coast
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 01.01.1941 New Year 41
Left Pangbourne College as a cadet Captain to become an Indentured Cadet with the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company to learn the duties of a seaman and a ship's officer. Junior partner with the Wallace Attwood group of management and industrial consultants, engaged in essential war production work.
(04.1940)     no appointment listed
17.04.1940 - (08.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS St Loman (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
01.12.1943 - 25.06.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Rushen Castle (corvette)
[ship commissioned 14.02.1944]
06.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Seaborn (RN Air Station, Dartmouth, NS, Canada) (for miscellaneous duties)
      on leave from his ship between convoys, he worked with the Admiralty Press Division visiting Royal Navy suppliers, and made two broadcasts for the BBC Overseas Programmes.
Later he pursued a very successful career as an international marketing consultant based in Washington, DC, USA.
Published
: Really not required : memoirs, 1939 to 1945 (1997).
Warwick,
William Eldon
"Bill"
W.E. Warwick W.E. Warwick
W.E. Warwick W.E. Warwick
W.E. Warwick W.E. Warwick
Eldest son of Eldon Warwick, architect,
and Gertrude Florence Gent.
Married ((03?).1939, Medway district, Kent) Evelyn King (née Williams) (12.03.1908 - 07.2003), daughter (with one sister and one brother) of John Burt Williams (1878-), and Evelyn B. MacNaughton (1882-1919); three sons.

