Frank Michael Walton, RN

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Ranks

23 Mar 1918 Mid.
15 May 1919 A/S.Lt.
15 Jan 1920 S.Lt.
15 Dec 1921 Lt.
15 Dec 1929 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1934 Cdr.
31 Dec 1941 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jan 1951


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Frank Michael Walton, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Dainty (H 53)Cdr.Destroyer10 Feb 19386 Feb 1940
HMS Striker (D 12)Capt.Escort Carrier1 Nov 19426 Feb 1944

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Destroyer HMS Dainty (H 53)


2 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) departed Amoy for Hong Kong. (1)

3 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Hong Kong from Amoy. (1)

5 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) is docked at Hong Kong. (1)

6 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) is undocked. (1)

7 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) conducted trials and exercises off Hong Kong. (1)

10 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Duncan (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN) and HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) departed Hong Kong for Singapore. (1)

13 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Duncan (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN) and HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Singapore from Hong Kong. (1)

10 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Duncan (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Port Said from exercises. (2)

11 Oct 1939

Convoy Blue 4.

This convoy departed Port Said on 11 October 1939 for Gibraltar where it arrived on 21 October 1939.

The convoy was made up of the following merchants; Arndale (British (RFA tanker), 8296 GRT, built 1937), Atreus (British, 6547 GRT, built 1911) (this ship parted company with the convoy off Malta), Auris (British (tanker), 8030 GRT, built 1935), British Commander (British (tanker), 6901 GRT, built 1922), British Consul (British (tanker), 6940 GRT, built 1924), British Endeavour (British (tanker), 4580 GRT, built 1927), British Fame (British (tanker), 8406 GRT, built 1936), British Governor (British (tanker), 6840 GRT, built 1926), British Reliance (British (tanker), 7000 GRT, built 1928), Cardium (British (tanker), 8236 GRT, built 1931), City of Baroda (British, 7129 GRT, built 1918), City of Birmingham (British, 5861 GRT, built 1923), City of Dundee (British, 5273 GRT, built 1921), City of Johannesburg (British, 5669 GRT, built 1920), City of Kobe (British, 4373 GRT, built 1924), Clan MacNaughton (British, 6087 GRT, built 1921), Destro (British, 3553 GRT, built 1921), El Aleto (British (tanker), 7203 GRT, built 1927), Frederick S. Fales (British (tanker), 10525 GRT, built 1939), Katha (British, 4357 GRT, built 1938), Linois (French, 7473 GRT, built 1907), Maihar (British, 7563 GRT, built 1917), Matiana (British, 9045 GRT, built 1922), Motrix (French (tanker), 6587 GRT, built 1922), Mulbera (British, 9100 GRT, built 1922), Neuralia (British, 9082 GRT, built 1912), Pegu (British, 8180 GRT, built 1921), Polo (British, 1950 GRT, built 1919), Sardinian Prince (British, 3491 GRT, built 1922), Tabaristan (British, 6251 GRT, built 1914) and Tascalusa (British (tanker), 6499 GRT, built 1913).

Two of these ships came from Alexandria (don’t know which) and joined on the 12th.

Off Malta the merchant vessel Egyptian (British, 2868 GRT, built 1920) joined the convoy.

A/S Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Duncan (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and the minesweeper HMS Sutton (Cdr.(Retd.) G.M. Temple, RN)

In the morning of the 16th HMS Duncan proceeded to Malta to fuel. She returned in the afternoon with the French destroyer Kersaint (Cdr. G.R.J. Rebuffel) after which HMS Dainty and HMS Sutton proceeded to Malta where they remained.

HMS Duncan and Kersaint were relieved on the 17th by HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN) and HMS Grafton (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN). They remained with the convoy until the 18th after which the convoy continued unescorted to Gibraltar.

16 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Sutton (Cdr.(Retd.) G.M. Temple, RN) arrived at Malta. (2)

18 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ramillies (Capt. H.T. Baillie-Grohman, OBE, DSO, RN) departed Malta for Alexandria. She was escorted by HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN). (2)

20 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ramillies (Capt. H.T. Baillie-Grohman, OBE, DSO, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) arrived at Alexandria from Malta. (2)

25 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ramillies (Capt. H.T. Baillie-Grohman, OBE, DSO, RN), HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Yates, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN), HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) and HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (2)

28 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) returned to Alexandria on completion of her exercises. (2)

29 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Warspite (Capt. V.A.C. Crutchley, VC, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta. She was escorted by HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN). (2)

31 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Warspite (Capt. V.A.C. Crutchley, VC, DSC, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Malta from Alexandria. (2)

4 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Warspite (Capt. V.A.C. Crutchley, VC, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar. She was escorted by HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN). (3)

6 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Warspite (Capt. V.A.C. Crutchley, VC, DSC, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

After fuelling HMS Warspite departed Gibraltar for Halifax escorted by HMS Dainty, HMS Diana, HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, RN) and HMS Isis (Cdr. J.C. Clouston, RN). (3)

7 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0815 hours, HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) parted company with HMS Warspite (Capt. V.A.C. Crutchley, VC, DSC, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, RN) and HMS Isis (Cdr. J.C. Clouston, RN).

