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Race,
Jack Bernard
J.B. Race
Son (with one sister) of John Bernard Race (1890-1956), and Emma Sarah Stafford (1891-1940).
Married ((09?).1939, Hampstead district, London) Beryl Hilda Willis (28.02.1918 - 05.1995); one son, two daughters.
01.02.1915
Guildford district, Surrey
-
01.1999
Windsor and Maidenhead district, Berkshire
Prob. T/El.S.Lt. 15.06.1942
T/El.Lt. 15.10.1942
T/A/El.Lt.Cdr. > 10.1945, < 04.1946 (reld 19.07.1946)
Defence Medal Def M ? ?
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 ? ?
(08.1942)     no appointment listed
10.09.1942 - (02.)1943 HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) (for miscellaneous duties)
03.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) (for RN Air Station China Bay)
(10.1944) - (01.1945) no appointment listed
12.02.1945 - (04.1946) HMS Landrail (RN Air Station, Machrihanish, Argyllshire)
Chartered engineer. FIEE, FIM/DE.  Works Director of E.N.V. Engineering Ltd., then General manager of the Cambridge Instrument Co's factory at Chesterton Road, Cambridge, 1966-....
Radford,
Leslie Thomas
L.T. Radford
Married ((09?).1945, West Cheshire district, Cheshire) Marjorie Lilian Barden; one daughter, one son.
07.06.1909
Harlesdon, Hendon district, Middlesex
-
03.09.1965
Queensway General Hospital, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
[Fairview Cemetery]
Prob. T/S.Lt. (A) 01.06.1942
T/Lt. (A) 01.09.1942 (reld 09.03.1946)
Bus driver. Obtained civil aviator's licence (No. 17137) 19.02.1939, taken on a Taylor Cub Continental 40 at County Flying Club Rearsby.
(06.1942) - (10.1942) no appointment listed
09.11.1942 - (12.1943) pilot, 756 Squadron FAA [HMS Kestrel (RN Air Station, Worthy Down, nr Winchester)]
15.01.1943 - (06.)1944 pilot, 745 Squadron FAA [HMS Canada (RN base, Halifax, NS)]
(10.1944)     HMS Canada (RN base, Halifax, NS) *
01.01.1945 - (04.)1945 pilot, 737 Squadron FAA [HMS Condor (RN Air Station, Arbroath)]
05.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Goshawk (RN Air Station, Piarco, Trinidad) (for disposal)
Service representative with DeHavilland Aircraft.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Rae,
Alexander Ronald
A.R. Rae
1924
Hamilton district, Lanarkshire, Scotland
-
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.)
02.08.1944
T/A/Lt. (Sp.Br.)
< 04.1946 (reld > 04.1946)
(10.1944)
-
(01.1945)
HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said, Egypt) *
(03.1945)
 
 
British Naval Liaison Officer, "Pindos" (Greek escort destroyer)
(07.1945)


HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) *
(04.1946)
 
 
no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Rae,
Alistair Sutherland Livingston
A.S.L. Rae

11.02.1912
Edinburgh, Scotland
-
19.04.2006
Dundee, Scotland
T/Sg.Lt. 03.09.1939 (reld < 04.1946)
Education: George Watson's; Edinburgh School of Medicine (...-1935); MB, BCh, DPH.
01.1940 - (04.1940) HMS Echo (destroyer)
(02.1941) - (12.1941) HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said) *
      apparently served on Admiral Cunningham's flagship & the hospital at Valetta, Malta
11.09.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Begum (escort carrier)
17.01.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Ukussa (RN Air Station, Katukurunda, Ceylon)
Consultant psychiatrist, West Green Hospital (later: Garvey House Hospital and finally the Liff Hospital), Dundee, 1951-1982.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Raikes,
Robert Martin
R.M. Raikes
Son of ... Raikes, and ... Evans.
Married Gillian (née ...); two sons.
(12?).1918
St George Hanover Square district, London / Middlesex
-
07.05.2009
[aged 90]
Llangasty, near Brecon
T/S.Lt.
11.01.1940
T/Lt.
11.07.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
< 07.1945 (reld < 04.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 23.10.1945 Operation Iceberg (air strikes on Sakishima Islands & capture of Okinawa 03/05.45) [decoration posted]
11.01.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS Campbell (destroyer)
01.08.1941
-
(08.)1943
HMS Indomitable (aircraft carrier)
12.1943
-
(07.1945)
Staff Radar Officer, HMS Indefatigable (aircraft carrier)
Ralphs,
Graham Russell
G.R. Ralphs
Son (with a twin brother) of ... Ralphs, and ... Russell.
Married ((09?).1944, Chelsea, London) Moira Audrey Parry; ... children (two sons?).
21.05.1920
Twickenham, Kingston district, Surrey
-
10.11.1985
Putney, Kensington & Chelsea district, London
T/S.Lt. 02.10.1941
T/Lt. 02.04.1944 (reld > 04.1946)

 

(12.1941)     no appointment listed
(02.1942) - (04.1942) French Ship Largs *
20.04.1942 - (12.1943) HMS Scarab (river gunboat)
(02.1944) - (04.1944) HMS Seabelle (RN base, Persian Gulf) *
(06.1944) - (04.1945) no appointment listed
18.06.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Flycatcher (for Mobile Naval Air Bases (MONABs))
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Financial consultant.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Ramage,
Alfred John Vincent
A.J.V. Ramage

Son of Stanley John Ramage (1875-1912), and Constance Minna Worts (1874-1946).
Married ((12?).1935, Ipswich district, Suffolk) Jessie May Harris (01.06.1906 - (09?).1977); two daughters, two sons.
02.01.1904
Lewisham district, London
-
20.01.1978
Ipswich district, Suffolk
Prob. T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) * 10.03.1941
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 10.06.1941 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.,1946)

* Special Branch officer employed on staff, etc, duties ashore, who has not received any training of an executive nature, but has undergone a short course at RN College, Greenwich

(04.1941)     no appointment listed
10.05.1941 - (06.)1943 Boom Defences Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
19.07.1943 - (07.)1945 Press Division [later: Department of the Chief of Naval Information], Admiralty [HMS President]
(10.1945)     no appointment listed
Solicitor (admitted 1938), from 04.1970 barrister (NSW Bar).
Ramsay,
Alexander Robert
"Alec"
A.R. Ramsay (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Ramsay) A.R. Ramsay (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Ramsay)
A.R. Ramsay A.R. Ramsay (Photo courtesy of Mr Alan Ramsay)
Eldest son and second child of seven to  Robert Christian Ramsay (1861-1957), and Olive Zillah Voss (1887-1957).
Married (15.03.1944) 2nd Officer Helen McGregor Shaw, WRNS (died 2007); one son, two daughters.
12.05.1910
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
-
01.2004
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
T/S.Lt. (A)
20.09.1939
T/Lt. (A)
23.08.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. (A)
09.1943?
T/A/Cdr. (A)
04.1945? (reld < 04.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
08.01.1942
withdrawal from Crete [decoration posted]

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
01.01.1945
New Year 45 [decoration posted]
Education: started in Toowoomba, Queensland; secondary school at Harrow; studied agriculture at Cambridge University.
Sport : Played rugby for Cambridge University, London Scottish, and just missed out on playing for Scotland. Played golf off a low handicap.
Aeronautical engineer. Got his flying licence 03.04.1935.
(04.1940)


