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Van der Byl, V.J.H.
to
Voelcker, G.A.W.


V.J.H. Van der Byl  to  G.A.W. Voelcker
Van der Byl,
Voltelin James Howard
V.J.H. Van der Byl
Second son of Col. & Mrs. V.A.W. van der Byl, of Capetown, South Africa.
Married (13.01.1940, St Thomas's Cathedral, Portsmouth, Hampshire) Yvonne Croker, only child of Eng.Capt. & Mrs. G.F. Croker, of Quartertown, Fareham; ... children (one daughter?).
04.05.1907
South Africa
-
21.09.1968
Gosport district, Hampshire
Cadet
15.01.1924 [1921?]
Midsh.
15.05.1925
A/S.Lt.
?
S.Lt.
01.04.1928
Lt.
01.11.1929
Lt.Cdr.
01.11.1937
Cdr.
30.06.1942
Capt.
31.12.1948 (retd 31.01.1958)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
28.06.1940
submarine service (HMS Taku)
 
09.1924
-
(01.1925)
HMS Marlborough (battleship) (Mediterranean)
18.03.1926
-
(07.1927)
HMS Lowestoft (cruiser) (Africa)
15.04.1929
-
(02.1931)
HMS Odin (submarine) (China)
(01.1932)


no appointment listed
15.03.1932
-
(09.1932)
HMS Shropshire (cruiser) (Mediterranean)
20.06.1933
-
(01.1934)
First Lieutenant, HMS Sturgeon (submarine)
24.10.1934
-
(07.1935)
First Lieutenant. HMS Rover (submarine) (China)
(02.1936)


no appointment listed
08.08.1936
-
(07.)1937
Commanding Officer, HMS Salmon (submarine) (Mediterranean)
02.08.1937
-
(09.1939)
HMS Neptune (cruiser) (Africa)
24.02.1940
-
(04.)1940
Commanding Officer, HMS Taku (submarine)
15.10.1940
-
(02.1941)
Staff Officer (Operations) (2) to Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [HMS Nelson (battleship)]
25.07.1942
-
(02.)1943
Staff Officer (M) to Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [HMS Duke of York (battleship), later: HMS King George V (battleship)]
09.03.1943
-
01.07.1943
Anti-Submarine Warfare Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
01.07.1943
-
(06.)1944
Anti-U-Boat Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
27.09.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Cyclops (for submarines)
(04.1946)


HMS Wolfe *
06.10.1946
-
(07.1948)
Staff Officer (Operations) to Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station [HMS Highflyer]
15.08.1949
-
(05.1950)
on staff of Flag Officer (Air) (Home) [HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent]
(05.1953)


no appointment listed
08.10.1953
-
(04.)1955
Second Naval Member, New Zealand Naval Board
04.11.1955
-
(01.1956)
Commanding Officer, HMS Forth
08.07.1957
-
07.01.1958
also: Naval ADC to the Queen
* indexed, but not listed as such
Vanneck,
Hon. [Sir] Peter Beckford Rutgers
P.B.R. Vanneck
Youngest son of 5th Baron Huntingfield (William Charles Arcedeckne Vanneck), KCMG (1883-1969) and Margaret Eleanor (1884- 1943), daughter of Judge Ernest Crosby, NY.
Married 1st (08.04.1943, St Margaret's, Westminster; marriage dissolved 1984) Cordelia Errington, youngest daughter of Capt. Reginald Hugh Errington, RN (retd), of Bury St Edmunds; one daughter (and one daughter deceased).
Married 2nd (1984) Mrs Elizabeth Lechmere Forbes (née Macaskie); one step son, one step daughter.

07.01.1922
London

-
02.08.1999
London
Cadet
01.01.1940
Midsh.
01.09.1940
A/S.Lt.
01.05.1942
S.Lt.
10.10.1942, seniority 01.08.1941
Lt.
25.05.1943, seniority 01.12.1942 (resigned 24.05.1949)
RAFVR:

F/O
17.11.1949 [205378]
R Aux A F:

F/O
18.12.1950, seniority 09.10.1950
F/Lt.
04.09.1951, seniority 09.10.1950
Sq.Ldr.
01.07.1958
Gp.Capt.
1963
Air Cdre.
1967?
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire GBE
18.10.1977
Lord Mayor of London
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
01.01.1963
New Year 63
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
02.06.1973
HM's birthday 73
Air Force Cross AFC
09.06.1955
HM's birthday 55
Air Efficiency Award AEA
1954
?
Hon. DSc City Univ. CStJ, 06.01.1959. KStJ, 11.01.1965 (former Mem., Chapter General). Commander, Legion of Honour (France), 1981; Grand Officer, Order of the Crown (Belgium), 1983
Education: Geelong Grammar School; Stowe School (Scholar); Trinity College, Cambridge (MA; DSc); Harvard; IEng; MIAgrE



HMS Nelson (battleship)
01.10.1940
-
(02.1941)
upper gun range finder, HMS King George V (battleship)



HMS Eskimo (destroyer)



commanded a landing craft, 55th LCA Flotilla (North Africa)
01.05.1942
-
(08.1942)
promotion course, Portsmouth
19.12.1942
-
(04.1944)
HMS Wren (sloop)
(06.1944)


