William Eames Wilson, RN

Born  26 Jan 1900

Ranks

15 May 1921 S.Lt.
15 Dec 1922 Lt.
15 Dec 1930 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1937 Cdr.

Retired: 1 Sep 1946


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for William Eames Wilson, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Juno (F 46)Cdr.DestroyerJul 193931 Oct 1940

Career information

We currently have no career / biographical information on this officer.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Juno (F 46)


26 Aug 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Greenock for Portland. (1)

29 Aug 1939
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Portland for work-up exercises.

Later this day she conducted torpedo discharge trials. (1)

31 Aug 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (1)

1 Sep 1939
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland. (2)

2 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Portland for the Humber. (3)

3 Sep 1939
HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived in the Humber from Portland.

Both destroyers departed the Humber late in the evening. [The purpose of their sailing is not clear to us at the moment.] (3)

4 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0730 hours, when in approximate position 57°45'N, 03°03'E, HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) turned back. They arrived back in the Humber around 2000 hours. (3)

6 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), shifted from the Humber to Harwich. (4)

7 Sep 1939
HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Harwich to make rendez-vous with the Dutch ferry Batavier IV (1569 GRT, built 1903) which had on board the former staff of the British Embassy in Berlin. They then escorted the ferry for part of her passage to the U.K.

Later the destroyers set course to proceed to Plymouth where they arrived around midnight the next morning. There they joined the Western Approaches Command for convoy escort duty. (4)

9 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy OA 2.

This convoy departed Southend on 9 September 1939 and was dispersed on 12 September 1939 in position 49°30'N 12°30'W.

The convoy was made up of the following ships; British Ambassador (British (tanker), 6940 GRT, built 1924), City of Athens (British, 6558 GRT, built 1923), Clan MacNair (British, 6096 GRT, built 1921), Egyptian Prince (British, 3490 GRT, built 1922), Gloucester Castle (British, 8006 GRT, built 1911) and Salacia (British, 5495 GRT, built 1937).

It was escorted by the destoyers HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) which had departed Plymouth also on the 9th and joined off the Goodwin Sands.

HMS Juno was detached to Plymouth at 1530/10 arriving there around 2030/10.

The convoy was dispersed at 1600/12. HMS Jackal and HMS Janus then returned to Plymouth arriving there around 1045/13.

11 Sep 1939

Convoy OA 3.

This convoy departed Southend on 11 September 1939 and was dispersed on 14 September 1939 in position 47°31'N 12°30'W.

The following ships were part of the convoy; Baron Kinnaird (British, 3355 GRT, built 1927), Clan Ross (British, 5897 GRT, built 1914), Markhor (British, 7917 GRT, built 1929), Modasa (British, 9070 GRT, built 1921), Sansu (British, 5446 GRT, built 1939) and Vaclite (British (tanker), 5026 GRT, built 1928).

Nine more ships were part of this convoy but their names are currently not known to us.

The convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) which had departed Plymouth also on the 11th and joined off the Goodwin Sands.

HMS Amazon parted company with the convoy at 0730/14.

The convoy (still escorted by HMS Juno was dispersed at 1230/14.

15 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) returned to Plymouth from convoy escort duty. (2)

17 Sep 1939

Convoy OA 6.

This convoy departed Southend on 17 September 1939 and was dispersed on 20 September 1939.

The following ships were part of the convoy; Beachy (British, 1600 GRT, built 1936), Cairnvalona (British, 4929 GRT, built 1918), Corferry (British, 1788 GRT, built 1937), De la Salle (French, 8400 GRT, built 18921), Donaghmore (British, 581 GRT, built 1925), Felspar (British, 799 GRT, built 1908), Fulham (British, 1599 GRT, built 1936), Fulham IV (British, 1562 GRT, built 1939), Glenlea (British, 4252 GRT, built 1930), Haxby (British, 5207 GRT, built 1929), Hopemount (British, 7434 GRT, built 1929), Inishtrahull (British, 869 GRT, built 1935), Jade (British, 930 GRT, built 1938), Kylebrook (British, 870 GRT, built 1927), Maurice Rose (British, 1600 GRT, built 1930), Melrose (British, 1589 GRT, built 1906), Merkland (British, 1363 GRT, built 1934), Olivine (British, 929 GRT, built 1926), Pacific Coast (British, 1210 GRT, built 1935), Pandion (British, 1944 GRT, built 1926), President Sergent (French (tanker), 5344 GRT, built 1923), Rangitiki (British, 16698 GRT, built 1929), Rathlin (British, 1600 GRT, built 1936), Rockpool (British, 4892 GRT, built 1927), Stanley Force (British, 586 GRT, built 1920), Tadorna (British, 1947 GRT, built 1928) and Yewvalley (British, 823 GRT, built 1928). Apperently three more ships were part of this convoy but we currently do not know their identity.

The convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) which had departed Plymouth also on the 17th and joined off the Goodwin Sands.

The convoy was disbanded in the evening of the 20th. The destroyers then returned to Plymouth, arriving on 21 September.

19 Sep 1939

Convoy HXF 1.

This convoy departed Halifax on 19 September 1939 and arrived at Liverpool on 29 September 1939.

The following ships were part of the convoy; Antonia (British, 13867 GRT, built 1921), Arandora Star (British, 15501 GRT, built 1927), Cameronia (British, 16297 GRT, built 1920), Champlain (French, 28124 GRT, built 1932), Colombie (French, 13391 GRT, built 1931), De Grasse (French, 18435 GRT, built 1924), Dcuchess of Richmond (British, 20022 GRT, built 1928) and Orbita (British, 15495 GRT, built 1915).

On departure from Halifax the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMCS Fraser (Cdr. W.B. Creery, RCN) and HMCS Saguenay (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN). They parted company with the convoy on 20 September.

On 27 September the destroyers HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) joined to escort the convoy in the Western Approaches.

Around 1800/29, the Polish destroyer Grom (Lt.Cdr. A. Hulewicz, ORP) joined the convoy.

Around 1830/28, HMS Amazon and HMS Juno parted company with the convoy. They took the merchant vessel Arandora Star with them to Plymouth. They arrived at Plymouth very early on the 29th.

The convoy continued on to Liverpool escorted by ORP Grom.

The French ships proceeded to Le Havre.

23 Sep 1939

Convoy OA 9.

This convoy departed Southend on 23 September 1939 and was dispersed on 26 September 1939.

There were 31 or 32 ships in this convoy, not all names are known to us but at least the following ships were part of the convoy; Corbis (British, 8132 GRT, built 1931), Dallington Court (British, 6889 GRT, built 1929), Darlington Court (British, 4974 GRT, built 1936), Napier Star (British, 10116 GRT, built 1927), Oilpioneer (British (tanker), 5666 GRT, built 1928), Penolver (British, 3721 GRT, built 1912), Queen City (British, 4814 GRT, built 1924), San Pedro (French, 5947 GRT, built 1931) and St. Helena (British, 4313 GRT, built 1936).

The convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) which had departed Plymouth also on the 17th and joined off the Goodwin Sands.

The convoy was dispersed on the 26th. The destroyers then proceeded to join convoy HXF 1 the following day.

27 Sep 1939
HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) join convoy HXF 1 at sea.

[See the event ' Convoy HXF 1 ' for 19 September 1939 for more info on this convoy.]

29 Sep 1939
HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Plymouth from convoy escort duty.

HMS Juno had defects and went to the Devonport Dockyard for repairs.

30 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) is docked at the Devonport Dockyard. (2)

14 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) is undocked. (5)

16 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
With her repairs completed, HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), departed Plymouth for Rosyth. (5)

17 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Rosyth late in the evening.

Shortly after 1800 hours she had been attacked by a German aircraft that had been shadowing her. (5)

18 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) conducted an A/S patrol off the Firth of Forth. (5)

20 Oct 1939

Convoy FS 24.

This convoy departed Methil on 20 September 1939 and arrived at Southend on 22 September 1939.

