Clifford Caslon, RN

Born  11 May 1896

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15 Sep 1913 Mid.
15 Sep 1915 A/S.Lt.
15 Mar 1916 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1917 Lt.
15 Apr 1925 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1930 Cdr.
31 Dec 1937 Capt.
15 Aug 1950 Vice-Admiral (retired)

Retired: 15 Aug 1950


12 Aug 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
4 Nov 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1942 CBE
1 Jan 1949 CB

Warship Commands listed for Clifford Caslon, RN

HMS Kempenfelt (i) (I 18)Capt.Destroyer23 Aug 193920 Sep 1939
HMS Tartar (F 43)Capt.Destroyer29 May 19405 Sep 1940
HMS Somali (F 33)Capt.Destroyer5 Sep 194023 Jan 1941
HMS Somali (F 33)Capt.Destroyer19 Feb 194124 Jul 1941
HMS Tyne (F 24)Capt.Destroyer Depot Ship25 Jul 194130 May 1942
HMS Nelson (28)Capt.Battleship22 Nov 194415 Oct 1946

Career information

Operation Claymore
Caslon in HMS Somali was the Naval Commander for Operation Claymore, the Commando Raid on the Lofoten Islands 1 - 6 March 1941 (

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Somali (F 33)

24 Oct 1940
HMS Somali (Capt. C. Caslon, RN) HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) and HMS Matabele (Cdr. R.St.V. Sherbrooke, DSO, RN) sink the German weather ship WBS 5 / Adolf Vinnen (391 BRT) some 25 miles north-west of Stadlandet, Norway.

This sinking is often credited to the British submarine HMS Seawolf but this is not correct.

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