HMS Bee (Coastal Forces base, Holyhead)
08.1944
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, MTB 696
30.09.1945
-
(04.1946)
FIS Church, Lawford [HMS Heron]



pilot, 771 Squadron FAA
18.08.1947
-
(07.1948)
pilot, 807 Squadron FAA
Cambridge University Air Squadron, 1949; 601 (County of London) Squadron RAuxAF, 1950-1957 (101 Sqdn Mass. Air Nat. Guard, 1953); No. 3619 (County of Suffolk) Fighter Control Unit, 1958-1961 (in command 28.06.1959-01.02.1961); No 1 Maritime HQ Unit, 1961-1963; Inspector RAuxAF, 1963-1973, Hon. Inspector­General 1974-1983; ADC to the Queen, 1963-1973; Hon. Air Cdre, No 1 (Co. Hertford) Maritime HQ Unit, RAuxAF, 1973-1987. Gentleman Usher to the Queen, 03.10.1967-1979. Mem., Stock Exchange Council, 1968-1979 (Dep. Chm., 1973-1975). Mem. (C) Cleveland, 1979-1984, Cleveland and Yorks N, 1984-1989, contested (C) Cleveland and Yorks N, 1989, 
European Parliament; Member, Energy, Research and Technology Committee, 1979-1989; Vice­Chairman, Political Affairs Committee, 1984-1989.
Prime Warden, Fishmongers' Co., 1981-1982; Past Master: Gunmakers' Co., 1977 and 1988; Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, 1976-1977; Freeman, Watermen's and Lightermen's Co., 1978; Alderman of Cordwainer Ward, City of London, 1969-1979; Deputy Lieutenant, Greater London, 19.05.1970. Supernumerary Justice of the Peace, City of London. Sheriff, City of London, 1974-1975; Lord Mayor of London, 1977-1978. High Sheriff, Suffolk, 1979.
Varley,
Gilbert Alec
G.A. Varley (Photo courtesy of Mr David Varley) G.A. Varley (Photo courtesy of Mr David Varley)
G.A. Varley (Photo courtesy of Mr David Varley)
Son of Gilbert Varley (1873-1933), and Marion Emily Dim Duncan (1876-1953).
Brother of Capt. John Francis Varley, RAMC.
Married ((06?).1944, Maldon district, Essex) Patricia Ethel Barber (18.12.1921 - 22.04.1999); two sons.
16.07.1916
Angmering, East Preston distrct, West Sussex
-
02.12.1996
Douglas, Isle of Man
Prob. T/S.Lt. (E) RNVR 29.12.1940
T/Lt. (E) 16.07.1941
Education: Cambridge (BA in engineering).
Returned from the Argentine at the beginning of the war.
      joined RNVR as a stoker
29.12.1940 - (02.)1941 HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (for miscellaneous services)
07.1941     transferred, RN
06.1941 - (12.1941) HMS Fortitude (RN base, Ardrossan)
02.1942 - 05.1943 HMS Cormorant (RN base, Gibraltar) (for ML Flotillas)
30.05.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Iskra (Coastal Forces base, Gibraltar)
(04.1944)     no appointment listed
05.05.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Aggressive (Coastal Forces base, Newhaven)
(05.1945)     gunnery course, HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
03.1946 - (04.1946) HMS Sultan (RN base, Singapore) (for miscellaneous services)
Senior Engineer, BP Trading Ltd., London.
Vaughan-Lewis,
John Reginald Mervyn
J.R.M. Vaughan-Lewis (Photo courtesy of Mr William Vaughan-Lewis)
Son (with one sister) of Cdr. William Mervyn Vaughan Lewis, RN (1883-1937), and Georgine Marie Louise Neild (?-1958).
Married 1st (divorced) Wendy Heywood; two sons, two daughters.
Married 2nd Betty L. Pritchard ((09?).1929 - ).
18.02.1919
-
30.05.1983
Devonshire
Cadet 01.05.1936
Midsh. 01.01.1937
A/S.Lt. 01.01.1939
S.Lt. 01.05.1939
Lt. 16.07.1940
Lt.Cdr. 16.07.1948 (retd 17.02.1964)
Education: RN College, Dartmouth (?-31.03.1936; 11th "Drake" Term Cadet Captain).
01.05.1936 - 31.08.1936 HMS Frobisher (cadet training cruiser)
01.09.1936 - (02.)1937 HMS Royal Oak (battleship) (Home Fleet)
22.04.1937 - (08.)1938 HMS Emerald (cruiser) (Nore)
30.08.1938 - (10.1938) HMS Cornwall (cruiser) (Home Fleet)
02.01.1939 - (05.)1939 promotion course, Portsmouth [HMS Victory]
31.07.1939 - (10.1940) Navigating Officer, HMS Venomous (destroyer)
06.01.1941 - (02.)1941 long navigation course, HM Navigation School, Portsmouth [HMS Dryad]
04.1941 - 06.1941 Navigating Officer, HMS Delhi (cruiser) (Atlantic crossing to New York)
15.07.1941 - (02?.)1942 Navigating Officer, HMS Caradoc (cruiser)
15.04.1942 - (08.)1943 Navigating Officer, HMS Adventure (minelayer)
18.08.1943 - (01.)1945 Navigating Officer, HMS Onslow (destroyer)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
mid-1945 - late-1945 HMS Odyssey (accounting base for naval parties) (for Naval Parties in the East Indies)
[during this time served on Persimmon and Nith and was Harbour Master at Padang immediately after the formal surrender there]
(04.1946)     HMS Sultan * [04.1946 to c. 06.1946 Commanding Officer, HMS Gawler - Australian refit and then took it to the Turkish Navy]
27.01.1947 - 31.08.1947 Navigating Officer, HMS Wakeful
01.09.1947 - (07.)1948 HMS Dryad (navigation school, Portsmouth)
27.09.1948 - (05.)1949 HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (for miscellaneous duties)
08.12.1949 - 07.1952 HMS Gambia
29.09.1952 - (05.)1953 HMS Dryad (navigation school, Portsmouth)
1953 - 1953? HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport)
31.05.1954 - (01.1956) HMS Theseus
Spring 1956 -   HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport) (served on small boats)
05.1958 - (10?).1960 HM Dockyard Singapore [HMS Terror] *
11.1960 - (02.1963) HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport) * [as Senior Officer, Coastal Forces Trials and Special Service Squadron, during which time he was first Commanding Officer of HMS Brave Borderer and HMS Brave Swordsman (and for a while HMS Bold Pathfinder). He had written a book for the Admiralty which led to the design and commissioning of the Braves.]
(02.1964)     HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Vaux,
Michael Philip
M.P. Vaux
Only son of Cdr. & Mrs. Philip Vaux, of London W4.
Married (1949) Pamela Roach, younger daughter of Mr C.H. Roach, of Sydney, Australia, and the late Mrs Roach.
?
-
died between 08.1989 and 12.1991
Cadet
01.05.1939
Midsh.
01.09.1939
S.Lt.
01.04.1941
Lt.
01.08.1942
Lt.Cdr.
01.08.1950 (retd 18.12.1955; own request)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
03.04.1942
Operation Archery (raid on Vaagso Islands 27.12.41)
Mention in Despatches MID
27.04.1943
convoy JW518 12.42
31.08.1939
-
(04.)1940
HMS Norfolk (cruiser)
03.07.1940
-
(02.1941)
HMS Jervis (flotilla leader)
23.09.1941
-
(02.)1943
HMS Onslow (destroyer)
10.04.1943
-
(10.)1943
HMS Bulldog (destroyer)
05.12.1943
-
(04.)1944
Preliminary Air Training Establishment, Gosport [HMS St Vincent] (for preliminary air training)
(06.1944)