The convoy was made up of 31 ships but not all names of the ships in the convoy are currently known. At least the following ships were part of the convoy; Benlawers (British, 5943 GRT, built 1930), British Valour (British (tanker), 6952 GRT, built 1927), Corland (British, 3431 GRT, built 1917), Fulham V (British, 1584 GRT, built 1939), Hornchurch (British, 2162 GRT, built 1919), Inver (British, 1543 GRT, built 1919), Lolworth (British, 1969 GRT, built 1920), Maja (British, 8181 GRT, built 1931), Monarch (British, 1150 GRT, built 1916), Perth (British, 2259 GRT, built 1915), Scottish Musician (British, 6998 GRT, built 1922), Sheaf Field (British, 2719 GRT, built 1923) and Sherwood (British, 1530 GRT, built 1924).

The convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Broke (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and the sloop HMS Bittern (Cdr. G.F. Stevens-Guille, OBE, RN).

The convoy arrived off Southend on 22 October. The escorts went to Harwich also arriving there on 22 October.

24 Oct 1939

Convoy FN 25.

This convoy departed Southend on 22 September 1939 and arrived at Methil on 24 September 1939.

The convoy was made up of 21 ships but not all names of the ships in the convoy are currently known. At least the following ships were part of the convoy; Baltrover (British, 4916 GRT, built 1913), City of Paris (British, 10902 GRT, built 1922), Helena Margareta (British, 3316 GRT, built 1915), Kioto (British, 3297 GRT, built 1918) and Ross (British, 4878 GRT, built 1936).

The convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Broke (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and the sloop HMS Bittern (Cdr. G.F. Stevens-Guille, OBE, RN).

The convoy arrived at Methil on the 24th. The escorts then went to Rosyth arrived there also on the 24th.

27 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and HMS Grimsby (Capt. A.S. Russell, RN) conducted an A/S sweep off the Firth of Forth. (5)

27 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Rosyth for Harwich. (5)

28 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Harwich. (5)

30 Oct 1939
The cruiser-minelayer, HMS Adventure (Capt. A.R. Halfhide, RN), departed Immingham on a minelaying mission off the Humber. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN). On completion of the minelay they were to proceed to Rosyth. (5)

31 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Adventure (Capt. A.R. Halfhide, RN), HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (5)

1 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Rosyth to provide cover for east coast convoys. (6)

2 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Immingham. (6)

10 Nov 1939
HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Immingham for patrol and to cover east coast convoys.

HMS Janus and HMS Juno returned to the Humber later the same day. HMS Jaguar and HMS Jersey returned the following day. (7)

18 Nov 1939
HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Immingham for patrol and to provide cover for an east coast convoy (FS 38). They returned to Immingham the following morning. (8)

20 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Immingham, presumably for patrol and to provide cover for east coast convoys.

She returned to Immingham the following day. (9)

22 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, the destroyers HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Immingham for operation BT 2, in which they were to conduct a patrol in the North Sea.

They returned to Immingham in the evening of the following day. (7)

24 Nov 1939
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) is damaged when she was in collision with an oiler in the Humber.

Damage was such that she had to be docked for repairs. (7)

1 Dec 1939
HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Immingham for patrol. At sea they joined HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN) and HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN) which already had been on patrol.

HMS Jackal and HMS Jaguar returned to Immingham later the same day with HMS Jersey and HMS Jupiter.

HMS Janus and HMS Juno returned to Immingham the following morning. (10)

6 Dec 1939
HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Immingham for patrol.

At 0233/7 (British time), HMS Jersey was struck by a torpedo.

During the night of 6/7 December 1939 the German destroyer Z 12 / Erich Giese escorted by her sister ship Z 10 / Hans Lody was on an offensive mining operation off Cromer. At 0255 hours (German time), just 15 minutes after the lay had been completed, the German ships sighted two British destroyers about 8000 meters away. The Germans turned to a parallel course and by 0310 hours (German time) had closed range to 4600 meters while remaining undetected themselves. Z 10 / Hans Lody fired three torpedoes at HMS Juno, the leading British ship while Z 12 / Erich Giese sent four more torpedoes at HMS Jersey. Z 10 / Hans Lody's salvo missed, but Z 12 / Erich Giese scored a hit with one torpedo. The blow started a large fire and caused serious damage. HMS Juno turned back to assist HMS Jersey, making smoke; apparently the British believed a submarine had attacked them. The Germans still had the advantage of surprise and fired at least five more torpedoes, but then they decided to break off the action and return for home.