12.11.1912
Birkenhead, Cheshire
-
27.02.1999
Thorpe, Surrey Northern district, Surrey
Prob. S.Lt. 01.08.1937
S.Lt. 31.05.1939, seniority 01.08.1937
Lt. 30.05.1940
A/Lt.Cdr. (12.1941)-(02.1942),
21.11.1943?-29.05.1948
Lt.Cdr. 30.05.1948
Cdr. 31.12.1953
Capt. 30.06.1960 (retd 30.06.1965)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) CBE 01.01.1971 New Year 71: Commodore Master, s.s. " Queen Elizabeth 2", The Cunard Steam-Ship Company Ltd.
Mention in Despatches MID 21.08.1945 3 U-boats destroyed Kola Inlet 04.45
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD 24.09.1947 -
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (post-1941 model) RD 20.08.1965 1st clasp
Education: Birkenhead School; HMTS Conway.
25.10.1939 - 16.06.1940 HMS Andania (armed merchant cruiser) [ship sunk by German U-boat U-A]
27.06.1940 - (06.)1941 HMS Osprey (anti-submarine establishment, Portland, from 15.01.1941 Dunoon, Argyllshire) (for miscellaneous duties)
01.07.1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport) (for motor launches/small craft)
(04.1942) - (10.1943) HMS Lurcher (anti-submarine warfare whaler) *
21.11.1943 - 21.09.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Celandine (Flower class corvette)
14.10.1944 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HMS Farnham Castle (Castle class corvette) (despatches)
His son writes: "As a result, he was sent to a naval training vessel and found a home for life. Joining the British Merchant Service in 1928, he earned his Master Mariner's Certificate in 1936 and joined Cunard in 1937, as third officer on the Lancastria. He was commissioned in the Royal Naval Reserve the same year, and after the outbreak of World War II in 1939 served for six years at sea, first on coastal patrol, then on North Atlantic convoy duty and eventually in support of the Normandy landings. Along the way, one of his ships was torpedoed south of Iceland but sank so slowly that in a gesture befitting a future Cunard master, before abandoning ship he went to his cabin and put on his best uniform. He returned to Cunard after the war, achieving his first command, of the cargo ship Alsatia, in the early 1950's, and commanding his first passenger ship, the Carinthia, in 1958." Commodore, Cunard Line Ltd, 1970–75; First Master, RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, 1966–72. Younger Brother of Trinity House; Liveryman, Hon. Co. of Master Mariners (Master, 1976-1977); Freeman of City of London.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Watkins,
Jesse Charles
J.C. Watkins (Photo courtesy of Mr Kenneth W. Watkins) J.C. Watkins (Photo courtesy of Mr Kenneth W. Watkins)
Elder son of Jesse Joseph Watkins (1873-1926), and Florence Annie Kate Rann (1872-1965).
31.12.1899
Gravesend, Kent
-
01.10.1980
Rincón de la Victoria, Málaga province, Andalucía, Spain (while on holiday)
Prob. T/Lt. 27.05.1940
T/Lt. 1941, seniority 27.05.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 22.04.1943 [acting rank]
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 30.09.1943 [appointed rank] (reld 01.02.1946)
T/A/Cdr. 16.04.1945
27.05.1940 - 05.02.1941 HMS Forward (RN base, Newhaven) (for Examination Service)
06.02.1941 - 29.10.1941 HMS Britannia II (trawler base, Dartmouth) (additional; as Boarding Officer)
30.10.1941 - 11.01.1942 HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for duty with Naval Control Service Officer, Mersey)
12.01.1942 - 15.03.1945 Trade Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
16.03.1945 - 06.04.1945 HMS Leigh (RN base, Southend on Sea) (additional; for training as Commodore of Coastal Convoys)
07.04.1945 - 01.02.1946 HMS Osborne (RN base, Ryde, Isle of Wight) (additional; as Commodore of Coastal Convoys)
Founded Anchor Building Products, Ltd., a company which manufactured concrete roofing tiles. Also became a successful sculptor.
Watson,
John Raymond
J.R. Watson
?
-
T/Midsh. 06.01.1944
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE 11.09.1945 sinking U-1024 Western Approaches 12.04.45
12.07.1944 - (10.)1944 HMS Emerald (cruiser)
14.10.1944 - (04.1946) HMS Loch More (frigate)
Watson,
William Albert
J.R. Watson
?
-
Skpr. 26.11.1917 [WS 2382]
Ch.Skpr. 26.11.1927
Skpr.Lt. 30.06.1940
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) MBE 04.09.1945 rescue of US airman from a minefield
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 01.01.1940 New Year 40: for minesweeping & anti-submarine duties [investiture 07.02.40]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD 19.12.1934 -
1939 - (10.1944) Commanding Officer, HMS Akita (minesweeping trawler) *
(01.1945) - (07.1945) no appointment listed
1945?     ST Retako (trawler)
* (04.1940) & (02.1941) no appointment listed; date of appointment given as 02.1941
Watson,
William Frederick
W.F. Watson
08.03.1895
Uckfield, Sussex
-
28.06.1973
Nailsea, Somerset
Signalman WW I [J 10489]
T/Lt. 19.10.1939 [temporary commission under T.124 agreements]
T/Lt. 02.09.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 07.1945 (reld > 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 14.11.1944 Operation Neptune (Normandy invasion 06.44) [investiture 13.11.45]
1914-15 War Medal
(04.1940)     no appointment listed
17.09.1940 - (02.1941) Commanding Officer, HMS Commiles (minesweeping trawler)
15.06.1942 - (08.)1942 Commanding Officer, HM MMS 140 (motor minesweeper)
28.11.1942 - (02.)1943 Commanding Officer, HM MMS 175 (motor minesweeper)
01.04.1943 - (06.1944) Commanding Officer, HM MMS 218 (motor minesweeper)
(07.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
Worked for P.A. Cambell on the paddle steamers Ravenswood, Bristol Queen, Cardiff Queen etc. Retired Master Mariner.
Watts,
Geoffrey
G. Watts
?
-
[1959 still alive]
Lt. 08.03.1929 (retd > 08.1929, < 02.1931)
Lt.Cdr. (retd) 08.03.1937
02.1942 - (1945?) Commanding Officer, Prince of Wales Training School (Stalham, nr Norfolk)
Wavell,
Harry Montague
"Pip"
H.M. Wavell (Photo courtesy of Mr Mark Wavell) H.M. Wavell (Photo courtesy of Mr Mark Wavell)
Son of Harry Alfred Wavell (1868-1943), and Florence Harriet Willis (1875-1919).
Married 1st ((09?).1927, Shalfleet, Isle of Wight; marriage dissolved) Norah Jenvey Mills (19.06.1906 - 06.1987), daughter of John Mills, and Edith Jenvey, of Yarmouth. She remarried ... Shuttleworth.
Married 2nd (16.05.1944, Isle of Wight) Barbara Mary Moore (28.08.1921 - 23.10.1988), daughter (with one sister) of Douglas Moore (1889-1936), and Louise Beatrice Stammer (1880-1942); two daughters, two sons.
06.01.1906
Cowes, Isle of Wight
-
02.07.1992
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Prob. T/S.Lt. 24.02.1941
T/Lt. 24.05.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 04.09.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
Africa Star Afr St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Grew up in Shanghai and Wei Lai Wei, China, where his father worked as a sea captain. Returned to the UK, aged 13, to join HMS Worcester. Served Merchant Navy (Second Mate's Certificate, 04.05.1926).
(04.1941)     HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham) *
13.05.1941 - (10.)1943 HMS Alynbank (anti-aircraft ship)
12.11.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Stuart Prince (landing ship, fighter direction)
(02.1944)     no appointment listed
04.02.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Tasajera (landing ship, tank) (in lieu of specialist navigating officer)
04.09.1944 - (07.)1945 Commanding Officer, HM LST 180 (landing ship, tank)
(10.1945)     no appointment listed
Ran the Mills & Sons high class grocery store in Yarmouth. Town councillor & harbour commissioner, Yarmouth in the 1950s.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Webster,
Arthur Wallace
A.W. Webster
?
-
T/S.Lt. 24.09.1939
T/A/Lt. 24.09.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 10.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Served Merchant Navy.
(04.1940)     HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea) *
24.09.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea)
19.05.1941 - (12.1943) HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said) (additional; for various services)
(10.1944)     HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Webster,
Francis James
A.W. Webster
Cousin of Lt.Cdr. F.W.S. Roberts, RNR.
09.12.1902
Toxteth Park districit, Lancashire
-
03.07.1991
Penzance district, Cornwall
Prob. S.Lt. 25.04.1927
S.Lt. 07.11.1927, seniority 25.04.1927
Lt. 09.08.1930
Lt.Cdr. 09.08.1938 (reld < 04.1946) (retd 09.12.1947)
Cdr. (retd) 09.12.1947
01.12.1939 - (02.)1941 HMS Afrikander V, from 03.1940 HMS Edinburgh Castle (RN base, Freetown, Sierra Leone)
09.07.1941 - (02.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS St Modwen (armed yacht; anti-submarine duties)
27.04.1943 - (10.1944) on staff of Vice-Admiral Malta [HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta)]
18.06.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Osprey (anti-submarine establishment, Dunoon, Argyllshire)
Weeks,
Alan Frederick
A.F. Weeks (Source: http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk) A.F. Weeks (Source: http://www.bihwa.co.uk)
Son of late Capt. Frederick Charles Weeks, MN, and Ada Frances Weeks.
Married (1947) Barbara Jane (née Huckle); one son (and one son, one daughter deceased).
08.09.1923
Brighton
-
11.06.1996
Hove, Sussex
T/Midsh. 1941
T/A/S.Lt. ?
T/S.Lt. 01.03.1944
T/Lt. 01.04.1945 (reld 04.1946)
Education: Hove & Sussex Grammar School, Brighton
Cadet, Merchant Navy, 1939-1941.
?     HMS Renown (battlecruiser)
04.06.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Rother (frigate)
01.02.1944 - (06.1944) HMS Rushen Castle (corvette)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
(04.1946)     HMS Helmsdale (frigate) *
PRO, Sports Stadium, Brighton, 1946-1965; Secretary, Brighton Tigers Ice Hockey Club, 1946-1965; Director, London Lions Ice Hockey Club, 1973-1974; first Director, Sports Aid Foundation, 1976-1983. BBC Commentator: Ice Hockey, 1951-1988; Football, 1956-1978; Ice Skating, 1958-1996; Gymnastics, 1962-1989; Swimming, 1971-1990; Presenter: Summer Grandstand, 1959-1962; Olympics, 1960, 1964; BBC Commentator: Winter Olympics: 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994; Olympics: 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988; World Cup: 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978; Commonwealth Games: 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986; Presenter, Pot Black, 1970-1984. Life Mem., Nat. Skating Assoc. of GB, 1984 (Chm. Trustees, 1993-); Mem. Council, British Ice Hockey Association, 1983-; inducted British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, 1988. Life Pres., Brighton and Hove Entertainment Managers' Assoc., 1985. Hon. Mem., Amateur Swimming Assoc., 1990. Governor, Sports Aid Foundation, 1983-1996.

