Eric George McGregor DSO, RN

Born  23 Jan 1901South Queensferry, Scotland
Died  7 Jan 1974(72)


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Ranks

15 Oct 1922 Lt.
15 Oct 1930 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1936 Cdr.
31 Dec 1943 Capt.

Retired: 11 Mar 1953


Decorations

11 Sep 1940 DSO
21 Oct 1941 Cross of the Order of George I (Greece)
11 Nov 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
4 Jul 1944 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Eric George McGregor, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Decoy (H 75)Cdr.Destroyer1 Feb 1939Jun 1941
HMS Kempenfelt (ii) (R 03)Capt.Destroyer10 Feb 1945early 1946

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Destroyer HMS Decoy (H 75)


9 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) departed Malta for a contraband patrol in the Aegean. (1)

16 Oct 1939
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) returned to Malta from patrol. At Malta she then commenced a short refit. (1)

21 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) is docked in No.4 dock at Malta. (1)

26 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) is undocked. (1)

3 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) departed Malta for Marseilles. She is escorting the British passenger / cargo ship Nevasa (9213 GRT, built 1913). (2)

5 Nov 1939
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN), and the ship she is escorting, the British passenger / cargo ship Nevasa (9213 GRT, built 1913), arrived at Marseilles. HMS Decoy is only briefly in harbour as she sailed to return to Malta later the same day escorting the British passenger / cargo ship Ettrick (11279 GRT, built 1938). (2)

7 Nov 1939
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) arrived at Malta with the ship she is escorting, the British passenger / cargo ship Ettrick (11279 GRT, built 1938). They both departed Malta for Port Said later the same day. (2)

11 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) arrived at Malta with the ship she is escorting, the British passenger / cargo ship Ettrick (11279 GRT, built 1938). They had been ordered to return to Malta. They departed for Marseilles later the same day. (2)

14 Nov 1939
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) arrived off Marseilles with the ship she is escorting, the British passenger / cargo ship Ettrick (11279 GRT, built 1938). Ettrick then entered harbour while HMS Decoy immediately set course to return to Malta. (2)

15 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) arrived at Malta. (2)

16 Dec 1939
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) returned to Malta from patrol. She was then taken in hand for another short refit. (3)

8 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) returned to Gibraltar from patrol. (4)

10 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) departed Gibraltar for Freetown. (4)

6 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) arrived at Dakar. (5)

8 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) conducted exercises off Dakar with aircraft from HMS Hermes (Capt. F.E.P. Hutton, RN). HMS Hermes did not go to sea though and remained in harbour. (6)

9 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) provided escort for HMS Hermes (Capt. F.E.P. Hutton, RN) during flying exercises off Dakar. (5)

11 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) conducted exercises off Dakar with the French submarines Le Conquérant (Lieutenant de vaisseau (Lt.) P.G.L. Le Gall), Le Glorieux (Lieutenant de vaisseau (Lt.) J.C.P. Champel) and Le Tonnant (Lieutenant de vaisseau (Lt.) A.A.C.H.P. Secondant de Montesquie). (6)

12 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) conducted exercises off Dakar with aircraft from HMS Hermes (Capt. F.E.P. Hutton, RN). HMS Hermes did not go to sea though and remained in harbour. (6)

15 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) provided escort for HMS Hermes (Capt. F.E.P. Hutton, RN) during flying exercises off Dakar. (5)

16 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) provided escort for HMS Hermes (Capt. F.E.P. Hutton, RN) during flying exercises off Dakar. (5)

20 Oct 1940
Around 1100 hours, the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN) departed Alexandria for exercises. She is escorted by the destroyers HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN), HMS Havock (Cdr. R.E. Courage, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) and HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC and Bar, RN).

They returned to harbour around 0915/21. (7)

25 Oct 1940
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) departed Alexandria at 1110 hours. They were possibly escorting the British tanker British Hope (6951 GRT, built 1928) to Port Said.

26 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) arrived at Port Said. (4)

27 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (4)

28 Oct 1940
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (4)

13 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) which had just arrived as escort of convoy ME 3 was bombed at 1730 hours by Italian aircraft while in Alexandria harbour. Damage to the aft part of the ship was serious and repair in a proper dockyard was needed. (8)

19 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) is slightly damaged during an Axis air raid on Malta. The damage sustained had no infuence on the completion date of the repairs to the damage she had sustained on 13 November 1940.

11 Feb 1941
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) departed Tobruk for Benghazi escorting the auxiliary M/S trawlers HMS Arthur Cavanagh (Skr. T.W. Kirby, RNR) and HMS Milford Countess (T/A/S.Lt. R.H. Vallings, RNR). At Benghazi the harbour had to be cleared of mines.