Fleet Air Arm
06.10.1940
-
(02.)1941
pilot, HMS Nile II (RN Air Station, Alexandria)
21.10.1941
-
(12.1941)
pilot, 803 Squadron FAA [HMS Grebe (RN Air Station, Dekheila, nr Alexandria)]
09.1943
-
(06.)1944
HMS Emperor (escort carrier)
06.09.1944
-
(01.1944)
HMS Landrail (RN Air Station, Machrihanish, Argyllshire)
04.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Bambara (RN Air Station, Trincomalee, Ceylon)
Bought & ran a plantation with his brother in Tanganyika, c. 1948/49 to 1957. Went to Rhodesia to farm tobacco, cattle and Maize at Umvukwes (now Umvurwe), north of Harare. Owned and managed a property portfolio including two blocks of flats in Harare (essentially lost everything following transition to independence and collapse of Zimbabwe). Moved back to Australia c. 1987 (Adelaide, then Brisbane, then Toowoomba).
Rankin,
John Cooper
J.C. Rankin (Photo courtesy of Mr Danny Mercer)
1924
Hamilton, Scotland
-
T/Midsh.
1943?
T/A/S.Lt.
?
T/S.Lt.
27.08.1944
T/Lt.
1946? (reld > 04.1946)
Education: University of Glasgow (1941; MA degree)
late 1943
-
autumn1944
Fifth Officer, HMS Grey Goose (ex-Steam Gun Boat 9)
07.08.1944
-
14.11.1944
Third Officer, HMS Grey Fox (ex-Steam Gun Boat 4)
[appointed, but never went to sea in it; joined at Milford Haven and went on leave from there]
15.11.1944
-
05.1945
Third Officer, HM MTB 781 (motor torpedo boat)



training as a Fleet Air Arm Bomb Range Officer at St Merryn in Cornwall
30.10.1945
-
(04.1946)
HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham) (for Educational and Vocational Training duties, serving in Braintree [HMS Cicero?] and Abbotsinch [HMS Sanderling?])

Rankine,
Hugh Gordon
H.G. Rankine
Son of ... Rankine, and ... Hemsley.

06.09.1920
Birkenhead district, Cheshire
-
01.2015 still alive
T/S.Lt. (E) 19.06.1944 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946) (temporary commission terminated on transfer to RCN(R) 26.04.1949)
Lt. (E) RCN(R) 27.04.1949
Lt.Cdr. (E) RCN(R) 25.07.1959
08.1944 - (10.1945) HMS Cooke (frigate)
27.08.1952 - (07.1954) HMCS Donnaconna (Montreal Naval Division)
(01.1957)     HMCS Scotian (Halifax Naval Division) *
(02.1963)     HMCS Carleton (Ottawa Naval Division) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Ransome Wallis,
Patrick Leonard John Cosnett
P.L.J.C. Ransome Wallis
Eldest son of Dr. Abraham Ransome Wallis (1877-1942), a general practitioner surgeon, and Kate Cosnett Burslem (1872-1929), of Worksop.
Brother of Sg.Lt.Cdr. Ralph Wilson Gray Ransome Wallis, RNVR.
Married 1st (01.1934, Godstone district, Surrey) Dr Petrusa De Beer "Toosie" Clark, MB, BCh (1904? - 27.12.1980), eldest daughter of Lt.Col. Peter Skinner Clark, DSO, JP, MB, ChM, BSc (1873?-1920), and Mrs Clark, of Cradock, South Africa, and Edinburgh; two daughters.
Married 2nd Muriel Day.

10.01.1906
Worksop, Nottinghamshire
-
14.07.1985
Herne Bay, Kent
Prob. T/Sg.Lt. ?
T/Sg.Lt. 06.09.1939
T/A/Sg.Lt.Cdr. 08.06.1944? (reld < 04.1946)
Education: Bootham School, York; accepted as a pupil at Doncaster locomotive works, but changed to medicine graduating from Edinburgh University (MB, ChB, 1930).
General practitioner in Herne Bay, Kent, from 1933 onwards.
(04.1940)     no appointment listed
05.09.1940 - (12.1941) HMS Dido (cruiser) (Mediterranean [Greece, Crete])
16.02.1942 - (12.1943) HMS Osprey (anti-submarine establishment, Dunoon, Argyllshire)
[engaged in acoustic work and formulated the acoustic standards for officers and ratings serving in this branch of the navy]
08.06.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Osprey (anti-submarine establishment, Dunoon, Argyllshire)
17.07.1947     transferred to List II of permanent RNVR, with seniority as Lt.Cdr. of 10.01.1939
In addition to his general practice he worked as an audiologist, first at St Mary's Hospital in London and,
from 1948, as medical officer to the audiology departments at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital and at the hospitals of Ramsgate, Folkestone, Dover, and Deal.
Published
: The last steam locomotives of British Railways (1966) + some 25 other titles on railways & locomotives.
Ransome Wallis,
Ralph Wilson Gray
R.W.G. Ransome Wallis
Younger son of Dr. Abraham Ransome Wallis (1877-1942), a general practitioner surgeon, and Kate Cosnett Burslem (1872-1929), of Worksop.
Brother of Sg.Lt.Cdr. Patrick Leonard John Cosnett Rasnome Wallis, RNVR.

Married (03.03.1934, Godstone district, Surrey) Winifred H.M. Clark, daughter of Lt.Col. Peter Skinner Clark, DSO, JP, MB, ChM, BSc (1873?-1920), and Mrs Clark, of Cradock, South Africa, and Edinburgh; two daughters, one son.
17.06.1909
Worksop, Nottinghamshire
-
13.04.2001
Peterborough General Hospital, Northamptonshire
Prob. T/Sg.Lt. 12.12.1940
T/Sg.Lt. 05.1941, seniority 12.12.1940
T/A/Sg.Lt.Cdr. early 1944 (reld 14.05.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 25.08.1942 Murmansk convoys 03-05.44 [investiture 09.02.43]
Education: MD (Edin 1946); MB, ChB (Edin 30.07.1932).
12.12.1940 - 01.1941 RN Barracks, Chatham [HMS Pembroke]
01.1941 - 16.05.1942 HMS London (cruiser)
17.05.1942 - 06.1942 HMS Martin (destroyer) (temporarily) (DSC)
06.1942 - 02.1943 HMS London (cruiser)
18.02.1943 - early 1944 Naval Hospital Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire [HMS Spartiate]
early 1944 - 1945 Naval Party [1763?] [HMS Royal Edmund] (based at Hampstead Heath, went to Antwerp 09.1944, then in charge of Sick Quarters at Ostend)
Practising country doctor, Rutland. Factory Doctor for the Barrowden District, Rutland, 25.07.1951. Late Honorary Surgeon Swindon and North Wiltshire Victoria Hospital.
Published: Two red stripes : a naval surgeon at war (1973).
Ratcliffe,
Leonard *
L. Ratcliffe (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Taylor)
Son of John Ratcliffe, waterman, and Florence Turner, shop assistant.
Married (1922, Liverpool) Mary Mitchell Houston.