* indexed, but not listed as such
Weeks,
Albert Clifford
see: RNVR section  
Weir,
Hector Norman
A.W.S. Wells
Married ((06?).1922, Romford district, Essex) Dorothy Beatrice Burdick; two daughters.
From Dawlish.
27.04.1894
Tynemouth district, Northumberland
-
05.1985

Croydon district, London / Surrey
T/Cdr. (E)
29.05.1940 (reld < 04.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC

14.06.1945

HM's birthday 45 [decoration posted]
Comdn
1944?
for services in repair work during action with enemy submarines 09.05.44
29.05.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS Port Napier (auxiliary minelayer)
17.10.1941
-
(12.1941)
HMS Avenger (escort carrier)
01.03.1943
-
(07.1945)
HMS Vindex (escort carrier)
Engineering superintendent in Port Line Ltd until his retirement in the 1950s.
Welford,
Page
P. Welford P. Welford
Son of William Welford (1870-1949), and Priscilla Gray (1872-1965).
Married ((12?).1919, Whitby district, North Riding of Yorkshire) Gertrude Dunning ((03?).1901 - 07.03.1945), daughter of Fred Barr Dunning (1860-1938), and Susannah Jefferson (1861-1932); ... children (one son, two daughters?).
(09?).1893
Hull, Sculcoates district, East Riding of Yorkshire
-
27.08.1964
Middlesborough, North Riding of Yorkshire (latterly of Eston, Yorkshire)
T/Lt. 12.02.1941 (commission terminated 26.01.1944; medically unfit)
Merchant Navy (Second Mate's Certificate, 11.07.1914; First Mate's Certificate, 11.12.1916; Master's Certificate, 11.11.1919).
12.02.1941 - (04.)1941 HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea)
23.05.1941 - 11.1941 HMS Calliope (RN base, Tyne)
28.11.1941 - (02.1942) HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea)
(04.1942) - (10.1942) HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said, Egypt) *
10.10.1942 - (12.1942) HMS Bacchante (minesweeper and anti-submarine base, Aberdeen) (for Sea Transport)
05.01.1943 - 26.01.1944 HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea) (for service at Avonmouth)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Wells,
Augustus Widdicombe Stenson
"Gus"
A.W.S. Wells

Son of ... and Amelia Elizabeth (Stenson) Wells.
Married (1912, Cardiff) ... Groves; two sons.
1887
-
21.09.1957
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Ldg.Sign.
? [O.N. 225676 (R.F.R. Dev./B4666)]
T/S.Lt. RNVR
12.06.1918
T/Lt.
01.04.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
> 02.1943, < 06.1943 (reld 1946?)
Mention in Despatches MID
20.09.1918
Mediterranean

 

WW I


served Royal Navy & Merchant Navy (all over the world)
1918


joined Merchant Navy
WW II


served in Turkey, North Africa & Western Approaches (wounded)
(02.1941)


no appointment listed
07.1942
-
(12.1943)
HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria):
07.1942
-
(02.1943)
for various services
(06.1943)
-
(12.1943)
Navy Control of Shipping (NCS) Officer, Tripoli [wounded]
(07.1945)


HMS Ferret (RN base, Londonderry) *
(04.1946)


no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Publican in Aylesbury, Bucks. and ran a branch of the Sea Cadets.
Welsh,
Peter
P. Welsh
?
-
died between 07.1962 and 07.1967
Skpr. 01.06.1939 [WS 2919] (retd 01.07.1950)
A/Skpr.Lt. 24.01.1944 (reld 13.02.1946)
30.05.1940 - 20.06.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Retako (minesweeping trawler)
06.11.1943 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HM MMS 233 (motor minesweeper)
West,
Andrew
A. West
?
-
Skpr. 18.11.1940 [TS 837]
T/A/Ch.Skpr. 31.12.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
WW I     served under personal number WSA785
(02.1941)     HMS Europa (RNPS depot, Sparrow's Nest, Lowestoft) *
22.06.1941 - (12.1941) Commanding Officer, HMS Shila (auxiliary minesweeping trawler ?)
14.01.1943 - (01.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Hercules (auxiliary minesweeping trawler)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Whayman,
Jackson
J. Whayman
27.11.1905
West Derby district, Lancashire
-
02.1987

Banbury district, Oxfordshire
S.Lt. 14.02.1928
Lt. 24.02.1929
Lt.Cdr. 24.02.1937
Cdr. 30.06.1942
A/Capt. > 07.1945, < 04.1946
Capt. 30.06.1947 (retd 02.02.1962)
Cdre. ...-02.02.1962
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military  Division) CBE 01.01.1960 Newy Year 60 [investiture 22.03.60]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 25.01.1944 crossing Volturno river 43 [decoration posted]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 23.05.1944 Operation Avalanche (Salerno landings 09.43) [decoration posted]
Mention in Despatches MID 13.10.1942 assistance to Sylvan Arrow 05.42
Mention in Despatches MID 08.02.1944 Operation Husky (Sicily 07.43)
Mention in Despatches MID 14.11.1944 Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44)

Royal Naval Reserve Decoration

RD  02.1942 -
11.10.1939 - (10.1940) HMS Derbyshire (armed merchant cruiser)
(02.1941)     HMS Derbyshire (armed merchant cruiser) *
25.03.1941 - 06.07.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Lavender (corvette)
(1943)     Staff of Flag Officer Western Italy
(07.1943)     Assistant Naval Officer, Operation Husky (Sicily)
(09.1943)     Senior Naval Officer Landing (Quartermaster), Operation Avalanche (Salerno)
04.01.1944 - 20.01.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Wallace (destroyer)
(06.1944)     Force J, Operation Neptune (Normandy)
(10.1944) - (01.1945) HMS Empire Battleaxe (landing ship, infantry) *
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
(04.1946)     HMS Lothian (landing ship, headquarters (large))*
Commodore master of the Booth Line.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Wheeler,
George James
G.J. Wheeler
?
-
Lt. (1919)
A/Cdr. (1919)
T/Cdr. 21.09.1939
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 14.01.1941 for courage and devotion to duty when attacked by the enemy while engaged on salvage work [investiture 09.03.43]
Mention in Despatches MID 10.07.1919 ?
21.09.1939 - (10.1940) Salvage Officer, Salvage Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
1940 - 1941 Principal Salvage Officer, Mediterrean Fleet  (based in Alexandria, Egypt)
(02.1941) - (12.1941) Salvage Department, Admiralty [HMS President] *
Whichello,
George Alfred [Blandford]
"Toby"
G.A. Whichello (Photo courtesy of Mr George Peacock)

Son of George and Edie Whichello.
Husband of Lilian Elizabeth Whichello, of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.
19.07.1907
Thanet, Kent
-
22.10.1943
(KIA) [age 36]
[Lowestoft Naval Memorial, panel 11, column 1]
T/Skpr.
10.11.1939 [WS 3098, TS 217]
A/T/Skpr.Lt.
< 12.1941

