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1939-1945

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Appleby,
John Samuel
J.S. Appleby (Photo courtesy of Dr David J. Appleby) J.S. Appleby (Photo courtesy of Dr David J. Appleby)
J.S. Appleby (Photo courtesy of Dr David J. Appleby)
Son of George Albert Appleby, and Florence Minnie Porter.
Married (14.12.1947, Great Clacton, Essex) Audrey Grace Fookes (27.01.1926 - 16.12.1993), daughter of Reginald John Fookes (1895-1962), and Grace Matilda Jarvis (1895-1985); four sons.
29.03.1925
Colchester, Essex
-
30.08.2011
Colchester, Essex
Midsh. (Sp.Br.) 23.06.1944 *
T/A/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 29.09.1944
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 29.03.1945 (reld 1947)
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - & clasp France and Germany
Pacific Star Pac St - & clasp Burma
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Additionally a few Soviet medals.

* Special Branch officer who is qualified for, and is undertaking general duties of an executive nature on shore

Education: Bluecoat School, Colchester; Colchester Royal Grammar School (1936-1943).
1943     served on HMS Wivern (destroyer) & HMS Vivien (destroyer)
(06.1944)     served on a fast patrol boat for Operation Overlord
05.09.1944 - 21.11.1944 HMS Nairana (escort carrier)
11.1944 - 12.1944 HMS Khedive (aircraft carrier) [possibly for passage only]
18.12.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) (for miscellaneous duties)
12.02.1945 - 14.01.1946 Confidential Book Officer, HMS Tengra (Combined Operations base, Mandapam, India)
      served on HMS Fiery Cross (whaler), on secret missions to check out beaches for Operation Zipper, the planned seaborne asault on Japanese held Malaya
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Royal Naval Supplementary Volunteer Reserve (Speical Branch) , c. 1952/3-(1960s?). Post-war a teacher (by 1969 was Head Teacher at a primary school), retiring in 1986. Ran a small printing business as a sideline, in order to supplement his teacher's salary. In later life he was ordained as a Minister and was much in demand at naval functions and at funerals of naval officers. Wrote several books and pamphlets, mostly on local Essex history, and was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. Honorary Secretary of the V&W Destroyer Association, a branch secretary of the Russian Convoy Club, and a chaplain to both the Burma Star Association and the Merchant Navy Association.
Appleby,
Stanley
S. Appleby
?
-
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) * 01.02.1942 (reld < 04.1946)

* Special Branch officer who is employed on staff, etc., duties ashore, but has not received any training of an exceutive nature

 

01.02.1942 - (07.1945) HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (for duties with Sea Transport Officers)
Appleby,
William Charles
"Bill" / "By Crikey"
W.C. Appleby
?
-
T/A/S.Lt. (E) 22.08.1940
T/S.Lt. (E) 1944?, seniority 22.02.1941
      temporary officer serving under T.124X agreements
30.10.1940 - (12.1941) HMS Worcestershire (armed merchant cruiser)
28.09.1943 - (10.)1944 HMS Isle of Sark (RDF training ship)
06.12.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Kedah (accommodation/HQ ship)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Appleyard,
Philip Norman Frederick
P.N.F. Appleyard
27.08.1900
Edmonton district, Essex
-
07.01.1977
Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex
T/Lt. 12.12.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 10.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID 24.02.1942 mined, brought to port 02.42
Mention in Despatches MID 09.11.1943 convoy OS45 U-Boat sunk
(04.1940) - (02.1941) HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham) *
09.1941 - (08.1942) HMS Royal Eagle (auxiliary anti-aircraft vessel (coastal)) (despatches)
27.09.1943 - (04.1945) HMS Stonecrop (corvette) (despatches)
1944? - (04.)1945 Commanding Officer
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Apps,
David Sydney
D.S. Apps
Son of ... Apps, and ... Baker.
(06?).1919
Tavistock district, Cornwall, Devon
-
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 28.07.1940
T/A/Lt. (Sp.Br.) ?
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) ?
T/El.Lt. backdated 28.01.1943
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 28.04.1942 bomb disposal ?
24.07.1940 - (02.1941) Department of Unexploded Bombs, Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty outside Admiralty)
07.01.1944 - (06.1944) Department of Unexploded Bomb Disposal, Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty outside Admiralty)
26.03.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Blackcap (RN Air Station, Stretton, Warrington, Lancs)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Arbuthnot,
Michael Geoffrey Henderson
M.G.H. Arbuthnot

Son of Adm. Sir Geoffrey Schomberg Arbuthnot, KCB, CB, DSO, RN, and Jessie Marguerite (Henderson) Arbuthnot.
Married (24.04.1948) (Nicole) Patricia Collins (born 13.12. 1917), elder daughter of Lt-Colonel Richard Leslie Halliburton Collins of Thurston House, Bury St Edmunds; one son. Lived in London.
28.09.1919
Frome district, Somerset
-
11.06.1967
T/A/S.Lt. 11.01.1940
T/S.Lt. 28.09.1940
T/Lt. 11.07.1942 (reld 1945/46)
Education: Stowe School (1933-1938), Head Boy, then Trinity College Cambridge.
31.01.1940 - (02.1941) HMS Cape Sable (special service vessel)
23.11.1943 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HMS Dakins (frigate)
Worked for Shell in Venezuela and Rhodesia.
Arbuthnott,
[The Rt. Hon.] [Sir] John Campbell;
16th Viscount of Arbuthnott, cr. 1641;
Lord Inverbervie and Chief of the Name and Arms of Arbuthnott
J.C. Arbuthnott (Photo courtesy of Sir William Arbuthnot, Bt)
Elder son (with three brothers) of Maj.Gen. Robert Keith Arbuthnott, 15th Viscount of Arbuthnott, CB, CBE, DSO, MC (1897-1966), and Ursula Collingwood (1898-1989), of Montrose, Scotland.
Succeeded father, 15.12.1966.
Married (03.09.1949, Holy Trinity Church, Wareside) Mary Elizabeth Darley Oxley (26.05.1923 - 16.01.2010), elder daughter of Cdr. Christopher Bernard Oxley, DSC, RN (1894-1953), and Kathleen Maude Eginton Grant; one son, one daughter.

