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1939-1945


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Adams,
L L

L.L. Adams
?
-
... ...
T/Lt. 01.07.1944
... - ... ...
? - (07.1945) HMS Southern Isle
       
 
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Barr,
Patrick Charles [Beaumont]
P.C. Barr
17.03.1919
-
19.12.2007
South Africa
T/A/S.Lt. 26.02.1943
T/S.Lt. 26.08.1943
T/Lt. 26.08.1945 (reld > 04.1946)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 10.04.1945 attacks on enemy ships etc. Elba 17.06.44
22.03.1943 - (06.)1943 HMS Mosquito (Coastal Forces base, Alexandria, Egypt)
(08.1943)     HMS Gregale (Coastal Forces base, Malta) *
16.08.1943 - (02.)1944 HM MTB 640 (motor torpedo boat)
22.03.1944 - (10.)1944 HM MTB 655 (motor torpedo boat) (despatches)
22.11.1944 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HM MTB 667 (motor torpedo boat)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Bassill,
James Horace
J.H. Bassill (Photo courtesy of Mrs Barbara Moore)
Son of Horace Bassill, and Annie Cooper.
Married (1941, South Africa); two daughters, one son.
17.09.1916
Islington district, London
-
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 11.12.1943
12.06.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Braganza (RN base, Bombay, India)
(04.1946)     HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Bergman,
Elox Edwin
E.E. Bergman
?
-
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 01.10.1943
22.02.1945 - (04.1946) Bomb and Mine Disposal Section, Department of the Director of Torpedoes and Mining, redesignated 01.02.1946: Bomb and Mine Disposal Section, Department of the Director of Underwater Weapons [HMS President] (for duty outside Admiralty)
Brink,
Gerrard Edgar Palmer
G.E.P. Brink

Son of Cyril Gordon Brink.
18.11.1917
-
Prob. El.S.Lt. RNVR
06.10.1940
El.Lt. RNVR
01.03.1942
El.Lt. SANF(V)
01.05.1943, seniority 01.03.1942 [584098]
WS/Lt. SAN
25.04.1946, seniority 01.05.1943 (reld from UDF 06.02.1946)
AMIEE, 1940.
06.10.1940


commissioned in the RNVR at Portsmouth
23.10.1940


HMS Caroline (RN base, Ulster)
04.1941
-
(02.1942)
HMS Cabot (training establishment, Bristol)
20.05.1942
-
(04.1944)
HMS Mathilde Simonne (auxiliary patrol drifter, de-gaussing vessel)
17.04.1944
-
(10.1944)
HMS Ocean Gain (auxiliary patrol drifter, de-gaussing vessel)
02.10.1944
-
(01.1945)
HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for de-gaussing duties)
07.04.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Ferret (RN base, Londonderry)



struck off strength, Royal Navy, and granted permission to return to the Union of South Africa
21.12.1945
-
06.02.1946
taken on strength & service, South African Navy
Broom,
John Edwin Ford
E.E. Bergman
Married Hilary June Tunaley (1927 - ), daughter of Harold Frederick Tunaley (1891-1968?), and Daisy Watson (1892-1990); two sons, two daughters.
?
Benoni, South Africa
-
T/A/Paym.S.Lt. 10.03.1944
T/Paym.S.Lt. = T/S.Lt. (S) 10.09.1944
01.04.1941     enlisted SANF(V)
10.03.1944 - (04.)1945 Captain's Secretary, HMS Maraga (RN base/air station, Addu Atoll)
(07.1945) - (04.1946) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
       
 
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Clark *,
Derek Gardiner

D.G. Clark
Brother of Lt. Michael Gardiner Clark, RN.
* In Navy List incorrectly showing as: Clarke, Derrick Gardner
?
-
T/S.Lt. 10.11.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
(07.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
Clark,
John Alexander

J.A. Clark
1924
-
08.2009 still alive
T/Midsh.
1943
T/A/S.Lt.
09.06.1944
T/S.Lt.
09.12.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: CBC (Christian Brothers' College?); University of Cape Town (post-war).
(10.1944)
 
 
no appointment listed
19.12.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Rotherham (destroyer)
(04.1946)
 
 
no appointment listed
Cordiner,
Basil McLeod Davidson

B.M.D. Cordiner
Married Kathleen Ann Veale (? - 20.08.1991); two sons.
27.10.1906
-
2003?
Heathcote, Australia
T/El.S.Lt. 01.06.1942
T/El.Lt. 01.04.1943
T/A/El.Lt.Cdr. 23.07.1945?
Education: BSc.
(04.1943) - (02.1944) no appointment listed
13.03.1944 - (07.)1945 HMS Fullarton (landing craft base, Irvine, Ayrshire)
23.07.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Orford Ness (maintenance & repair ship)
(04.1946)     HMS Bonaventure (submarine depot ship, Loch Striven) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Crossley,
Alfred Harvey

