Charles Maurice Blackman DSO, RN
|Born||7 Mar 1890|
Retired: 3 Jul 1941
Warship Commands listed for Charles Maurice Blackman, RN
|HMS Edinburgh (16)||Capt.||Light cruiser||16 Dec 1939||20 Jun 1940|
|HMS Belfast (35)||Capt.||Light cruiser||19 Jun 1940||4 Jul 1940|
|HMS Edinburgh (16)||Capt.||Light cruiser||10 Oct 1940||31 May 1941|
|HMS Blenheim (4.221)||Capt. (retired)||Destroyer Depot Ship||26 Mar 1942||Aug 1945|
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Light cruiser HMS Edinburgh (16)
18 Nov 1940
Convoy WS 4B.
This convoy departed Liverpool / the Clyde on 17/18 November 1940 for Suez where it arrived on 28 December 1940.
The convoy was made up of the troopships; Andes (British, 25689 GRT, built 1939), Duchess of Atholl (British, 20119 GRT, built 1928), Empress of Canada (British, 21517 GRT, built 1922), Orcades (British, 23456 GRT, built 1937), Otranto (British, 20026 GRT, built 1925), Reina del Pacifico (British, 17702 GRT, built 1931), Strathaird (British, 22281 GRT, built 1932), Strathallan (British, 23722 GRT, built 1938), Strathnaver (British, 22283 GRT, built 1931) and Viceroy of India (British, 19627 GRT, built 1929).
The convoy was formed at sea at 0830/18 when the two sections made rendez-vous west of Oversay Light.
The convoy was escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (Capt. A.J.L. Phillips, RN), light cruiser HMS Edinburgh (Capt. C.M. Blackman, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN), HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. E.R. Mainguy, RCN), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt. H.S. Rayner, RCN), HMCS Saguenay (Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN), HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN), HMS Bath (Cdr.(Retd.) A.V. Hemming, RN) and HMS St. Albans (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) S.G.C. Rawson, RN).
The AA cruiser HMS Cairo (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) joined at 0945/18.
An additional destroyer, HMS St. Marys (Lt. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN), joined the convoy in the afternoon of the 18th.
Destroyers HMS Bath, HMS St. Albans and HMS St. Marys parted company with the convoy at 1730/19 followed by HMS Cairo one hour later.
Destroyer HMS Highlander parted company with the convoy at 0900/20 followed at 1800/20 by the four Canadian destroyers.
Heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN) joined the convoy at 1300/23. HMS Norfolk parted company with the convoy at 1600/23 and proceeded to patrol east of the Azores.
The convoy arrived at Freetown on 29 November 1940 escorted by HMS Devonshire and HMS Edinburgh.
The convoy departed Freetown on 1 December 1940 escorted by HMS Devonshire and HMS Cumberland (Capt. G.H.E. Russell, RN).
HMS Cumberland parted company with the convoy late in the morning of December 4th having been relieved by HMS Hawkins (Capt. H.P.K. Oram, RN).
HMS Hawkins was detached with orders to proceed to Simonstown in the morning of December 8th.
The convoy arrived at Durban on 12 December 1940 escorted by HMS Devonshire.
The convoy departed Durban on 16 December 1940 escorted by HMS Devonshire and HMS Shropshire (Capt. J.H. Edelsten, RN).
At 1000/18, the light cruiser HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) took over from HMS Devonshire. This last cruiser then set course to return to Durban.
The convoy arrived near Aden on 25 December 1940 but it did not enter the port. HMS Southampton was briefly detached to fuel at Aden after which she rejoined the convoy. The escort was reinforced with the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN). HMS Shropshire was then detached from the convoy and entered Aden.
The convoy arrived at Suez on 28 December 1940 escorted by HMS Southampton, HMS Carlisle, HMS Kandahar and HMS Kimberley. (1)
- ADM 199/1136
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