26.10.1924
Dubton House, nr. Montrose, Angus, Scotland
-
14.07.2012

Arbuthnott House, by Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, Scotland
T/Midsh. (A) 21.11.1943
T/A/S.Lt. (A) 26.04.1944
T/S.Lt. (A) 26.10.1944
Knight of the Thistle KT 1996 ?
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 1986 ?
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 20.11.1945 operations in the Far East 07-08.45 [decoration posted]
Education: Fettes College (1938-12.1942; Carrington House; Open Scholar; VIa; School Prefect; Head of School; Head of Carrington; XV; XI 1941-42; Hockey; Cert. A); Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (01.10.1946-1949; BA Estate Management), MA 1967.
1942 - 1946 served Fleet Air Arm (RNVR):
21.11.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS Saker (British Admiralty Delegation, Washington, DC, USA)
20.10.1944 - (10.)1944 pilot, 756 Squadron FAA [HMS Ukussa (RN Air Station, KAtukurunda, Ceylon)]
28.12.1944 - (07.1945) pilot, 849 Squadron FAA [HMS Victorious (aircraft carrier)]
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent; Agricultural Land Service, 1949-1955; Land Agent (Scotland), The Nature Conservancy, 1955-1967. Chairman, Aberdeen and Northern Marts, 1986-1991 (Director, 1973-1991); Director: Scottish Widows' Fund and Life Assurance Society, 1978-1994 (Deputy Chairman, 1982-1984, 1987-1988; Chairman, 1984-1987); Scottish Northern Investment Trust, 1979-1985; Clydesdale Bank, 1985-1992 (Northern Area, 1975-1985); Britoil, 1988-1990; Scottish Advisory Board, BP, 1990-1996. Member: Countryside Commission for Scotland, 1967-1971; Aberdeen University Court, 1978-1984; Royal Commission on Historical MSS, 1987-1994; Chairman, Red Deer Commission, 1969-1975; President: British Association for Shooting and Conservation (formerly Wildfowlers Association of GB and Ireland), 1973-1992; The Scottish Landowners' Federation, 1974-1979 (Convener, 1971-1974); Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, 1976-1996; Scottish Agricultural Organization Society, 1980-1983; RSGS, 1983-1987; Federation of Agricultural Co­operatives (UK) Ltd, 1983-1987; Deputy Chairman, Nature Conservancy Council, 1980-1985, Chairman, Advisory Committee for Scotland, 1980-1985. Honorary Air Commodore 612 Co Aberdeen Suadron RAuxAF, since 1998. FRSA. Hon. LLD Aberdeen, 1995. GCStJ 1994; Prior of Scotland, OStJ, 1983-1995. Lord­Lieutenant Grampian Region (Kincardineshire), 1977-1999; Her Majesty's Lord High Commissioner to General Assembly, Church of Scotland, 1986, 1987. FRSE (1984).
Archdale,
Alexander Mervyn
A.M. Archdale
Son of Theodore Montgomery Archdale (1873-1918) and Helen Alexander Russel (18760-1949). Brother of First Officer Helen Elizabeth Archdale, WRNS.
27.11.1905
-
13.05.1986
T/Lt. 05.06.1942
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 07.1945 (reld 1945/46)
      HMS Cleopatra (cruiser)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Actor.
Archer,
Edmund Hedley
E.H. Archer
Son of ... Archer, and ... Neate.
(09?).1921
Croydon district, Greater London / Kent / Surrey
-
12.10.1941
[Leatherhead SS. Mary and Nicholas) Churchyard, south of church]
T/S.Lt. (A) ?
? - 12.10.1941 785 Squadron FAA [HMS Jackdaw (RN Air Station, Crail, Fife)] (died on a training exercise in Scotland)
Archer,
Edward Stanley
E.S. Archer (Photo courtesy of Mrs Mary Corck)
Son (with one sister and two brothers & two half-siblings) of Albert Edward Archer (1875-1951), and Mary Sillett (1882-1914).
Married ((12?).1937, Bromley district, Kent) Amelia Gladys Panter (13.05.1916 - 15.08.1985); three daughters.
17.02.1912
Walthamstow, West Ham district, Essex
-
08.09.1974
Bexley, Dartford district, Kent
Seaman ? [JX 259266] (reld 23.01.1945; invalided)
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) * 10.04.1945 (reld 09.12.1946)

* Special Branch officer who is employed on staff, etc., duties ashore, but has not received any training of an executive nature

      served on MGBs (motor gun boats) & minesweepers (MMS 37)
(10.1945) - (10.1946) no appointment listed [working outside the Admiralty for the Sea Cadet Corps]
Continued to work for the Sea Cadet Corps as Stores Officer until illness forced his retirement in December 1972.
Archer,
Eric
E. Archer
1922 ?
-
29.03.2009
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
[age 87]
T/S.Lt. 19.11.1942
T/Lt. 19.11.1944
Lt. (Sp.Br.) RNR 12.10.1958
Lt.Cdr. (Sp.Br.) RNR 12.10.1966 (retd 07.03.1973)
Reserve Decoration RD 10.03.1970 -
     

joined Royal Naval Volunteer (Wireless) Reserve pre-war

      HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishment, Hove, Sussex)
      Commanding Officer, HM MTB 416 (motor torpedo boat) (temporarily)
24.01.1944 - (01.1945) HMS Cicala (Coastal Forces base, Dartmouth) (for MTB duties, later miscellaneous services):
01.03.1943 - 06.1944 First Lieutenant, HM MTB 434 (motor torpedo boat)
06.1944 - 07.1944 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 434 (motor torpedo boat)
1944? - 1945? Commanding Officer, HM MTB 413 (motor torpedo boat)
25.01.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Forte (RN base, Falmouth)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
After the war Eric joined an RNVR colleague and worked in his family import and export business as a textile buyer, in Bradford, the place of his birth. He moved with his family to Scarborough in 1952 to work in the management of Rowntrees department store until it was taken over by Debenhams. In 1970 he moved to Huddersfield as production manager at Stereosound Productions, subsequently becoming Production Director.
Archer,
Eric Arthur
E.A. Archer
?
-
T/Lt. 12.09.1942 (reld 01.05.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID 11.12.1945 wind up, Europe 45
08.1943 - (07.1945) Commanding Officer, HMS Lombard (minesweeping trawler)
Archer,
William John
W.J. Archer (Photo courtesy of Mr Sebastian Archer)
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
17.06.1915
-
17.12.2005
Oxfordshire
T/S.Lt. 27.11.1941
T/Lt. 27.11.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC

14.12.1943

attack on Valona 09.1943 [decoration posted]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC

07.08.1945

Coastal Forces actions 04.1945 [decoration posted]
(02.1942)     no appointment listed
(02.1942?)     HM MTB 224 (motor torpedo boat) ?
(04.1942)     HMS Minos II (Coastal Forces base, Lowestoft) *
16.04.1942 - (06.)1942 HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport) (for Motor Torpedo Boats)
04.07.1942 - 14.06.1943 First Lieutenant, HM MTB 86 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport)]
15.06.1943 - (02.)1944 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 89 (motor torpedo boat) (DSC)
(04.1944) - (09.1944) HM MTB 89 (motor torpedo boat) *
22.09.1944 - (07.)1945 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 400 (motor torpedo boat) (Bar to DSC)
(10.1945)     HMS Northwind *
(04.1946)     Congella (South African ship) [transferred to South African Naval Volunteer Force] *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Archer-Shee,
Philip
P. Archer-Shee
Son of ... Archer-Shee, and ... Pell.
17.07.1911
Windsor district, Berkshire
-
Lt. 01.09.1939
A/Lt.Cdr. ?
Mention in Despatches MID 23.09.194 sinking of Mashona
      HMS Tartar (destroyer)
27.09.1943 - ? Commanding Officer, HMS Chesterfield (destroyer)
18.12.1943 - 10.1944 Commanding Officer, HMS Scimitar (destroyer)
18.12.1944 - 14.08.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Wheatland (escort destroyer)
Arkell,
John Norman
J.N. Arkell
Son of Edward Norman Gwynn Arkell (1893-1969), and Margaret Neville Craig (1896-1959).
Married (25.06.1949, Reigate, Surrey) Norma H.M. Aitken; three daughters, one son.