A.H. Crossley
Son of Gerald and Nell Crossley, of Durban, Natal, South Africa.
1920 ?
-
07.03.1943
(MIA) [age 23]
[Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 83, column 3]
T/S.Lt. RNVR 30.10.1941
T/S.Lt. 1942/43? [67627]
(12.1941)     no appointment listed
1942/43?     transferred, SANF(V)
? - 07.03.1943 Combined Operations Pilotage Party 2 (Middle East) [HMS Saunders (combined Operations base, Kabret, Egypt)] (missing in action on a reconnaissance of Sicily)
       
 
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Dalgleish,
James
J. Dalgleish

SANF (Permanent Forces)
1891 ?
-
?
Cdr.
01.04.1938
Capt.
29.03.1941
Cdre.
01.08.1946 (retd 07.1951)

Commander of the Order of the British Empire

CBE
01.01.1946
New Year 46
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
01.01.1944
New Year 44
01.05.1933
-
(08.1939)
Officer Commanding Hydrographic Survey Section [HMS Afrikander II]
1940?
-
12.1946
Director of South African Naval Forces
Dean,
Frederick John
F.J. Dean

SANF (Permanent Forces)
1891 ?
-
?
Lt.Cdr.
17.09.1936
Cdr.
01.07.1941
Capt.
01.04.1944
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
08.02.1944
mine clearing Agulhas Bk 40-41
01.05.1933
-
(08.1939)
Hydrographic Survey Section [HMS Afrikander II]
(1940)
-
(1941)
Commanding Officer, HMSAS Southern Barrier
(08.1942)
-
(02.1943)
Commanding Officer, Cape Town Detachment, Seaward Defence Force
(07.1945)
-
(04.1946)
Commander Seaward Defences, South African Naval Forces
de Kock,
Victor Pieter de Chatillon

V.P. de C. de Kock
Son of Mr. and Mrs. V. de Kock, of Onrust River, Cape Province, South Africa.
?
-
07.03.1943
(MIA)
[Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 83, column 2]
T/S.Lt. RNVR 01.11.1940
T/Lt. RNVR 10.1942, seniority 01.07.1942
T/Lt. 1942/43? [66564]
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 16.06.1942 rescue torpedoed merchant ship [decoration presented]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 17.03.1942 passage to Tobruk [decoration presented]
Mentioned in Despatches MID 08.01.1942 withdrawal from Crete
12.12.1940 - (12.1941) HMS Glenearn (landing ship, infantry)
(1941)     HMS Glengyle (landing ship, infantry) (despatches)
(1942)     "A" Lighters (MBE, DSC)
1942?     transferred, SANF(V)
? - 07.03.1943 Combined Operations Pilotage Party 2 (Middle East) [HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta)] (missing in action on a reconnaissance of Sicily)
Dickie,
Gordon Johnston
G.J. Dickie
Of Scottish descent.
11.01.1904
-
ERA IV
19.08.1940
T/S.Lt. (E)
?
T/Lt. (E)
01.04.1944 (reld 20.09.1944)
1939-45 Star; Africa Star; War Medal; Africa Service Medal
Engineer, Durban.
19.08.1940


joined the Seaward Defence Force of the SANF
01.12.1940
-
30.06.1941
HMSAS Southern Sea (Mediterranean) [injured 04.1941 and returned to South Africa]
1941
-
1944
served with the Durban & Cape Town Detachments:
(12.1943)


HMSAS Odberg
(06.1944)


Cape Fortress Detachment, SANF
Dowse,
George Harvey
G.H. Dowse (Photo courtesy of Mr John Kelsey)
?
-
T/S.Lt. 09.10.1943
19.10.1943 - (10.1944) HMS Bann (frigate)
 
Duffy,
Bernard Andrew Addingbrook
"Brooke"
B.A.A. Duffy (Photo courtesy of Mr Aart Hopman)
17.11.1905
East London, South Africa
-
16.03.1958
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 30.10.1941
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 30.01.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
14.11.1941

14.11.1941
?
-

-
-
(08.1942)

(12.1941)
(08.1942)
HMS Vernon (torpedo school and experimental establishment, Portsmouth)
Controlled Mining Department
Mining Department
(03.1943)     British Naval Liaison Officer, Hr.Ms. K XV (Dutch submarine)
(10.1944)     no appointment listed
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
(07.1945)     no appointment listed [seconded to RN]
Played rugby for South Africa, 1928.
 
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Everingham,
Augustus George
A.G. Everingham
03.01.1917
-
24.09.1991
[Walmer Cemetery, East London, South Africa]
T/S.Lt. 20.11.1942
T/Lt. 20.11.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
01.01.1943 - (08.)1943 HM LST 42 (landing ship, tank)
08.1943 - (04.)1944 HM LST 418 (landing ship, tank)
(06.1944)     no appointment listed
08.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Coverley (trawler)
01.02.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Cormorant (RN base, Gibraltar)
(04.1946)     HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
       
 
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Gardner,
Douglas Robertson [Hector]
D.R. Gardner (Photo courtesy of Mrs Lorraine Bloxidge)
Married (20.12.1941, Birmingham, Warwickshire) Hazel Dorothy May McCracken ((06?).1923 - ), daughter of ... McCracken, and ... Hodson; two daughters, one son.
29.07.1918
East London, South Africa
-
28.04.1977
Durban, South Africa
T/S.Lt. (A) ?
T/Lt. (A) 29.07.1943
T/A/Lt.Cdr. (A) > 01.1945, < 07.1945