* sometimes registered with a second first name "Amarapoora", derived from one of the ships he served on
29.05.1895
Runcorn, Cheshire
-
24.12.1960
Liverpool
T/Midsh. RNR
03.12.1914 (reld 16.01.1916)
T/S.Lt.
02.03.1916
T/Lt.
02.03.1917 (reld 05.02.1919)
T/A/Lt. (Sp.Br.)
22.11.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
Croix de Guerre avec palme (France) CdeG
17.05.1918
*
1914-1915 Star 14|15 St
?
?
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20
?
?
Victory Medal VM
?
?
Defence Medal DefM
?
?
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45
?
?
* The Citation à l'Ordre de l'Armée of 20.12.1917 showed him at trawler Brigadier, for having destroyed 100 German mines in a year
Joined Merchant Navy as a Cadet, 1911. 
08.12.1914
-
02.12.1915
HMS Oropesa (armed merchant cruiser)
02.03.1916
-
13.12.1918
HMS Halcyon (base ship, Lowestoft) (additional; for command of a group of minesweeping trawlers)
29.03.1916
-
(04.1916?)
short gunnery course, HMS Vivid (RN base, Devonport)
14.12.1918
-
28.01.1919
HMS Zaria (Auxiliary Patrol base for Orkney and the Shetlands) (for command of minesweeping trawlers in the 4th and 5th Fast Sweeping Flotillas)
29.01.1919
-
05.02.1919
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (additional; for demobilisation)
Served Merchant Navy, 1919-c. 1925. In 1928 listed as a tailor with premises in Liverpool.
29.01.1944
-
(06.1944)
HMS Cochrane II (supply & accounting base for tenders, Rosyth) (for duty at Inchkeith)
(07.1945)
-
(04.1946)
no appointment listed
Occupation at the time of his death described as fancy goods dealer.
Rattenbury,
John
J. Rattenbury (Photo courtesy of Mr Vernon Rattenbury)
Son of John H. Rattenbury, and Alice K. Hockey.
Married (26.01.1963, Lyme Regis, Dorset) Ann Caroline Reed; two sons, one daughter.
20.04.1918
Lyme Regis, Axminster district, Dorset
-
15.12.2006
Dorchester Hospital, Dorset
Ord.Sea. ? [M/X 65246]
T/S.Lt. 06.03.1941
T/Lt. 20.04.1943 (reld 1946)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl S - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
03.1940     joined RNVR as Torpedo- & Wireman
      HMS Akita (minesweeping trawler)
08.04.1941 - (08.)1942 HMS Forte (RN base, Falmouth) (helping to plan convoys & the raid on St. Nazaire by HMS Campbeltown and the Royal Marines)
08.1942 - (08.)1943 Officer of the Watch, HMS Wastwater (trawler) (served E. Coast USA, S. Atlantic & W. Coast of Africa on convoy and anti-submarine duties, minesweeping in Home Waters)
09.09.1943 - 10.1943 HMS May (cable ship)
10.1943 - 07.1945 HMS Bankville (cable ship)
07.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Retriever (anti-submarine warfare trawler) (Mediterranean)
07?.1945 - 10?.1945 HMS Bullfinch (cable ship) (Mediterranean)
10.1945 - 02.1946 HMS St Margarets (cable ship)
Left the navy in 1946 but returning to sea in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve six months later. Took part in the demolition of German munitions & U-boat pens at Heligoland while serving in HMS Lasso in 1947. Left the service in 1952.
Raven,
John Giles
J.G. Raven
From Yeovil, Somerset.
(06?).1901
Sudbury, Essex
-
18.07.1968
Weymouth, Dorset
T/Lt.
22.10.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
16.02.1943? (reld > 04.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
01.09.1942
minesweeping Channel 06.42 [investiture 17.11.42]
Mention in Despatches MID
28.11.1944
Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44)
09.11.1939
-
(04.1940)
HMS Hebe (Halcyon class minesweeper)
10.01.1941
-
(02.)1941
First Lieutenant, HMS Ilfracombe (Bangor class minesweeper)
19.09.1941
-
(08.1942)
Commanding Officer, HM MMS 46 (motor minesweeper)
16.02.1943
-
(10.1944)
Commanding Officer, HMS Parrsborough (Bangor class minesweeper)
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
10.1945
-
(04.1946)
Commanding Officer, HMS Antares (Algerine class minesweeper)
Raven,
John Stanley
J.S. Raven
Son of Frederick William Raven.
Married (1935) Nancy, daughter of William Harold Murdoch; three sons.
05.10.1910
-
15.06.1987
[Coliingham, Yorks. ?]
Prob. T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.)
01.10.1939
T/El.Lt.
30.01.1940
T/Lt.
30.01.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
> 08.1942, < 02.1943
Cdr. (L) RN
02.01.1946
Capt. (L) RN
31.12.1954
R.Adm. RN
07.07.1962 (retd 1965)

Companion of the Order of the Bath

CB
1964
?

BSc, FIEE

Education: Huddersfield College; Leeds University
01.10.1939


joined RNVR
14.10.1939
-
(04.)1940
HMS Gloucester (cruiser)
01.10.1940
-
(02.1941)
HMS Gloucester (cruiser)
30.03.1942
-
(12.1943)
Torpedo Officer, HMS Orion (cruiser)
22.06.1944
-
(07.1945)
staff, HMS Vernon (training establishment, Roedean School, Brighton)
01.1946


transferred to RN
21.01.1946
-
(04.1946)
Office of Naval Assistant to Second Sea Lord, Admiralty
?
-
(01.1956)
HMS President (for miscellaneous services)
04.01.1960
-
(07.1961)
Director of Radio Division, Weapons Department (DWR), Admiralty [HMS President]
20.08.1962
-
1965
Director of Engineering and Training Division, Admiralty, and Deputy Chief Naval Engineering Officer [HMS President]
Raven,
William John
W.J. Raven (Photo courtesy of Mrs Rosemary Pearson)
Son of ... Raven, and ... Goring.
Married ...; two daughters.
14.03.1915
Birmingham, Aston district, Warwickshire
-
08.01.2001
Chester, Cheshire
T/S.Lt. 28.09.1939 (reld 28.10.1940; medically unfit)
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 02.11.1943
28.09.1939 - 07.1940 HMS Rion (armed yacht for anti-submarine duties)
07.1940     hospitalized, before being invalided out
(02.1944) - (04.1946) Sea Cadet Corps
 
Rayner,
Denys Arthur
D.A. Rayner (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denys_Rayner) D.A. Rayner
D.A. Rayner D.A. Rayner
D.A. Rayner
Only son of Mr. A.B. Rayner, and Mrs. Rayner, of West Kirby.
Married (11.03.1933, St Andrew's Church, West Kirby, Wirral district, Cheshire) Isabelle Elizabeth Board, daughter of Mr. A. Vyvan Board and Mrs. Board, of West Kirby; one daughter, two sons.

09.02.1908
Edmonton, London
-
16.01.1967
West Meon, Winchester district, Hampshire
Prob. Midsh. 26.10.1925
A/S.Lt. 09.02.1928
S.Lt. 09.02.1929
Lt. 09.02.1931
Lt.Cdr. 09.02.1939
Cdr. 30.06.1943 (reld < 04.1946) (retd 20.06.1949)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 01.01.1940 New Year 40:"for unfailing courage, endurance and resource in H.M. Trawler Loch Tulla in its hard and perilous task of sweeping the seas clear of enemy mines, and combating submarines" [investiture 06.02.40]

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 29.05.1945 "for courage, skill and perseverance shown while serving in H.M. Ship Pevensey Castle in successful operations against enemy submarines" (sinking U-boat Western Approaches 11.11.44) [decoration posted]
Mention in Despatches MID 30.09.1941 "for good services in action against Enemy Submarines" (sinking U-boat Western Approaches 21.05.41)