no appointment listed
01.10.1944
-
(07.1945)
First Lieutenant, HMS Tumult (destroyer)
(04.1946)


no appointment listed
01.01.1948
-
(07.1948)
Damage Control School, Portsmouth [HMS Victory]
03.1950
-
(05.1950)
Commanding Officer, HMS Striker
(05.1953)


no appointment listed
(04.1955)


Naval Intelligence Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
Vavasour,
[Sir] Geoffrey William;
5th Baronet, of Haslewood, Yorkshire
G.W. Vavasour
Son of Captain Sir Leonard Pius Vavasour, 4th Bt, RN, and Ellice Margaret Nelson.
Succeeded father, 1961.
Married 1st (23.01.1940) Joan Millicent Kirkland Robb (marriage dissolved 1947); two daughters.
Married 2nd (1971) Marcia Christine, daughter of late
Marshall Lodge, Batley, Yorks (marriage dissolved 1980).
05.09.1914
Queenstown, Co. Cork, Ireland
-
28.07.1997
Wandsworth, Greater London
Cadet
01.01.1932
Midsh.
01.09.1932
A/S.Lt.
01.01.1935
S.Lt.
16.09.1935
Lt.
16.09.1937
?, seniority 16.03.1937
Lt.Cdr.
16.03.1945
Cdr.
31.12.1949 (retd 17.02.1958)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
02.05.1944
operations Adriatic [investiture 11.05.45]
Mention in Despatches MID
31.03.1942
attack battlecruisers 12.02.42
Mention in Despatches MID
23.05.1944
Operation Avalanche
Education: RN College, Dartmouth
04.01.1932
-
(09.1932)
HMS Hood (battlecruiser) (Home Fleet)
09.03.1933
-
(07.1934)
HMS Danae (cruiser) (America and West Indies)
03.01.1935
-
01.09.1935
promotion course, RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
02.09.1935
-
(02.)1936
promotion course, Portsmouth
12.1936
-
(07.1937)
HMS Hereward (destroyer) (Mediterranean)
04.01.1938
-
(08.)1939
HMS Iron Duke (training ship) (Portsmouth)
22.08.1939
-
(04.1940)
HMS Wrestler (destroyer)
(02.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
01.09.1941
-
(08.)1942
Gunnery Officer, HMS Mackay (destroyer)
10.09.1942
-
(12.1943)
Gunnery Officer, HMS Quilliam (destroyer)
22.02.1944
-
(10.1944)
Gunnery Officer, HMS Ferret (RN base, Londonderry)
31.01.1945
-
(04.1946)
Gunnery Officer, HMS Mauritius (cruiser)
(07.1948)
 
 
HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth) *
18.12.1948
-
(05.1949)
HMS Belfast
28.03.1950
-
(05.1950)
HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) (for miscellaneous duties)
29.07.1951
-
(05.1953)
Executive Officer, RN College, Dartmouth [HMS Britannia]
15.02.1954
-
(07.1954)
Commanding Officer, HMS Plucky
(04.1955)
 
 
no appointment listed
(01.1956)
 
 
no appointment listed
(01.1957)
 
 
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) *
A Director of W.M. Still & Sons, 1962-1980. Played First-Class cricket, 1947.
Veal,
Stephen Ernest
S.E. Veal
Married; at least one son.