HMS Dainty and HMS Diana then returned to Gibraltar where they arrived around 1700 hours. (3)

8 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. (3)

10 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Malta from Gibraltar. (3)

12 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) departed Malta for Bizerta. She was escorting the motor torpedo boats HMS MTB 1, HMS MTB 3, HMS MTB 4, HMS MTB 6, HMS MTB 14, HMS MTB 15, HMS MTB 16, HMS MTB 18 and HMS MTB 19.

HMS MTB 3 and HMS MTB 4 developed engine problems and both returned to Malta.

All the other ships arrived at Bizerta later the same day. (3)

14 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) departed Bizerta for Ajaccio, Corsica, France. She was escorting the motor torpedo boats HMS MTB 1, HMS MTB 6 and HMS MTB 19. (3)

15 Nov 1939
HMS MTB 6 broke down and was taken in tow by HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN). Later she broke adrift and was rammed several times by HMS Dainty. MTB 6 sank shortly before 2100 hours in approximate position 41°07'N, 08°03'E (off the north-west corner of Sardinia).

HMS Dainty then continued on with HMS MTB 1 and HMS MTB 19 towards Ajaccio, Corsica, France. (3)

19 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN), HMS MTB 1 and HMS MTB 19 arrived at Ajaccio, Corsica, France. (3)

21 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) departed Ajaccio for Malta. (3)

24 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Malta from Ajaccio. (3)

3 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) arrived at Malta. (4)

3 Dec 1939
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) departed Malta for Marseilles. She was escorting the liner Devonshire (11275 GRT, built 1939). (4)

5 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Marseilles from Malta. She had been escorting the liner Devonshire (11275 GRT, built 1939). (4)

6 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) departed Marseilles for Malta. (4)

8 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Malta from Marseilles. (4)

9 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) is taken in hand for a short refit at Malta. (5)

14 Dec 1939
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) is docked in No.1 dock at Malta. (4)

22 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) is undocked. (4)

3 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (6)

4 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) departed Gibraltar for Freetown. (6)

8 Jan 1940
Around 1600 hours (zone +1) HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) joined HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN), HMS Neptune (Capt. J.A.V. Morse, DSO, RN), HMS Hardy (Capt. B.A. Warburton-Lee, RN) and HMS Hostile (Cdr. J.P. Wright, RN) which were then to the west of Dakar. (6)

9 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN), HMS Neptune (Capt. J.A.V. Morse, DSO, RN), HMS Hardy (Capt. B.A. Warburton-Lee, RN), HMS Hostile (Cdr. J.P. Wright, RN) and HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) were joined by HMS Renown (Capt. C.E.B. Simeon, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN) and HMS Hero (Cdr. C.F. Tower, MVO, RN).

HMS Hardy, HMS Hostile and HMS Dainty then parted company and set course for Freetown. (6)

10 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Hardy (Capt. B.A. Warburton-Lee, RN), HMS Hostile (Cdr. J.P. Wright, RN) and HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Freetown. (6)

16 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy SL 17.

This convoy departed Freetown on 16 January 1940 for the Liverpool where it arrived on 4 February 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Clumberhall (British, 5198 GRT, built 1930), Harpasa (British, 5082 GRT, built 1932), Hawnby (British, 5380 GRT, built 1936), King Edgar (British, 4536 GRT, built 1327), Loch Ranza (British, 4958 GRT, built 1934), Marconi (British, 7402 GRT, built 1917), Northmoor (British, 4392 GRT, built 1928), Oswerty Grange (British, 4684 GRT, built 1935), River Lugar (British, 5423 GRT, built 1937), Salvus (British, 4815 GRT, built 1928), Stonepool (British, 4803 GRT, built 1928) and Thomas Holt (British, 3585 GRT, built 1929).

Escort was provided on leaving Freetown by the destroyer HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN). On 18 January near Dakar, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Carnarvon Castle (Capt.(Retd.) G.B. Lewis, RN) joined. She remained with the convoy until 2 February. HMS Dainty left the convoy when Carnarvon Castle joined.

A/S escort in the Western Approaches was provided from 2 February onwards by the sloop HMS Rochester (Cdr. G.F. Renwick, RN) and the destroyers HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, RN) and HMS Walker (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Tait, RN).

19 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) arrived at Freetown from escort duty. (6)

23 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) conducted exercises off Freetown. (6)

24 Jan 1940
HMS Renown (Capt. C.E.B. Simeon, RN), HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Cartwright, RN) departed Freetown to proceed to a rendez-vous position in which they were to join the damaged heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. F.S. Bell, CB, RN) and take over the escort from HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) and HMS Shropshire (Capt. A.W.la T. Bisset, RN). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/108194
  2. ADM 53/108195
  3. ADM 53/108196
  4. ADM 53/108197
  5. ADM 199/2552
  6. ADM 53/111919

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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