DVD interview available at the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust

(09?).1923
Shaftesbury, Dorset
-
01.02.2010
Westminster Memorial Hospital
T/A/S.Lt. ?
T/S.Lt. 26.11.1943
Distinguished Service Cross DSC

30.05.1944

Coastal Forces action 24/25.10.43 [investiture 12.12.44]
Education: Sherbourne College (1937-1941).
      HMS Bramham (destroyer)
      HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishments, Hove & Lancing, Sussex)
      HMS St Christopher (Fort William)
? - 25.10.1943 HM MGB 607 (motor gun boat) [HMS Midge (Coastal Forces base, Great Yarmouth)] (severely wounded; was hit by shrapnel in the legs, thighs and face, lost his right eye and the cheek below it was ripped apart)
Solicitor, Burridge Kent & Arkell,Shaftesbury, 1945-1988. President Dorset Law Society 1974; President Old Shirburnian Society 1982; Chairman of Trustees, King Edward VI Trust; Old Shirburnian Society Trustee 1982-1997; Town Freeman of Shaftesbury 1998.
Arlidge,
Thomas Edward
T.E. Arlidge
(06?).1916
Kings Norton district, Staffordshire / Warwickshire
-
T/S.Lt. 10.12.1943
T/Lt. 01.05.1945 (reld < 04.1946)
(10.1944) - (07.1945) HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Armitage,
Peter William
P.W. Armitage
Son of William Armitage, Mayor of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and ... Stones.
14.04.1916
Doncaster district, Yorkshire
-
05.02.1983
Bracknell district, Berkshire
T/A/S.Lt. (A) 05.02.1944
T/S.Lt. (A) 05.08.1944
T/A/Lt. (A) > 04.1945, < 07.1945
S.Lt. (A) RN 15.04.1946, seniority 05.08.1944
Lt. (A) RN 10.05.1946, seniority 27.04.1946 (withdrawal from Extended Service Commission; Emgcy List 12.02.1950)
Lt. (A) 19.06.1954, seniority 26.05.1950
Lt.Cdr. (Sp.Br.) ?, seniority 14.04.1954 (retd 14.04.1966)
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Royal Naval and Royal Marine Forces Volunteer Reserve Decoration VRD 15.05.1961 -
(04.1944) - (06.1944) no appointment listed
21.05.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Nightjar (RN Air Station, Inskip, Lancashire) (for full flying duties and training) (for observer duties) *
(10.1944)     HMS Shrike (RN Air Station, Maydown, Northern Ireland) **
04.10.1944 - (01.)1945 observer, 811 Squadron FAA [HMS Vindex (escort carrier)]
? - (04.)1945 observer, 836 Squadron [FAA HMS Shrike (RN Air Station, Maydown, Northern Ireland)] [date of appointment shown as 04.10.1944, so perhaps previous appointment in error]
(07.1945) - (04.1946) HMS Condor (RN Air Station, Arbroath, Scotland) **
15.04.1946 - 12.02.1950 transferred RN [extended service commission]
19.05.1954 - 14.04.1966 Permanent RNVR (Air Branch)
MRAeS.
* until list of Jul 1945 (erroneously) shown under HMS Nightjar as G.W. Armitage
** indexed, but not listed as such
Armitage,
Rupert Appleton
R.A. Armitage (Photo courtesy of Mr Jeremy Armitage)
Son of Matthew Ward Armitage (1878-1951), and Eva Gertrude Brown (1878-1917).
Married (07.10.1939, St Barbara's Church, Earlsdon, Coventry district, Warwickshire) Ruth Ella Gilbert ((03?).1914 - ), daughter of ... Gilbert, and ... Palmer; two sons.
19.12.1910
Guisborough district, North Riding of Yorkshire
-
11.09.1989
Shrewsbury district, Shropshire
T/S.Lt. 03.07.1942
T/A/Lt. > 12.1942,< 02.1943
T/Lt. 20.04.1944, seniority 03.10.1942 (commission terminated 09.03.1945; medically unfit)
? - ? HMS Kent (cruiser)
(08.1942)     no appointment listed
16.08.1942 - (04.)1944 HMS Dinosaur (Combined Operations base, Troon) (for landing craft, tank)
04.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base)
? - ? HM LCI(L) 314 (landing craft, infantry (large))
Bank manager.
Armitage,
Robert Selby
R.S. Armitage R.S. Armitage
R.S. Armitage R.S. Armitage
R.S. Armitage
Eldest son (with one sister and two brothers) of Rev. Philip Armitage, MA (1870-1960), and Elizabeth Christine Marshall (1880-1934), of The Vicarage, Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames.
Married (28.09.1938) Frances Bland Tucker (18.10.1907 - 01.08.1984), daughter of William P. Tucker (1870-), and Katherine N. Tucker (1874-); no children.

28.03.1905
Birling, Malling district, Kent
-
01.06.1982
Nettlebed, Oxfordshire
[St Bartholomew Churchyard, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire]
T/Lt. 25.09.1939
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 08.1942
T/A/Cdr. > 06.1944, < 10.1944
George Cross GC 27.12.1940 disabling land mines 09-10.40
GM 15.02.1944 mine disposal Corton Sands, Suffolk 15.06.42
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Coronation Medal 1953 Cor M - -
Jubilee Medal 1977 Jub M - -
Education: Rugby (09.1918-01.1923; Michell House); Trinity College, Cambridge (2nd cl. Hist. Trip., 1926).
Admitted to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1939.
25.09.1939 - (12.1943) Mining Department, HMS Vernon (torpedo school and experimental establishment, Portsmouth, later Brighton)
(06.1940)     commanded a small coaster at Dunkirk
(06.1944) - (01.1945) HMS President (Admiralty) *
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Member of London Stock Exchange.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Armitstead,
Thomas Marmaduke
T.M. Armitstead
Son of Marmaduke Armitstead (1878-1941), and Mary Elizabeth Alderson (1884-1958).
Married (05.09.1944, Christ Chapel, Windhill, Keighley district, West Riding of Yorkshire) Marie Townend ((06?).1922 - ); ... children (three daughters?).
08.04.1917
North Shipley, Worth Valley, North Bierley district, North Riding of Yorkshire
-
26.07.1990
T/S.Lt. 16.04.1942
T/Lt. 16.04.1943 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
15.05.1942 - (12.1942) HMS Samphire (corvette)
09.01.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Prinses Beatrix (landing ship, infantry (medium))
20.03.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Vetch (corvette)
(10.1945)     no appointment listed
Armstrong,
Hugh Terence
H.T. Armstrong
?
-
T/Lt. 29.11.1939 (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC

22.12.1942

hazardous minesweeping operations Channel [investiture 25.05.43]
29.11.1939 - (04.)1940 HMS Pyramus (RN base, Kirkwall)
09.09.1940 - (02.)1941 First Lieutenant, HMS Shera (minesweeping whaler)
13.11.1941 - (08.1942) Commanding Officer, HM MMS 60 (motor minesweeper) [HMS Bacchante (RN base, Aberdeen), from 11.05.1942 HMS Forward (RN base, Newhaven)]
30.09.1944 - (10.1944) Commanding Officer, HMS Phrontis (patrol boat)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Armstrong,
Jack
J. Armstrong (Photo courtesy of Genevieve Berthault)
Born as Jacques Berthault. Probably assumed name of Armstrong for service in the Navy.
11.07.1919
Paris, France
-
1993
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) * 18.09.1941
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 18.03.1944 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)

* Special Branch officer employed on scientific duties

Served in French navy.
17.01.1942 - (10.1945) HMS Mercury II (Admiralty signal establishment, Haslemere, Surrey)
Emigrated to Canada, 1957.
Armstrong,
Lloyd
L. Armstrong
Brother of Dorothy Armstrong, second wife of Sq.Ldr. Gordon V. Carey, RAFVR.
?
-
T/S.Lt. 05.03.1942
T/Lt. 05.06.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 New Year 45
Military Cross (Poland) PolMC 08.12.1942 services to the Polish Navy
(1940/41?)     HMS Hood (battlecruiser) 
14.03.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Salamander (Halcyon class minesweeper)
07.08.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Pique (Catherine class minesweeper)
10.01.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Rifleman (Algerine class minesweeper)
Armstrong,
Montagu John Proby
M.J.P. Armstrong
Only son of Jack Proby Armstrong (1878-1953), and Maria Dominga Alvarenga Molina, of Brunswick Gardens, London W8.
07.11.1913
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
-
14.12.1984
Guatemala City, Guatemala
T/S.Lt. 20.09.1940
T/Lt. 05.03.1942, seniority 20.09.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 10.1944
Distinguished Service Cross DSC

02.10.1942

Operation Jubilee (Dieppe raid 19.08.42) [investiture 01.12.42]
Mention in Despatches MID 21.12.1943 Operation Husky (Sicily landings 07.43)
Education: Harrow School (1927.3-1932.2; The Head Master's House); Merton College, Oxford (1932).
(02.1941)     HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) *
12.09.1941 - (06.)1944 HMS Quebec (Combined Training Centre, Inveraray), from late c. 12.1943 HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base)
19.08.1942     aboard HMS Invicta (landing ship, infantry (small)) (Dieppe raid)
07.1943     on Staff LC [= landing craft?] (Sicily)
08.1944 - (07.1945) on staff of Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station [HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)]
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Armstrong,
Peter Alan
P.A. Armstrong
Son of Charles Alan and Gladys Noelle Armstrong, of Fernhurst.
10.03.1918
Mansfield district, Shirebrook, Derbyshire 
-
25.12.1941
[age 23]
[Fernhurst Burial Ground, grave 205]
T/S.Lt. 20.03.1941
19.09.1941 - 25.12.1941 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 48 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS Wasp (Coastal Forces base, Dover)] (died of injuries following an accident)
Arnold,
Herbert Robert
H.R. Arnold (Imperial War Museum © IWM (A 13992))
?
-
... ...
T/Lt. (A) 28.06.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. (A) < 10.1944
... - ... ...
16.10.1941 - (08.)1943 HMS Heron (RN Air Station, Yeovilton, Somerset) (for technical duties)
... - ... ...
Arnold,
Hugh Wilson
H.W. Arnold
Married Pam ...; one son, one daughter.
1921 ?
-
17.12.2013
Arbrook House Nursing Home
T/S.Lt. 15.01.1942
T/Lt. 01.02.1944
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 21.05.1942 attack on St Nazaire [investiture 09.03.43]
... - ... ...
(1942)     HM ML 446 (motor launch) (DSC)
... - ... ...
Arnold,
Philip Weston
P.W. Arnold
1914 ?
-
T/S.Lt. 14.08.1941
T/Lt. 14.08.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
Royal Humane Society Medal in Bronze RHSBr ? rescue services "Ottawa" Atlantic 09.42
1941     HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishments, Hove & Lancing, Sussex)
03.10.1941 - (12.1943) HMS Celandine (corvette)
03.03.1944 - 13.07.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Man O'War (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
(07.1945)     HMS Man O'War (anti-submarine warfare trawler) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Arnold-Forster,
Mark

M. Arnold-Forster (© Imperial War Museum A 14987) M. Arnold-Forster (© Imperial War Museum A 14986)
 
From St. Ives, Cornwall.
Son of William Edward Arnold-Foster (1886-1951), a painter, and Katherine Laird Cox.
Married (13.01.1955) Valentine Mitchison; two daughters, three sons.

16.04.1920
Swindon
-
25.12.1981
Notting Hill, London
Prob. T/Midsh. 05.01.1940
T/A/S.Lt. 16.04.1940
T/S.Lt. 16.04.1941
T/Lt. 01.05.1942 (reld 25.04.1946)
Distinguished Service Order DSO 14.11.1944 German evacuation Le Havre [decoration posted]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 01.01.1943 New Year 43 [investiture 06.04.43]
Mention in Despatches MID 31.03.1942 attack on battle cruisers 02.42
Mention in Despatches MID 14.07.1942 attack on armed raider
Mention in Despatches MID 04.05.1943 action 11.03.43
Merchant seaman.
      joined the RNVR and saw service with the MTB's from Dover:
(04.1940)     HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishments, Hove & Lancing, Sussex)
(02.1941)     no appointment listed
19.09.1941 - 21.06.1943 HMS Wasp (Coastal Forces base, Dover) (for MTB's):
19.09.1941 - (12.1941) First Lieutenant, HM MTB 45 (motor torpedo boat) (5th MTB Flotilla)
(02.1942) - 23.08.1942 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 219 (motor torpedo boat) (6th MTB Flotilla)
24.08.1942 - 21.06.1943 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 38 (motor torpedo boat) [& Senior Officer, 6th MTB Flotilla ?] (6th MTB Flotilla)
22.06.1943 - (08.1943) HMS Bee (Coastal Forces base, Holyhead)
24.01.1944 - 24.09.1944 HMS Wasp (Coastal Forces base, Dover) (for MTB's):
(05.1944) - 24.09.1944 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 212 (motor torpedo boat) & Senior Officer, 13th MTB Flotilla
25.09.1944   07.12.1944 HMS Beehive (Coastal Forces base, Felixstowe)
07.12.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Aggressive (Coastal Forces base, Newhaven)
Journalist: 1946-1957 with The Manchester Guardian. In 1957 he left the Guardian to work for the Observer as a chief reporter and a defense correspondent. Shortly afterwards he became the deputy editor of the Independent Television News (ITV). From 1963 again with The Guardian.
Published: The world at war (1973); The siege of Berlin (1979).
Arnold-Jenkins,
James Gedwion
J.G. Arnold-Jenkins
Son of Robert Arthur Arnold-Jenkins, and Kate ...
Married ((12?).1922, St Pancras district, London) Constance M. Pryce; two sons.

