Robert Meyrick Ellis DSO, RN

Born  29 Sep 1901
Died   1981(79)


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Ranks

15 Oct 1922 Lt.
15 Oct 1930 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1934 Cdr.
31 Dec 1938 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jan 1948


Decorations

14 Oct 1941 DSO

Warship Commands listed for Robert Meyrick Ellis, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Suffolk (55)Capt.Heavy cruiser22 Feb 194129 Mar 1942
HMS Queen Elizabeth (00)Capt.Battleship1 Apr 194513 Feb 1946

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Events related to this officer

Heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (55)


26 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

18 Mar 1941
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

19 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Greenock for Scapa Flow. (2)

20 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow to commence a work-up period. (2)

26 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted full power trials off Scapa Flow. (2)

28 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN) and HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (3)

31 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

1 Apr 1941
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN) then joined for a range and inclination exercise. (4)

4 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (5)

10 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (5)

12 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (5)

17 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted HA gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow.

These were followed in the evening by night encounter exercises with HMS Brocklesby (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Huddart, RN). (5)

21 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2015A/21, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN), returned to Scapa Flow. (5)

25 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During the night of 25/26 April 1941, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (5)

26 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1640A/26, heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) and the destroyers HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Hvalfjord, Iceland where they arrived around 0830Z/28. (5)

28 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Hvalfjord for the Denmark Strait patrol. (6)

5 May 1941
Around 1330Z/28, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Reykjavik from patrol. She proceeded to Hvalfjord in the evening. (7)

11 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Hvalfjord tp patrol in the Denmark Strait, taking over from HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN). (7)

22 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0315N/22, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Hvalfjord from patrol. (7)

23 May 1941
Around 0040N/23, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Hvalfjord to reinforce the Denmark patrol which was at that moment made up of HMS Norfolk (Capt. A.J.L. Phillips, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker, CB, OBE, RN) which had relieved HMS Suffolk earlier.

[For what happened next see the events ' Chase and sinking of the German battleship Bismarck, 18 to 27 May 1941, parts I and II ' for 18 May 1941.] (8)

31 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0520OP(+2.5)/31, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Conception Bay, Newfoundland to fuel. (7)

1 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0515OP(+2.5)/1, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Conception Bay, Newfoundland to patrol in the North Atlantic to search for enemy supply vessels. From shortly before noon on the 4th she provided cover for convoy HX 129 until around 1030Z/6.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy HX 129 ' for 27 May 1941.] (9)

9 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0600A/9, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from operations. (9)

11 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2155A/11, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Hvalfjord. (9)

13 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0845Z/13, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Hvalfjord from Scapa Flow. (9)

17 Jun 1941
Around 1930Z/17, the heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) and the destroyer HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) departed Hvalfjord for the Denmark Strait patrol.

HMS Active parted company around 1235Z/20 to return to Hvalfjord.

Around 0530Z/21, HMS Suffolk was joined by the destroyer HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSC and Bar, RN). She parted company around 2045Z/21.

Around 0800Z/22, the destroyer HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN) joined HMS Suffolk.

HMS Suffolk and HMS Echo arrived at Hvalfjord / Reykjavik from patrol in the evening of June 24th having been relieved on patrol by the light cruiser HMS Manchester (Capt. H. Drew, DSC, RN) and the destroyer HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN). (9)

30 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1845Z/30, the heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Hvalfjord to relieve the light cruiser HMS Manchester (Capt. H. Drew, DSC, RN) on the Denmark Strait patrol. (10)

8 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2230Z/8, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Hvalfjord from the Denmark Strait patrol. (11)

9 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2030Z/9, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Hvalfjord for Scapa Flow. (11)

11 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1200A/11, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from Hvalfjord. (11)

15 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted an underway refuelling exercise at Scapa Flow during which the destroyer HMS Punjabi (Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN). (11)

17 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted HA exercises off Scapa Flow.

Later log trials were conducted at Scapa Flow. (11)

18 Jul 1941
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN), HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN) and HMS Shropshire (Capt. J.T. Borrett, OBE, RN) all conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (12)

21 Jul 1941
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) and HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN) both conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (13)

23 Jul 1941

Operation EF.

Air attacks by the F.A.A. on Kirkenes and Petsamo.

Timespan: 22 July 1941 to 7 August 1941.