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
11.06.1942
HM's birthday 42 * [award presented to next-of-kin]
* For a rescue mission whilst escorting a convoy, which was attacked by German aircraft. One ship was lost [probably SS Ratula], and a difficult rescue was initiated by Whichello, in launching a small boat to rescue sailors from the burning ship loaded with aviation fuel which was about to explode at any time.
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
22.08.1940
-
(06.)1942
HMS Leeds United (auxiliary anti-submarine trawler)
08.1942
-
22.10.1943
Commanding Officer, HMS Orfasy (Isle class trawler) (torpedoed)
White,
Duncan Frederick
D.F. White
Son of Lt.Col. George Henry White, RAPC (1876-1953), and Helen Mackenzie (1878-1932).
Brother of Lt. Kenneth John White, RNR, and Brig. Denis White, Royal Signals.
Married Carrie Mary Hardy, who was a direct descendant of Admiral Nelson's Flag Captain - Sir Thomas Hardy; one son, one daughter.
23.09.1900
Urray, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland
-
12.06.1970
Hove, Sussex
Prob. S.Lt.
11.04.1927?
S.Lt.
19.11.1927, seniority 11.04.1927
Lt.
04.08.1930 (retd 03.11.1934)
Lt.Cdr. (retd)
04.08.1938
A/Cdr. (retd)
> 10.1944, < 01.1945 (reverted to retd < 04.1946)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) OBE
12.06.1965
HM's birthday 65: Inspector Coastguard
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD
14.08.1943
-
(04.1940)
 
 
no appointment listed
(02.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
05.1941
-
1942
Commanding Officer, HMS Veronica (corvette)
27.07.1943
-
09.09.1944
Commanding Officer, HMS Antigua (frigate)
15.09.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Leigh (RN base, Southend on Sea)
Post-war Chief Inspector of HM Coastguard, Board of Trade (1962-1965), later being promoted to Deputy Director of HM Coastguard.
White,
Ernest Woodeson
E.W. White
Son of William Henry and Laura Susannah White; husband of Marguerite Jane White, of Waterlooville, Hampshire.
1881 ?
-
05.11.1940
(KIA) [age 59]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 3, column 1]
T/Paym.Lt.Cdr.
15.09.1939
15.09.1939
-
05.11.1940
HMS Jervis Bay (auxiliary merchant cruiser)
White,
Kenneth John
K.J. White
Son of Lt.Col. George Henry White, RAPC (1876-1953), and Helen Mackenzie (1878-1932).
Brother of Cdr. Duncan Frederick White, RNR, and Brig. Denis White, Royal Signals.
Married Gladys Dove.
Residence: Dundee, Scotland.
16.09.1906
Dublin, Ireland
-
13.03.1979

Scotland
Prob. T/Lt.
20.11.1939
T/Lt.
01.05.1940, seniority 20.11.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
< 10.1944 (reld < 07.1945)
20.11.1939
-
(04.)1940
HMS Cormorant (RN base, Gibraltar)
18.09.1940
-
06.05.1941
HMS Camito (ocaean boarding vessel) [ship torpedoed & sunk by U-97 west-southwest of Cape Clear]
25.06.1941
-
(12.1941)
Commanding Officer, HMS St Briac (Fleet Air Arm target ship)
06.10.1943
-
(10.1944)
HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base) (for landing barge (LB) duty)
Post-war he accepted a commission in the Royal Indian Navy.
White,
Leonard Arthur
L.A. White
?
-
Prob. S.Lt.
31.12.1936
S.Lt.
1937/38, seniority 31.12.1936
Lt.
20.08.1938
A/Lt.Cdr.
29.03.1941? (reld from active service 20.04.1946)
Lt.Cdr.
20.08.1946 (retd or died > 05.1950, < 05.1953)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
02.06.1943
HM's birthday 43 [investiture 15.02.44]
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD
10.04.1946
?
05.09.1939
-
(02.)1941
Commanding Officer, HMS Kingston Turquoise (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
29.03.1941
-
(10.1944)
Commanding Officer, HMS Widgeon (sloop)
04.06.1945
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HM LST 303 (landing ship, tank)
White,
Samuel Norman
S.N. White
Son (with two brothers and three sisters) of Edmund David White (1851-1923), and Lydia Anne "Lily" Whitehead (1851-1937), of Broughshane, Caldy, Wirral.
Married (03.06.1912, St John the Divine, Fairfield, Lancashire) Heather Louisa White ((09?).1884 - 15.07.1959), daughter of Charles White (1854-1926), and Louisa Simpson (1858-1929); one son, one daughter.

06.08.1884
West Derby, Liverpool district, Lancashire
-
(06?).1972
Southend on Sea district, Essex
... ....
Capt. 31.12.1932 (retd 06.08.1939)
A/Cdre. 2nd cl. (retd) 22.04.1941
Cdre. 2nd cl. (retd) 13.09.1945
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 11.12.1945 wind up Europe 45
Mention in Despatches MID 27.06.1944 3 years service
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD 05.07.1921 -
Education: Liverpool College.
Master Mariner, Booth Steamship Co. Ltd.
28.10.1938 - 06.08.1939 RNR ADC to the King
22.04.1941 - (06.1944) Commodore of Ocean Convoys [HMS Eaglet]
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
White,
Sidney Alexander
S.A. White
?
-
T/Skpr.
27.09.1939 [W.S. 3046, T.S. 165]
A/T/Ch.Skpr.
08.11.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
01.01.1940
New Year 40
04.12.1939
-
(04.1940)
Commanding Officer, HMS Silver Dawn (armed drifter)
28.09.1940
-
(02.1941)
Commanding Officer, HMS Almandine (minesweeping trawler)
12.11.1943
-
(07.1945)
HMS Colonsay (RN base for minesweeping force, Humber)
Whitehouse,
Geoffrey Thomas
G.T. Whitehouse
18.08.1891
Bosmere, Suffolk
-
(12?).1979
Winchester district, Hampshire

...
...
Lt.
01.09.1916
Lt.Cdr.
01.09.1924 (retd 16.12.1924)
Cdr. (retd)
18.08.1931
A/Capt. (retd)
1941?
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
1960/70s ?
?
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
WW I ?
?
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD
11.1942
?
Distinguished Service Decoration (Greece) (24.11.1942; for services to the Greek Navy)
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
14.06.1940
-
(02.1941)
Naval Officer-in-Charge, Port Sudan [HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said)]
(12.1941)


