David Hugh Maitland-Makgill-Crichton DSO, DSC, RN

Born  11 Oct 1910


1 Jan 1931 A/S.Lt.
1 May 1931 S.Lt.
30 Nov 1932 Lt.
30 Nov 1939 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1944 Cdr.

Retired: 11 Oct 1960


16 Aug 1940 DSC
23 Jan 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Sep 1942 DSO

Warship Commands listed for David Hugh Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, RN

HMS Express (H 61)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer1 Sep 1940late 1940
HMS Boreas (H 77)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer19 Nov 19408 Dec 1941
HMS Ithuriel (H 05)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer3 Feb 194228 Nov 1942
HMS Venomous (D 75)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer18 Dec 194218 Feb 1943
HMS Jervis (F 00)Cdr.DestroyerSep 1945mid 1946

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Destroyer HMS Boreas (H 77)

22 May 1941
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill Crichton, DSC, RN) picks up survivors from the British merchant Rodney Star that was torpedoed and finally sunk with gunfire on 16 May 1941 about 420 nautical miles west-south-west of Freetown in position 05°03'N, 19°02'W by German U-boat U-105

23 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill Crichton, DSC, RN) picks up 61 survivors from the Dutch merchant Berhala that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-38 about 280 nautical miles west-north-west of Freetown in position 09°50’N, 17°50’W.

23 Aug 1941
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill Crichton, DSC, RN) picks up 25 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Spind that was damaged by gunfire from German U-boat U-552 The destroyer sank the damaged Spind with gunfire east of Lisbon, Portugal in position 40°43'N, 11°39'W

Destroyer HMS Ithuriel (H 05)

12 Aug 1942
The Italian submarine Cobalto was rammed and sunk off Bizerta, Tunisia after being forced to surface after being depth charged by the British destroyers HMS Ithuriel (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, DSC, RN) and HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and Bar, RN). It was HMS Ithuriel that rammed the submarine.

28 Nov 1942
At 0013A/28, HMS Ithuriel (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, DSO, DSC, RN) is badly holed by near misses from enemy aircraft while at anchor off Bone. She was towed into shallow water by HMS Quentin (Lt.Cdr. A.H.P. Noble, DSC, RN).

HMS Ithuriel was beached the following day. (1)

Destroyer HMS Venomous (D 75)

13 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2005A/13, HMS Venomous (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Wivern (Cdr. M.D.C. Meyrick, RN) departed Mers-el-Kebir for Gibraltar. (2)


  1. ADM 199/652 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for November 1942
  2. ADM 53/118477 + ADM 199/637

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

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