Around 0300B/22, ' Force Q ', the refuelling force, made up of the RFA tanker Black Ranger (3417 GRT, built 1941) and the destroyers HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN) and HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Seidisfjord. On arrival at Seidisfjord the destroyers fuelled from the RFA tanker War Sudra (5599 GRT, built 1920). ' Force Q ' then departed for the rendezvous position in 70°28'N, 08°00'E.

Around 0100B/23, the minelayer HMS Adventure (Capt. N.V. Grace, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Seidisfjord where she arrived around 1800B/24.

Around 2345B/23, ' Force P ' made up of the aircraft carriers HMS Victorious (Capt. H.C. Bovell, RN), HMS Furious (Capt. A.G. Talbot, DSO, RN), heavy cruisers HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN), HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) and the destroyers HMS Intrepid (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN), HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN), HMS Achates (Lt.Cdr. the Viscount Jocelyn, RN), HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN), HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN) and HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Seidisfjord, Iceland where they arrived around 1530Z/25 (minus HMS Achates and HMS Anthony, see below).

At 0258Z/25, HMS Achates hit a mine in position 64°11'N, 13°00'W and was badly damaged forward. She had 65 casualties. She was towed to Seidisfjord by HMS Anthony. They arrived at Seidisfjord around midnight. When Achates hit a mine from the British Field SN 69, it became apparent that ' Force P ' was out of position. ' Force P ' therefore went to the south to get clear and later turned to the west to make landfall to get thier bearings before proceeding to Seidisfjord where they arrived much later then had been intended. The operation was therefore postponed 24 hours so as to keep to the orininally intended times during the upcoming operation. All ships were therefore able to complete with fuel.

At 1230B/25, the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN) and HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSO, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Operation EF as substitutions for HMS Achates and HMS Anthony.

Around 2330B/26, HMS Victorious, HMS Furious, HMS Devonshire, HMS Suffolk, Intrepid, Escapade, Active and Antelope departed Seidisfjord for the operation.

Around 0915B/28, HMS Adventure joined coming from Iceland. She had departed Seidisfjord around 1730B/26 for Archangelsk. The destroyer HMS Anthony sailed with her and remained with her until 1630B/27 when she parted company to return to Seidisfjord. It had originally been intended to sent Adventure out unescorted but as a German submarine was reported to have been in the area the destroyer had been ordered to accompany her for 24 hours.

Around 1515B/28, ' Force Q ' was sighted 20 miles ahead and course was set to make rendezvous. With ' Force Q ' were also the destroyers HMS Inglefield and HMS Icarus which had come directly from Scapa Flow (see above).

Oiling started around 1820B/28. HMS Eclipse and HMS Echo, which had recently oiled from the Black Ranger were topped of by HMS Devonshire with 60 tons each.

HMS Suffolk oiled HMS Intrepid and HMS Escapade with 150 tons each.

The Black Ranger oiled HMS Adventure.

At 0058B/29, thick for was encountered and oiling had to cease at once. HMS Adventure being still 130 tons short. Visibility remained bad and the force got scattered for some time and the whole force was only in company again late on the 29th. HMS Active and HMS Antelope had remained behind with the Black Ranger.

At 0300B/30, HMS Adventure parted company to proceed to Archangelsk where she arrived around 0845C/1.

Around 1400B/30, HMS Victorious and HMS Furious flew off aircraft to attack Kirkeness (HMS Victorious), Petsamo (HMS Furious) and figter cover for ' Force P '. Launching position was in approximately 70°40'N, 33°00'E. HMS Victorious launched 20 Albacores and 12 Fulmars while HMS Furious launched 18 Albacores, 6 Fulmars and 4 Hurricanes. The four Hurricanes from HMS Furious and three Fulmars from HMS Victorious were kept as Combat Air Patrol over ' Force P '.

The attack was considered a failure as the ships attacked at Kirkeness sustained only minor damage. At Petsamo there had been no enemy shipping at all and the aircraft attacked land targets and wooded quays instead. Own losses were heavy and a total of 11 Albarores and 2 Fulmars were lost and 8 Albacores were damaged. Around the time the aircraft had been flown off ' Force P ' was detected by the enemy and the aircraft received a warm reception as a result.