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14.11.1892
Devonport, Devon
-
02.03.1977
Seaman
? [J2237]
A/Gnr.
01.11.1918
Gnr.
?, seniority 28.09.1918
Cd.Gnr.
28.09.1928
Lt.
31.12.1933
Lt.Cdr.
31.12.1941 (retd 14.11.1942)
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
01.01.1942
New Year 42
Mention in Despatches MID
30.01.1945
towing Mulberry harbour sections to France & rescue work during the invasion 06.44
(01.1919)


no appointment listed
21.08.1922
-
(08.1923)
Royal Australian Naval College, Jervis Bay [HMAS Franklin] [lent to Royal Australian Navy]
26.09.1924
-
(01.1925)
HMS P.31 (patrol boat) (Portland)
11.1925
-
(07.1927)
HMS Fermoy (twin-screw minesweeper) (Portland)
12.01.1929
-
(04.1930)
HMS Doon (fishery protection gunboat (trawler)) (Portland)
01.07.1930
-
(09.1932)
HMS Hastings (sloop) (Red Sea) [ship commissioned 27.11.1930]
(01.1934)


short course of instruction
18.05.1934
-
(02.1936)
Commanding Officer, HM Tug St. Issey (Mediterranean)
18.09.1936
-
(02.1937)
Gunnery School, Devonport [HMS Drake]
01.06.1937
-
(07.1937)
HM Dockyard Devonport [HMS Drake]
09.11.1937
-
(04.1941)
Commanding Officer, HM Tug Buccaneer
09.11.1941
-
(04.1946)
Commanding Officer, HM Tug (later HM Rescue Tug) Buccaneer
Veasey,
Robert Francis
R.F. Veasey
Married; at least one daughter.

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27.05.1883
Gosmore, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
-
1964
A/S.Lt.
15.04.1902
S.Lt.
27.03.1903, seniority 15.04.1902
Lt.
30.06.1904 (retd 16.01.1912)
[from 19193?: Lt.Cdr. (retd)]
Cdr. (retd)
27.05.1923 (reverted to retd 1943)
A/Capt.
1941?
15.01.1897
-
1912
served in RN
1914
-
1918
rejoined RN and attached to Government Steel Inspection Unit
(01.1919)


Assistant Inspector of Steel
1925


retired from RN and started a career in farming in Kenya
> 04.1940


rejoined RN
10.06.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) ("also borne on the books of this ship")
1941


Naval Officer-in-Charge, Mogadishu, Somalia
08.06.1941
-
(02.1943)
Sea Transport Officer, later Divisional Sea Transport Officer, Aden [HMS Sheba]
(06.1943)
-
(08.1943)
Divisional Sea Transport Officer, Port Said, Egypt
(10.1943)
-
(12.1943)
no appointment listed
Verdon,
Henry George
H.G. Verdon
Married ((06?).1946, Surrey North Eastern district) Pattie Bradfield; ... children (one son?).
(03?).1923
Cambridge district, Cambridgeshire
-
12.2004 still alive
Cadet 01.09.1941
Midsh. 01.05.1942
A/S.Lt. 01.01.1944
S.Lt. 06.1944, seniority 01.04.1943
A/Lt. 01.08.1944
Lt. 01.08.1945, seniority 01.08.1944
Lt.Cdr. 01.08.1952 (retd 03.11.1959)
(12.1941)     no appointment listed
01.05.1942 - (02.)1943 HMS Norfolk (cruiser)
15.04.1943 - (10.)1943 HMS Kent (cruiser)
10.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Vigilant (destroyer)
(04.1944)     HMS Vigilant (destroyer) *
05.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Mauritius (cruiser)
26.02.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Oakley (destroyer)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
28.03.1948 - (05.1950) HMS Boxer (radar training vessel)
(05.1953)     HMS Ocean (aircraft carrier) *
05.03.1954 - (04.1955) HMS Fulmar (RN Air Station, Lossiemouth)
(01.1956)     no appointment listed
(01.1957)     HMS Bulwark (light fleet carrier) *
17.06.1957 - (01.)1959 HMS Sheffield (light cruiser)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Verschoyle,
Henry Denys
H.D. Verschoyle
Son of Maj. Henry Prittie Cosby Verschoyle, ASC (1887-1967), and Doris Sophia L. Collings (1891-1987).
Married (04.06.1940, Alexandria, Egypt) Isobel Margaret Joyce Wilson Goode (14.10.1918 - 18.11.2009), daughter of James Lowndes Wilson Goode (1882-), and Helen May "Maida" MacGregor (1888-); one son, one daughter.
01.09.1915
69, Warrington Crescent, Paddington, London W
-
22.06.1956
Surrey South Eastern district, Surrey
... ...
Lt. 01.09.1937
A/Lt.Cdr. 01.11.1944
Lt.Cdr. 01.09.1945
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 07.10.1941 7 war patrols Mediterranean, sunk Souffleur [investiture 03.02.42]
Mention in Despatches MID 11.09.1940 sinking Italian submarine
... - ... ...
12.1937 - (02.)1941 HMS Parthian (submarine)
08.11.1941 - (12.1941) HMS Ambrose (base 9th Submarine Flotilla, Dundee) (for submarines)
10.01.1942 - 06.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS L 26 (submarine)
29.07.1942 - 02.08.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS L 26 (submarine)
08.08.1943 - 13.03.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Proteus (submarine)
(06.1944)     no appointment listed
13.07.1944 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HMS Inconstant (destroyer)
01.1946 - (04.1946) Commanding Officer, HMS Veryan Bay (frigate)
... - ... ...
Vertue,
Marcus Brooke
M.B. Vertue
Son of Charles Brooke Vertue and Maude Evelyn Vertue.
(06?).1901
Kingston, Middlesex
-
12.02.1945
[age 43]
[Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, naval reservation, grave 1650]
...
...
Lt.
15.05.1923
Lt.Cdr.
15.05.1931 (retd 20.07.1934; own request)
Cdr. (retd)
21.04.1941
Polish Military Cross PolMC
21.10.1941
good services in Polish ships
...
-
...
...
12.1940
-
(02.1941)
First Lieutenant, HMS Tonbridge (corvette)
(10.1941)