HMS Sheba (RN base, Aden) *
17.08.1942
-
(07.1945)
HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for AND duties)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Whitfield,
Edwin
E. Whitfield (Photo courtesy of Mrs Jane Whitfield Smith)
Son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Casson) Whitfield.
Married Margaret Connell (1911-95), of Dundas, Ontario, Canada; two sons, one daughter.
10.02.1902
Austwick, Yorkshire
-
30.10.1997
Canada
T/S.Lt.
29.08.1939
T/Lt.
28.11.1939 (reld > 04.1946)
Lived in Bermuda since 1927.
29.08.1939
-
28.08.1940
HMS Malabar (RN base, Bermuda) (for service at Bermuda)
29.08.1940
-
(07.1945)
Examination Service, St George [HMS Malabar (RN base, Bermuda)]
(04.1946)
 
 
no appointment listed
After the war he and his family moved to Canada, where he led an active life until the age of 95.
Whitfield,
William
W. Whitfield
?
-
Lt.
27.07.1938
A/Lt.Cdr.
02.10.1941? (reld 1945/46)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
02.10.42
Operation Jubilee
Mention in Despatches MID
11.06.42
HM's birthday 42
02.10.1941
-
23.08.1943
Commanding Officer, ML 194 & SO 11th ML Flotilla [HMS Beaver III]
07.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMS Fleetwood (sloop)
Whyte,
John
J. Whyte (not 100% sure) (Photo courrtesy of Mr Steven Whyte)
Married (1942, Cape Town, South Africa) Olive Harper; one son.
1917 ?
Lanarkshire, Scotland
-
T/S.Lt. 12.08.1943
T/Lt. > 04.1946
      temporary officer serving under T.124T (Rescue Tugs) Agreement
22.03.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Eland (RN base, Freetown, Sierra Leone)
(01.1945) - (07.1945) HMS Eland (RN base, Freetown, Sierra Leone) *
01.01.1946 - (04.1946) HMS Badger (RN base, Harwich) (for rescue tugs)
Wilkinson,
Henry Randolph
H.R. Wilkinson
27.12.1897
New Brighton, Birkenhead district, Cheshire
-
(09?).1970
Wirral district, Cheshire
Lt. 27.12.1920
Lt.Cdr. 27.12.1928 (retd 03.03.1933; own request)
Cdr. (retd) 27.12.1937
Mention in Despatches MID 11.12.1945 wind up Europe 45

Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model)

RD  08.1940 -
27.01.1916     entered RN
(04.1940) - (06.1940) no appointment listed
13.06.1940 - (07.)1940 HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (for miscellaneous services)
03.08.1940 - (08.)1941 HMS Pembroke IV (accounting base, Chatham) (for Naval Control Service, Thames)
01.08.1941 - (04.)1942 HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (additional; for various services)
15.05.1942 - (08.)1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Laird's Isle (armed boarding vessel)
20.08.1942 - (10.)1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Manxmaid (training ship)
27.10.1942 - (10.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Laird's Isle (armed boarding vessel)
30.11.1943 - (02.)1944 HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for examination service)
14.02.1944 - (10.)1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Kernot (auxiliary patrol vessel)
30.10.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Leigh (RN base, Southend on Sea) (despatches)
Wilkinson,
Thomas
T. Wilkinson
Son of William and Esther Wilkinson, of Widnes, Lancashire.

01.08.1898
Widnes, Lancashire
-
14.02.1942
(KIA) [age 52]
Malayan Straits, Java
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 1, column 2]
T/Lt.
29.06.1940

Victoria Cross

VC
17.12.1946
attack Japanese convoy 14.02.42 *
* On 14th February, 1942, HMS Li Wo, a patrol vessel of 1,000 tons, formerly a passenger steamer on the Yangtse River, was on passage from Singapore to Batavia. Her company consisted of eighty-four officers and men, mainly survivors from HM ships and Army and Air Force units. Her armament was one 4-inch gun (with 13 practice shells) and two machine-guns. Since leaving Singapore she had beaten off four air attacks and had suffered considerable damage. Late in the afternoon she sighted two enemy convoys, the larger being escorted by Japanese fleet units, including a heavy cruiser and some destroyers. Lieutenant Wilkinson, with the unanimous backing of his mixed company, decided to engage the convoy and to fight to the last, inflicting what damage he could. He knew that his ship faced certain destruction. In the action that followed the machine-guns were used effectively, and a volunteer gun-crew fought the 4-inch gun to such purpose that they hit and set on fire a Japanese transport. After a little more than an hour, HMS Li Wo was critically damaged and was sinking. Lieutenant Wilkinson decided to ram the damaged transport. It is known that this ship burned throughout the night and was probably sunk. Having ordered his ship to be abandoned, Lieutenant Wilkinson himself went down with her. Lieutenant Wilkinson's valour was equalled only by the skill with which he fought his ship. The Victoria cross is bestowed upon him posthumously in recognition of the heroism and self-sacrifice displayed not only by himself but by all who fought and died with him.
Master, Li Wo (passenger steamer on the Yangtse river).
29.06.1940
-
14.02.1942
Commanding Officer, HMS Li Wo (auxiliary patrol vessel)
Williams,
David Thomas Morgan
D.T.M. Williams
11.05.1899
Brecknock district, Breconshire / Powys
-
(03?).1972
Wirral district, Cheshire
Lt.
20.04.1923
Lt.Cdr.
20.04.1931
Cdr.
30.06.1938
Capt.
30.06.1943 (reld 1945/46)
Mention in Despatches MID
01.07.1941
HM's birthday 41
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD
?
?
(1941)


Nore Command [HMS Pembroke]
01.01.1944
-
(07.1945)
Salvage Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
Williams,
Patrick Michael Cay
P.M.C. Williams
?
-
S/Lt.
?
Lt.
?

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
29.09.1942
air-sea rescue Dover 15.01.42
Mention in Despatches MID
02.12.1941
air-sea rescue Dover
(1942)
-
18.01.1943?
Commanding Officer, HM ML 141 (motor launch)
Williams,
Stanley Arthur
see: RNVR officers' section  
Williams,
Thomas Edward
T.E. Williams
?
-
1960s ?
S.Lt. 28.05.1931
Lt. 26.11.1933
A/Lt.Cdr. 04.07.1940
Lt.Cdr. 26.11.1941 (retd 01.04.1949)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 07.12.1943 Operation Antidote (minesweeping Galita to Sousse, Tunisia 05.43) [investiture 10.07.45]
Mention in Despatches MID 26.12.1944 Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44)
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD 04.1943 ?
08.12.1939 - (04.)1940 HMS Lormont (auxiliary guardship)
16.04.1940 - (02.)1941 Executive Officer, HMS Saltash (Hunt class minesweeper)
(04.1941)     HMS Saltash (Hunt class minesweeper) *
21.04.1941 - (06.)1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Romney (Bangor class minesweeper)
(08.1941)     no appointment listed
06.08.1941 - 02.02.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Beaumaris (Bangor class minesweeper)
10.07.1942 - 13.12.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Speedwell (Halcyon class minesweeper)
20.01.1945 - (04.)1945 Commanding Officer, HM LST 301 (landing ship, tank)
05.1945 - (04.1946) Commanding Officer, HM LST 3038 (landing ship, tank)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Williamson,
Hugh
H. Williamson
Son of John and Helen Williamson, of Fordyce, Portsoy, Banffshire; husband of Pearl Grant Williamson (nee Robertson), of Keith, Banffshire.
1898 ?
-
05.11.1940
(KIA) [age 42]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 15, column 1]
First Radio Officer
? [913236]



Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy), serving under the T.124 agreement
15.09.1939
-
05.11.1940
Chief Radio Officer, HMS Jervis Bay (armed merchant cruiser)
Willis,
William Austin
W.A. Willis
Son of Frederick William Willis.
Married (1950) Frances Thompson; one son, one daughter.
17.05.1914
Belfast, Northern Ireland
-
04.1986
T/Lt.
25.05.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
08.1944?
06.08.1942
-
(12.1943)
HMS Ulster Queen (auxiliary anti-aircraft ship)
08.1944
-
(04.1946)
Commanding Officer, HM LSE 2 (landing ship, emergency repair)
Master Mariner. Master of Esso tankers. Went to Namibia, 29.12.1951. He was a Director of Willis Lund and Company Shipping Line. Mayor of Walvis Bay for 7 years. Master of the fish factory ship L'Interpeche, c. 1970-1978.
Wilson,
John
J. Wilson (Photo courtesy of Mr Forbes Wilson)
J. Wilson (Photo courtesy of Mr Forbes Wilson)
J. Wilson (Photo courtesy of Mr Forbes Wilson)
Son of John Watson Wilson and Margaret Wilson. Married Jane Farquharson Wilson; two sons.

website
15.02.1899
Newhaven, Leith, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
-
27.09.1967
Edinburgh
Deck Hand
15.02.1917 [DA14647]
Skpr.
08.09.1924 [WS 2354]
Ch.Skpr.
08.09.1934
Skpr.Lt.
31.12.1941 (reld 24.11.1945) (retd 15.02.1949; age limit)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
11.07.1940
HM's birthday 40
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model) RD
27.11.1939
?
British War Medal; Victory Medal; 1939-45 Star; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-45
15.02.1917


entered RNR
15.02.1917
-
06.12.1917
HMS Boadicea 2 (Auxiliary Patrol Parent Ship, Dublin)
07.12.1917
-
26.04.1918
HMT Emley (hired trawler)
27.04.1918
-
03.06.1918
HMT Trumpeter (hired trawler)
04.06.1918
-
31.12.1918
HMT Grosbreak (hired trawler)
01.01.1919
-
09.02.1919
HMS Gunner (Auxiliary Patrol Base, Granton)
09.02.1919
-
29.08.1939
demobilised, returning to his civilian occupation (trawling); remained in the RNR, having training for a few weeks every few years, until being recalled for actual service with the Royal Naval Patrol Service (RNPS)
29.08.1939
-
21.09.1939
HMS Pembroke X (RNPS base, Lowestoft)
22.09.1939
-
08.11.1939
HMT Regal (anti-submarine trawler)
09.11.1939
-
05.12.1939
HMS Romola (minesweeping base, Lowestoft)
06.12.1939
-
20.04.1940
HMT Rutlandshire (anti-submarine trawler)
21.04.1940
-
08.06.1940
HMS Europa (RNPS base, Lowestoft)
09.06.1940
-
23.08.1943
HMS Pembroke IV (RN accounting base, Great Yarmouth)
24.08.1943
-
09.10.1943
HMS Europa (RNPS base, Lowestoft)
10.10.1943
-
17.09.1945
HMS Caroline (RN base, Belfast)
18.09.1945
-
24.11.1945
HMS Europa (RNPS base, Lowestoft)
Wilson,
Joseph Havelock
J.H. Wilson
(09?).1888
Sunderland district, Co. Durham and Tyne and Wear
-
23.06.1942

(illness) [age 54]
[Camberwell New Cemetery, London, square 15, grave 7343]
A/Asst.Paym.
?
Asst.Paym.
07.02.1916, seniority 25.08.1914
Paym.Lt.
25.08.1916
Paym.Lt.Cdr.
25.08.1924
Paym.Cdr.
31.12.1932 (retd 12.06.1938)

Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model)

RD 
24.07.1931
-



may have been connected with running a prisoner of war camp for German naval personnel in WW1
15.04.1941
-
23.06.1942
HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (additional; for various services)
Wilson,
Robert Mitchell
"Bob"
R.M. Wilson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Cathie Oswald)
One of eight children.
10.10.1901
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
-
13.02.1942

[age 41]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 2, column 2]
T/Lt. (E) 23.01.1941
In his younger years he had been a highly talented footballer – several large and professional clubs had competed to sign him up – but in view of the relatively short career span of footballers and the need for additional skills to last him through his life he chose to take up an apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer. He had been living in South East Asia for several years.
23.01.1941 - 13.02.1942 HMS Giang Bee (patrol vessel) (ship sunk by Japanese destroyer off Singapore)
 
Wilson,
Wallace Franklin
W.F. Wilson
Son of William and Flora Wilson, of Hull.
Husband of Florence Wilson, of Gipsyville, Hull; one son, one daughter.
(12?).1904
Sculcoates district, Yorkshire
-
24.07.1942

(accident) [age 37]
[Haltemprice (Hessle) Cemetery, Comp. 53, plot 8, Grave 1]
Skpr.
14.06.1939 [WS 2930]
01.12.1939
-
12.09.1940
HMS Welcome Home (minesweeping trawler) *
12.11.1941
-
24.07.1942
Commanding Officer, HMS John Stephen (minesweeping trawler)
* (02.1941) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Winder,
Ralph Spearing
R.S. Winder
Son of Ralph Humphreys Winder, and Florence Edith Winder.
Husband of Florence May Winder, of St. John's Wood, London.
1907 ?
-
22.06.1941
(KIA) [age 34]
[Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 60, column 1]
Prob. Lt.
01.07.1937
Lt.
15.06.1938, seniority 01.07.1937
17.04.1939, seniority 18.02.1937