HMS Juno took HMS Jersey in tow and was then screened by HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN). Later HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) also arrived at the scene and a tug took over the tow from HMS Juno. HMS Jersey was then towed to Immingham. These two destroyers had come from the Humber to render assistance.

HMS Jersey was under repair until 23 September 1940.

9 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Immingham for patrol and east coast convoy cover.

They returned before noon on 10 December.

24 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN), HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Rosyth for Immingham. (11)

25 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN), HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Immingham from Rosyth. (11)

27 Dec 1939
HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Immingham to escort the small tanker Bedale H. (480 GRT, built 1937) from the Humber to Middlesborough.

The destroyers returned to Immingham the next day. HMS Juno then went to a shipyard for repairs while HMS Jackal also needed some repairs which took about 1.5 weeks to complete. (12)

14 Jan 1940
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN), HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) all arrived at Harwich on this day.

All available 'J' class destroyers had been ordered to proceed to Harwich. HMS Jervis and HMS Juno had departed the Humber earlier that day, the other destroyers were already at sea on east coast patrol.

19 Jan 1940
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN), HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Immingham presumably for patrol. All returned the following day.

[no further information known.] (13)

21 Jan 1940
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN), HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) shifted from Harwich to the Humber. (13)

23 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The auxiliary minelayer HMS Princess Victoria (Capt. J.B.E. Hall, RN) departed Immingham for operation LB during which a minefield was to be laid. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN). They returned to Immingham the following day.

[No further details currently known.]

3 Feb 1940
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Rosyth for the Humber where she was to refit. En-route she provided cover for coastal convoy FS 86. (13)

5 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived in the Humber and commenced a refit. (13)

6 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) returned to Rosyth with defects having been relieved on convoy escort duty.

9 Mar 1940
Having returned to Rosyth on the 6th from convoy escort duty with defects, HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), departed Rosyth for the Humber where repairs were to be made. She arrived in the Humber later the same day. (13)

20 Mar 1940
Having completed her repairs, HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), departed the Humber for Scapa Flow. (13)

21 Mar 1940
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. She departed later the same day to relieve HMS Jupiter (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN) in the escort of convoy ON 21.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy ON 21 ' for 19 March 1940.] (13)

22 Mar 1940

Convoy HN 21.

This convoy was formed near Bergen, Norway on 22 March 1940. It arrived at Methill on 25 March 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Asgerd (Norwegian, 1308 GRT, built 1924), Becheville (British, 4228 GRT, built 1924), Bjorkhaug (Norwegian, 2094 GRT, built 1919), Bradburn (British, 4736 GRT, built 1930), Burgos (Norwegian, 3220 GRT, built 1920), Diana (Norwegian, 1154 GRT, built 1904), Eos (Estonian, 1513 GRT, built 1890), Erica (Norwegian, 1592 GRT, built 1919), Fintra (British, 2089 GRT, built 1918), Galatea (Norwegian, 1151 GRT, built 1912), Garm (Swedish, 1231 GRT, built 1912), Grangesberg (Swedish, 4575 GRT, built 1921), Gwalia (Swedish, 1258 GRT, built 1907), Hague (British, 974 GRT, built 1919), Hjalmar Wessel (Norwegian, 1742 GRT, built 1935), Johanna (Swedish, 1230 GRT, built 1881), Karen (Danish, 1194 GRT, built 1917), King Alfred (British, 5272 GRT, built 1919), Kongshavn (Norwegian, 751 GRT, built 1906), Lily (Danish, 1281 GRT, built 1920), Maud Thorden (Finnish, 1335 GRT, built 1920), Mira (Norwegian, 1152 GRT, built 1891), Navarra (Norwegian, 2118 GRT, built 1920), Nurgis (Norwegian, 700 GRT, built 1919), Pluto (Finnish, 3496 GRT, built 1907), Rigmor (Danish, 1278 GRT, built 1920), Rosenborg (Finnish, 1512 GRT, built 1919), Rosten (Norwegian, 737 GRT, built 1920), Roy (Norwegian, 1768 GRT, built 1921), Sarmatia (Finnish, 2417 GRT, built 1901), Scania (Swedish, 1980 GRT, built 1901), Sollund (Norwegian, 941 GRT, built 1908), Sophie (Danish, 945 GRT, built 1920), Trolla (Norwegian, 1598 GRT, built 1923), Vard (Norwegian, 681 GRT, built 1917), Vestland (Norwegian, 1934 GRT, built 1916), Vestmanrod (Norwegian, 691 GRT, built 1919), Vestria (British, 1141 GRT, built 1921) and Wentworth (British, 5212 GRT, built 1919).

The convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN) and the submarine HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN).

The AA cruiser HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) later also joined to provide AA cover.

Distant cover for the convoy was provided by the light cruiser HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN).

Nine merchant vessels later split off to proceed to the west coast. To escort these ships the destroyers HMS Cossack (Capt. P.L. Vian, RN) and HMS Gurkha (Cdr. A.W. Buzzard, RN) came out from Scapa Flow.

The bulk of the convoy arrived off Methil on 25 March 1940 after which the escorts proceeded to Rosyth.

27 Mar 1940

Convoy ON 23.

This convoy was formed off Methil on 27 March 1940. It arrived in Norwegian waters near Bergen on 31 March 1940.

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Blythmoor (British, 6582 GRT, built 1922), Bothnia (Swedish, 1343 GRT, built 1918), Elie (Danish, 1873 GRT, built 1921), Ferm (Swedish, 1026 GRT, built 1936), Grana (Norwegian, 1297 GRT, built 1920), Hagfors (Swedish, 654 GRT, built 1917), Leena (Finnish, 1133 GRT, built 1905), Lise (Danish, 1247 GRT, built 1920), Marvi (Estonian, 1429 GRT, built 1883), Mersington Courst (British, 5141 GRT, built 1920), Motto (Norwegian, 1171 GRT, built 1903), North Cornwall (British, 4303 GRT, built 1924), Rapid II (Norwegian, 714 GRT, built 1916), Salerno (British, 870 GRT, built 1924), Salmonpool (British, 4803 GRT, built 1924), Stensaas (Norwegian, 1359 GRT, built 1918), Svanefjell (Norwegian, 1371 GRT, built 1936), Svanholm (Danish, 1321 GRT, built 1922), Themis (Norwegian, 706 GRT, built 1919), Transport (Norwegian, 1998 GRT, built 1921), Vesla (Norwegian, 1107 GRT, built 1913), Vim (Norwegian, 1114 GRT, built 1913) and Walborg (Swedish, 1488 GRT, built 1896).

On the 29th they were joined at sea by four merchant ships which came from Kirkwall, these were; Astrid (Danish, 1733 GRT, built 1924), Erling Lindoe (Norwegian, 1281 GRT, built 1917), Graziella (Norwegian, 2137 GRT, built 1917) and Gudrid (Norwegian, 1305 GRT, built 1922).

Escort was provided by destroyers HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN) and the submarine HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN).

They were joined on the 29th by the AA cruisers HMS Cairo (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) and HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) which came from Sullom Voe.

Also on the 29th the destroyers HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, RN) departed Kirkwall with the four merchant ships which sailed from there. When they joined the convoy the destroyer HMS Janus parted company and proceeded to Scapa for repairs and boiler cleaning.

Distant cover for the convoy was provided by the light cruisers HMS Arethusa (Capt. Q.D. Graham, RN) and HMS Galatea (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN) which had departed Rosyth on 28 March.

31 Mar 1940

Convoy HN 23B.