British Naval Liaison Officer, ORP Błyskawica (Polish destroyer)
10.06.1942
-
(04.)1944
Department of the Director of Boom Defences, Admiralty [HMS President]
03.04.1944
-
12.02.1945
for Naval Affairs on Staff of Press Division at Ministry of Information [HMS President]
Vian,
Sir Philip Louis
P.L. Vian





Son of late Alsager and Ada Vian, of Gilridge, Cowden Pound, Kent.
Married (02.12.1929) Marjorie, daughter of late Col David Price Haig, OBE, Highfields Park, Withyham, Sussex; two daughters.

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15.06.1894
London

-
27.05.1968
Ashford Hill near Newbury, Berkshire

[St. Paul's Cathedral, London]
Cadet
1911
Midsh.
1912
S.Lt.
(1916)
Lt.
05.07.1916
?, seniority 15.02.1916
Lt.Cdr.
15.02.1924
Cdr.
30.06.1929
Capt.
31.12.1934
R.Adm.
08.07.1941
V.Adm.
08.05.1945
Adm.
26.09.1948
Adm. of the Fleet
01.06.1952 (retd 01.06.1952)
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath GCB
01.01.1952
New Year 52
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath KCB
25.07.1944
Normandy landings
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
08.06.1944
HM's birthday 44
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire KBE
31.03.1942
Malta convoy

Distinguished Service Order

DSO 
12.04.1940
Altmark incident

Distinguished Service Order

DSO 
03.12.1940
Operation DN

Distinguished Service Order

DSO 
14.10.1941
Bismarck action
Mention in Despatches MID
19.07.1940
withdrawal from Namsos
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1943
New Year 43
Mention in Despatches MID
21.12.1943
Operation Husky
Mention in Despatches MID
23.05.1944
Operation Avalanche
Mention in Despatches MID
01.05.1945
Operation Meridian
Officier de la Legion d'Honneur (France) LegH
?
liberation of France
Croix de Guerre (France) CdeG
?
liberation of France
Commander of the Legion of Merit (US) LM
17.07.1945
Normandy landings
Distinguished Service Medal (Navy) (USA) DSM
13.08.1946
service with US 5th Fleet
Medal of the Order of St. Olav (Norway) StOlav
20.07.1948
services to Norway
Order of the Dannebrog (Denmark) Dbg
-
?
Education: RN College Osborne (1907-...) & Dartmouth (...-1911)
15.05.1907


joined RN



HMS Cornwall (training cruiser)



HMS Lord Nelson (battleship)
1914
-
1918
served European War:
1914


HMS Argonaut (cruiser)
(1916)


HMS Morning Star (destroyer) (witnessed Battle of Jutland, 1916)

-
(1918?)
First Lieutenant, HMS Ossory (destroyer)
05.08.1918
-
(01.1919)
qualifying for gunnery duties [HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)]



First Lieutenant, HMS Sorceress (destroyer)



Gunnery Officer, HMS Australia
12.01.1923
-
(08.1923)
Gunnery Officer, HMS Thunderer (battleship)
07.10.1924
-
(01.)1925
Gunnery School, Devonport [HMS Vivid]
09.05.1925
-
(05.1926)
Gunnery Officer, HMS Emperor of India (battleship) (Atlantic)
17.02.1927
-
(07.)1927
Gunnery Officer, HMS Royal Sovereign (battleship) (Mediterranean)
17.11.1927
-
(08.1929)
Gunnery Officer, HMS Kent (cruiser) (China)
01.03.1930
-
(01.)1932
Staff, Training and Staff Duties Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
28.06.1932
-
(09.1932)
Director of Training and Staff Duties Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
31.03.1933
-
(01.1934)
Commanding Officer, HMS Active (destroyer) & Divisional Leader of 3rd Destroyer Flotilla (Mediterranean)
(07.1935)


no appointment listed
07.10.1935
-
02.1936
Commanding Officer, HMS Douglas (submarine flotilla leader) & Captain (D), 19th Destroyer Flotilla (Mediterranean)
1936
-
1936
Captain (D), 1st Destroyer Flotilla (Mediterranean)
12.10.1936
-
(02.)1937
Senior Officers' War Course, RN War College, Greenwich
26.03.1937
-
30.06.1939
Flag Captain, HMS Arethusa (cruiser) & Chief Staff Officer to Rear-Admiral Commanding 3rd Cruiser Squadron
08.1939
-
09.1939
Commanding Officer, HMS Ganges (boys' training establishment, Shotley)
09.1939
-
12.1939
Captain (D) of a reserve Destroyer Flotilla [HMS Mackay] (Plymouth)
01.01.1940
-
(07.)1941
Commanding Officer, HMS Cossack (destroyer) & Captain (D) 4th Destroyer Flotilla (temporarily HMS Alfridi from ... to 05.1940) (he led a daring rescue of 300 British seamen held on board the German supply ship Altmark (1940), and played a leading role in the destruction of the German battleship Bismarck (1941))
(07?).1941