Distinguished Service Order

DSO 
22.07.1941
destruction U-boat [presented to next-of-kin]
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
01.01.1941
New Year 41 [investiture 20.05.41]
19.03.1940
-
(02.)1941
Commanding Officer, HMS Kingston Peridot (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
(03.)1941
-
22.06.1941
Commanding Officer, HMS Visenda (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
Windram,
John
J. Windram (Photo courtesy of Mr John Windram)
13.12.1903
Eyemouth, Scotland
-
13.07.1983
Northumberland
Skpr. 15.11.1937 [WS 2719]
A/Skpr.Lt. 10.02.1943 (reld < 04.1946) (retd) (removed from retd 29.05.1958)
1939-19145 Star 39|45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
16.10.1939 - 05.03.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Cape Chelyuskin (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
09.03.1940 - (04.)1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Mary A. Purdy (balloon barrage vessel)
27.07.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Calliope (RN base, Tyne)
10.02.1941 - 31.01.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Bretwalda (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
12.02.1943 - 11.08.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Lady Philomena (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
11.08.1943 - 30.05.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Thornwick Bay (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
16.07.1944 - (10.1944) an Assistant Salvage Officer, Salvage Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
16.05.1945 - 02.09.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Windermere (anti-submarine warfare whaler)
Returned to the fishing trade out of Aberdeen.
Winfield,
Arthur Herbert Vincent
"Bert"
A.H.V. Winfield
Married ((09?).1930, Sculcoates district, East Riding of Yorkshire) Hilda Langford; ... children.
19.01.1909
-
11.1991

Great Yarmouth district, Norfolk
T/Skpr. 01.06.1940 [WS 3462 & TS 537]
T/A/Skpr.Lt. 06.01.1943
14.07.1940 - 01.08.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Clotilde (minesweeping trawler)
01.08.1940 - 17.02.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Larch (minesweeping trawler)
(04.1942) - (06.1942) no appointment listed
02.07.1942 - 09.1944 Commanding Officer, HM BYMS 2024 (British Yard minesweeper)
(10.1944) - (07.1945) no appointment listed
30.09.1945 - (04.1946) Commanding Officer, HM MMS 1012 (motor minesweeper)
Trawler skipper out of Hull and returned to fishing after WW2 but then took his Master Mariners certificate in mid 1950's and went to work for Cresscent Line (Lond & Rochester Shipping) captaining Luminence until 1962 and Resurgence plying between Esbjerg and Whitstable. He then moved in 1970 to Lowestoft to take a new ship Dangeld on a new route from there again to Esbjerg. He came ashore late 70's, learned to drive and was assistant harbour master at Lowestoft for a while.
Wood,
Albert Edward
"Bill"
A.E. Wood

12.03.1924
Huddersfield
-
13.01.2013

Debenham
T/S.Lt. 12.03.1944
      HMS Nelson (battleship)
22.09.1943 - (07.1945) HMS Verulam (destroyer)
02.1946 - (04.1946) HMS Loch Katrine (frigate)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Wood,
Edmund
E. Wood
Son of Captain George E. Wood and Lucy Wood. Husband of Beatrice Mary Wood.
1897 ?
-
11.02.1945

(KIA) [age 48]
[Liverpool Naval Memorial, panel 1, column 1]
Lt.
28.02.1920
Lt.Cdr.
28.02.1928 (retd 26.10.1935)
Cdr. (retd)
20.04.1936

Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model)

RD 
?
?
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
(02.1941)


HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said) *
17.10.1943
-
11.02.1945
HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea) [on board SS Persier when torpedoed]
* indexed, but not listed as such
Wood,
Norman Edgar
N.E. Wood
?
-
T/Lt.
15.09.1939 (reld 05.11.1940; commission terminated)

Distinguished Service Order

DSO 
23.01.1941
action with enemy raider 05.11.40



serving under the T.124 agreement
15.09.1939
-
05.11.1940
HMS Jervis Bay (armed merchant cruiser) (ship sunk)
Wood,
Thomas Albert Edward
T.A.E. Wood

28.07.1901
Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire
-
(09?).1974
Haverford West district

T/Bm.Skpr.
01.07.1941 (reld < 04.1946)
Trawler skipper at Milford Haven.
(12.1941)


HMS Barstoke (boom defence vessel) *
02.1943
-
(08.1943)
HMS Barrier (boom defence vessel)
04.02.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS St Columba (boom defence depot, Greenock)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Woods,
Sidney Richard James
S.R.J. Woods (Photo courtesy of Mr Sid Woods)
S.R.J. Woods (Photo courtesy of the PC Cother family, via Mr Tony Drury)
S.R.J. Woods (Photo courtesy of the PC Cother family, via Mr Tony Drury)
S.R.J. Woods (Photo courtesy of the PC Cother family, via Mr Tony Drury)
Married; at least one son.
14.10.1906
Plymouth
-
16.02.1968
Glasgow
(died of emphysema)
Midsh.
01.01.1924
A/S.Lt.
14.10.1927
S.Lt.
15.03.1930
Lt.
06.02.1932
Lt.Cdr.
06.02.1940
Cdr.
31.12.1944 (demobilized 06.1946) (retd 14.10.1956)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
01.08.1944
destruction U473 Western Approaches 06.05.44
Mention in Despatches MID
14.11.1944
attacks U605 & U385 Plymouth Area
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD
05.1942
?
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD
?
?
Served Clan Line.
05.09.1939
-
17.05.1940
Commanding Officer, HMS Aquamarine (trawler; armed boarding vessel)
(05?).1940
-
30.09.1940
Commanding Officer, HMS Comet (minesweeping trawler) (sunk)
11.1940
-
07.1942
Commanding Officer, HMS Burwell (destroyer)
07.1942
-
(10.)1943
Commanding Officer, HMS Witch (destroyer)
08.11.1943
-
(04.)1946
Commanding Officer, HMS Wren (destroyer)
1946
-
06.1946
Commanding Officer, HMS Sansovino (infantry landing ship)
Returned to Clan Line and commanded a number of vessels until retirement, 11. 1967.
Woodward,
Horace James
H.J. Woodward
Married ((09?).1957, Portsmouth district, Hampshire) Iris K. Hall; ... children (one son?).
17.09.1922
-
22.05.1995
Seaford, Lewes district, Sussex
Midsh. 01.05.1939
A/S.Lt. 17.09.1942
S.Lt. 01.07.1943
Lt. 01.09.1944 (reld 26.08.1946)
Lt. RN 01.08.1945,seniority 01.09.1943 (retd 01.07.1950) (removed from retd 29.11.1954)
Education: King's College, London (AKC 1949); Warminster.
01.09.1939 - (06.)1943 HMS Renown (Repulse class battlecruiser)
01.07.1943 - (10.)1944 Navigating Officer, HMS Sandwich (Bridgewater class sloop)
12.1944 - (01.)1945 Navigating Officer, HMS Evenlode (River class frigate)
(04.1945) - (07.1945) no appointment listed
(10.1945)     HMS Nelson (Nelson class battleship)
31.01.1946 - (04.1946) HMS Implacable (Implacable class aircraft carrier) (for navigating duties on staff of Rear Admiral (Aircraft Carriers))
Deacon, 1950. Priest, 1951. Portsmouth Curate of St Mary, Portsea, 1950-1956. Vicar of St Michael Wandsworth Common, 1956-1962.Vicar of North Sheen, 1962-1967. Vicar of St Matthew Redhill, Diocese Southwark, 1967-1974. Vicar of Warlingham with Chelsham and Farleigh, 1974-1984. Honorary Canon Southwark Cathedral, 1979-1984. Rural Dean, Caterham, 1983-1984. Vicar of Glynde, West Firle and Beddingham, 1984-(1986).
His son writes: "
He was in training on HMS Worcester on the Thames prior to the war and then joined the RNR.  At some point he took a full commission.  He did the long navigators course at (I think) Greenwich."
Woolcock,
Francis Roland
F.R. Woolcock (© Imperial War Museum (A 27003)) F.R. Woolcock (© Imperial War Museum (A 27004))
15.03.1908
Plymouth, Devon
-
(03?).1982
Southward district, London
Lt.Cdr. 07.09.1941

