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1939-1945

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Arkell,
Denis
D. Arkell (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Burroughs) D. Arkell (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Burroughs)
D. Arkell (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Burroughs)
29.08.1907 ?
St Pancras district, London ?
-
05.1986 ?
Hendon district, Middlesex ?
T/Civilian Officer ?
RAFVR:  
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1883253]
(A) P/O (prob) 16.03.1944 [172431]
P/O (prob) 11.05.1944
(WS) F/O 11.11.1944 (emgcy list) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
12.1940 - (10.1943) civil staff, Naval Intelligence Division, Admiralty
16.03.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
       

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Briggs,
Frank
F. Briggs
07.03.1905
-
08.2002
Torbay district, Devon
Assistant, Grade II (1940)
Acting Scientific Officer (1943-1946)

Medal of the British Empire (Civil Division)

BEM 01.01.1941 New Year 41
(1940)     HM Signal School
(08.1943) - (04.1946) Admiralty Signal Establishment, Haslemere
Post-war he worked for Decca Navigation and had a pilots licence flying between Decca Navigation centres in Europe and UK.
Bruntisfield,
1st Baron, of Boroughmuir (cr. 1942);
Sir Victor Alexander George Anthony Warrender, Bt. (cr. 1715)
Lord Bruntisfield (V.A.G.A. Warrender)
Son of Sir George John Scott Warrender, 7th Bt KCB, KCVO, and Lady (Ethel) Maud Warrender (died 1945), youngest daughter of 8th Earl of Shaftesbury.
Succeeded to father's Baronetcy, 1917.
Married 1st (1920) Dorothy (marriage dissolved 1945), youngest daughter of late Colonel R.H. Rawson, MP, and Lady Beatrice Rawson; three sons.
Married 2nd (1948) Tania,
younger daughter of late Dr M. Kolin, St Jacob, Dubrovnik, Jugoslavia; one son, one daughter.
23.06.1899
St George Hanover Square, London
-
14.01.1993
Secretary
?
Military Cross MC
1918
?
Education: Eton
1917
-
1918
served European War with the Grenadier Guards (MC, Russian Order of St Stanislas, Star of Roumania, St Ann of Russia with sword)
1923
-
1942
Member of Parliament (U), Grantham Division of Kesteven and Rutland (an assistant Whip, 1928-31)
1931
-
1932
Junior Lord of the Treasury
1932
-
1935
Vice-Chamberlain of HM Household
1935
-
1935
Comptroller of HM Household
1935
-
1935
Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to Admiralty
1935
-
1940
Financial Secretary, War Office
1940
-
1942
Parliamentary and Financial Secretary, Admiralty
1942
-
1945
Parliamentary Secretary, Admiralty
Byng,
Robert Cecil
see: RNVR officers' section  

C      
Clouston,
John Collier
J.C. Clouston
The Family of Clouston website (possibly)
10.10.1876?
-
12.1947?
T/Technical Assistant
?
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civilian Division) OBE
04.01.1944
New Year 44
(06.1943)

-
(04.1946)
North-East of England region, Regional 
Organisation for Merchant Shipbuilding and Repairs, Admiralty
Cook,
S L
T.C.S. Cope
Residence: (1945) Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
?
-
T/Experimental Officer 23.10.1944?
Education: university course in electrical engineering (BSc); vacation course with Metro-Vicks.
      Degaussing Technical Officer, Devonport, Alexandria & Port Said; Minesweeping Division of HMS Vernon (with interests in light electrical engineering (development) and underwater measuring apparatus)
23.10.1944 - (04.1946) HMS Vernon (mine design department, Leigh Park House, near Havant, Hampshire)
Post-war possibly B.T.H. or Marconi's.
* indexed, but not listed as such
       

D      
Darbyshire,
Jack
J. Darbyshire
Son (with one brother and one sister) of Arthur Eric Darbyshire (1894-1960), and Ellen Ann Jones (1893-1976).
Married (30.04.1955, Portsmouth Cathedral) Mollie Irving; three sons, one daughter.

27.05.1919
Llanrwst, Maridneth N district
-
04.11.2004
Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales
[Burial of ashes at St. Tysylio (Church Island) Menai Bridge]
T/Experimental Officer > 04.1945, < 07.1945 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: BSc 1940, MSc 1949, DSc 1958 Wales. FInstP, FRMetS.
(07.1945) - (04.1946) Scientific and Technical Staff at Admiralty Research Laboratory (Teddington, Middlesex) under Scientific Research and Experiment Department, Admiralty
Oceanographer. Professor of Physical Oceanography, UNCW, Bangor, 1963.
       