09.1941
Commander Force K [HMS Nigeria] (Arctic)
15.10.1941
-
09.1942
Commanding 15th Cruiser Squadron [HMS Naiad (cruiser) till 03.1942, then HMS Cleopatra (cruiser)] (Mediterranean Fleet) (he distinguished himself with his skilful handling of escort forces in the hazardous convoy operations for the relief of Malta)
09.1942
-
04.1943
illness
(02.1943)
-
(06.1944)
no appointment listed:
(07.1943)


Commanding Amphibious Force (Sicily)
(09.1943)


Commanding Officer, Support Carrier Force (Force V / Task Force 88) [HMS Hilary] (Salerno)
11.1943
-
02.1944
Commander, Force J (for the Normandy invasion)
02.1944
-
30.06.1944
Naval Commander, Eastern Task Force (Normandy)
11.1944
-
1945
Commander, Carrier Task Force, Eastern Fleet
23.02.1945
-
1946
Flag Officer Commanding, 1st Aircraft Carrier Squadron, British Pacific Fleet & Second-in- Command British Pacific Fleet [HMS Formidable]
(04.1946)


no appointment listed
23.09.1946
-
1950
a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Fifth Sea Lord for Air & 1947 Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Air)
12.01.1950
-
01.06.1952
Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet [HMS Vanguard, later HMS Implacable]
Director, Midland Bank, since 1952; Director, North British and Mercantile Insurance Co..
Published: Action this day (1960)
Villar,
George
G. Villar
Married (1919) Monica Estelle Cook; one son (Capt. George Roger Villar, RN), two daughters.

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30.05.1887
Cheltenham district, Gloucestershire
-
18.04.1970
Eng.S.Lt.
01.08.1907
Eng.Lt.
01.05.1909
23.09.1910, seniority 01.08.1908
Eng.Lt.Cdr.
01.08.1916
Eng.Cdr.
31.12.1921
Eng. Capt.
31.12.1932 (retd 09.05.1939)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
01.01.1954
New Year 54: as General Manager, Southampton, and Director, John I. Thornycroft and Company, Ltd.
Commander, Order of Oranje Nassau (The Netherlands) OON
25.11.1947
?
Mention in Despatches MID
01.04.1919
?
Education: RN Engineering College, Devonport; RN College, Greenwich
02.06.1903
-
01.08.1907
engineer cadet
(08.1923)
 
 
no appointment listed
05.08.1924
-
(01.)1925
Naval Air Section, Admiralty [HMS President]
17.02.1925
-
(05.1926)
HMS Hermes (aircraft carrier) (Mediterranean)
(07.1927)
 
 
no appointment listed
29.08.1927
-
(06.1928)
Naval Equipment Department, Admiralty [HMS President]
16.04.1929
-
(02.)1931
for charge of machinery at Fort Blockhouse and Floating Deck [HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport)]
11.08.1931
-
(09.1932)
Assistant Naval Attaché, Berlin (and for duty as Assistant to Naval Attachés Paris & Rome) [HMS President]
01.04.1933
-
(02.)1935
for duty with Rear-Admiral (Submarines) [HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport)] *
04.10.1935
-
(02.)1936
HMS Norfolk III (RN base, Aden)
22.10.1936
-
(02.)1938
Gun Mounting Overseer, Woolwich Arsenal (Naval Ordnance Department, Admiralty) [HMS President]
08.03.1938
-
(04.)1939
Fleet Engineer Officer, Reserve Fleet [HMS Effingham (cruiser)] (Portsmouth)
19.12.1938
-
(04.1939)
also: Naval ADC to the King
(04.1940)
-
(04.1946)
no appointment listed:
1939
-
1959
with John I. Thornycroft (shipbuilding firm)
* (07.1935) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Villar,
George Roger
G.R. Villar
Son of Eng.Capt. George Villar, RN (1887-1970), and Monica Estelle Cook.
Married Diana (née ...); one son, one daughter.