Royal Naval Reserve Decoration (pre-1941 model)

RD  ? -
... - ... ...
03.1944 - (01.1945) on staff of Flag Officer Taranto and Adriatic [HMS Fabius (RN base, Taranto, Italy)]
... - ... ...
Wooldridge,
Edward Arthur
E.A. Wooldridge
Son of ... Wooldridge, and ... Johnson.
11.11.1912
Kingston upon Hull
-
(03?).1973
Holderness district, East Riding of Yorkshire
T/Skpr. 20.08.1940 [TS 716] (reld < 10.1944)
(01.1941)     HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) *
04.01.1941 - (04.1944) HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Woolston,
Henry Eli
H.E. Woolston (© Imperial War Museum (A 24454))

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15.12.1885
Gorleston
-
(12?).1956
Tynemouth district, Northumberland
T/Ch.Bm.Skpr. 31.12.1942
... - ... ...
08.08.1943 - (06.1944) Boom Defence Depot, Clyde [HMS Orlando]
... - ... ...
Wright,
George Murdoch
see: RNVR section  
Wright,
James Alfred
"Jimmy"
J.A. Wright (Photo courtesy of C. Wright)
25.10.1912
-
03.01.2001
Devon
Prob. T/Lt.
30.12.1940
T/Lt.
?, seniority 30.12.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
< 07.1945 (reld > 04.1946)

Officer of the Order of the British Empire

OBE 
31.08.1945
3 U-boats destroyed [KolaInIt ?] 04.45
Mention in Despatches MID
10.07.1945
North Russian convoys 44-45
(02.1941)


HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham) *
(05.1941)


First Lieutenant, HMS Northern Foam (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
30.10.1941
-
(08.1943)
HMS Northern Duke (anti-submarine warfare trawler) (eventually as First Lieutenant)
13.02.1944
-
1945
Commanding Officer, HMS Honeysuckle (corvette)
07.1945
-
(04.1946)
Commanding Officer, HM LST 3027 (landing ship tank)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Wright,
James Hutchinson
J.H. Wright
12.07.1907
Langwathby, Penrith district, Cumberland
-
29.06.1985
Birkenhead, Cheshire
S.Lt. 02.05.1929
Lt. 20.08.1932
Lt.Cdr. 20.08.1940
Cdr. 30.06.1945 (demobilized > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
Capt. 30.06.1954 (retd 18.02.1963)

Royal Naval Reserve Decoration

RD  15.10.1943 -
Royal Naval Reserve Decoration RD 25.04.1963 1st clasp
31.07.1939 - (12.1942) HMS Revenge (Royal Sovereign class battleship)
(02.1943)     no appointment listed
13.03.1943 - (08).1943 Executive Officer & Gunnery Officer, HMS Dart (River class frigate)
02.09.1943 - 26.10.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Bayntun (Captain class frigate) *
26.10.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Saker (British Admiralty Delegation, Washington, DC, USA)
(02.1944) - (04.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Pasley (Captain class frigate) **
27.06.1945 - (07.)1945 Executive Officer, HMS Moray Firth (maintenance ship)
(10.1945)     no appointment listed
29.04.1960 - 29.04.1961 RNR ADC to the Queen
* in Dec 1943 Navy List still showing under HMS Bayntun as well; we might assume that's incorrect
** indexed, but not listed as such
Wright,
Percival Murdoch
P.M. Wright
Son of Richard Thwaites and Fanny Wright, of Liverpool.
(06?).1893
West Derby, Lancashire
-
22.03.1941
[age 47]
[Roodeweg Cemetery, Island of Curaçao, A.156]
T/Lt. (E)
14.01.1941
(02.1941)


HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
?
-
22.03.1941
HMS Black Bear (armed yacht)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Wright,
William Duncan Ward
W.D.W. Wright
(09?).1910
Woolwich district, Greater London
-
 
Prob. T/S.Lt. 15.04.1940
T/Lt. 1941?, seniority 15.07.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 10.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
(10.1940)     HMS Vernon (torpedo school and experimental establishment, Portsmouth) *
12.1940 - (12.1941) HMS Carnarvon Castle (armed merchant cruiser)
(10.1944) - (01.1945) no appointment listed
07.02.1945 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HM LST 538 (landing ship, tank)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Wykes,
Frederick Edgar
F.E. Wykes (Photo courtesy of Mr Philip Wykes)
Married 1st ((03?).1942, Wigton district, Cumberland) Madeleine F. Derosville (née Rouillon); ... children (one daughter?).
Married 2nd (24.11.1947, Antwerp, Belgium) Jeanne Lemmens, daughter of Oscar Lemmens and Mme. Lemmens-de Lattre.
29.01.1907
Elgin, Moray, Scotland
-
30.03.1966
Antwerp, Belgium
T/Lt. 30.10.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. > 02.1941, < 101941
T/A/Cdr. 1945? (reld > 04.1946)
T/A/Capt. (1946)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 11.12.1945 wind up Europe 45
Mention in Despatches MID 13.03.1945 assault Normandy 06-11.44
Croix de Guerre (France) CdeG ? Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44)
Officer, Order of Leopold I (Belgium) LeoI ? liberation of Belgium
01.01.1940 - (04.)1940 HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (for miscellaneous services)
02.07.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for flotilla duties)
29.04.1941 - (10.1943) HMS Clio (RN base, Barrow) (from c. 06.1943 shown as for sea transport duties at Silloth)
(06.1944) - (07.1945) HMS Odyssey (accounting base for naval parties) *
(06.1944)     Naval Party 1502A (Port-en-Bessin)
? - (04.1946) Divisional Sea Transport Officer, Antwerp
* indexed as HMS President, but not listed as such
       
 
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