20.12.1899 *
Bombay, India
-
08.06.1977
Burgess Hill, Cuckfield district, West Sussex

* baptism record shows 1899, service record shows 1898, death registration shows 1900
Prob. T/S.Lt. 04.12.1939
T/Lt. 04.03.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. < 06.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20 - -
Victory Medal VM - -
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
Defence Medal? Def M? - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
WW I     Temporary Probationary Flight Officer with Royal Naval Air Service 03.06.1917, transferring to RNVR 27.09.1917 as a Midsh.; from 01.02.1918 HMS Magic (destroyer), becoming slightly wounded 10.04.1918; discharged 20.06.1918
04.12.1939 - (02.)1940 HMS Vernon (torpedo school and experimental establishment, Portsmouth) (for miscellaneous duties)
(03.1940)     no appointment listed
20.03.1940 - (04.)1940 HMS Sandhurst (repair ship)
15.04.1940 - (12.1940) HMS Port Napier (minesweeping trawler)
01.01.1941 - (02.)1941 HMS Trelawney (minelaying base, Loch Alsh, Scotland)
24.03.1941 - (06.)1942 HMS Welshman (Abdiel class minelayer)
01.06.1942 - (06.)1943 HMS Vernon (torpedo school and experimental establishment, Roedean School, Brighton) (for Mining Department)
26.07.1943 - (08.)1943 HMS Port Quebec (minelayer)
20.09.1943 - (10.1944) HMS Shrapnel (RN base, Southampton)
(01.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
Arnott,
Thomas Grenfell
T.G. Arnott
Son of ... Arnott, and ... Baird.
Married (16.02.1942, Bath) Margaret Anne Wilson-Smith (08.09.1916 - ), a teacher & writer, daughter of Thomas Wilson-Smith (1885-1955), and Louisa Story (1879-1956); two sons, one daughter.
21.09.1911
Tynemouth district, Northumberland
-
07.1999
North Yorkshire district
T/Lt. 01.04.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
Lawyer.
12.05.1943 - (06.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Strephon (minesweeping trawler)
(08.1943) - (01.1945) HMS Strephon (minesweeping trawler) * [probably in command, as above]
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Joined the clergy post-war.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Arthur,
Bruce Kilpatrick
B.K. Arthur
?
-
Ordinary Seaman 1944?
T/Midsh. 13.04.1945
T/A/S.Lt. ? (reld 1946/47?)
(1944?)     HMS Dauntless (cruiser)
(07.1945)     HMS Golden Hind (RN manning depot, Sydney, NSW, Australia) *
(04.1946)     HMS King George V (battleship) *
(1946/47?)     HMS Melbreak (destroyer)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Arthur,
Norman James
N.J. Arthur (Photo courtesy of Cdr. John Arthur, RN)
Son of George Frederic and Annie Arthur.
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
20.12.1911
-
19.12.1965
Epsom and Ewell Cottage Hospital, Epsom, Surrey (formerly of West Ewell, Surrey)
T/A/S/Lt. (E) 03.04.1941
T/S.Lt. (E) 20.12.1943 (reld 07.03.1946)
      temporary officer serving under T.124X agreements:
03.04.1941 - 19.12.1943 HMS Lochnevis (coastal minelayer)
20.12.1943 - 19.11.1944 HMS Thane (Ruler class escort carrier)
20.11.1944 - 06.03.1945 HMS Bachaquero (landing ship, tank)
07.03.1945 - 07.03.1946 HMS Mersey (T124X depot, Liverpool)
Artingstall,
John Heywood
J.H. Artingstall
Son (with two sisters and one brother) of Rev. Leslie Artingstall (1885-1952), and Agnes Corsan McCallum (1887-1965).
Married ((03?).1936, Surrey Mid Eastern district) Mary Kathleen Neat (08.10.1914 - 24.07.1985); three daughters.
18.03.1912
Barton district, Lancashire
-
13.12.1991
Totley, Sheffield district, South Yorkshire
T/A/S.Lt. 05.11.1943
T/S.Lt. 05.05.1944 (reld 19.08.1946)
(12.1943) - (02.1944) no appointment listed
21.02.1944 - (04.)1946 HMS Erne (Black Swan class sloop)
 
Ascoli,
Hugh Edwin
H.E. Ascoli (Photo: Dunedin Society)

25.05.1914
-
01.1993
Surrey South-Western
T/S.Lt. 12.04.1940
T/Lt. 12.04.1941
T/A/Lt.Cdr. 09.1944 (reld 17.02.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 11.12.1945 wind up Europe 45 [award posted]
Education: Oxford University.
For a short time followed his father, a Director of Dunlop Rubber, into the firm prior to embarking on his career in insurance and shipping.
? - 05.1940 HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishment, Hove, Sussex)
05.1940 - 06.1940 participated in the Dunkirk evacaution in charge of a Dutch skoot
1940 - 1940/41? HMS Impulsive (destroyer)
1940/41? - 1941 HMS Alresford (minesweeper)
(02.1941)     no appointment listed
22.03.1941 - 10/11.1941 HMS Dunedin (cruiser) [left, injured, before the ship was torpedoed & sunk by U-124 in South Atlantic]
1942? - 1943? Executive Officer, HMS Northney III (Combined Operations training establishment, Hayling Island)
31.08.1943 - (10.1944) Commanding Officer, HM MTB 704 (motor torpedo boat) & Senior Officer, 52nd MTB Flotilla (Dartmouth)[initially a few months as First Lieutenant]
? - ? Naval Control Officer, 524 Squadron RAF (Coastal Command) (Langham)
21.03.1945 - (07.1945) training officer Coastal Forces, HMS Beehive (Felixstowe)
Ash,
Christopher Edward
"Chris"
C.E. Ash (Photo courtesy of Mrs Anne S. Litten)
?
-
Prob. T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 29.09.1940
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 29.01.1941 (reld < 04.1946)
26.09.1940 - (02.)1943 Department of Unexploded Bombs [later: Bomb Disposal], Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty outside Admiralty)
27.04.1943 - (07.1945) HMS Volcano (bomb disposal training establishment, Holmrook, Cumberland)
Ashby,
Ronald Robert Willson
"Ron"

R.R.W. Ashby (© Photo: see hamstat (follow hyperlink)) R.R.W. Ashby
R.R.W. Ashby (© Photo: see hamstat (follow hyperlink))
R.R.W. Ashby (© Photo: see hamstat (follow hyperlink))
Son (with two sisters) of Albert George Ashby (1872- 1937), and Amy Frances Willson
(1871-1951).
Married 1st (marriage dissolved).
Married 2nd ((03?).1947, Surrey South Eastern district) Eileen Spencer (1911 - 2000); one son.