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC

30.05.1944

attack on the Tirpitz 03.04.44 [decoration posted]
25.08.1943 - (06.)1944 pilot, 881 Squadron FAA [HMS Pursuer (escort carrier)]
01.08.1944 - (01.)1945 pilot, 715 Squadron FAA [HMS Vulture (RN Air Station, St Merryn)]
(07.1945)     HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) *
(04.1946)     HMS Bonaventure (submarine depot ship) *
Moved back to South Africa and lived in Marbel Hall near Johannesburg.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Garner,
Robert Brandon
R.G. Gaunt
(03?).1902
West Derby district, Lancashire
-
1965
South Africa
T/Lt. 01.10.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
(10.1944) - (04.1946) HMSAS Bonaventure (HQ Staff SANF) *
Stayed in South Africa working for ISCOR until he died in 1965.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Gaunt,
Robert George
"Bob"
R.G. Gaunt
-
T/S.Lt.
28.12.1942
T/Lt.
?
Cdr.
?

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC
11.12.1945
Wind up (Europe) 45
Ministry of Mercantile Marine Silver Medal 2nd Class (Greece) [rescue Argo Dilos 22.10.60]
Childhood in South Africa - RNVRSA - Seaman gunner Winchester Castle - UK Officer training - MTB36 then 222, 223 (ferry crew) - MTB237 (Guy Fison) - night action with 232, 241 against 11 German ships (SO Peter Dickens) - MTB 237 sunk - MTB231 (9th MTBF) Dartmouth - actions off Channel Isles - brief period as XO MTB640 (Stuart Gould) - India, CO MTB283 (17th MTBF) (SO David Shaw) - temporary CO MTB254 - convoy action off Le Havre - XO Grey Fox - sweeping Oyster mines off French Coast - SOO to Capt M/s, Portsmouth - subsequent RN career, culminating as CO HMS Leopard (1960)
22.11.1944
-
(07.1945)
Executive Officer, HMS Grey Fox
Goldfinch,
George Anthony
"Tony"
G.A. Goldfinch
Brother of S.Lt. J.T. Goldfinch, SANF(V).
Married Myra Agnes Patricia ... 
15.06.1921
-
2003
Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa
T/Lt.
01.07.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
01.07.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Saunders (Combined Operations base, Kabret, Egypt)
Goldfinch,
John Theodore
J.T. Goldfinch
Brother of Lt. G.A. Goldfinch, SANF(V).
Married (14.12.1946) Lynette Willard-Sparks (born 18.09.1920); two daughters.
16.01.1919
East London, Cape, South Africa
-
19.06.1988
general hospital, Johannesburg
T/A/S.Lt.
21.12.1944
T/S.Lt.
21.06.1945 (reld 14.011946)
23.09.1939
-
26.09.1939
HMS Afrikander II (accounting base, Simonstown)
27.09.1939
-
08.12.1939
HMS Afrikander I (RN base, Simonstown)
09.12.1939
-
07.03.1942
HMS Bulolo (armed merchant cruiser)
08.03.1942
-
15.03.1942
HMS Edinburgh Castle (RN base, Freetown, Sierra Leone)
16.03.1942
-
27.08.1942
HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown)
28.08.1942
-
21.12.1942
HMS Petard (destroyer)
22.12.1942
-
10.05.1943
HMS Assegai (training establishment, nr Durban)
11.05.1943
-
31.01.1944
HMS .... (RN base)
01.02.1944
-
30.06.1944
HMS Highflyer (RN base, Trincomalee)
01.07.1944
-
21.12.1944
HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishments, Hove & Lancing, Sussex)
(01.1945)


no appointment listed
(05.1945)
 
 
HMS Gardiner (frigate) (?)
26.06.1945
-
(07.1945)
HMS Zambesi (destroyer)
?
-
14.01.1946
HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) 
Remained involved with the South African Navy until 1974.
Green,
Elkan Maurice
see: RNVR officers' section  
 
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Harris,
Cecil John
C.J. Harris
Brother of Lt. Reginald Norman Harris, SANF(V).

biographical sketch at General Botha website
20.06.1917
Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa
-
07.09.1993
Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa
T/S.Lt.
09.08.1940
T/Lt.
01.10.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: Grey High School
Trained on the General Botha, 1933/34. Apprentice Clan Line, Clan Macdougall - Commodore ship, 1935. Junior Officer on the SS Umgeni, one of the very last ships to leave Hamburg before hostilities broke out.