14.05.1922
Chertsey district, Surrey
-
20.09.2007
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Midsh.
01.01.1940
A/S.Lt.
01.09.1941
S.Lt.
?, seniority 16.08.1941
Lt.
16.12.1942
Lt.Cdr.
16.12.1950
Cdr.
31.12.1955
Capt.
31.12.1964 (retd 07.01.1974)
Cdre.
?
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
04.04.1944
destruction U-boat Western Approaches 23.05.43 [decoration posted]
...
-
...
...
01.01.1940
-
(02.)1941
HMS Glasgow (cruiser)
01.09.1941
-
(12.1941)
promotion course, Portsmouth
24.02.1942
-
(08.1942)
HMS Bleasdale (destroyer)
07.01.1943
-
(10.1944)
HMS Active (destroyer)
(01.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
05.03.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Teazer (destroyer)
...
-
...
...
Published: Merchant ships at war: the Falklands experience (1984) ; Piracy today : robbery and violence at sea (1985).
Villiers,
[Sir] John Michael
J.M. Villiers

22.06.1907
Greenwich district, Greater London / Kent / London
-
01.01.1990
Gipping and Hartismere district, Suffolk
...
...
Lt.
01.05.1931
Lt.Cdr.
01.05.1939
Cdr.
30.06.1942
...
...
V.Adm.
15.10.1960 (retd 26.11.1963)
Knigh Commander of the Order of the Bath KCB
02.06.1962
HM's birthday 62 [investiture 18.07.1962]
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
11.06.1960
HM's birthday 60 [investiture 12.07.60]
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE
21.12.1943
Operation Husky
Mention in Despatches MID
28.06.1940
2nd Battle of Narvik
...
-
...
...
01.06.1939
-
(02.)1941
Flag Lt.Cdr. to Rear-Admiral/Vice­Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron & as Squadron Signal and Wireless Telegraphy Officer, aboard:
HMS Hood 01.06.1939 - 11.03.1940
HMS Renown 11.03.1940 - 13.04.1940
HMS Warspite 13.04.1940 - ??.04.1940
HMS Renown ??.04.1940 - 10.08.1940
HMS Hood 10.08.1940 - 12.05.1941
(2nd Battle of Narvik)
23.05.1941
-
(08.)1942
Flag Commander to Admiral (S) [HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport)]
26.10.1942
-
(10.)1943
HMS President (for special and miscellaneous services) (Fleet Signal Officer at Operation Husky)
29.11.1943
-
(10.1944)
Staff Signal Officer on staff of Commander-in-Chief, Nore [HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)]
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
10.1945
-
(04.1946)
Commanding Officer, HMS Ursa (destroyer)
...
-
...
...
Vincent-Jones,
Desmond [Vincent*]
D. Vincent-Jones
D. Vincent-Jones
Son of late Sir Vincent Strickland Jones, KBE and Mary, daughter of Col Joscelyn Fitzroy Bagot.
Married 1944, Jacqueline, eldest daughter of Col A.J.H. Sloggett, CBE, DSO; two daughters.

* assumed second Christian name by deed poll of 1944.
13.02.1912
-
09.02.1992
Wandsworth, London
Cadet
01.05.1929
Midsh.
01.01.1930
A/S.Lt.
01.05.1932
S.Lt.
16.01.1933
Lt.
16.10.1935
A/Lt.Cdr.
< 08.1943
Lt.Cdr.
16.10.1943
?, seniority 16.01.1943
A/Cdr.
> 07.1945, < 04.1946
Cdr.
31.12.1946
Capt.
31.12.1954 (retd 10.02.1964)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
25.06.1940
bombing raids Bergen 40
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
08.04.1941
many actions versus enemy aircraft as observer
Education: Beacon School, Crowborough; RN College, Dartmouth; graduate of US Armed Forces and British Services Staff Colleges
30.04.1929
-
(04.)19230
HMS Renown (battlecruiser) (Atlantic Fleet)
07.04.1930
-
(01.1932)
HMS Dauntless (cruiser) (America and West Indies)
01.05.1932
-
(09.1932)
promotion course, RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
29.07.1933
-
(01.1934)
HMS Norfolk (cruiser) (America and West Indies)
22.01.1935
-
(07.1937)
HMS Wellington (escort vessel) (New Zealand)
(02.1938)


no appointment listed
25.04.1938
-
(10.1938)
observers' course [HMS Excellent]
28.12.1938
-
(04.)1939
acting observer, HMS Ark Royal (aircraft carrier) (Home Fleet)
(08.1939)
-
(09.1939)
Fleet Air Arm
23.02.1940
-
(02.1941)

806 Squadron FAA [HMS Illustrious (aircraft carrier)]
?


HMS Formidable (aircraft carrier)
20.10.1941
-
(08.1943)
HMS Archer (escort carrier)
23.08.1943
-
(08.1944)
Fleet Air Arm Liaison Officer 2, staff Commander-in-Chief Western Approaches [HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)]
(08.1944)


detached as Air Staff Officer to V.Adm. Dalrymple-Hamilton [HMS Vindex (escort carrier)] (for convoy JW59)
19.03.1945
-
(07.1945)
Naval Air Warfare and Flying Training division, Admiralty [HMS President]
01.10.1945
-
(04.1946)
HMS Theseus (aircraft carrier)
15.09.1947
-
(07.1948)
Plans Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
06.02.1950
-
(05.1950)
HMS Saker (for duties with British Naval Staff, Washington)
(05.1953)


HMS President *
(04.1955)


no appointment listed
09.06.1955
-
(01.1956)
Commanding Officer, HMS Seahawk (RN Air Station, Culdrose)
1958
-
1960
Naval and Military Attaché, Buenos Aires & Montevideo
17.10.1960
-
1964
Director Naval Air [Warfare] Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
07.07.1963
-
07.01.1964
Naval ADC to the Queen
Joined Marine Consortiums as consultant.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Vivian,
John Guy Protheroe
J.G.P. Vivian
Son (with three sisters and one brother) of Rev. Charles Henry Gerald Vivian (1853-1938), and Constance Margaret Smith (1860-1899), of Grampound, Cornwall.
Married 1st (1919) Margaret Annie Yates ((06?).1890 - 29.10.1923), daughter of Col. Henry Townley Scott Yates (1846-1915), and Sophia Olivia Richardson (1852-); one daughter.
Married 2nd (03.10.1928, Northam Church, Devon) Mary Kathleen Bennet, daughter of Col. F.W. Bennet, of Northam, North Devon.