This convoy was formed near Bergen, Norway on 31 March 1940. It arrived at Methill on 4 April 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Alida Gorthon (Swedish, 2373 GRT, built 1902), Becheville (British, 4228 GRT, built 1924), Belgia (Swedish, 2023 GRT, built 1930), Belgien (British, 1979 GRT, built 1922), Bifrost (Swedish, 1781 GRT, built 1923), Cathrine (Estonian, 1885 GRT, built 1904), Ceres (Finnish, 996 GRT, built 1889), Convallaria (Swedish, 1996 GRT, built 1921), Dago (Danish, 1757 GRT, built 1902), Eikhaug (Norwegian, 1436 GRT, built 1903), Embla (Swedish, 1040 GRT, built 1908), Falkvik (Swedish, 1216 GRT, built 1899), Fano (Danish, 1889 GRT, built 1922), Foss Beck (British, 4876 GRT, built 1930), Harmonic (British, 4558 GRT, built 1930), Hirondelle (British, 893 GRT, built 1925), Kejserinde Dagmar (Danish, 1597 GRT, built 1905), Knud (British, 1944 GRT, built 1900), Knut (British, 1274 GRT, built 1924), Lab (Norwegian, 1118 GRT, built 1912), Leola (Estonian, 499 GRT, built 1884), Leonardia (Swedish, 1583 GRT, built 1906), Majorca (British, 1126 GRT, built 1921), Maria Toft (Danish, 1911 GRT, built 1928), N.C. Monberg (Danish, 2301 GRT, built 1928), Ophir (Norwegian, 1005 GRT, built 1906), Parnu (Estonian, 1578 GRT, built 1909), Pollux (Estonian, 931 GRT, built 1890), Ringholn (Norwegian, 1298 GRT, built 1919), Royksund (Norwegian, 695 GRT, built 1919), Saimaa (Finnish, 2001 GRT, built 1922), Tordenskjold (Norwegian, 921 GRT, built 1906), Vega I (Swedish, 1073 GRT, built 1913) and Veronica (Swedish, 1316 GRT, built 1919).

Apparently not all these ships sailed though.

Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO, RN), HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN) and the submarine HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN).

The AA cruiser HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) was also providing support for the convoy.

Distant cover was provided by the light cruisers HMS Arethusa (Capt. Q.D. Graham, RN) and HMS Galatea (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN) until 1 April 1940 when they were relieved by HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Yates, RN) and HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN). These cruisers had departed Rosyth earlier that day.

HMS Javelin, HMS Juno and HMS Eclipse parted company with the convoy shortly after dusk on 3 April and proceeded directly to Rosyth arriving there on the 4th.

The convoy and it's remaining escorts arrived of Methil on 4 April 1940 after which the destroyers went to Rosyth as did HMS Porpoise. HMS Penelope and HMS Sheffield arrived at Scapa Flow on 6 April 1940.

9 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and HMS Grenade (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow very early in the evening for refueling.

18 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1315 hours, HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Scapa Flow for the Clyde where they arrived the following day. (14)

20 Apr 1940
Around 0145 hours, HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed the Clyde to make rendez-vous with the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN) which came from Gibraltar.

They joined the carrier and her escorting destroyer, HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN), which had joined Ark Royal the previous evening, around 0830 hours.

HMS Ark Royal, HMS Saladin, HMS Hasty and HMS Juno arrived at Greenock early in the evening. (14)

22 Apr 1940
HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral L.V. Wells, CB, DSO, RN) departed Greeock around 0700 for Scapa Flow. She was being escorted by HMS Mashona (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN).

They arrived at Scapa Flow around 0800/23. (14)

23 Apr 1940
Around 1230/23, the aircraft carriers, HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral L.V. Wells, CB, DSO, RN) and HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D’Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for operations of central Norway. They were escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Berwick (Capt. I.M. Palmer, DSC, RN), AA cruiser HMS Curlew (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) and the destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN), HMS Fury (Cdr. E.W.B. Sim, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN).

In the evening HMS Glorious flew off eighteen Gladiators to Norway which were to be used in the air defense of the Aandalsnes and Molde area.

On the 24th air operations were carried out flew missions over Aandalsnes. All aircraft returned safely to the aircraft carriers. Two Skuas crashed landed near the carriers on their return. Their crews were rescued by destroyers.

The carrier force then proceeded to an area between Namsos and Trondheim and at 0300/25 the carriers flew off aircraft to attack the Vaernes airfield and other enemy military targets in the Trondheim area. Both aircraft lost four aircraft, some of the crews were picked up by destroyers.

At 0725/26 the destroyer screen parted company to proceed to Sullom Voe to refuel. They arrived at Sullom Voe at 2130/26 and departed again to rejoin the force at 0400/27. They had been relieved at 0700/26 by a group of destroyers coming from the Narvik area, these were; HMS Grenade (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO, RN), HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN), HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. J. Bostock, RN), HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) and HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN).