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F      
Forbes,
William Archibald David
(06?).1890
Hackney, Greater London
-
?
Assistant Constructor
07.1915
Constructor
?
Acting Chief Constructor
1939/40?
Acting Assistant Director
1944 (retd > 05.1950, < 05.1953)
07.1915


joined Royal Corps of Naval Constructors
(07.1935)
-
(07.)1937
a Constructor, Naval Construction Department, Admiralty
(07.)1937
-
(08.1939)
a Constructor, HM Dockyard, Malta [HMS St Angelo]
(04.1940)
-
(06.)1944
an Acting Chief Constructor, Naval Construction Department, Admiralty
(10.)1944
-
(05.1950)
an Acting Assistant Director, Naval Construction Department, Admiralty
MINA
       

G      
Goodall,
Marcus Campbell
M.C. Goodall (Photo courtesy of Stella Goodall)
Oldest son of E.C. Goodall, and ... Elliott, of London W11.
Married (1960) Janet Fauntleroy McKenney; one son, one daughter.

03.03.1914
Kentish Town, St Pancras district, London
-
14.09.1999
Shincliffe, Durham Central district, Durham
T/Experimental Officer ? (reld > 07.1945, < 04.1946)
Education: Uppingham School (09.1927-07.1932; Constables House); Balliol College, Oxford (1932-1935).
(08.)1943 - (07.)1945 Admiralty Signal Establishment (in the scientific and technical pools at Royal Fort, Bristol) [appointment possibly mid-1942]
Marconi Ltd., Research Department, Essex, 1945-1949. FRGS, 1948. Leverhulme Research Fellow, 1949-1950. Institute for Advanced Studies (Mathematics), Princeton. Research Fellow, Marine Biological Laboratory, Massachusetts, 1951. Lecturer in Zoology (Biophysics) , University of Michigan, 1953. Research Associate 1956, Staff Member, Research Laboratory of Electronics 1961, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Associate Member, Institute for Biomedical Research, Chicag, 1966. Associate Professor of Biophysics, University of Alabama 1970 (Emeritus Professor 1984).
Published: Science and the politician (1965);
Science, logic, and political action (1970); Science, survival and the west (2001); numerous papers.
Grimley,
William Kenneth
W.K. Grimley (Photo courtesy of Mr Gordon E. Waters)
06.02.1912
-
02.1997
Weymouth, Dorset
A/Technical Officer
?
Technical Officer
?
Senior Scientific Officer
(07.1948)
Principal Scientific Officer
(05.1950) - (01.1956)
Senior Principal Scientific Officer
(07.1961) - (02.1963)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division_ OBE 01.01.1963 New Year 63
16.06.1941
-
(08.1942)
Anti-Submarine Warfare Division, Admiralty
(02.1943)
-
(07.1945)
Anti-Submarine Materiel Department, Admiralty
(07.1948)
-
(02.1963)
Royal Naval Scientific Service
(1963)
-
(02.1969)

Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment, Portland, Dorset

AMIEE
       

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K      
Klemantaski,
Louis
L. Klemantaski  
Married (1955) Ursula Staples Smith.


12.02.1912
Harbin, Manchuria, China
-
24.06.2001

Coombe Hay, nr Bath, Somerset
T/Experimental Officer
> 01.1945, < 07.1945
Education: Kings College, London.
1939?
-
1945?
served (not in officer capacity) Miscellaneous Weapon Development Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
(07.1945)
-
(04.1946)
Scientific Research and Experiment Department, Admiralty
Renowned motor racing photographer.
Published: Klemantaski himself (1998); Klemantaski and Ferrari; Klemantaski and Aston Martin.
Literature
: Gerald Pawle, The secret war (1956).
       

L      
Lee,
Edward
"Ted"
E. Lee (Photo courtesy of Mr Josh Bateson) E. Lee (Photo courtesy of Mr Josh Bateson)
Son of Thomas and Florence Lee.
Married (1942) Joan Pearson; three daughters (their youngest daughter, Lesley Ronaldson became the first woman professional Real Tennis player and a world doubles champion).
 

