Sir Edward Neville Syfret, RN

Born  20 Jun 1889Cape Town, South-Africa
Died  10 Dec 1972(83)Highgate, London, England


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Ranks

15 Sep 1905 Mid.
30 Nov 1908 S.Lt.
30 Nov 1909 Lt.
30 Nov 1917 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1922 Cdr.
30 Jun 1929 Capt.
5 Jan 1940 Rear-Admiral
21 Jun 1943 Vice-Admiral
1 Feb 1946 Admiral

Decorations

25 Nov 1941 CB
25 Aug 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
8 Sep 1942 KCB
18 Dec 1945 KBE
1 Jan 1948 GCB

Warship Commands listed for Edward Neville Syfret, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Rodney (29)Capt.Battleship15 Aug 193821 Nov 1939

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Events related to this officer

Battleship HMS Rodney (29)


29 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Rodney (Capt. E.N. Syfret, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at and later off Scapa Flow. While in the Pentland Firth she was escorted by HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN). (1)

9 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0800 hours, the battleships HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.M. Forbes, KCB, DSO, RN), HMS Rodney (Capt. E.N. Syfret, RN) and the destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN), HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN), HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Lambert, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN) and HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN) arrived at Rosyth.

12 Nov 1939
Around 1600/12, the battleships HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.M. Forbes, KCB, DSO, RN), HMS Rodney (Capt. E.N. Syfret, RN) and the destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN), HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Lambert, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, RN) and HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN) departed Rosyth to patrol between the Faroer Island and the coast of Norway to provide cover during convoy operations to and from Norway. En-route the were to carry out gunnery exercises off Cape Wrath which they did around noon on the 13th.

Around 0830/13, the Fleet was joined by the destroyers HMS Imogen (Cdr. E.B.K. Stevens, RN) and HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, RN) which came from Scapa Flow.

Around 1000/13, the Fleet was joined by another destroyer, HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, RN) also coming from Scapa Flow.

Around 1100/13, the Fleet arrived off Cape Wrath and gunnery exercises were commenced around 1145/13. Upon completion of the exercises the Fleet set course to the north to proceed to the patrol area.

At 2000/13, HMS Icarus, HMS Imogen and HMS Impulsive were detached to Sullom Voe.

On the 16th the Fleet set course for the Clyde. While en-route a signal was received that the Clyde was closed for shipping so course was changed to proceed to Loch Ewe instead.

Around 0915/17, the Fleet arrived in Loch Ewe.

20 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1130/20, the battleships HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.M. Forbes, KCB, DSO, RN), HMS Rodney (Capt. E.N. Syfret, RN) and the destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN), HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN), HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSC, RN) and HMS Tartar (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, RN) departed Loch Ewe for the Clyde where they arrived around 1000/21.

Sources

  1. ADM 53/110266

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


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