09.07.1910
Watford, Hertfordshire
-
01.1998
Wayland, Norfolk
S.Lt. HKRNVR 14.01.1936
Lt.  HKRNVR 23.11.1937
T/Lt. 03.06.1942, seniority 23.11.1937
T/Lt.Cdr. 1942?
T/A/Cdr. 1944?
T/Cdr. 01.04.1946
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 13.10.1942 withdrawal from Hong  Kong [investiture 02.02.43]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 10.07.1945 operations Arakan coast 44-45 [decoration posted]
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
Africa Star Afr St - & clasp N Africa 42-43
Pacific Star Pac St - & clasp Burma
Italy Star It St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Mention in Despatches  MID 01.08.1944 Arakan Coastal Forces
Royal Naval and Royal Marine Forces Volunteer Reserve Decoration VRD 1946? -
Education: King's School, Canterbury.
Joined Benskins, family firm of brewers at Watford, soon leaving to work in Canton.
1936     joined, Hong Kong Naval Volunteer Force (later Hong Kong RNVR)
  - 24.02.1939 Honorary Aide-de-Camp of the Governor of Hong Kong
12.02.1940 - (1942) HMS Tamar, later HMS Tamar III (RN base, Hong Kong):
(04.1940)     for Motor Torpedo Boats
(02.1941) - (1942) Commanding Officer, MTB 07 (withdrew his MTB from Hong Kong)
03.06.1942     transferred RNVR
01.07.1942 - 01.01.1943 HMS Aggressive (Coastal Forces base, Newhaven):
10.07.1942 - (1942) Commanding Officer, HM SGB 4 (steam gun boat)
01.01.1943 - 11.1943 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 670 (motor torpedo boat) & Senior Officer, 33rd MTB Flotilla (Southampton, then Felixstowe, then Mediterranean)
27.11.1943 - 07.1944 Naval Officer-in-Charge, Chittagong [HMS Salsette (Combined Operations base, Bombay)]
07.1944   (07.1945) Senior Officer Coastal Forces (Arakan) [HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)]
21.03.1946 - 20.08.1946 Commanding Officer, HMS Boxer (fighter direction ship)
23.06.1947 - (10.1947) Commanding Officer, HMS Duncansby Head (repair ship)
Ashcroft,
Wilfred James Charles
W.J.C. Ashcroft
Son of Wilfred Ernest  Ashcroft and Elizabeth Mary Ashcroft (née Rush), of Middlesbrough.
(03?).1921
Dover, Kent
-
14.09.1942
[age 21]
[Lee-on-Solent Memorial, bay 3, panel 7]
T/S.Lt. (A) 06.06.1942
? - 14.09.1942 HMS Condor (RN Air Station, Arbroath)
Ashenden,
William James
W.J. Ashenden
(06?).1921
-
T/S.Lt. (E) 20.03.1944
T/Lt. (E) 20.03.1946 (reld [Class A] 07.12.1949)
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St - -
Atlantic Star Atl St - -
Africa Star Afr St - -
Burma Star Bur St - -& clasp Pacific
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
11.04.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base) (for landing craft duty)
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
16.01.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Odzani (frigate)
01.04.1946 - (04.1946) HMS Papua (frigate)
(07.1948)     HMS Berry Head *
(05.1949)     HMS Zenith *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Ashton,
Eric Hedley
E.H. Ashton
Son of ... Ashton, and ... Dodgson.
Married; four sons.

DVD interview available at the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust


(09?).1917
Ecclesall Bierlow district, Derbyshire / West Riding of Yorkshire
-
11.04.2007
North Wales
[age 89]
(formerly of Newark)
Petty Offr. Mech. ?
T/S.Lt. (E) 29.06.1942
T/Lt. (E) 29.06.1943
      HM MTB 71 (motor torpedo boat)
      HM MTB 201 (motor torpedo boat)
1942     commissioned, HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)
      overseeing Vosper MTB's built in Annapolis [HMS Asbury ?]
      served in Algiers [HMS Razorbill ?]
12.1943 - (10.1944) HMS Gregale (Coastal Forces base, Malta)
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
19.02.1945 - (07.1945) Base Engineer Officer, HMS Fox (RN base, Lerwick, Shetlands)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Ashworth,
Herbert
H. Ashworth (Photo courtesy of Mr David Ashworth) H. Ashworth (Photo courtesy of Mr David Ashworth)
Married (17.11.1942) Mary Isobel Turnbull; one son.
11.03.1912
Bury district, Lancashire
-
02.11.2004
Chorley district, Lancashire
Prob. T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 15.12.1939
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 18.04.1940
T/El.Lt. 1941?, seniority 18.04.1940
T/Lt. 1944?, seniority 18.04.1940
T/A/Lt.Cdr. > 01.1945, < 04.1945 (reld 12.05.1946)
Mention in Despatches  MID 01.01.1942 New Year 42
Electrical Engineer working for Lancashire Electric Power Company Ltd.
19.12.1939 - (06.)1940 Admiralty [HMS President] (for special and miscellaneous services): member of the LL Sweep Section of the HMS Vernon Experimental Flotilla, based in Sheerness then relocated to Brightlingsea
16.07.1940 - (10.)1940 HMS Peony (corvette)
01.10.1940 - (04.)1942 HMS Peony (corvette) & as Electrical Officer, 10th Corvette Group (Atlantic convoys, then Mediterranean) (despatches)
05.1942 - (10.)1942) HMS Vernon (torpedo school & experimental establishment, Roedean School, Brighton) (for Instructional Department)
(12.1942)     no appointment listed: served in HMS Hurworth (destroyer) & HMS Exmoor (destroyer) in 2nd half of 1942
28.12.1942 - (10.)1943 HMS Indomitable (aircraft carrier) (Sicily, repair team in Norfolk, Virginia)
(12.1943) - (06.1944) HMS Vernon (torpedo school & experimental establishment, Roedean School, Brighton) * [for long torpedo course]
30.06.1944 - (04.)1945 HMS Vernon (torpedo school & experimental establishment, Roedean School, Brighton) (for Instructional Department)
11.06.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Marlborough (training establishment, Eastbourne)
* indexed, but not listed as such
His son writes: "I believe that my father had an ongoing relationship with HMS Vernon, throughout the war, with the possible exception of his time on Indomitable. One reason for this is that I do have a carbon copy of a report dated 26th May 1941 from The Electrical Officer 10th Corvette Group (him) to The Captain of HMS Vernon, about magnetic minesweeping activities by the Group in Benghazi & Tobruk, and it is interesting to note that Peony had 5 officers in her ships company, rather than the usual 4 of a Flower Class Corvette. As the Navy List shows he officially left Peony in May and she was leased to the Hellenic Navy on 24th June 1942. From April to August 1942, my mother addressed her postcards etc to him at Captain Local Patrol, HMS Nile c/o G.P.O. London EC1 (Address1). In the period from April to June, Address 1 was crossed out, and the cards were re-addressed c/o D/G Office, Navy House, Port Said (Address 2). In turn the Address 2 was crossed out and the cards have another address c/o D/G Office, Alexandria Dockyard (Address 3). The last card with amended addresses, happens to be dated 24th June 1942!! Between June 24th and August, Address 1 remained unaltered!! The three 10th Group boats had their LL Sweeps removed before being leased to the Hellenic Navy, and it would not surprise me if he wasn't supervising the removal and possible reinstallation of the sweeps in other ships. He was home on leave in the UK by the end of August 42."
Askew,
Joseph Frederick
J.F. Askew
Married ((09?).1940, Birmingham district, Gloucestershire) Marie C. Reimann; seven children.
17.08.1910
Aston district, Warwickshire
-
08.01.1996
Surrey North-Western district
Seaman ? [MX72539]
T/A/Paym.S.Lt. 27.01.1943
T/Paym.S.Lt. 27.07.1943
Paym.Lt. = T/Lt. (S) 01.03.1944 (reld 29.05.1946)
23.10.1940     joined RNVR
(1942?)     HMS Eclipse (destroyer)
18.02.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Yeoman (RN base, Thames) (for duty in office of Flag Officer-in-Charge, London)
15.03.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) (for duty in office of Flag Officer Ceylon)
Asphar,
John Maurus
J.F. Askew

