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Richard John Eley

Richard John Eley

Male 1918 - 1971  (53 years)

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  • Name Richard John Eley 
    Born 27 Feb 1918  Derby, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jul 1971  Derby, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Markeaton Crematoriam Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2016 

    Father Thomas Eley,   b. 1874, Littleover, Derbyshire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1920  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Louisa Margaret Anderson,   b. 20 Oct 1877, Derby, Derbyshire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1947, Derby, Derbyshire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1902  Derby, Derbyshire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Doris May Cullen,   b. 30 Nov 1920, Derby, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1986, Derby, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 13 Sep 1941  Register Office, Derby Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • 53 Upper Boundary Street
      17 Kensington St, Derby

      Depot Ships

      HMS Ambrose - no details

      HMS Cyclops, 1928.

      Launched by Sir James Laing & Son at Sunderland 27th Oct 1905. Commissioned at Devonport as Home Fleet repair ship. Based at Scapa Flow throughout World War 1. After a refit in 1920, Cyclops became the Depot Ship for the First Submarine Flotilla, at Chatham. then took that Flotilla out to Malta in 1926. Cyclops remained in the Mediterranean until 1938, when she was relieved by Maidstone. She served in home waters throughout World War Two, firstly at Harwich, then Rosyth and then at Rothesay. Paid off in 1945 and was sold in 1947. Scrapped at Newport.

      HMS Forth, 1953.

      The Forth was built by John Brown & Co at Clydebank, launched 11th August 1938 and completed 14th May 1939. Served with the 2nd Submarine Flotilla 1939-1941, based at Dundee, Rosyth and then Holy Loch. In Feb 1941 she crossed the Atlantic for a short period, operating submarines from Halifax, Nova Scotia, when they were used to protect convoys against surface raiders. For a short period she maintained A/S vessels and then reverted to S/M support.The 3rd and 2nd Submarine Flotillas combined from December 1941 and Forth remained at Holy Loch until 1945. Returned to Devonport in October 1960 after 12 years in the Mediterranean including providing relief for Greek earthquake victims in 1953 and in 1956 being the Headquarters ship at Port Said for the Naval Officer-in-Charge during the Suez crisis. Refitted at Chatham 1962-1966 to support nuclear submarines. At Singapore 1966-1971, with the 7th Submarine Squadron, and then returned to Devonport. Renamed Defiance in Feb 1972, she looked after the needs of the diesel boats of the 2nd SM Squadron and finally placed on the disposal list in 1978 as Defiance became a shore base. 25th July 1985 it arrived for scrap on the Medway, Kent.

      HMS Medway in 1929

      Medway was the first large submarine depot ship designed and built for the Royal Navy. She was launched at Barrow by Vickers Armstrong on 19th July 1928 and commissioned at Devonport on 6th July 1929. She sailed for China with six O-class submarines to replace the Titania and her L-class boats, remaining on the China Station until April 1940, when she was sent to the Mediterranean, based at Alexandria and operating the 1st SM Flotilla. On 30th June 1942 she was torpedoed by U372 off Alexandria whilst on passage to Haifa and Beirut. 30 of her crew were lost, a Third Officer WRNS being Mentioned in Despatches. Fortunately 47 of her stock of 90 torpedoes floated clear but much valuable equipment was lost with her. The small depot ship Talbot moved from Malta to take her place at Beirut, changing her name to Medway II.

      HMS Wolfe in 1937

      Former Canadian Pacific liner, launched 1920. Originally named Montcalm. Requisitioned as an armed merchant cruiser in 1939. Purchased in 1942 and converted into a submarine depot ship. Its operational duties and bases are unknown by me - so far - can you help? 1946-47 Flagship of the Captain 1st Submarine Flotilla. Paid off in 1949, broken up in 1952. A sister ship, the Montclare, had a similar history but remained a Destroyer Depot Ship until conversion to a S/M depot ship just after the war, when it served the 3rd S/M Flotilla at Rothesay. It was eventually broken up at Inverkeithing in 1958 after a cancelled refit.

      HMS Montclare
      A sister ship [of HMS Wolfe], the Montclare, had a similar history but remained a Destroyer Depot Ship until conversion to a S/M depot ship just after the war, when it served the 3rd S/M Flotilla at Rothesay. It was eventually broken up at Inverkeithing in 1958 after a cancelled refit.

      HMS Sea Devil.
      S2 Class submarine. Pennant P244. Crew 48. Built 1 Jan 1945 by Scotts, Greenock.
      Disposal date 1 Dec 1965 Method: Scrap.
      Last operating S Class, 1962. Remained unmodernised. Scrapped Newhaven.

      HMS Templar.
      T3 Class submarine. Pennant P316. Crew 61. Built 1 Oct 1942 by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow.
      Disposal date: 1 Jul 1959 Method: Scrap
      Lt. D.J.B. Beckley. 25 Jan 1944 damages Japanese light cruiser Kitakami, off Penang, Malacca Strait.
      Sunk as Target in Loch Striven, Scotland,1954. Salvaged 4-Dec-58 . 19-July-59 arrived Troon to be
      broken up.

      H.33
      Type: H Class H.21 Class
      Pennant No.: 33H
      N33
      Laid Down: 20th November 1917. Cammell Laird, Birkenhead.
      Commissioned: 17th May 1919. Not known at present.
      Commander: Not known at present. Not known at present.
      Complement: 22 Officers and Ratings.
      Service Career: Not known at present. Not known at present.
      Fate: Sold to West of Scotland shipbreakers, Troon, October 1944, scrapped.

      H.34
      Type: H Class H.21 Class.
      Pennant No.: 34H
      N34
      Laid Down: 20th November 1917. Cammell Laird, Birkenhead.
      Commissioned: 10th September 1919. Not known at present.
      Commander: Not known at present. Not known at present.
      Complement: 22 Officers and Ratings.
      Service Career: Not known at present. Not known at present.
      Fate: Sold to West of Scotland shipbreakers, Troon, July 1945, scrapped.