02.03.1914
Lanchester, Durham
-
31.12.2001

Weybridge, Surrey
Junior Scientific Officer
(04.1940)
Scientific Officer
(02.1941) - (06.1944)
T/Senior Experimental Officer
(07.1945) - (04.1946)
Principal Scientific Officer
(07.1948)
Senior Principal Scientific Officer
(05.1953)
Education: Consett Grammar School; Manchester University (MSc); Pembroke College, Cambridge (PhD) [built an infrared spectrometer]
late 1939
-
(04.)1946
Scientific and Technical Staff at Admiralty Research Laboratory, Scientific Research and
Experiment Department, Admiralty (initially on loan from Air Ministry) (Teddington, Middlesex)
[working on radar & Type F infrared rays recognition system to help Allied pilots distinguish enemy aircraft from their own planes at night]
1946
-
1948
Ministry of Defence
1948
-
1951
Department of Physical Research, Admiralty
1951
-
1955
Admiralty Research Laboratory
1955
-
1958
Director of Operational Research, Royal Naval Scientifice Service, Admiralty
1958
-
1960
Deputy Director, National Physical Laboratory
1960
-
1965
Director, Stations and Industry Division, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
1965
-
1970
Deputy Controller (R), Ministry of Technology
1970
-
1971
Head of Research Services, Department of Trade and Industry
1971
-
1974
Director, Admiralty Research Laboratory, Teddington (retired)
Governor of Hampton School, and Captain and President of the Home Park Golf Club at Hampton Court.
Lister,
Stanley Masterman
S.M. Lister
Son (with one sister and one brother) of Oliver Lister (1865-), and Phoebe Ellen Shuker (1874-).
Married ((06?).1935, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire) May Stanley (08.07.1908 - 03.2002), daughter of Harry Stanley (1886-1936), and Florence Casswell (1887-1959); two sons.
(12?).1903
Rotherham district, Derbyshire / Yorkshire
-
27.04.1950
The Harwich and District Hospital, Dovercourt, Essex
A/Assistant Armament Supply Officer 1944?
Assistance Clerk, Unemployment Assistance Board, 10.1936.
c.1940 - 1944 served (not in officer capacity) with the Admiralty in Bath and Corsham Armaments Depot
04.02.1944 - (07.1945) Armament Depot, Bermuda
(04.1946) - (10.1947) Mine Depot, Wrabness (Harwich)
       

M      
Mathieson,
Wyndham David
M. Hollinshed
27.10.1916
-
04.1991
Mid Devon
T/Technical Adviser
?
(07.1945)
-
(04.1946)
Armament Depot, Melbourne Headquarters
Maxwell,
Maurice Edward
M.E. Maxwell
(06?).1917
Belfast district, Northern Ireland
-
T/Experimental Officer ?
Education: Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland (BSc).
(08.1943) - (04.1946) Admiralty Signal Establishment (Haslemere, Surrey)
 
McGrath,
Malcolm William
M.W. McGrath (Photo courtesy of Mr Phil Sandy)
Son (with one brother and one sister) of William McGrath (1886-), and May Parry (1884-).
Married Frances Winifred Mary Hurst (21.02.1921 - 25.06.2005), daughter of ... Hurst, and Marion McLean (1900-); three daughters, one son.
02.11.1915
Birkenhead district, Cheshire
-
16.09.1958
Greenwich district, London
Assistant Armament Supply Officer ?
A/Deputy Armament Supply Officer 1940
T/Cdr. (Sp.Br.) RNVR 14.03.1945
10.1934     assigned, Executive Class, Admiralty
10.1934 - (07.)1935 Assistant Armament Supply Officer, RN Armament Depot Plymouth
11.1935 - (10.)1936 Assistant Armament Supply Officer, RN Armament Depot Plymouth
12.1936 - (07.)1937 Assistant Armament Supply Officer, RN Armament Depot Singapore
08.1937 - (08.)1939 Assistant Armament Supply Officer, RN Armament Depot Hong Kong
09.1939 - (04.)1940 Assistant Armament Supply Officer, RN Armament Depot Bermuda (detached)
22.06.1940 - (02.)1941 acting Deputy Armament Supply Officer, RN Armament Depot Dover
(12.)1941 - (01.)1945 acting Deputy Armament Supply Officer, Department of the Director of Armament Supply, Admiralty
(07.1945) - (04.1946) HMS Portland Bill (maintenance and repair ship)*
      was also stationed in Port Royal, Jamaica and Amanzimatoti in South Africa and Canada during the war
Post-war worked in Customs and Excise.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Moss-Blundell,
Henry Seymour
H.H. Moss-Blundell
Son of late J. Seymour Moss­Blundell.
Married (1910) Elizabeth Hilda, daughter of late A.E. Cumberbatch of Great Sarratt Hall, Herts; one son, one daughter.
06.12.1871
-
29.03.1947
Chipperfield, Hertfordshire
T/Civilian Adviser
?
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) CBE
04.06.1917
Trade Division, Admiralty
Education: Rugby; St John's College, Cambridge
WW I


served (unpaid) in the Trade Division of the Admiralty
(02.1941)
-
(07.1945)
Temporary Civilian Adviser on staff of Principal British Naval Liaison Officer to Allied Navies [HMS President]
Barrister­at­law; lately Deputy Chairman Herring Industry Board and previously Chief Inspector of Fisheries. LLD.

 
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O      
Oates,
P G
P.G. Oates
Residence: (1945) Surbiton, Surrey.
?
-
Temp. Experimental Officer ?
Pre-war employed with Patent Office and Ministry of Shipping.
      Degaussing Technical Officer (DGTO) Devonport & Levant Area
... - ... ...
       