served in the SANF during the war, mainly on coastal minesweepers but also saw service in the Mediterranean:
09.08.1940


commissioned, Seaward Defence Force Temporary Forces (Union of South Africa)
04.1941
-
(12.1941)
Commanding Officer, HMSAS Kommetje (minesweeper)
1942
-
1943
special duty (USA)
1943
-
(12.1943)
Cape Fortress Detachment, SANF
(06.1944)
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HMSAS Kommetje (minesweeper)
?
-
(04.1946)
HMS Swale (frigate) *
Returned to the Merchant Navy post-war. Captain C J Harris had a life-long association with the sea. As a master mariner he commanded scientific research ships and, after his retirement, diamond recovery vessels off the Namibian coast. Shipping journalist.
Published: War at sea : South African maritime operations during World War II (1991); (with Brian D. Ingpen) Mailships of the Union-Castle Line (1994)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Harris,
Reginald Norman
"Reg"
R.N. Harris (Photo courtesy of Mr John Harris)
Brother of Lt. Cecil John Harris SANF(V).
18.05.1919
Walmer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
-
20.03.1973
Plumstead, Cape Town. South Africa
Seaman
? [66689]
T/S.Lt.
10.01.1941
T/Lt.
01.07.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
10.07.1945
operations Arakan coast 11.44-03.45
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St
?
?
Atlantic Star Atl St
?
?
Burma Star Bur St
?
?
Africa Service Medal Afr SM
?
?
British War Medal 1939-1945 BWM 39-45
?
?
Defence Medal Def M
?
?
01.07.1938


enlisted in the ranks, RNVR (South African Division), at Port Elizabeth
11.10.1938
-
02.11.1938
HMS Londonderry (escort vessel) (Africa)
06.10.1939
-
14.01.1940
HMS Afrikander VI (base, Simonstown, South Africa)
15.01.1940
-
12.02.1940
basic training, HMS Afrikander I (base, Simonstown, South Africa)
14.02.1940
-
07.09.1940
HMS Cornwall (cruiser)
08.09.1940
-
15.11.1940
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth)
15.11.1940
-
09.01.1941
HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishment, Hove, Sussex)
10.01.1941


commissioned, RNVR
(02.1941)


no appointment listed
04.03.1941
-
21.03.1941
HMS St Christopher (Coastal Forces training establishment, Fort William)
22.03.1941
-
(02.1943)
borne on the books of HMS Pembroke IV (accounting base, Chatham) (for minelayers *):
[during this period transferred from RNVR to SANF(V), circa 05.1942]
01.09.1941
-
05.03.1943
Commanding Officer, HM ML 1019 (motor launch) [based at HMS Astraea (base, Lagos, Nigeria)]
04.1943
-
08.1943
Commanding Officer, HM ML 1198 (motor launch) [based at HMS Kongoni (base, Durban, South Africa)]
08.08.1943
-
05.02.1944
Commanding Officer, HM ML 854 (motor launch) [based at HMS Afrikander (base, Simonstown, South Africa) (for Motor Launch duties)]
06.02.1944
-
05.04.1944
Commanding Officer, HM ML 854 (motor launch) [based at ...]
06.04.1944
-
13.05.1945
Commanding Officer, HM ML 854 (motor launch) [based at HMS Lanka (base, Colombo, Ceylon)]
13.05.1945
-
06.1945
HMAS Whang Pu (repair ship, Madang, New Guinea)
01.07.1945
-
15.07.1945
HMS Adamant (submarine depot ship) (Fremantle, Australia)
07.1945?
-
1945/46?
HMS Golden Hind (RN manning depot, Sydney, NSW, Australia)
* might be a mistake in the Navy List; possibly it read in shorthand "for ML" which was written out as "for minelayers", while "for motor launches" was intended...
Harris,
Thomas Frank Wyndham
"Sandy"
T.F.W. Harris
04.08.1916
-
T/S.Lt. RNVR 28.06.1940
T/Lt. RNVR 04.08.1941
T/Lt. 1943/44?, seniority 04.08.1941 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: Cambridge (BA 1940, BSc (SA; Rhodes), PhD (Natal), MA 1951).
28.08.1940 - (04.)1943 Department of Miscellaneous Weapon Development, Admiralty [HMS President]
1943/44?     transferred, SANF(V)
01.05.1943 - (06.)1943 HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) (for RN Depot, Simonstown)
28.07.1943 - (02.)1944 HMS Assegai (training establishment, nr Durban, South Africa)
02.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)
(04.1946)     HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) *
Assoc. Prof, in Oceanography, Univ. of C.T.; Retd. 1977; now Visiting Prof. Univ. of Auckland, New Zealand; formerly Chief Research Officer National Instit. for Water Research CSIR.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Harris,
Walter Raymond
W.R. Harris
?
South Africa
-
Lt.
17.12.1932
Lt.Cdr.
17.12.1940
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
15.06.1943
withdrawal from Tobruk



at some time during the WWII minesweeping
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
(02.1941)


no appointment listed
(12.1941)


HMS Gos VII (unknown establishment) *



in charge of the naval establishment at Tobruk and badly burnt when blowing up the ammunition dumps there; he wandered into the desert and was captured by the Germans; transferred to a hospital at Bremerhaven (Germany), then sent to a prison camp
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
(04.1946)


HMS Afrikander (base, Simonstown, South Africa) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Hughes,
Ernest Cecil Eardley
E.C.E. Hughes
?
-
T/Lt. (E)
10.01.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. (E)
> 07.1945, < 04.1946
18.03.1944
-
(01.1945)
HMS Walker (destroyer) *
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
(04.1946)


HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown) **
* indexed & listed as HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) (additional; for various services) from 10.1943-(10.1944), at the same time listed as HMS Walker
** indexed, but not listed as such
       
 
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James,
Arthur Gilbert
see: RNVR officers' section  
       
 
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Keeble,
Leslie Arthur James
"Peter"
L.A.J. Keeble
(12?).1904
West Ham, Greater London
-
T/Lt. RNR
07.01.1941
T/Lt.
1942/43?, seniority 07.01.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
21.07.1943? (reld > 04.1946)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE

01.01.1946

New Year 46 [award presented]
(12.1941)
 
 
no appointment listed
1942/43?


transferred from RNR to SANFV
21.07.1943
-
(04.1946)
Senior Salvage Officer, Levant [HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt)]
Published: Ordeal by water (1957)
King,
Lendon Forbes
L.F. King
Married Shelagh Rita Derrington (died 07.05.1994); ... children.
?
-
25.07.2001
T/S.Lt. 04.08.1941
(1942/43?)     according to relatives he the was sent to US, where he stayed at HMS Asbury, to pick up a vessel, with which he later saw service in the Mediterranean
(04.1943) - (08.)1943 HMSAS Florida *
(12.)1943 - (04.)1944 Cape Fortress Detachment, SANF
(06.)1944 - (04.1946) HMSAS Florida *
* indexed, but not listed as such
       
 
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Le Roux,
Vincent Raubenheimer
V.R. Le Roux (Photo courtesy of Mr Vincent Leroux)
Son of Piet Le Roux (1885-1954), and Violet Picard-Perkins (1887-1950).
19.09.1923
Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa
-
24.11.1948
[Maitland Cemetery]
T/A/S.Lt. 18.02.1944
T/S.Lt. 18.08.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: Diocesan College, Rondebosch, Cape Town. After the war, he attended the University of Cape Town Medical School. Died in an accident in his fourth year there, after passing all his examinations with first class honours.
(04.1944)     HMS Good Hope (training establishment, Port Elizabeth, South Africa) *
(06.1944)     HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) *
15.06.1944 - (10.1945) First Lieutenant, HM ML 840 (motor launch)
(04.1946)     HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Little,
Arthur William
A.W. Little
31.07.1920
-
14.12.1944
(MPK) [age 24]
[Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 91, column 3]
T/A/S.Lt. 09.04.1943 [69321]
T/S.Lt. 09.10.1943
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 04.04.1944 Aegean operations, actions 16.10.43
Education: St Andrew's College, Grahamstown; Rhodes University College (BA).
(08.1943)     no appointment listed
09.10.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Hursley (destroyer) (DSC)
(12.1943)     Britih Naval Liaison Officer, Greek escort destroyer "Kriti"
? - (02.)1944 HMS Saker (British Admiralty delegation, Washington, DC, USA)
(06.1944)     no appointment listed
07.1944 - 14.12.1944 HMS Aldenham (destroyer) (ship mined in north-east Adriatic)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Lusted,
George Henry Abbott
G.H.A. Lusted
?
-
T/S.Lt. (E) 1943?
T/Lt. (E) 01.11.1944
1939? - 1943? HMS Hawkins (cruiser)
04.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base)
(07.1945) - (04.1946) HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
       
 
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Mallett,
Paul Delville
P.D. Mallett (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie)
11.09.1916
-
07.07.2005
T/S.Lt. 30.10.1943
... - ... ...
08.1943 - 29.04.1945 Gunnery Officer, HMS Goodall (frigate) [ship torpedoed by U-boat bound for Russia]
06.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Coventry City (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
McBain,
Eric John
E.J. McBain
Son (with one brother) of John McBain (?-1919), and Matilda Maud "Tilly" Redmab (?-1951).
Married (24.07.1943, Frien Barnet, Hendon district, Middlesex) Shelagh Hazel Frankcombe (27.01.1923 - 29.08.2012); two daughters, two sons.
20.11.1908
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
-
(06?).1972
Leamington Spa, Warwick district, Warwickshire
T/S.Lt. 05.06.1942
T/Lt. 05.09.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
12.07.1942 - (07.)1945 HMS Dinosaur (Combined Operations base, Troon) (for LCTs (landing craft, tank))
(10.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
McCarter,
John Hazlett Loughead
E.J. McBain
Son of R.H. McCarter, of Cape Town.
Married (09.12.1945, All Saints' Church, Ryde, Isle of Wight, Hampshire) Third Officer Diana Mary Scott Jackson, WRNS (09.12.1922 - 1984), daughter (with one brother) of Lt.Cdr. Thomas Henry S. Jackson (1888-), and Lily Marel Nicholson (1888-), of Ryde, Isle of Wight; ... children (two daughters, one son?).
21.10.1917
-
1967
South Africa
T/S.Lt. 24.01.1941
T/Lt. 23.10.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr. > 10.1943, < 12.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
(04.1941)     HMS Tormentor (Combined Operations base, Hamble, Southampton) *
03.04.1941 - (06.)1942 HMS President III (HQ for personnel allocated for service in Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships)
12.06.1942 - (10.)1943 HMS Titania (submarine depot ship)
(12.1943)     HMS Talbot (submarine depot ship) *
01.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Varbel (midget submarine base, Pt Bannatyne)
15.07.1944 - (04.)1945 HMS Wolfe (submarine depot ship, Trincomalee)
04.1945 - (07.)1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Wuchang (submarine depot ship, Trincomalee)
(10.1945)     HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown) *
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
McQuoid-Mason,
John Theunis
"Jan"
J.T. McQuoid-Mason (Photo courtsey of Mr Tim McQuoid-Mason)
Married Myra Gwynne Joan McGrath, daughter of Captain Donal Scott McGrath, RN; five sons, one daughter.
Residences: Pinetown, Bulawayo, Pietermaritzburg and Umtentweni.
28.10.1915
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa
-
17.03.1979
Port Shepstone, Natal
T/S.Lt.
28.08.1941
T/Lt.
28.08.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
< 07.1945
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
15.08.1944
special operations at sea 15th MGB Flotilla * [investiture 11.05.45]
27.10.1941
-
(12.)1941
HMS Minos II (Coastal Forces base, Lowestoft)
05.1942
-
(10.1944)
15th MGB Flotilla
15.12.1941
-
27.07.1942
First Lieutenant, HM MGB 501 (lost due to explosion off Land's End) [HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport)]
24.09.1942
-
(06.)1943
HMS Dartmouth II (Coastal Forces base, Dartmouth) (additional; for coastal craft) [e.g. Commanding Officer, HM MA/SB 36 (motor anti-submarine boat) in the second quarter of 1943]
22.07.1943
-
(10.1944)
Commanding Officer, HM MGB 318 (motor gun boat)
(01.1945)


HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown) *
06.1945
-
(07.1945)
Commanding Officer, HM MGB 2003 (motor gun boat) & Senior Officer, 71st MTB Flotilla
(04.1946)


HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown) *
Chartered Secretary, General Manager of various Building Societies, Town Clerk of Umtentweni, MPC for Natal South Coast.
* indexed, but not listed as such
* Lieutenant McQouid-Mason is another particularly outstanding officer of the flotilla, whose experience since his appointment in May 1942 have covered a wide range of duties including, during the course of 19 operations, First Lieutenant and Commanding Officer of individual craft and latterly as Commanding Officer of the Expedition.
This officer's qualities as a seaman and a leader early came into prominence, and on one occasion when the ship in which he was serving as First Lieutenant (MGB 501) was destroyed at sea by an internal explosion, DDOD(I) was was onboard at the time was impressed with his cool ability. He accompanied the latter below decks in search of survivors and subsequently tended the injured and made preparations for abandoning ship.
After a short detachment in command of a specially constructed fast fishing vessel attached to DDOD(I)'s Bay of Biscay flotilla, Lieut Mason played a leading role in a series of trials to determine the best of several types of small surf-boats constructed by DDOD(I) for carriage onboard  MGBs. Here his natural gift for seamanship was evident.
Subsequently he returned to the 15th MGB Flotilla where his judgement, ability and reliability in command of operations have brought him into special prominence.
McWilliams,
Herbert Hastings
H.H. McWilliams H.H. McWilliams

11.06.1907
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
-
1995
Ord.Sea. 1940
T/S.Lt. 1942?
T/Lt. 19.05.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
1940 - 1941? HMS Shropshire (heavy cruiser)
1941? - 1942? HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishments, Hove & Lancing, Sussex)
1942? - 1942 Executive Officer, 13th Motor Launch Flotilla [HMS Minos II (Coastal Forces base, Lowestoft)]
1942 - 12.11.1942 HMS Hecla (destroyer depot ship) (ship torpedoed & sunk by U-515 off Morocco)
1943? - 1943? HMS Saunders (Combined Training Centre, Kabrit)
10.09.1943 - (07.1945) HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) (additional; for press duties in Cairo)
Architect. South Africa's only representative in the Olympic Yachting events at Torquay Entry in the Firefly class, 03.08.1948.
Published: The diabolical : an account of the adventures of five people who set out in a converted Ford lorry to make a journey from Palestine to England across Asia Minor and the Balkans (1934); A retrospective exhibition of naval drawings and water colours from World War II, 1939-1945 (1973); The loneliness of the long-distance swimmer. In: Sea Breezes (Jan, 1992, p11-9; on the sinking of HMS Hecla)
Milne,
Alexander George
A.G. Milne
Married Joan Clarke-Baker; two sons.
17.10.1911
East London, South Africa
-
16.03.1973
Kimberley, South Africa
T/S.Lt. RNVR
1941?
T/Lt. RNVR
17.10.1941
T/Lt.
?, seniority 17.10.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr.
17.03.1945? (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
10.07.1945
operations Arakan coast 11.44-03.45 [decoration presented]
26.05.1941
-
(12.1941)
HMS St Christopher (Coastal Forces base, Fort William) (for motor launches)
?


transferred, SANF(V)
05.1944
-
(10.1944)
Commanding Officer, HM ML 380 (motor launch) & as Senior Officer, 49th ML Flotilla (DSC)
(01.1945)
 
 
HMS Highflyer (RN base, Trincomalee)
17.03.1945
-
(07.1945)
Staff Officer (Operations) on staff of Naval Officer-in-Charge Akyab [HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)]
 
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O'Brien,
Thomas Francis
T.F. O'Brien
Son of Charles Francis O'Brien.
Married 1st (1936) Mamie (died young).
Married 2nd Clara.
Residence (1949): Claremont, Cape Town.
1903
Cape Town
-
T/Lt.
10.03.1941
T/Lt.Cdr.
01.10.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
Educated in Liverpool
(12.1941)
-
(12.1943)
Durban Fortress Detachment SANF
(1944?)
 