18 Feb 1941
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Hereward (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) arrived at Alexandria from duty with the Inshore Squadron.

28 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy AN 23

This convoy departed Alexandria on 28 March 1941 for Piraeus where it arrived on 1 April 1941.

The convoy was made up of the merchant vessels; Araybank (British, 7258 GRT, built 1940), Cyprian Prince (British, 1988 GRT, built 1937), Delane (British, 6054 GRT, built 1938), Destro (British, 3553 GRT, built 1920), Dumana (British, 8423 GRT, built 1923), Ekaterini Coumantarou (Greek, 7777 GRT, built 1912), Eocene (British, 4216 GRT, built 1922), Georgios Potamianos (Greek, 4044 GRT, built 1913), Goalpara (British, 5314 GRT, built 1919), Helka (British, 3471 GRT, built 1919), Marit Maersk (Danish (tanker), 1894 GRT, built 1938), Memas (Greek, either 4331 GRT, built 1900 or 1735 GRT, built 1912), Moscha L. Goulandris (Greek, 5199 GRT, built 1918), Nicolaou Ourania (Greek, 6397 GRT, built 1922), Petrakis Nomikos (Greek, 7020 GRT, built 1914) and Point Clear (Greek, 4839 GRT, built 1920).

Escort was provided by the destroyer HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN) and the corvette HMS Salvia (Lt.Cdr. J.I. Miller, DSO, RD, RNR).

They were later joined by the AA cruiser HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN).

On the 29th the escort was further reinforced by the destroyer HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN).

4 Apr 1941

Convoy ASF 23

This convoy departed Piraeus on 4 April 1941 for Alexandria where it arrived on 7 April 1941.

The convoy was made up of the merchant vessels; Araybank (British, 7258 GRT, built 1940), Crista (British, 2590 GRT, built 1938) and Themoni (Greek, 5719 GRT, built 1938).

Escort was provided by the AA cruiser HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN), destroyers HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN) and the corvette HMS Salvia (Lt.Cdr. J.I. Miller, DSO, RD, RNR).

9 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The aircraft carrier HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, CBE, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said. She is escorted by the destroyers HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN). (9)

10 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, CBE, RN), HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) arrived at Port Said.

The destroyers departed again later the same day with the the infantery landing ship HMS Glenroy (Capt.(Retd.) Sir J.F. Paget, RN) to embark troop at Lemnos. They were later joined at sea by the AA cruiser HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN). (9)

12 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Glenroy (Capt.(Retd.) Sir J.F. Paget, RN), HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN), HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) arrived at Mudros, Lemnos, Greece where an entire battalion of troops, more then 1000 tons of stores, and around forty vehicles were embarked in around twelve hours. (9)

13 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Glenroy (Capt.(Retd.) Sir J.F. Paget, RN), HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN), HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) departed Mudros, Lemnos for Alexandria. (9)

15 Apr 1941
HMS Glenroy (Capt.(Retd.) Sir J.F. Paget, RN), HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN), HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) arrived at Alexandria.

HMS Decoy departed Alexandria for Tobruk later the same day. (9)

16 Apr 1941
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) arrived at Tobruk.

She departed again at 1630 hours together with the gunboat HMS Ladybird (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.F. Blackburn, RN) to conduct a raid by special forces on Marakeb [now called Jazirat al `Ulbah] during the night of 16/17 April.

The raid was however unsuccessful as HMS Decoy grounded and the selected landing spot could not be found in the darkness and the bad weather.

Both ships then proceeded to Alexandria arriving in the afternoon of the 17th. (9)

24 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Light cruiser HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN) and the destroyers HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, RN) departed Alexandria for Suda Bay where they arrived around 1800/25.

They were joined at sea early on the 29th by the destroyer HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, RN) which had come from Tobruk having also departed there on the 24th. (9)

16 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Glengyle (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.H. Petrie, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said where she was to embark new landing craft. She is escorted by HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN). They arrived at Port Said on the 17th after which HMS Decoy immediately returned to Alexandria arriving there still on the 17th. (9)

18 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Force A 1, made up of the battleships HMS Warspite (Capt. D.B. Fisher, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN), HMS Valiant (Capt. C.E. Morgan, DSO, RN), light cruiser HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN), destroyers HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Isis (Cdr. C.S.B. Swinley, DSC, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt. W.J. Munn, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN), HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN) and HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) departed Alexandria to take up a position to the west of Crete. (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/108228
  2. ADM 53/108229
  3. ADM 53/108231
  4. ADM 199/2558
  5. ADM 53/112432
  6. ADM 199/380
  7. ADM 53/112119
  8. ADM 199/387
  9. ADM 199/414

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


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