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25.06.1887
Ruan Minor
-
10.04.1963
Taunton, Somerset
... ...
Lt.Cdr. 15.06.1916
Cdr. 31.12.1920
Capt. 30.06.1928
R.Adm. 01.08.1939 (retd 29.10.1942)
V.Adm. (retd) 29.10.1942
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB 01.01.1941 New Year 41 [investiture 20.05.41]
Commander of the Order of St. Olav (Norway) StOlav 29.06.1943 bringing Norwegian gold to UK [investiture 05.07.43]
Education: HMS Britannia.
15.05.1902     entered RN
1914 - 1919 served Great War
... - ... ...
17.07.1937 - (05.)1939 Commanding Officer, HMS Newcastle (cruiser) (Home Fleet)
10.01.1939 - (08.1939) also: Naval ADC to the King
(08.1939) - (12.1939) no appointment listed
01.01.1940 - (03.)1940 HMS President (for miscellanous services at Admiralty)
20.03.1940 - (10.)1940 Admiral Commanding Anti-Aircaft Ships [HMS Coventry (cruiser), from (08.)1940 HMS Cairo (cruiser)]
14.11.1940 - (12.1940) HMS Pembroke (RN base, Portsmouth) (for miscellaneous services)
13.01.1941 - (02.)1941 on staff of Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches [HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport)]
26.03.1941 - 01.10.1945 Admiral Commanding Reserves [HMS President]
(10.1945)     no appointment listed
Voelcker,
George Arthur Wallis
G.A.W. Voelcker  
Eldest son of Dr. Arthur Francis Voelcker, MD, FRCP, and Katarine Isobel Voelcker, of Marhamchurch, Cornwall.
Married 1st (18.11.1926, Chudleigh Parish Church, Newton Abbot district, Devon; divorced 1928) Dorothy Mary Cotterill Scholefield (01.01.1903-03.09.1947), daughter of Ernest Edward Scholefield and Mary Olive Perks; ... children (two sons?).
Married 2nd Peggy Voelcker, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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26.10.1898
St Marylebone district, London
-
23.10.1943
(KIA) [age 44]
[Dinard English Cemetery, France, G.20]
S.Lt. 15.11.1917
Lt. 15.02.1919
Lt.Cdr. 15.02.1927
Cdr. 30.06.1933
Capt. 30.06.1939
Chevalier, Order of Oranje-Nassau (the Netherlands) OON 28.04.1942 good services to Dutch submarines [decoration posted]
Education: RN Colleges, Osborne & Dartmouth (09.1911-08.1914).
08.1914     entered RN
08.1914 - 1917 HMS Prince of Wales (battleship)
? - (01.1919) HMS Adamant (submarine depot ship)
1919     junior officers' course, Cambridge University
19.04.1923 - (08.1923) HMS Vulcan (submarine depot ship) (for periscope course)
03.12.1924 - (05.)1926 HMS Ramillies (battleship) (Atlantic Fleet)
20.11.1926 - (06.1928) Commanding Officer, HMS L 53 (submarine) [tender to HMS Lucia]
15.11.1928 - 15.02.1929 HMS President (additional; for passage to Australia in "Canberra")
16.02.1929 - 15.08.1929 HMAS Platypus (destroyer depot ship, fleet repair ship & submarine depot ship) (as Senior Submarine Officer and for First Lieutenant duties) [lent to RAN]
16.08.1929 - 10.05.1930 HMAS Penguin (depot & submarine parent ship, Sydney) (as Senior Submarine Officer and for First Lieutenant duties) [lent to RAN]
11.05.1930 - 03.07.1930 HMAS Penguin (depot & submarine parent ship, Sydney) (for First Lieutenant duties) [lent to RAN]
04.07.1930 - 08.07.1930 HMAS Penguin (additional; to await passage to UK per "Mongolia") [lent to RAN]
30.10.1930 - 11.1932 Commanding Officer, HMS Perseus (submarine) (China) [tender to HMS Medway]
(05.1933) - (06.1933) no appointment listed
10.08.1933 - (07.1935) Commanding Officer, HMS L 23 (submarine) [tender to HMS Mackay]
14.01.1936 - (08.)1936 staff course, RN Staff College, Greenwich [HMS President]
18.12.1936 - (10.1938) Staff Officer (Operations) to Commander-in-Chief, China Station [HMS Kent (cruiser), later HMS Cumberland (cruiser), later HMS Kent (cruiser)]
(02.1939) - (08.1939) no appointment listed
25.09.1939 - (04.)1940 Admiralty [HMS President] (for miscellaneous services at Admiralty)
28.04.1940 - (02.)1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Elfin (submarine base, Blyth)
10.03.1941 - 06.1942 Commanding Officer, HMS Maidstone (submarine depot ship) & Captain (S), 8th Submarine Flotilla (Gibraltar)
06.1942 - 23.10.1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Charybdis (cruiser) (went down when his ship was torpedoed & sunk by German torpedo boats off North France)
 
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