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Officers Decoration

VD 03.1943 -
Education: Repton School (1921-1924).
26.10.1925     joined RNVR, Mersey Division
14.05.1930     Pangbourne
(02.1936) - (09.1939) HMS Irwell (RNVR drill ship) (Morpeth Dock, Birkenhead) [HMS Dryad 08.08.1936; HMS Wishart, 17.07.1937; HMS Osprey 12.03.1939]
(1939)     Commanding Officer, HMS Loch Tulla (anti-submarine trawler) & Senior Officer, 14th Anti-Submarine Group
(04.1940)     HMS Boscawen (RN base, Portland) *
09.1940 - 05.11.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Violet (corvette) (while under construction)
14.11.1940 - 09.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Verbena (corvette) **
15.03.1943 - 10.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Shikari (destroyer)
30.10.1943 - 20.02.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Warwick (destroyer) (sunk)
20.03.1944 - 09.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Highlander (destroyer)
09.1944 - 12.12.1944 Senior Officer, 30th Escort Group [HMS Pevensey Castle (corvette)] (11.1944-12.1944 also in command of the corvette)
12.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Irwell (trawler base, Birkenhead)
28.01.1945 - (07.1945) on staff of Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth as Senior Officer of Escorts [HMS Victory]
Writer, farmer and the designer and manufacturer of small sailing yachts (Westerly Marine construction Ltd.).
Published
: Escort; the battle of the Atlantic (1955; autobiography), The enemy below (1956; novel), The long fight (1958; novel), The small spark of courage (1959; American ed. under the title: Valor); The crippled tanker (1960; novel); Safety in small craft (1961); Small boat sailing (1962); The long haul (1962; novel); Starting motor boating (1963); The great yacht race (1966; with Alan Wykes).
* Indexed, but not listed as such.
** (10.1940), (02.1941) & (12.1941) listed under HMS Bannaret, which was the ex-drifter Verbena; it must have been assumed (erroneously) that he served at Bannaret while he actually was in command of the new corvette Verbena. When that finally was corrected in the Navy List his date of appointment is (erroneously) given as 09.02.1939.
Raynor,
Geoffrey
G. Raynor
Son of Joe Raynor (1878?-1939), and Gertrude Helen Killer (1886?-), of Barnsley.
Married ((03?).1938, Nottingham district, Nottinghamshire) Jean McLaughlan, of Tollerton, Nottinghamshire.
(12?).1908
Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire
-
17.04.1943
Winchester district, Hampshire
[age 34]
[Barnsley Cemetery, Yorkshire, section B, grave 174]
Prob. T/S.Lt. (A) 25.07.1941
T/Lt. (A) 25.10.1941
26.08.1941 - (12.1941) HMS Merlin (RN Air Station, Donibristle, Fife)
(02.1942) - (04.1942) HMS Merlin (RN Air Station, Donibristle, Fife) *
10.05.1942 - 17.04.1943 pilot, 756 Squadron FAA [HMS Kestrel (RN Air Station, Worthy Down, nr Winchester)] (killed in an air crash)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Read,
Geoffrey Gray
G.G. Read
?
-
T/Mdish.
?
T/A/S.Lt.
?
T/S.Lt.
16.06.1943 (reld > 04.1946)

Mention in Despatches

MID
23.05.1944
Operation Avalanche (Salerno landings, 09.43)
(09.1943)


HM LCT 388 (landing craft, tank) [since 03.1944 borne on HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base)]
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
Read,
John Henry Francis
J.H.F. Read
?
-
T/S.Lt.
30.10.1941
T/Lt.
30.10.1942
(1941?)


HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishment, Hove, Sussex)
(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
02.01.1944
-
(06.)1944
Commanding Officer, HM ML 348 (motor launch) & as Senior Officer, 43rd ML Flotilla
(10.1944)
 
 
HMS Mosquito (Coastal Forces base, Alexandria, Egypt) *
09.11.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HM ML 114 (motor launch)
(04.1946)


HM ML 114 (motor launch) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Read,
Leslie Gustave
L.G. Read
Son of Gustave Philip Read (1886-1962), and Mary Ann Elizabeth Packer (1882-1968).
Married ((06?).1941, Epping district, Essex) Joyce E. Barker; two sons.
04.08.1914
Epping district, Essex
-
22.11.1995
Southend on Sea district, Essex
T/A/S.Lt. 19.03.1943
T/S.Lt. 19.09.1943
T/Lt. 19.09.1945 (reld 08.02.1946)

Mention in Despatches

MID 17.10.1944 HMCS Regina sunk by torpedo Plymouth area 08.08.44
10.04.1942 - 13.08.1942 HMS Manchester (cruiser) [ship torpedoed & sunk by Italian motor boats off Tunisia; captured]
14.08.1942 - 30.12.1942 POW in Laghouat, Algeria
02.08.1943 - 17.04.1945 Commanding Officer, HM LCT 644 (landing craft, tank)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Reade,
Arthur George Lawrence
A.G.L. Reade
Son of Arthur Edward Reade (1848-1912), and Mary Wood Burnard (1840-).
Married (28.04.1917, Wandsworth district, London) Violet Newmarch, MRCS, LRCP, DHP (1891? - 06.08.1969), only daughter of Henry Newmarch, of Vancouver, British Columbia; one daughter, two sons.
05.06.1882
Upper Norwood, Lambeth district, London
-
14.08.1952
Henley district, Oxfordshire
Sg. 19.05.1914
Sg.Lt.Cdr. 01.01.1921
Sg.Cdr. 30.06.1927 (retd 05.06.1934)
Sg.Capt. (retd) 05.06.1934
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 12.09.1919 for valuable services at the R.N. Barracks, Chatham
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Officers Decoration VD ? -
Education: Sussex House School; Dulwich College (04.1894-07.1900); Charing Cross Hospital (1900); MRCS Eng, LRCP Lond, 1905.
House Physician and Resident Obstetric Physician. Senior House Surgeon and House Physician, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. Senior Medical Officer, Queen Mary's Hospital of Children, Carshalton 1909. Assistant Medical Officer Public Health Department London County Council. Medical Superintendent New End Hospital, Hampstead. ABA Boxing Referee.
1914 - 1919 served Great War in London Division RNVR & Royal Navy; South Atlantic Squadron 2 months, Grand Fleet 14 months
12.11.1942 - (01.)1945 HMS King Alfred (RN training establishments, Hove & Lancing, Sussex)
(07.1945)     HMS King Alfred (RN training establishments, Hove & Lancing, Sussex) *
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Reed,
Geoffrey Henry James
G.H.J. Reed (Photo courtesy of Mr Ray A. Purton)
?
-
T/A/S.Lt. (A)
?
T/S.Lt. (A)
22.11.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
1943


qualified as an observer at Blake 54th Naval Observers' Course, Class 6
(07.1945)


no appointment listed

Reed,
Ronald Cambridge Montague
R.C.M. Reed (Photo courtesy of Kate Saunders, Museum and Heritage Officer/Press Officer, THE SPRING Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, Hants)
Son of ... Reed, and ... Cambridge.

09.03.1914
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
-
04.1995
South East Hampshire district
T/A/S.Lt. 30.07.1943
T/S.Lt. 30.01.1944
T/Lt. 30.01.1946 (reld > 04.1946)
(12.1943) - (02.1944) no appointment listed
17.02.1944 - (04.)1944 HMS Ubiquity (cable ship depot, Trinity Road, Edinburgh)
15.05.1944 - (04.1946) HMS Bullfrog (cable ship)

Reekie,
James
J. Reekie (Photo courtesy of Mr Olivier Richard)

04.02.1914
-
15.01.1975
[buried at Edinburgh, Scotland]
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 28.05.1945 (reld < 04.1946)
Education: Edinburgh University (BSc 1935; PhD in physics and electrical engineering).
      Special Branch officer employed on scientific duties:
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Professor of physics, Edinburgh University & St John's College, Cambridge. FRSE, 03.03.1947.

Rees,
Eric Ivor
L.N. Rees
Son of ... Rees, and ... Prior.

(09?).1923
Wandsworth district, London
-
T/A/S.Lt. ?
T/S.Lt. 21.07.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
27.02.1944 - (04.1946) HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base) (for landing craft duty)

Rees,
Leslie Norman
L.N. Rees (Photo courtesy of Mr Mark E.J. Rees)
Son of Edward Rees, and Catherine J. James.
Married ((06?).1940, Luton district, Bedfordshire / Hertfordshire) Dorothy Mabel A. Greenwood (née Munson) (23.09.1918 - 09.1996), daughter of Thomas E. Munson, and Isabel M. Sharpe; three sons, three daughters.