During flying operations on the 26th two aircraft were lost.

During flying operations on the 27th also two aircraft were lost.

At 2100/27, HMS Glorious parted company with the force and proceeded to Scapa Flow escorted by the destoyers HMS Hasty, HMS Grenade, HMS Fury, HMS Fortune, HMS Escort and HMS Encounter. They arrived at Scapa Flow at 1800/28.

On the 28th, aircraft from HMS Ark Royal carried out another air raid on the Trondheim area. One aircraft was lost. During this raid the force was now made up of HMS Ark Royal, HMS Berwick, HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN) (joined around 1200/28), HMS Curlew (parted company around 1600/28), HMS Fearless, HMS Hereward, HMS Hyperion and HMS Juno.

At 2100/29, HMS Sheffield parted company.

At 0630/30, HMS Glorious departed Scapa Flow to rejoin HMS Ark Royal at sea. Shortly after departure replacement aircraft were flown on. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Beagle, HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, RN), HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) and HMS Volunteer. HMS Volunteer however developed defects and was soon detached to Sullom Voe arriving there at 2230/30. Defects proved to be of such nature that she had to return to Scapa Flow for repairs. HMS Glorious and her remaining escorting destroyers joined the Ark Royal group around 1030/1.

At 0400/30 HMS Juno was detached from the screen of HMS Ark Royal and proceeded to Sullum Voe with defects. At Sullom Voe ammunition was transferred to HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) which then proceeded to take her place in the destroyer screen of HMS Ark Royal. HMS Juno then proceeded to Scapa Flow for repairs arriving there at 1800/1.

Around 1100/30, the battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Fury HMS Fortune HMS Escort and HMS Encounter joined coming from Scapa Flow which they had departed at 2100/29.

Around 1820/1, the force came under heavy German air attack but no damage was done.

At 2000/1, Capt. Holland assumed command of HMS Ark Royal from Capt. Power while the ship was at sea.

At 2100/1, HMS Hyperion and HMS Beagle were detached to Sullom Voe. HMS Hereward had already been detached around 1900/1. HMS Hereward arrived at Sullom Voe at 1240/2 followed aby HMS Hyperion at 2215/2. HMS Beagle proceeded to Scapa Flow arriving there at 0630/3.

HMS Ark Royal, HMS Glorious, HMS Valiant, HMS Berwick, HMS Acheron, HMS Antelope, HMS Encounter, HMS Escort, HMS Fearless, HMS Fortune, HMS Fury and HMS Kimberley arrived at Scapa Flow around 1030/3. (15)

5 May 1940
At 0900/5 the troopships Ulster Prince (3791 GRT, built 1930) and Royal Scotsman (3244 GRT, built 1936) departed the Clyde for Mosjoen and Bodo, respectively. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Veteran (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN), HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, RN) and HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSC, RN).

At 0400/6 the destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) to make rendez-vous at 1030/6 after which HMS Viscount was to proceed to Scapa Flow where she arrived at 1400/6.

The Mosjoen and Bodo groups parted company at 1540/8. The Ulster Prince proceeded to Mosjoen escorted by HMS Veteran and HMS Juno arriving there on the 9th. At 1400/10, HMS Juno was ordered to leave the Ulster Prince and proceed to Scapa Flow at high speed. She arrived at Scapa Flow at 1130/11. HMS Veteran then took the Ulster Prince back to the Clyde arriving there at 0330/13 having made a stop to fuel at Sullom Voe on the 11th.

The Royal Ulsterman proceeded to Bodo escorted by HMS Firedrake and HMS Nubian. HMS Firedrake conducted a reconnaissance of the Ranenfjord to look for reported enemy activity. The Royal Ulsterman and HMS Nubian arrived at Bodo in the evening of the 9th. Shortly afterwards they were rejoined by HMS Firedrake. They all departed Bodo at 0200/10 and proceeded to Scapa Flow. HMS Firedrake went ahead and arrived there at 2210/11 followed later, at 0030/12, by the Royal Ulsterman and HMS Nubian. (14)

13 May 1940
The destroyers HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), HMS Grafton (Cdr. C.E.C. Robinson, RN) and ORP Burza (Lt.Cdr. W. Francki) departed Scapa Flow for Harwich. En-route HMS Juno was detached to Rosyth after which she departed again to run over the DG range at Inchkeith before she continued her passage to Harwich.