Married 1st ((03?).1946, Hampstead district, Middlesex) Helen Fair Wyatt-Smith (19.06.1921 - 08.2005).
Married 2nd ((12?).1959, Isle of Wight, Hampshire) Noelle Jill McMaster (23.04.1929 - ); three children.
18.08.1916
Sliema, Malta
-
04.12.1998
Rye, Westchester, NY, USA
Prob. T/S.Lt. (Sp,Br,) 14.06.1940
T/S.Lt. (Sp,Br,) * 06.08.1942, seniority 14.06.1940
T/S.Lt. 14.07.1944, seniority 14.06.1940
T/Lt. > 06.1944, < 10.1944, seniority 03.05.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches  MID 26.05.1942 bomber damaged, fighter destroyed

* Special Branch Officer who has qualified for, and is undertaking general duties of an executive nature on shore

14.06.1940 - (12.)1940 HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta) (for miscellaneous duties at Malta)
13.12.1940 - (06.)1942 HMS Abingdon (Hunt class minesweeper) (despatches)
(08.1942) - (10.1942) no appointment listed
22.11.1942 - 05.1943 HMS Mosquito (Coastal Forces base, Alexandria, Egypt)
14.05.1943 - (08.)1943 HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) (additional; for various services)
(10.1943) - (12.1943) no appointment listed
12.1943 - (02.)1944 HMS Mosquito (Coastal Forces base, Alexandria, Egypt)
(04.1944) - (06.1944) no appointment listed
28.08.1944 - (10.)1944 First Lieutenant, HM MTB 761 (motor torpedo boat)
12.1944 - (10.1945) First Lieutenant, HM MTB 5020 (motor torpedo boat)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
1940s - 1950s Royal Naval Volunteer Supplementary Reserve
Aspinall,
Peter
P. Aspinall
?
-
T/S.Lt. 05.06.1941
T/Lt. 05.12.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 21.11.1944 Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44) [investiture 06.03.45]
18.08.1941 - (08.)1942 HMS Midge (Coastal Forces base, Great Yarmouth) (for motor launches)
01.10.1942 - (02.)1943 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 56 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport)]
18.02.1943 - (06.)1943 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 248 (motor torpedo boat) [HMS Hornet (Coastal Forces base, Gosport)]
05.07.1943 - 24.01.1944 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 255 (motor torpedo boat)
24.01.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Aggressive (Coastal Forces base, Newhaven)
24.01.1944 - 14.02.1945 Commanding Officer, HM MTB 255 (motor torpedo boat) [lost through fire & explosion, Ostend harbour, Belgium; Aspinall not aboard at the time of explosion]
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Asprey,
Patrick John David
P.J.D. Asprey
(09?).1921
Exeter district, Devon
-
died between 06.1963 and 08.1973 ??
Midsh. (A) RN 13.03.1939 (reld 07.03.1940; appointment terminated)
Prob. T/Midsh. 08.03.1940
T/Midsh. ?, seniority 08.03.1940
T/A/S.Lt. 25.07.1941
T/S.Lt. 25.07.1942
T/Lt. 25.01.1944 (reld 1945/46?)
Lt. 31.03.1953, seniority 23.07.1950
Lt.Cdr. 25.07.1958 (retd 13.06.1963)
Royal Naval and Royal Marine Forces Volunteer Reserve Decoration VRD 25.04.1963 ?
19.06.1939 - (08.1939) observers' course [HMS Excellent]
08.03.1940     joined RNVR
10.05.1940 - (02.1941) HMS Proserpine (RN base, Scapa)
(12.1941)     HMS Ferret (RN base, Londonderry)
(10.1944)     no appointment listed
04.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) (for duty on Staff of CBNIEJ)
31.03.1953     transferred to Air Branch of Permanent RNVR
Atherton,
James Roydon
F.J. Atkins
Son (with one sister) of James Harold Atherton (1880-), and Bessie Stevens Lang (1882-).
Residence: (1945) Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.
05.12.1910
Liscard, Cheshire
-
(09?).1977
Bristol district, Avon
Prob. T/El.S.Lt. 20.04.1942
T/El.Lt. 20.08.1942
Metropolitan-Vickers Elec. Co., Trafford, Manchester. Sales Engineer.
      inspector of degaussing in Liverpool, Alexandria & Haifa (with specialty in motors, regulators, relays, transformers, etc.):
08.05.1942 - 10.1942 HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool) (additional; for various services)
25.10.1942 - 08.1943 HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria) (additional; for various services)
08.1943 - (10.1945) HMS Moreta (RN base, Haifa)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Atkins,
Frederick James
F.J. Atkins
?
-
T/S.Lt. 18.06.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
(10.1944) - (07.1945) no appointment listed
      served at HM LCI(L) 265 (landing craft, infantry (large))
Atkins,
William Barnard
W.B. Atkins