At 1900B/30, ' Force P ' retired to the northward. A fuel shortage had now arisen in HMS Furious and as a result she had to be detached to Seidisfjord where she arrived on the 3rd. HMS Suffolk, HMS Intrepid, HMS Echo and HMS Eclipse were sent with her to escort her.

On parting company with HMS Furious and her escorts, the remaining ships remained north-north-east of Bear Island and HMS Devonshire refuelled HMS Icarus between 0915B/1 and 1234B/1 (208 tons being supplied), HMS Inglefield between 1405B/1 and 1720B/1 (182 tons being supplied) and finally HMS Escapade between 1812B/1 and 2100B/1 (210 tons being supplied).

It had meanwhile been decided that an attack on Tromso was to be mounted by three Fulmar aircraft from HMS Victorious. They were flown off at 0106B/4 and they attacked two armed trawlers off Tromso. One of the Fulmars was shot down. The other two returned at 0303B/4 and 0325B/4. HMS Victorious, HMS Devonshire, HMS Inglefield, HMS Icarus and HMS Escapade then set course to return to Seidisfjord arriving around 1830B/5. (14)

3 Aug 1941
Around 0830B/3, HMS Furious (Capt. A.G. Talbot, DSO, RN), HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN), HMS Intrepid (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN), HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN), and HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN) arrived at Seidisfjord from operation EF.

They departed Seidísfjord around 2100B/3 for Scapa Flow where they arrived around 0830B/5 except for HMS Intrepid which had lost touch in the bad weasther conditions. She went to Loch Ewe to fuel and arrived at Scapa Flow only around 1115B/5. (15)

18 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 18/19 August, the heavy cruisers HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN) and HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. These included night exercises. (16)

19 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (17)

20 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN), HMS Berwick (Capt. G.H. Faulkner, DSC, RN) and HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (18)

23 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1530A/23, ' Force M ', made up the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (Capt. H.C. Bovell, CBE, RN), heavy cruisers HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN), HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) and HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN) departed Scapa Flow to provide distant cover for the Dervish convoy to Northern Russia.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Operation (Convoy) Dervish ' for 21 August 1941.] (19)

10 Sep 1941

Operation E.G.V. Two.

Air attacks on enemy shipping and shore installations / factories in the Vestfjord area and near Bodø.

Around 2100A/9, ' Force M ', made up of HMS Victorious (Capt. H.C. Bovell, CBE, RN), heavy cruisers HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. D.K. Bain, RN), HMS Matabele (Cdr. A.C. Stanford, DSC, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN) arrived in Low Sound, Spitsbergen around 2100A/9. They departed again around 1040A/10 for Scapa Flow.

HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN), which had been temporary detached, rejoined them around 0800A/11.

Aircraft from Victorious conducted the raids on the 12th but results were minor although the small Norwegian passenger vessel Barøy (424 GRT, built 1929) was sunk near Tranøy.

' Force M ' arrived at Scapa Flow around 1900A/13. (20)

13 Sep 1941
Around 1900A/13, ' Force M ', made up the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (Capt. H.C. Bovell, CBE, RN), heavy cruisers HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN), HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) and the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. D.K. Bain, RN), HMS Matabele (Cdr. A.C. Stanford, DSC, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from operations. (20)

16 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Greenock to boiler clean and give some much needed leave to the crew. (21)

17 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Greenock. (21)

23 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) departed Greenock for Scapa Flow. (21)

24 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (21)

25 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1945A/25, the heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) and the destroyers HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN), HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN) and HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Hvalfjord, Iceland. (22)

27 Sep 1941
Around 1330A/27, the heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN) and the destroyers HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN), HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN) and HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN) arrived at Hvalfjord, Iceland. (22)

29 Sep 1941

Convoy PQ 1.

This convoy departed Hvalfjord on 29 September 1941 for Archangelsk where it arrived on 11 October 1941.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Atlantic (British, 5414 GRT, built 1939), Blairnevis (British, 4155 GRT, built 1930), Capira (Panamanian, 5625 GRT, built 1920), Elna II (Russian, 3221 GRT, built 1903), Gemstone (British, 4986 GRT, built 1938), Harmonic (British, 4558 GRT, built 1930), Lorca (British, 4875 GRT, built 1931), North King (British, 4934 GRT, built 1903), River Afton (British, 5479 GRT, built 1935) and Ville d'Anvers (Belgian, 7462 GRT, built 1920).