 
HMSAS Gamtoos (salvage ship) [possibly]
(10.1944)
 
 
no appointment listed
(12.1944)
 
 
in Egypt
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
(04.1946)
 
 
no appointment listed
1947


spent about 3 months in New York for the commissioning & passage of South African ships
       
 
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Patrick,
Roy Edwin
R.E. Patrick (Photo courtesy of Ferol Patrick)
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
Moved to Cape Town when he was about 5 (Mouille Point), moved back to Johannesburg as an adult, then back to Cape Town to join up when the war broke out.
28.03.1911
Johannesburg
-
14.10.1989
Florida, Johannesburg
T/S.Lt. 08.05.1941
T/Lt. 01.01.1945 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
(12.1941) - (02.1943) HMSAS Florida (minesweeping whaler)
(04.1943) - (10.1944) HMSAS Seksern (minesweeping whaler) (Mediterranean)
(01.1945) - (10.1945) HMSAS Gribb (minesweeping whaler) (Mediterranean)
Peck,
Francis Henry
"Frank"
F.H. Peck (Photo courtesy of Mr Roy Peck)
Residences: Middlesborough, Yorkshire; Busetta, Tripoli, Libya
27.07.1911
Ormesby, Middlesbrough
-
25.09.1963
Busetta, Tripoli, Libya
T/Lt. (E)
18.06.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. (E)
> 07.1945, < 04.1946

Member of the Order of the British Empire

MBE

08.06.1943

inshore squadron 8th Army advance
(1943)
-
(06.1944)
HMSAS Gamtoos (salvage ship) *
21.08.1945
-
(04.1946)
HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta) (for miscellaneous duties at Malta)
* (07.1945) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Marine engineer.
Penny,
Denzel John
D.J. Penny
Son of Lt. Magnus H. Penny, SANF(V).
?
-

T/S.Lt. 10.11.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
(07.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
Penny,
Magnus Herbert
M.H. Penny
Father of S.Lt. Denzel J. Penny, SANF(V).
?
-

Lt. 08.12.1922
1939 - 1946 no appointment listed
       
 
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Rhodes,
Cecil Vernon
C.V. Rhodes
c. 1920
-
1990 ??
West Sussex
T/S.Lt.
13.04.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Trained on the General Botha, 1938/39.
(1944/45?)


HMS Rushen Castle (corvette)
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
Richards,
Spencer Joseph Newton
C.V. Rhodes
?
-
1987
Pretoria
T/Lt.
01.10.1943
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
24.07.1945
sinking U-714 North Sea (off East coast of Scotland) 14.03.45



seconded to the RN earlier in the War, and served on the North Sea escorts to Russia
?
-
(12.1943)
HMSAS Rondevlei
(06.1944)
-
(10.1944)
HMSAS Odberg
(01.1945)

(04.1946) 
HMS Bonaventure (submarine depot ship, Loch Striven) *
(03.1945)


Asdic Officer, HMSAS Natal
* indexed, but not listed as such
Ricketts,
Claude Stanley
C.S. Ricketts
(09?.)1894
Stoke Damerel, Devon
-
Paym.Lt.Cdr. = T/Lt.Cdr. (S)
06.10.1939

Officer of the Order of the British Empire

OBE

01.01.1934

New Year 34 (as Asst Secr to the Agent of the Gov. of India in S Afr)
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
?
?
Assistant Secretary to the Agent to the Government of India in South Africa (1930s).
(07.1945)
-
(04.1946)
HMS Bonaventure (HQ SAN Forces & Reserves, Captetown, South Africa) *
* indexed, bur not listed as such
Robertson,
John Whyte
J.W. Robertson (Photo courtesy of Mr John Kelsey)
?
-
T/Lt. 24.10.1942
19.10.1943 - (07.1945) HMS Bann (frigate)
 
       
 
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Thompson,
Harry Kitan
H.K. Thompson
?
-
T/S.Lt. RNVR 13.03.1941
T/Lt. 13.03.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
(04.1941) - (06.1941) no appointment listed
01.07.1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Broke (destroyer)
14.03.1942 - (10.)1943 HMS Hursley (destroyer)
(12.)1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) *
(12.1943)     British Naval Liaison Officer, Greek escort destroyer "Pindos"
03.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Orion (cruiser)
* indexed, bur not listed as such
Tiley,
Gerald Lewis
G.L. Tiley
?
-
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 11.02.1942
1943?, seniority 29.12.1941
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 11.08.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: University of Witwatersrand.
24.07.1942 - (10.)1942 HMS Tynwald (anti-aircraft ship)
(12.1942)     no appointment listed
29.12.1942 - (08.)1943 HMS Archer (escort carrier)
14.09.1943 - 09.1943 HMS Mercury (signal school, nr Petersfield, Hampshire)
30.09.1943 - (07.)1945 HMS Berwick (cruiser) (for radar duties)
(10.1945) - (04.1946) HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) *
* indexed, bur not listed as such
Trew,
Antony Francis
A.F. Trew
Son of Col. Harry Trew, formerly Deputy Commissioner South African Police.
Married (10.07.1930) Nora Houthakker; three sons.