16.11.1916
Troed-y-rhiw, Merthyr Tydfil district, Glamorgan
-
06.1987
Central Leicestershire district, Leicestershire
Ord.Sea. 1942
T/A/S.Lt. 02.09.1943
T/S.Lt. 02.03.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
Burma Star Bur St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Education: Troedyrhiw Infants School; Quakers Yard Grammar School, Glamorgan; Kesteven College of Education, Stoke Rochford.
1942     joined RNVR
1942 - 1943 10th Motor Launch Flotilla [HMS Black Bat (Coastal Forces base, Devonport)] (served on ML 488)
02.09.1943 - 06.02.1945 HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base) (for landing craft duty) [at HMS Lochailort (Combined Operations base, Inverailort Castle, nr Inverness) and HMS Quebec (Combined Training Centre, Inverary) ]
15.05.1945 - 30.11.1945 Commanding Officer of an LCT (landing craft, tank) [HMS Amzari (RN landing craft base, Vizagatapam, India)]
Constable PC 18 Rutland Constabulary before and after service. Then trained as a teacher at  Kesteven College of Education. Primary School Teacher in Uppingham. Primary School Headmaster at several village schools in Rutland. Retired 1976. First Mayor of Uppingham.
Rees,
Noel
N. Rees
?
-
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.)
29.08.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr. (Sp.Br.)
< 07.1945 (reld < 04.1946)

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division)

OBE
14.08.1945
Aegean operations, relief of Greece

?

GkDSM
06.11.1945
services to Greece winter 44-45 [decoration posted]
(10.1944)


no appointment listed
(1944)
-
(1945)
HQ A Force
(07.1945)


HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Rees,
Sir Richard Lodowick Edward Montagu;
2nd Baronet
R.L.E.M. Rees R.L.E.M. Rees
R.L.E.M. Rees

Only son (with one sister) of Sir John Davis Rees, 1st Bt., KCIE, CVO, MP (1854-1922), and Hon. Mary Catherine Dormer, sister of 14th Lord Dormer.

04.04.1900
Oxford, Headington district, Oxfordshire
-
24.07.1970
Kensington district, London
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 26.11.1941
T/A/Lt. 1943, seniority 26.11.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 17.02.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Croix de Guerre avec palme (France) CdeG 1945? for liaison duties aboard  "Duguay-Trouin"
Education: West Downs School; Eton (1913.2-1918.2); Trinity College, Cambridge (BA; 2nd Class History Tripos pt. II 1921).
Honorary Attaché, Berlin Embassy, 1922; Assistant Secretary in Cambridge University Press, 1923; Honorary Treasurer and Lecturer, London District, Workers' Educational Association, 1925-1927; Editor of The Adelphi, 1930-1936.
summer1940     enlisted RNVR; trained as a gunner for assignment to merchant ships (Defensively Equipped Merchants Ships or DEMS)
[spent time on three merchant ships in British waters]
1941     HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishment, Hove, Sussex)
[because of his Cambridge degree officer training, which was not of his own free will]
06.08.1941 - (02.)1943 Naval Intelligence Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
[assigned to some intense task at the Admiralty for two years which he regarded as torture; when he learned that liaison officers were needed for French ships in the Mediterranean, he applied as a means of escaping the Admiralty paperwork]
(04.1943) - (08.1943) no appointment listed
06.08.1943 - (02.)1944 HMS Cormorant (RN base, Gibraltar) (additional; for various services):
17.09.1943     British Naval Liaison Officer, French light cruiser "Jeanne d'Arc" (Algiers)
[In his reminiscences he describes tremendous anti-British sentiment among the French officers and blatant harassment which gradually subsided once they realized he did not hate the French Navy.]
(04.1944) - (07.1945) no appointment listed:
(01.1944) - summer 1945 British Naval Liaison Officer, French light cruiser "Duguay-Trouin" (left the ship at Naples)
02.08.1945     on leave waiting new assignment
Author. Has exhibited paintings at RA, RSA, London Group, RSBA, etc.
Published: Brave Men, 1958; For Love or Money, 1960; (Ed.) J. Middleton Murry; Selected Criticism, 1960; George Orwell, 1961; (Ed.) Simone Weil: Selected Essays, 1962; A Theory of My Time: An Essay in Didactic Reminiscence [autobiography], 1963; (Ed.) Simone Weil: Seventy Letters, 1965; Simone Weil: A Sketch for a Portrait, 1966; (Ed.) Simone Weil: On Science, Necessity, and the Love of God, 1968; (Ed.) Simone Weil: First and Last Notebooks, 1970; (Ed.) J. Middleton Murry: Poets, Critics, Mystics, 1970.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Rees,
William George
W.G. Rees
?
-
T/S.Lt. 22.05.1941
T/Lt. 22.11.1943 (reld > 04.1946)

Order of the White Eagle (Yugoslavia), 16.01.1945.

(08.1941) - (06.1942) no appointment listed
(08.1942) - (04.1946) Liaison Officer, Alexandria [HMS Nile] *
05.1942 - (01.1945) British Naval Liaison Officer on Yugoslav MTBs "Durmitor" and "Kajmakcalan"
* indexed, but not listed as such
Regout,
Hugues Edouard Olivier
H.E.O. Regout (Photo courtese of Mr Dominique Henrard)
Son (with ons sisters and five brothers) of Adolphe Eugène Hubert Regout (1876-1952), and Jeanne Henriette Marie Laloux (1881-1971).
Married (06.03.1948, Brussels, Belgium) Nicole Fernande Marie van Derton (07.08.1921 - 02.06.2007), daughter of George van Derton, and Maggie Nicaise; two sons, two daughters.
07.10.1918
Liège, Belgium
-
06.10.2009
Woluwé-St-Lambert, Belgium
Signalman ? [D/SB/JX 30]
T/A/S.Lt. 01.01.1943
T/S.Lt. 01.07.1943
T/Lt. 01.11.1944 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Italy Star It St - -
France & Germany Star Fr&G St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -

 

Student. Degree financial and commercial and economical.
01.1941 - 08.1941

escape from Belgium; prisoner in Mascara (North of Oran); landing in Gibraltar

15.11.1941 - 13.03.1942 Royal Navy Section Belge (HMS Royal Arthur)
14.04.42 - ? Depot (Devonport)
04.06.1942 - 25.10.1942 HMS Norfolk (cruiser)
[1942 escort of Russian convoys PQ 17, PQ 18 and QP 14]
26.10.1942 - late 1942 passed A.S.B. for RNVR course at HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' trainng establishment, Hove & Lancing, Sussex)
01.01.1943 - 1943 HMS St Christopher (Coastal Forces establishment, Fort William)
(02.1943) - (04.1943) no appointment listed
05.04.1943 - 08.1943 HM MGB 659 (motor gun boat)
[07.1943 invasion of Sicily]
(10.1943)     HM MGB 659 (motor gun boat) *
04.10.1943 - (12.1943) HM MGB 643 (motor gun boat)
[sent from Malta to take part in the Aegean operations]
(02.1944)     no appointment listed
20.03.1944 - (10.)1945 HMS Western Isles (work up base, Tobermory)
20.10.1945 - ? Naval Party 1501 [HMS Royal Athelstan (port party, Antwerp, Belgium)] (as Intelligence Officer)
Belgian Navy : Lieutenant de Vaisseau de 1ère classe (R)
* indexed, but not listed as such

Reindorp,
[Rt. Rev.] George Edmund
G.E. Reindorp
Son of Rev. Hector William Reindorp, and Dora Lucy (née George), Goodmayes, Essex.
Married (1943) Alix Violet Edington, MB, ChB (died 1987), daughter of Alexander Edington, MD, and Helen Edington, Durban, Natal; three sons, one daughter (and one daughter deceased).
Married 2nd (01.1988) Bridget, widow of Sir William Mullens, DSO, TD.