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R      
Randall-Cook,
Clive
C. Randall-Cook (Photo courtesy of Annie Pomeroy)

11.04.1909
-
06.1983
Technical Officer (06.1944)-(04.1945)
Senior Technical Officer (07.1945)-(04.1946)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division_ OBE 11.06.1966 HM's birthday 66
GIEE.
(06.)1944 - (04.1946) Signal Establishment
       

S      
Speke,
Frederick Robert
P.G. Oates
Residence: (1945) Stroud, Gloucestershire.
24.05.1913
Stroud district, Gloucestershire
-
01.2000
Luton district, Bedfordshire
Temp. Experimental Officer ?
Pre- & post-war teacher mathematics & science, Dunstable Grammar School.
      Degaussing Technical Officer (DGTO) UK, inclusing Milford, Alexandria & Port Said
... - ... ...
Stanger,
F
P.G. Oates
Residence: (1945) Canterbury, Kent.
?
-
Temp. Experimental Officer ?
Pre- & post-war senior physics teacher & assistant house master, Kings School, Canterbury.
      Temporary Experimental Officer, S.M.D., S.D.G. Bath, S.I.D.G. (L)
... - ... ...
       

T      
Thrower,
Leonard Frederick
L.F. Thrower
Son of ... Thrower, and ... Clark.
Married ((09?).1947, St Germans district, Cornwall) Ruby J. Harris.
Residence: (1945) Norwich, Norfolk.
22.11.1918
Norwich district, Norfolk
-
(12?).1983
Weymouth district, Norfolk
Temp. Experimental Officer ?
Pre-war meter department, Norwich Corp. Elec.
      Degaussing Technical Officer, Portsmouth, Port Said, Ismailia (specializing in testing and research all types of meters and electrical instruments)
... - ... ...
Turney,
Arthur Allin
A.A. Turney (Photo courtesy of Mr Richard Taylor)
Married ((06?).1917, Eton district, Buckinghamshire) Hilda Constance Halfacre (21.08.1898 - (06?).1982); one daughter, one son.

03.11.1896
Shercock, Bailieborough district, Ireland
-
(03?).1979
Barnstaple district, Devon
Temp. Experimental Officer ? (reld > 07.1945, < 04.1946)
WW I     Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery & Royal Engineers

Set up in business producing and selling radios for sea-going yachts and schooners.

(02.1943) - (07.1945) Admiralty Signal Establishment (Haslemere) (probably involved in D/F work in the Western Approaches)
Marine watercolourist.
       

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W      
Warrender,
Sir Victor Alexander George Anthony
see: Bruntisfield,
1st Baron
 
Wilkes,
W
W. Wilkes
Residence: (1945) Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
?
-
Temp. Experimental Officer ?
Pre-war electrician, Loathian Coal Co., Newton Grange, Midlothian.
      general degaussing duties, including Alexandria, Port Said, Suez (specializing in electricity and collieries)
... - ... ...
       

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Yeo,
Reginald Arthur
R.A. Yeo (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Yeo)
Son (with two sisters and three brothers) of Henry Yeo (1857-), and Rosa Gates Doe (1867-1932).
Married ((09?).1931, Hambledon district, Surrey / Sussex) Beatrice Rose Snelling ((06?).1907 - 1981), daughter (with three brothers and one sister) of Walter Edmund Snelling (1875-1968), and Beatrice Mary Spiers (1879-1952); two daughters, one son.
15.08.1904
Portsmouth, Hampshire
-
01.04.1968
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Junior Scientific Officer 02.01.1928
Scientific Officer 01.04.1933
A/Senior Scientific Officer 01.04.1942
Principal Scientific Officer 01.01.1946
Senior Principal Scientific Officer 01.11.1948
Education: Univeristy, London (BSc (Eng) [1st class honours]); ACGI, DIC [for research in telecommunications measurements].
1920 - 1924 Electrical Apprentice, HM Dockyard Portsmouth
1924 - 1927 City of Guilds College London
1927 - 1928 5 months with Mullard Wireless Services Co.
02.01.1928 - 1944 HM Signal School, Portsmouth
1931 - 1935 research the design, development and use of very short waves range for the navy
1938 - 1944 responsible for the design and development of a high power H.F speech transmitter for the fleet incorporating new methods of frequency generation and modulation
1944 - 1946 Head of Aerial Division, Admiralty Signal and Radar Establishment
1947     UK representative at the International Telecommunications & Radio Conference, Atlantic City
01.11.1948     Assistant Director in the Department of Research Programmes and Planning, Royal Naval Scientific Service
1953     UK representative at two conferences concerned with Commonwealth Defence, New Delhi
01.09.1953 - 1956 seconded for 2 years and an extension to Ministry of Supply for duty as Member of HM Ordnance Board and head of Electronics Division
Member, Australian Broadcasting Control Board, Melbourne, 20.12.1956-(1962).
       

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