05.06.1906
Pretoria, South Africa
-
12.01.1996
Chertsey, UK
T/Lt.Cdr. 03.12.1940 (reld > 07.1945, < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 11.12.1945 wind up Europe 45 [investiture 31.03.47]
Education: Diocesan College, Rondebosch.
Went to sea at the age of 16 and served as a deck officer with the Union Castle Line and in the Royal Naval Reserve. Joined Automobile Association of South Africa (A.A.) Staff, 1932.
12.1940 - 12?.1941 Lt.Cdr. in 22nd Anti-Submarine Group (Mediterranean)
(04.1943) - (02.1944) Deputy Director Technical, Headquarters Staff, South African Naval Forces [HMSAS Bonaventure] (overseeing the repair of naval vessels in Cape Town)
(04.1944) - (06.1944) HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said, Egypt) *
      Senior Officers' Staff Course at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich
1944 - 1944 HMS Versatile (destroyer)
29.09.1944 - 05.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Walker (destroyer) (DSC)
05.1945 - 30.06.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Cygnet (sloop)
Secretary General of the A.A. Writer.
Published: Two Hours to Darkness (1963), Smoke Island (1964), The Sea Break (1966), The White Schooner (1969), Towards the Tamarind Trees (1970), The Moonraker Mutiny (1972), Kleber's Convoy (1974), The Zhukov Briefing (1975), Ultimatum (1976), The Soukour Deadline (1977), Death of a Supertanker (1978), The Antonov Project (1979), Sea Fever (1980), Running Wild (1982), Bannister's Chart (1984), Yashimoto's Last Dive (1986), The Chalk Circle (1989), The Road to the River and Other Stories (1992).
* indexed, bur not listed as such
Turpin,
Eric William
E.W. Turpin
?
-
SANF(V), seconded to RN: T/Lt. (21.06.1942); retd (1945); T/Lt.Cdr. (1950s?)

Watch Keeping Certificate

Trained on the General Botha, 1927/28.
      Klava, Simonstown, S. Africa
(12.1940)     HMS Cornwall (cruiser)
(08.1942)     no posting listed
      Italian hospital ships
04.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Phoebe (cruiser)
[ (04.1946)     HMS Afrikander (base, Simonstown, S. Africa) ?]
1950s     ran a Naval Cadet Base, Springs, Transvaal
 
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Van Eyssen,
Hugh Ferdinand
H.F. Van Eyssen
?
-
T/S.Lt. 13.06.1940
T/Lt. 20.04.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 01.01.1944 New Year 44
(07.1941)     HMS Arum (trawler)
(10.1944)     no appointment listed
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
       
 
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Wileman,
Walter Leslie
W.L. Wileman (Photo courtesy of Mr Reg Wileman)
(12?).1886
West Ham, Greater London
-
Chief Petty Officer
(1918) [ON 3]
T/Lt.Cdr.
30.10.1933 (reld > 04.1946)

Distinguished Service Medal

DSM

17.05.1918

?
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration VRD
?
?
(04.1940)


no appointment listed
(02.1941)


no appointment listed
28.04.1941
-
(04.1946)
RN Depot, Simonstown [HMS Afrikander (base, Simonstown, S. Africa)]
Wilson,
Alfred Woodrow
A.W. Wilson (Photo courtesy of Mr Craig Wilson)
Married (14.10.1946, Cape Town, South Africa) Julie Elizabeth Vera Harland ((06?).1923 - ), daughter of Arthur S.C. Harland, and Edith E. Baylis, of Scarborough, UK; two sons, one daughter.
15.07.1918
Durban, Natal, South Africa
-
17.04.1995
T/A/S.Lt. 09.07.1943 [67074 (V)]
T/S.Lt. 09.01.1944 (reld 18.01.1946)
24.09.1939     enlisted, SANF(V)
? - 06.04.1941 HMS Cormorin (armed merchant cruiser) (survived sinking)
12.08.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS Salsette (Combined Operations base, Bombay)
(10.1944)     no appointment listed
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
(04.1945)     no appointment listed
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
? - 18.01.1946 SA Naval Base, Durban (released by SANF Dispersal Team, Durban)
Wilson,
Gordon Patrick Francis
G.P.F. Wilson
?
-
T/Lt. 07.08.1940 (reld > 04.1946)
(12.1941) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
Wilson,
Henry Rex Beamish
see: RM officers' section  
       
 
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