1899 ?
-
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 01.1943, seniority 19.12.1942
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) MBE 01.01.1958 New Year 58
(10.1944) - (07.1945) Admiralty [HMS President] *
Sub-Manager of the Westminster Foreign Bank at Marseilles.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Atkinson,
George Maynard
G.M. Atkinson
01.03.1922
-
11.1991
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
T/A/S.Lt. ?
T/S.Lt. 15.04.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
20.11.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Pennywort (corvette)
26.02.1944 - (10.)1944 HMS Western Isles (work up base, Tobermory)
21.10.1944 - (07.1945) HM LST 538 (landing ship, tank)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Atkinson,
John Edmund
J.E. Atkinson

Son of ... Atkinson, and ... Cooper.
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
24.05.1919
Mutford district, Suffolk
-
06.2002
Harlow
T/S.Lt. 27.11.1941
T/Lt. 24.05.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches  MID 19.09.1944 coastal action 23.05.1944
Education: St George's School, Harpenden; Keble College, Oxford (1938; 1st Hockey XI; 2nd P.P.E. "B" (s.c.), 1948; BA & MA 1962).
(02.1942) - (04.1942) no appointment listed
30.04.1942 - (04.)1943 HMS Leonidas (RN base, Takoradi, Gold Coast)
(06.1943)     no appointment listed
07.07.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS MTB 698 (motor torpedo boat) (despatches)
07.08.1944 - (04.)1945 HMS Mantis (Coastal Forces base, Lowestoft) (for MGBs, MTBs, etc.)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
(10.1945)     HMS Yeoman (RN base, Thames) *
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Executive, Tube Investments Ltd., 1948-1952. Director, D. Wickham and Co., Ltd., 1953-(1970). Sales director, Wickham Engineering Co., 1956-(1970),
* indexed, but not listed as such
Atkinson,
Robert Le Lacheur
R.L. Atkinson (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie) R.L. Atkinson (Photo courtesy of Mr Sandy Christie)
13.01.1915
-
12.1995
Henley district, Berkshire / Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire
T/S.Lt. 15.03.1940
T/Lt. 15.03.1941
... - ... ...
12.11.1940 - (02.1941) HMS St Loman (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
... - ... ...
Austin,
Douglas James Roper
D.J.R. Austin (Imperial War Museum © IWM (A 29018)) D.J.R. Austin (Imperial War Museum © IWM (A 25832))
 
Son of J. Austin, of S. Woodford, London E.18.
11.02.1920
Hackney district, London
-
(03?).1979
Uttlesford district, Essex
Ord.Sea. 1940
T/S.Lt. 1941
T/Lt. 21.02.1944
Mention in Despatches  MID 24.08.1943 Operation Childhood
Education: Harrow (1934.1-1938.2).
... - ... ...
1941 - 1943 served in Mediterranean:
(1943)     HM MTB 264 (motor torpedo boat) (despatches)
29.05.1944 - 1946 Flag Lieutenant to Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth [HMS Cochrane]
 
Austin,
Herschel Lewis
"Lew"
H.L. Austin H.L. Austin
Married; two children.

22.03.1911
Plymouth, Devon
-
08.04.1974
Brighton, Sussex
T/A/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 06.03.1944
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 06.09.1944
08.09.1944 - (01.)1945 on staff of Flag Officer, Naval Air Stations [HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent)]
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Politician (Labour MP for Stretford, 1945-1950).
Austin,
Leslie William
L.W. Austin (Photo courtesy of Mr David Williams) L.W. Austin (Photo courtesy of Mr David Williams)
Son of George H. Austin, and Marion Eastwood.
Married ...; four daughters, one son.
13.02.1921
Gravesend district, Surrey
-
09.2012 living at Newport, Isle of Wight
T/A/S.Lt. 17.09.1943
T/S.Lt. 17.03.1944
T/A/Lt. 1946? (reld 1947)
30.06.1943 - 24.10.1943 HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishments, Hove & Lancing, Sussex)
(12.1943) - (02.1944) no appointment listed
15.02.1944 - (07.1945) HM RML 545 (rescue motor launch)
03.1946 - 1947 HMS Stag (RN base, Port Said, Egypt)
Avern,
Edward Gilbert
E.G. Avern (Photo courtesy of Mr Rick Avern)
Son of ... Avern, and ... Neale.
09.12.1918
Lambeth district, London
-
29.04.2009
Porb. T/S.Lt. 07.06.1940
T/A/Lt. 07.12.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
RAF:  
F/Lt. 03.08.1949 [500791]
(10.1940)     HMS Forfar (armed merchant cruiser) *
(02.1941)     no appointment listed
13.09.1941 - (07.1945) HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers' training establishments, Hove & Lancing, Sussex)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
03.08.1949     commissioned, RAF (Education Branch) [short service commission]
03.08.1954     transferred to reserve
* indexed, but not listed as such
Avison,
Will
W. Avison
Son of the Revd. Edward Avison and Sarah Avison.
Married ((12?).1935, Ashbourne district, Derbyshire / Staffordshire)  Ethel Winifred Hewish (10.06.1909 - 10.1999), of Oakham, Rutland.
1904 ?
-
02.11.1943
(KIA) [age 39]
[Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 80, column 1]
T/S.Lt. (Sp.Br.) 16.04.1942
T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) 16.04.1943?
Mention in Despatches  MID 30.05.1944 Operation Antidote
29.06.1942 - 02.11.1943 Department of Unexploded Bomb Disposal, Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty outside Admiralty)
(05.1943) - 02.11.1943 Staff Naval Officer-in-Charge, Naples [HMS Hannibal]
Aylard,
John Francis
J.F. Aylard
Son of George Frederick Aylard, and Catherine D. Brown.
Married ((09?).1948, Iflord district, Essex) Joyce E. "Joy" Baker; three sons.

(03?).1920
Highgate, Islington district, London
-
12.04.2012
[Monken Hadley Cemetery, Barnet]
T/S.Lt. 22.01.1941
T/Lt. 22.07.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
Mention in Despatches  MID 15.09.1942 Convoy PQ17 (brought in 4 ships)
1939 - 10.1940 HMS Jervis Bay (armed merchant cruiser) (Atlantic)
10.1940 - 1940 HMS Bradford (destroyer) (Atlantic)
11.02.1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Ayrshire (anti-submarine warfare trawler) (Arctic)
16.03.1942 - (04.)1944 HMS Ayrshire (anti-submarine warfare trawler) (Arctic) (despatches)
22.05.1944 - (04.)1945 HMS St Kenan (anti-submarine warfare trawler)
(07.1945)     HMS St Kenan (anti-submarine warfare trawler) *
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
After demobilisation mid 1946 resumed university studies and completed his economics degree, which led to a successful career in the iron and steel industry. Railway enthusiast.
* indexed, but not listed as such
 
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