John Melvill Alliston DSO, DSC, RN

Born  26 Mar 1910London, England
Died  31 May 2004(94)

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16 Feb 1931 S.Lt.
16 Jun 1933 Lt.
16 Jun 1941 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1947 Cdr.

Retired: 18 Oct 1949


8 Jan 1942 DSC
4 May 1943 Bar to DSC
1 May 1945 DSO

Warship Commands listed for John Melvill Alliston, RN

HMS Decoy (H 75)Lt.DestroyerJun 1941Mar 1942
HMS Janus (F 53)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerAug 1942Dec 1942
HMS Javelin (F 61)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerDec 1942ca. mid 43
HMAS Warramunga (I 44)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer30 Sep 19443 Oct 1944
HMAS Warramunga (I 44)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer5 Oct 194413 Oct 1944
HMAS Warramunga (I 44)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer17 Oct 194419 Apr 1945
HMS Urania (R 05)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer19 Jun 1945early 1946

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Destroyer HMS Decoy (H 75)

2 Dec 1941
HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. John M. Alliston, RN) is damaged in a collision with the Polish steam merchant Warszawa in the harbour of Alexandria.

Destroyer HMS Javelin (F 61)

15 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Pakenham and HMS Javelin intercept and sink the Italian Agosto Bertani (8328 GRT) south of Lampedusa.

19 Jan 1943
Javelin and HMS Kelvin on patrol from Malta intercept and sink (13) enemy ships in a night action lasting three hours. (1)

20 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Kelvin and HMS Javelin intercept a small Italian convoy off Tripoli, Libya and completely destroy it. Some 11 ships were sunk among them the small Italian minesweepers RD 31, RD 36, RD 37 and RD 39.

22 Jan 1943
With units of the East Med Fleet in a night action Bombarded the port of ZUARA. (1)

1 May 1943
Convoy escort from Alexandria to Tripoli, attacked by enemy dive bombers off Benghazi two merchant ships sunk and one damaged. (1)


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