19.12.1911
Romford district, Essex
-
20.04.1990
Westminster, Surrey
Prob. Chapl.
09.11.1938
Chapl.
11.12.1939, seniority 09.11.1938 (reld 16.06.1946)
Education: Felsted School; Trinity College, Cambridge; Westcott House, Cambridge (MA Cantab, 1939)
Deacon, 1937; Priest, 1938; Curate, S Mary Abbots, Kensington, 1937-39.
1938
-
1946
Chaplain, London Division RNVR:
08.05.1940
-
03.1942
HMS Birmingham (cruiser)
03.1942
-
07.1944
HMS Afrikander IV, 01.11.1942 renamed HMS Kongoni  (RN base, Durban, South Africa) (for duty at Durban)
07.1944
-
31.01.1946
Dockyard Chaplain, HM Dockyard, Simonstown, South Africa & for general duties at Simonstown [HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown)]
Vicar, St Stephen with St John, Westminster, 1946-57; Provost of Southwark and Rector of St Saviour with All Hallows, Southwark, 1957-61; Bishop of Guildford, 1961-73; Bishop of Salisbury, 1973-81. Member, House of Lords, 1970. With BBC Radio Religious Department, arranging and performing Daily Service and arranging and producing Morning Service and other programmes, 1982-83. Chaplain, RCGP, 1965. Hon. DD Lambeth, 1961; DUniv Surrey, 1971. An Assistant Bishop, Diocese of London, since 1982.
Published: What about You?, 1956; No Common Task, 1957; Putting it Over: ten points for preachers, 1961; Over to You, 1964; Preaching Through the Christian Year, 1973.
Rendle,
Peter Critchfield
P.C. Rendle (Photo courtesy of Mr Martyn Rendle)
Son of Martyn Fleetwood Rendle (1893-1936), and Florence Ethel Critchfield (1892-).
Married (Sheerness) Helen Moyes, a cypher Wren; three sons.
31.07.1919
Truro district, Cornwall
-
16.12.2011
Victoria Manor Nursing Home
T/S.Lt. 27.02.1941
T/Lt. 27.08.1943 (reld 04.1946)
1940 - 1941 HMS Renown (battlecruiser)
(04.1941)     no appointment listed
26.05.1941 - (06.)1943 HMS St Christopher (Coastal Forces establishment, Fort William) (for motor launches) [from 01.08.1941 actually at HMS Edinburgh Castle (RN base, Freetown, Sierra Leone)]
1941 - 1943 First Lieutenant, HM ML 263 (motor launch) (Londonderry, then Gold Coast) (temporarily in command late 1942, during which time they rescued survivors from the sinking of SS New Toronto 05.11.1942)
(08.1943)     HMS Pytchley (destroyer) *
30.10.1943 - (01.)1945 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 689 (motor torpedo boat)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
1945 - 1946 Divisional Officer, HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Worked for the Scottish Office.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Renny,
Charles John Derek
C.J.D. Renny
Married; three children.
1911
Monifieth district, Angus, Scotland
-
1970
T/A/S.Lt. 28.05.1943
T/S.Lt. 28.11.1943
T/A/Lt. > 04.1945, < 07.1945 (reld > 04.1946)
Croix de Guerre avec palme (France) CdeG ? for liaison services on French ships
      British Naval Liaison Officer on Norwegina, French & Greek ships:
(08.1943)     no appointment listed
09.09.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Fox (RN base, Lerwick)
(02.1944) - (04.1944) HMS Proserpine (RN base, Lyness, Scapa Flow) *
(06.)1944 - (07.1945) HMS Hannibal (RN base, Taranto) *
04.1945 - 05.1945 British Naval Liaison Officer on French destroyer escort "Hova"
(04.1946)     HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Renouf,
Stanley
S. Renouf
?
-
T/A/S.Lt.
01.03.1945 (reld < 04.1946)
01.05.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Badger (RN base, Harwich) (for rescue tugs)
(04.1946)


no appointment listed
Revans,
Charles Richard
C.R. Revans
Son (with two sisters) of Charles Richard Revans (1876-1949), and Rebecca Swanston
Married 1st (10.09.1924, Salford, Lancashire) Doris Whitehead (25.07.1902 - 1963); two sons.
Married 2nd ((03?).1964, Barton district, Lancashire) Joyce Hodgkiss (? - 12.09.2010).
04.02.1898
Pendleton, Salford district, Lancashire
-
24.04.1968
Swinton, Salford district, Lancashire
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 25.06.1942 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
(08.1942) - (08.1943) HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow) *
15.09.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Hannibal (RN base, Algiers/Taranto) (for Sea Transport duties, Algiers)
02.01.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Byrsa (RN base, Naples) (for Sea Transport duties)
(10.1945)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Revell,
Kenneth Osborn
K.O. Revell
Residence: (1945) Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire.
24.01.1908
-
03.1988
Ipswich district, Suffolk
... ...
T/Lt. 27.01.1940
Pre-war incorporated accountant at Pike, Rogers & Co., London EC2.
      inspector of degaussing including Clyde & Port Said
... - ... ...
? - (07.1945) HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow)
Reynolds,
Harry William
H.W. Reynolds
?
-
T/S.Lt. 10.06.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
(10.1944) - (07.1945) First Lieutenant, HM ML 215 (motor launch) *
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Reynolds,
John Chappel
M. Reynolds
Son of Arthur Chappel Reynolds, and Bessie Reynolds.
Married (10.09.1942, Budock, Cornwall) Margaret Claire Dugon (23.03.1911 - 01.05.1994), daughter of Alexander Lamont Dugon (1872-1935), and Eileen Florence Grundy (1875-1962); one daughter, one son.
19.04.1908
Camborne, Redruth district, Cornwall
-
09.09.1988
Littlehampton, Worthing district, West Sussex
Prob. T/S.Lt. 31.05.1940
T/Lt. 31.08.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. > 02.1944, < 04.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
(08.1940)     no appointment listed
12.08.1940 - (10.1945) HMS Forte (RN base, Falmouth) (for Naval Control Service)
Reynolds,
Leonard Charles
"Rover"
L.C. Reynolds

29.06.1923
-
18.04.2013
T/S.Lt. 29.12.1943
T/Lt. 01.03.1945 (reld > 04.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 11.12.1945 wind up Europe 45 [decoration posted]
... - ... ...
01.03.1943 - (10.)1944 First Lieutenant, HM MGB 658 (motor gun boat)
20.12.1944 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HM MGB 658 (motor gun boat) (DSC)
... - ... ...
Reynolds,
Mark
M. Reynolds
?
-
T/S.Lt. (E)
14.02.1944
T/Lt. (E)
01.11.1945
03.1944
-
(06.1944)
HMS Rushen Castle (corvette)
(07.1945)
-
(04.1946)
HMS Knaresborough Castle (corvette) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Richards,
David
D. Richards
Son of Morgan T. Richards and Mary A. Richards, of Crynant, West Glamorgan, Wales.
1912 ?
-
17.09.1942
[age 30]
[Maala Cemetery, Yemen, I.28]
T/S.Lt. (E)
20.09.1940
A/T/Lt. (E)
20.09.1941
T/Lt. (E)
?, seniority 20.09.1941
17.12.1940
-
(02).1941
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (for miscellaneous services)
01.04.1941
-
(12.1941)
HMS Hiniesta (twin screw steam yacht; anti-submarine, later calibration vessel)
?
-
17.09.1942
HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
Richardson,
Claude
C. Richardson
?
-
T/Lt.
24.07.1941 (reld < 04.1946)
(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
(04.1944)
 
 
British Naval Liaison Officer, Greek ship "Kanaris" (escort destroyer)
(10.1944)


HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) *
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Richardson,
Godfrey Stuart
G.S. Richardson
Son of Capt. James S. Richardson, and Winifred Spence Johnson (1891-1982).
Married 1st (06.05.1943, Brompton Parish Church, Kensington district, London) Yelva Mary Danielsen (04.11.1919 - (06?).1981), of Westgate, daughter of Lauritz Frederik Lieberoth Danielsen (1885-), and Dora Evelyn Watson (1878-1953); one daughter. Yelva Danielsen remarried (1953) Charles Striddolph Willett & (1965) Henry D.R. Smith.
Married 2nd (20.11.1952, Nelson district, Lancashire) Zoe Elizabeth Waddington (08.02.1928 - 09.1986); two sons, two daughters,
24.07.1920
Warrington, Cheshire
-
23.07.1996
Staffordshire
T/A/S.Lt. (E) 20.04.1941
T/S.Lt. (E) ?
T/Lt. (E) 20.10.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: Uppingham School (09.1934-1938).
(12.1941)     HMS Attack (Coastal Forces base, Portland) *
31.08.1943 - (07.)1945 HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow)
08.1945 - (04.1946) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Richardson,
John Keith
J.K. Richardson
Son of William Graham Richardson, and Beatrice Muriel Blockley, of Odstone, Leicestershire.
(09?).1921
Odstone, Leicestershire
-
10.08.1943
(KIA) [age 21]
[Tanga European Cemetery, Tanzania, 11.A.3]
T/A/S.Lt. (A)
01.11.1941
T/S.Lt. (A)
21.08.1942
Education: Dixie Grammar School
(12.1941)