All destroyers arrived at Harwich on the 14th. (14)

15 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Harwich for Plymouth. They were to proceed to the Mediterranean for duty with the Mediterranean Fleet. (13)

16 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (13)

17 May 1940
At 0030/17, the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Havock (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Courage, DSO, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) departed Plymouth for Gibraltar.

HMS Ilex, HMS Mohawk, Janus, HMS Juno and HMS Kimberley arrived at Gibraltar on the 19th.

HMS Carlisle, HMS Havock, HMS Hereward, HMS Hero and HMS Imperial arrived at Gibraltar on 20 May.

20 May 1940
HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta where they arrived on 22 May 1940.

22 May 1940
HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Malta for Alexandria where they arrived on 24 May 1940.

27 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Alexandria at 0710 hours [presumably for patrol or exercises]. (16)

28 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) returned to Alexandria at 1450 hours. (17)

30 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Alexandria at 1050 hours. (17)

31 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) arrived at Alexandria at 1030 hours. (18)

4 Jun 1940
HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) returned to Alexandria from exercises around 1000 hours.

[Several ships from the Mediterranean Fleet had gone to sea the previous day for exercises, these four destroyers seems to have been among them.] (19)

5 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Alexandria at 0754 hours [presumably for patrol]. (20)

6 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) returned to Alexandria at 0830 hours [presumably from patrol]. (20)

5 Jul 1940
The light cruisers HMS Caledon (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN), HMS Capetown (Capt. T.H. Back, RN) and the destroyers HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.deW. Kitcat, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) departed Alexandria to assist possible downed flyers from Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron (HMS Eagle which had taken off from the airfield at Sidi Barrani to raid Tobruk.

During the raid the Italian destroyer Zeffiro was sunk while the destroyer Euro was badly damaged with her bow blown off. She was later towed to Taranto and repaired. The Italian liner (troopship) Liguria (15354 GRT, built 1918) was damaged by bombs and beached to prevent her from sinking. She was scuttled on 22 January 1941. The Italian merchant vessels Manzoni (3955 GRT, built 1902) was sunk while the Serenitas (5171 GRT, built 1918) was badly damaged and was also beached to prevent her from sinking. Both these merchant vessels were later raised by the British. (21)

6 Jul 1940
The light cruisers HMS Caledon (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN), HMS Capetown (Capt. T.H. Back, RN) and the destroyers HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.deW. Kitcat, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) returned to Alexandria.

On the way back they had bombarded Bardia between from 0537 and 0631 hours. The small Italian merchant vessel Axum (249 GRT, built ????) was sunk while another merchant ship was damaged. After the bombardmemnt the British ships were attacked by Italian aircraft but they sustained no damage. (21)

10 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said for convoy escort duty. They arrived early the following day. (22)

21 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) departed Alexandria to bombard the enemy airfield at Sidi Barrani during the night of 21/22 September. The destroyers returned to Alexandria on 22 September. (22)

24 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) departed Alexandria to bombard elements of the enemy army to the west of Sidi Barrani during the night of 24/25 September. The destroyers returned to Alexandria on 25 September. (22)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/109411
  2. ADM 53/109412
  3. ADM 53/109368 + ADM 53/109412
  4. ADM 53/109355 + ADM 53/109368 + ADM 53/109412
  5. ADM 53/109413
  6. ADM 53/109370 + ADM 187/3 + ADM 199/2557
  7. ADM 199/362
  8. ADM 53/109365
  9. ADM 187/3
  10. ADM 53/109371
  11. ADM 53/109407
  12. ADM 53/109358
  13. ADM 199/2557
  14. ADM 199/376
  15. ADM 199/376 (+ ADM 53/111432 and ADM 53/111433)
  16. ADM 53/112920
  17. ADM 53/113294
  18. ADM 53/112344
  19. ADM 53/112921
  20. ADM 53/113295
  21. ADM 199/386
  22. ADM 199/387

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


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