The RFA tanker Black Ranger (3417 GRT, built 1941) was also part of the convoy.

The convoy was escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, RN), destroyers HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN), HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN), HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN) and the minesweepers HMS Britomart (Lt.Cdr. S.S. Stammwitz, RN), HMS Gossamer (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Crease, RN), HMS Hussar (Lt.Cdr. D.H.P. Gardiner, DSC, RN) and HMS Leda (Lt.Cdr. A.D.H. Jay, RN).

Around 1600A/2, the destroyer HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) joined the convoy coming from Seidisfjord. The destroyer HMS Antelope then parted company and proceeded to Seidisfjord.

Between 1200A/3 and 1405A/3, HMS Anthony was fuelled by the Black Ranger.

Between 1440A/3 and 1651A/3, HMS Impulsive was fuelled by the Black Ranger.

Between 0912A/4 and 1225A/4, HMS Suffolk was fuelled by the Black Ranger.

At 1550A/4, HMS Suffolk passed mail to HMS Anthony. Presumably she left the convoy shortly afterwards escorting the Black Ranger to make rendezvous with convoy QP 1.

Between 1015A/5 and 1139A/5, HMS Leda was fuelled by HMS Suffolk.

Between 1200A/5 and 1340A/5, HMS Gossamer was fuelled by HMS Suffolk.

Between 1425A/5 and 1553A/5, HMS Britomart was fuelled by HMS Suffolk.

Between 1655A/5 and 1820A/5, HMS Hussar was fuelled by HMS Suffolk.

Around 0530C/10, the convoy was joined by the minesweeper HMS Harrier (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, MVO, DSO, RN).

The convoy arrived at Archangelsk on 11 October 1941.

19 Oct 1941
Around 1600C/19, the heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN) and HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) departed Archangelsk for the U.K. via Seidisfjord, Iceland.

Between 0843C/21 and 1022C/21, HMS Impusive was fuelled by HMS Suffolk which also fuelled HMS Escapade between 1120C/21 and 1300C/21.

During the night of 21/22 October 1941 they searched off the Laksefjord and Porsangerfjord for enemy shipping but found nothing.

They arrived at Seidisfjord around 1530A/25.

They departed Seidisfjord around 0800A/26 for Scapa Flow where they arrived around 1700A/27. (23)

3 Nov 1941
Around 1730A/3, the battleship HMS King George V (Capt. W.R. Patterson, CB, CVO, RN, flying the flag of A/Admiral J.C. Tovey, KCB, KBE, DSO, RN, C-in-C Home Fleet), aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (Capt. H.C. Bovell, CBE, RN), heavy cruisers HMS Berwick (Capt. G.H. Faulkner, DSC, RN), HMS Kent (Capt. A.E.M.B. Cunninghame-Graham, RN), HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN), and the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. D.K. Bain, RN), HMS Ashanti (Cdr. R.G. Onslow, RN), HMS Matabele (Cdr. A.C. Stanford, DSC, RN), HMS Punjabi (Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN), HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN) and HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, DSO, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Hvalfjord, Iceland where they arrived around 0900N/5. (24)

11 Nov 1941
HMS Kent (Capt. A.E.M.B. Cunninghame-Graham, RN) and HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) conducted exercises off Hvalfjord. On completion of these exercises HMS Kent proceeded on patrol in the Iceland-Faeroer gap while HMS Suffolk returned to Hvalfjord. (25)

20 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) returned to Hvalfjord from patrol. (26)

26 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Hvalfjord to patrol in the Denmark Strait. (27)

2 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) returned to Hvalfjord from the Denmark Strait patrol. (28)

12 Dec 1941
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) returned to Hvalfjord from the Denmark Strait patrol. (28)

13 Dec 1941
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Hvalfjord for Scapa Flow. (29)

16 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (28)

21 Dec 1941
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) proceeded from Scapa Flow to the Tyne where she will be taken in hand for repairs to her propeller shafts. (30)

26 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Having completed de-ammunitioning and de-fuelling the ship, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN), is docked at the Middle Docks & Engineering Company Ltd. at South Shields. (28)

10 Jan 1942
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) is undocked. (31)

14 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed the Tyne for Scapa Flow. (31)

15 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from the Tyne. (31)

25 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Hvalfjord to patrol in the Denmark Strait. (32)