HMS Heron (RN Air Station, Yeovilton Somerset) *
03.02.1943
-
10.08.1943
pilot, 803 Squadron FAA [HMS Kilele (RN Air Station, Tanganyika)] (killed in an air crash)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Richardson,
William Antoine
W.A. Richardson
Son of William and Jeanne Richardson, of Waterloo, Crosby, Lancashire.
Married Dolina Rose "Dolly" MacKay (1912? - 17.01.1941), of Waterloo, Liverpool.
19.01.1908
Maslacq, France
-
17.01.1941
(MPK) [age 32]
[Lee-on-Solent Memorial, bay 2, panel 6]
Prob. T/S.Lt. (A) 14.06.1940
T/Lt. (A) 14.09.1940
Motor driver. Gained aviator's licence (no. 13848) on 08.05.1936, taken on an Avian Gipsy II at the Liverpool Aero Club.
22.07.1940 - (10.1940) pilot, 755 Squadron FAA [HMS Kestrel (RN Air Station, Worthy Down, nr Winchester)]
? - 17.01.1941 HMS Goshawk (RN Air Station, Piarco, Trinidad) [killed, together with his wife, while on passage to Trinidad aboard s.s. "Almeda Star", being torpedoed by U-96]
 
Riches,
Harry Gordon George Greatorex
H.G.G.G. Riches
(06?).1905
West Ham, Greater London
-
23.04.1979
Hartley, near Dartford, Kent
S.Lt.
06.09.1935
Lt.
01.04.1938
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
14.07.1943 ? (reld < 04.1946)
06.09.1935


joined Straits Settlements Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
21.01.1940
-
(04.)1940
Commanding Officer, HMS Malacca (auxiliary minesweeper)
11.12.1940
-
(12.1941)
Commanding Officer, HMS Panglima (harbour defence motor launch)
1942/43?


transferred to RNVR [temporary commission]
14.07.1943
-
01.1944
Commanding Officer, HMS Verbena (corvette)
21.12.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HM LST 173 (landing ship, tank)
Company director.
Riches,
Trevor Stanley
T.S. Riches
From Kingston.
24.04.1918
-
03.1994
Stroud, Gloucestershire
T/S.Lt.
17.07.1942
T/Lt.
17.07.1943 (reld > 04.1946)

Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division)

MBE
14.06.1980
region Director NFBTE
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
12.02.1946
-
(04.1946)
HMS Rotherham (destroyer)
Director, South Western Region, National Federation of Building Trades Employers (1970s).
Rickards,
Arthur James Hitcheson *
A.J.H. Rickards
* in naval administration third Christian name given as Hitcheson, which is in fact Aitcheson

Married The Hon. Patience French; two daughters.
16.06.1920
-
05.05.2005
Kendal district, Westmorland
T/S.Lt.
07.08.1941
T/Lt.
07.02.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
T/Lt.Cdr. ?
?

Mention in Despatches

MID
19.12.1944
E-boat attack on allied convoy Dover Straits
12.1941
-
(08.1942)
First Lieutenant, HM MTB 14 (motor torpedo boat) (1st MTB Flotilla) [HMS Beehive (Coastal Forces base, Felixstowe)]
12.1942
-
(08.)1943
Commanding Officer, HM MTB 31 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS Beehive (Coastal Forces base, Felixstowe)]
14.09.1943
-
(12.1943)
Commanding Officer, HM MTB 359 (motor torpedo boat)
24.01.1944
-
(10.1944)
HMS Wasp (Coastal Forces base, Dover) (for MTBs & MLs)
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
(04.1946)


HMS President *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Rickards,
Richard Millett
R.M. Rickards (Photo courtesy of Mr Tom Pearson-Chisman)
Son (with one sister) of Thomas Millett Rickards (1889-1958), and Mary Leburn Alexander (1890-1940), of Wentworth, Surrey.
22.07.1918
Lockside, West Byfleet, Chertsey district, Surrey
-
27.02.1942
(KIA) [age 23]
[Malta (Capuccin) Naval Cemetery, Prot. Sec.(Officers'), plot E, coll. grave 16]
A/S.Lt. 14.12.1938
S.Lt. 14.12.1939
Lt. 14.06.1941
Education: Malvern College (Minor Scholar; House 4; 1932.3-1937; Sci. VI; School Prefect; F. XL).
Worked for Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co.
19.08.1939 - (03.)1940 HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta) (for motor torpedo boats)
04.1940 - (08.)1940 First Lieutenant, HM MTB 14 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS Badger (RN base, Harwich) (for RN Depot Felixstowe Dock)]
24.08.1940 - (12.)1940 HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport)
03.12.1940 - (02.)1941 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 215 (motor torpedo boat) (10th MTB Flotilla) [HMS Beehive (Coastal Forces base, Felixstowe)]
03.02.1941 - (10.)1941 HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) (additional; for various services)
(1941?)     possibly Commanding Officer, HM MTB 217 (motor torpedo boat)
11.1941 - 27.02.1942 HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta) (for miscellaneous duties at Malta) (killed at the bombing of HMS Xmas, ex-Italian motor torpedo boat Mas.452)
Ridge,
Benjamin
B. Ridge (Photo courtesy of Janet Ridge)
?
-
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 12.02.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr. (Sp.Br.) < 10.1944
(10.1944) - (04.1946) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) *
Connected with the Cardiff Sea Cadets at some point.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Ridler,
John William
J.W. Ridler (Photo courtesy of Mr Tony Ridler)
Son of Albert William and Margaret Ridler, of St. Andrews, Bristol.
24.04.1920
-
20.02.1941
(KIA) [age 20]
Winchester (Magdalen Hill) Cemetery, F.1.100]
Prob. T/A/S.Lt. (A)
23.09.1940
Education: St Michael's School, Horfield, Bristol and Temple Technical College, Bristol.
King Scout in St Michael's Troop.
?
-
20.02.1941
755 Squadron FAA [HMS Kestrel (RN Air Station, Worthy Down, near Winchester)]
[killed together with Naval Airman E.W.E. Burton when their Shark aircraft crashed near Bristol ]
Rigby,
Clifford
C. Rigby (Photo courtesy of Linda-Jane Rigby)
From Lancashire.
?
-
T/S.Lt.
25.06.1942?
T/Lt.
25.06.1943
14.08.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Queen Charlotte (anti-aircraft range, Ainsdale on Sea, Southport, Lancashire)
(04.1946)


HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Rigby,
Colin Elston
C.E. Rigby (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Howard Rigby)
Son of Sidney Elston Rigby (1881-1935), and Ann Metcalf.
Married ((12?).1937, Amounderness district, Lancashire) Gwennie Howard (11.12.1913 - 02.1995), daughter of Tom Howard, and Mignonette Whitehead; two sons, two daughters.
12.02.1913
Preston district, Lancashire
-
07.1994
Preston and South Ribble district, Lancashire
T/S.Lt. 10.07.1942
T/Lt . 12.02.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
(10.1944) - (07.1945) HMS Brontosaurus (Combined Operations base, Dunoon, Argyll) *
1942? - 1945? Commanding Officer, HM LCI(L) 184 (landing craft, infantry (large)) (Mediterranean)
Rigby,
Duncan
D. Rigby
?
-
T/A/S.Lt. (A)
15.11.1944
T/S.Lt. (A)
15.05.1945 (reld > 04.1946)
(01.1945)
-
(07.1945)
HMS Saker (British Admiralty Delegation, Washington, DC) *
(04.1946)


no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Rigby,
Derek Jackson
D.J. Rigby
?
-
T/A/S.Lt. (A)
02.06.1944
T/S.Lt. (A)
02.12.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
06.07.1944
-
(10.1944)
HMS Macaw (RN Air Station, Bootle Station)
(01.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
(04.1946)


no appointment listed
Rigg,
Donal
D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman) D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman)
D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman) D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman)
D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman) D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman)
D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman) D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman)
D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman) D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman)
D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman) D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman)
Younger son (with one brother) of Arthur Rigg (1886-1968), managing director of Messrs. A. Rigg and Co., Ltd., silk, rayon and cotton manufacturers at Brierfield, and Jessie Nutter (1889-1965), of Wilmslow, Cheshire.
Married 1st (13.10.1944, St Philips, Chorley, Alderley Edge, Cheshire; divorced 17.02.1972) Barbara Birchenall (02.04.1920 - 23.11.2012), daughter (with one brother) of David Birchenall (1882-1967), and Hilda Walker (1896-1984); three sons, one daughter.
Married 2nd (27.10.1979) Mrs Violet Ena Hyde (07.07.1913 - 10.1986).
06.03.1919
Reedley Hallows, Lancashire
-
20.05.2003
Coventry, Warwickshire
T/S.Lt. 18.10.1940
T/Lt. 01.09.1942 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC 02.11.1943 attack 2 armed trawlers & 3 patrol vessels Channel 07/08.09.43 [investiture 07.03.44]
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl S - & France & Germany clasp
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -

D. Rigg (Photo courtesy of T. Freeman)

Education: Canford College, Bournemouth; two years at a textile college, Lyons (France).
Entered family textile business at Brierfield.
      deck hand, HMS Renown (battlecruiser)
26.10.1940 - (08.)1942 Navigation Officer, HMS Aubrietia (corvette)
(10.1942)     no appointment listed
09.11.1942 - (02.)1943 First Lieutenant, HM MTB 628 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS St Christopher (Coastal Forces establishment, Fort William)]
(04.1943)     no appointment listed
19.04.1943 - (06.)1943 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 246 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport)]
05.07.1943 - 10.1944 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 254 (motor torpedo boat) & (09.1943) Senior Officer, 14th MTB Flotilla [HMS Aggressive (Coastal Forces base, Newhaven)] (DSC)
30.10.1944 - (04.)1945 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 778 (motor torpedo boat)
(07.1945) - (10.1945) no appointment listed
Riley,
Brian Turner
B.T. Riley
24.10.1907
Uckfield district, Sussex
-
10.1988
Uckfield district, Sussex
T/S.Lt. 1940?
T/Lt. 20.12.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 10.1944 (reld < 04.1946)

George Medal

GM 04.03.1941 mine disposal [investiture 17.06.41]
King's Commendation Comdn 09.06.1942 mine disposal
29.10.1940 - (10.1944) Department of the Director of Unexploded Bombs, renamed medio 1941/42: Department of the Director of Unexploded Bomb Disposal, redesignated medio 1944: Bomb and Mine Disposal Section, Department of the Director of Torpedoes and Mining, Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty outside Admiralty)
(01.1945) - (07.1945) Combined Operations Division, Admiralty [HMS President] *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Riley,
Quintin Theodore Petroc Molesworth
Q.T.P.M. Riley
Youngest son of Athelstan Riley (1858-1945), and Hon. Andalusia Louisa Charlotte Georgina
Molesworth (died 1912).
Married (21.08.1942, Kelvedon Parish Church, Essex) Dorothy Margaret Croft, eldest daughter of the Rev. R.W. and Mrs Croft, of Kelvedon, Essex; one son.

27.10.1905
St Columb, Cornwall
-
25.12.1980
(motor accident)
Chelmsford district
T/Lt. 05.11.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 1944 (retd 1947)

Mention in Despatches

MID 26.09.1940 Norwegian Coast
Education: Pembroke College, Cambridge University (1924).
Polar explorer, 1931-1937 (British Arctic Air Route Expedition, 1931-1932; Arctic expedition, led by Gino Watkins, Greenland, 1933; British Graham Land Expedition, led by John Rymill, Antarctica, 1934-1937 [silver clasp]).
1938     joined Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
1939 - 1940 served on intelligence missions in Finland and Norway
(04.1940)     HMS King Alfred (RNVR training establishment, Hove, Sussex) *
1940 - 1941 Instructor, Independent Companies (forerunners of the Commandos), UK
(02.1941)     HMS President *
1941 - 1942 Instructor, Winter Warfare School, Iceland
1943     service with Combined Operations Command (participated in Operation Avalanche, the Allied landings at Salerno, Italy, Sep 1943)
1943     Commanding Officer, 30 RN Commando
1943 - 1944 Commanding Officer, 30 Assault Unit
1944     served in Intelligence Division, Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia (SACSEA), Ceylon
1944 - 1945 Staff Officer, G2 (Intelligence) Division, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), France, Germany and the Channel Islands
1945 - 1947 service in Germany
Served on Essex County Council and Braintree Rural District Council.
Published: (with Richard Taylor) Discovery of the poles (1957).
Literature: J.P. Riley, From pole to pole : the life of Quintin Riley 1905-1980 (1989).
* indexed, but not listed as such
Rimmington,
Alfred Norman Victor
A.N.V. Rimmington
Son of Alfred Norman and Stella Eugene Rimmington; husband of Rita Decima Rimmington, of Weston-super-Mare.
(03?).1907
Portsmouth, Hampshire
-
13.03.1946
[age 39]
[Weston-Super-Mare Cemetery, section J, grave 371]
Petty Officer
(1940)
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.)
02.12.1942
Distinguished Service Medal DSM
01.01.1941
New Year 41 [investiture 18.03.41]
1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal; Long Service and Good Conduct
(1940)


HMS Sealion (submarine)
(07.1945)
-
13.03.1946
Sea Cadet Corps
Ripley,
Henry Fremont
H.F. Ripley (Photo courtesy of Mr Eric Dietrich-Berryman)
28.11.1904
Camp Keithley, Mindanao, Philippines
-
02.12.1960
San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA
[commemmorated at RN College, Greenwich]
T/Lt. 08.09.1941
      joined RNVR as an American citizen
(12.1941)     no appointment listed
09.12.1941 - (08.1942) HMS Nasturtium (corvette)
Literature: Eric Dietrich-Berryman, Charlotte Hammond & R.E. White, Passport not required : U.S. volunteers in the Royal Navy, 1939-1941 (2010).
Rippon,
Wilberforce

Married Jean ...; one daughter.
?
-
c. 1967/68
Genoa, Italy
Prob. T/Lt.Cdr. (Sp.Br.)
18.07.1940
T/Lt.Cdr. (Sp.Br.)
06.01.1941, seniority 18.07.1940
T/A/Cdr. (Sp.Br.)
< 06.1944
T/Cdr. (Sp.Br.)
?
T/A/Capt. (Sp.Br.)
< 07.1945
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
08.06.1943
Inshore Squadron with 8th Army advance [decoration presented] *
Croix de Guerre (France) CdeG
?
Operation Dragoon (invasion of S France 08.44)
* For good services in maintaining, the flow of supplies and reinforcements to the Eighth Army.
18.07.1940
-
(12.1941)
Salvage Officer, Salvage Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
15.02.1942
-
27.07.1943
HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria) [for the Inshore Squadron]
28.07.1943
-
09.07.1944
Principal Salvage Officer, Levant [HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria)], renamed:  
10.07.1944
-
(04.1946)
Fleet Salvage Officer, Mediterranean [HMS Byrsa (RN base, Naples), later HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta)]
After the war he ran a shipping line from Genoa to Tripoli.
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