1 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) returned to Hvalfjord from the Denmark Strait patrol. (33)

4 Feb 1942
On 4/5 February 1942, the battleships HMS King George V (Capt. W.R. Patterson, CB, CVO, RN, flying the flag of A/Admiral J.C. Tovey, KCB, KBE, DSO, RN, C-in-C Home Fleet), heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises off Hvalfjord. These included night exercises. (34)

13 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Hvalfjord to patrol in the Denmark Strait. (35)

20 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) returned to Hvalfjord from the Denmark Strait patrol. (33)

25 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Hvalfjord to patrol in the Denmark Strait. (35)

1 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) returned to Hvalfjord from the Denmark Strait patrol. (36)

2 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Hvalfjord for Scapa Flow. (37)

5 Mar 1942
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from Hvalfjord. She departed for Rosyth later the same day. (36)

6 Mar 1942
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (36)

8 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) proceeded from Rosyth to the Tyne where she is to refit at the Middle Docks & Engineering Company Ltd. at South Shields. (38)

12 Mar 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Having completed de-ammunitioning and de-fuelling the ship, HMS Suffolk (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN), is docked at the Middle Docks & Engineering Company Ltd. at South Shields to be taken in hand for refit. (36)


Battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (00)


7 Jun 1945
During 7/8 June 1945, the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.C.T. Walker, CB, RN) and the destroyers HMS Racehorse (Cdr. J.J. Casement, DSC, RN), HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Barstow, RN) and HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. D.H.R. Bromley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (39)

20 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 20/21 June 1945, the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.C.T. Walker, CB, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee.

During part of the exercises on the 20th the destroyers HMS Tyrian (Cdr. R.H. Mills, RN) and HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. P.B.N. Lewis, DSC, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Blackmore (Lt. J.S. Kerans, RN) were with her.

During the afternoon of the 20th, HMS Queen Elizabeth conducted a RIX (range and inclination exercise) during which HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN) served as target. (39)

12 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Vice-Admiral H.C.T. Walker, CB, RN, struck his flag in HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) and then hoised it in HMS Nelson (Capt. C. Caslon, CBE, RN). (40)

14 Jul 1945
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is to return to the U.K. to join the Home Fleet. (41)

17 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Colombo for Aden. (42)

23 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) made a short stop at Aden to fuel. Having completed doing so she departed for Suez later the same day. (42)

26 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) arrived at Suez. (42)

27 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) entered the Suez Canal and passed it partly until she anchored in Lake Timsah. (42)

28 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) continued her northbound passage of the Suez Canal as she proceed from Lake Timsah to Port Said. (42)

29 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Port Said for Malta. (42)

31 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) made a short stopover at Malta. She departed for Gibraltar later the same day. (42)

3 Aug 1945
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (43)

4 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) departed Gibraltar for Plymouth. (43)

7 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) arrived at Plymouth. She departed for Rosyth, by a route through the Irish sea and around the North of Scotland, later the same day. (43)

10 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (43)

13 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
On board HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) work was started to prepare the ship to be put into reserve ' Category B '. (43)

13 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
On board HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN) work was started to prepare the ship to be put into reserve ' Category B '.

She remained at Rosyth until 30 November. The time from 9 to 30 November she spent in No.2 Dock at the Rosyth Dockyard. (44)

Sources

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  5. ADM 53/115098
  6. ADM 53/115098 + ADM 199/396 + ADM 199/409
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  9. ADM 53/115100
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  13. ADM 53/114100 + ADM 53/115101
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  15. ADM 53/114293 + ADM 53/115102 + ADM 199/396 + ADM 199/399
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  17. ADM 53/115102
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  23. ADM 53/115104 + ADM 199/396 + ADM 199/399 + ADM 199/409
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  25. ADM 53/114486 + ADM 53/115105
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  30. ADM 53/115106 + ADM 199/2571
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  32. ADM 53/116669 + ADM 199/427 + ADM 199/644
  33. ADM 53/116670
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  35. ADM 53/116670 + ADM 199/427 + ADM 199/644
  36. ADM 53/116671
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  38. ADM 53/116671 + ADM 199/2571
  39. ADM 53/122073
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  41. ADM 53/122074 + ADM 199/2567
  42. ADM 53/122074
  43. ADM 53/122075
  44. ADM 53/122075 + ADM 199/2567

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


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