Richard William Ravenhill DSC, RN

Born  4 Dec 1901

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15 May 1922 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1923 Lt.
15 Apr 1931 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1936 Cdr.
30 Jun 1941 Capt.


1 Jul 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
5 Aug 1941 DSC
8 Jun 1944 CBE

Warship Commands listed for Richard William Ravenhill, RN

HMS Nubian (F 36)Cdr.Destroyer31 Oct 193823 Oct 1941
HMS Newfoundland (59)Capt.Light cruiserDec 19431 Sep 1945

Career information

Born 4th December 1901 birth Registered East Retford Nottinghamshire (7b 3). Parents Harold William Ravenhill and Gwyneth M Thomas. The nephew of John E Gladstone.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Nubian (F 36)

16 Jun 1940

Opertion MD 2

Destroyer A/S sweep off Alexandria.

At 1400 hours the following destroyers left Alexandria for A/S sweeps;
Force M:
HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN).

Force H:
HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, RN), HMS Havock (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Courage, DSO, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) and HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN).

Force S:
HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, RAN), HMAS Vampire (Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN), HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, RAN) and HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN).

The next day, the 17th, a report was received that four enemy light craft were seen at noon off the Syrian coast steering south. Force M was then ordered to proceed to the Scarpanto Strait and Force H was ordered to proceed to a position 60 nautical miles to the south of Cyprus. Also the light cruiser HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) sailed from Alexandria to support them. The report appeared to be false and HMS Gloucester and the destroyers of Force M returned to Alexandria on the 19th. The destroyers of Forces H and S had returned there on the 18th. (1)

24 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) departed Alexandria to escort the British tanker Bullmouth (7519 GRT, built 1927) and two Rumanian tankers towards Port Said where they arrived the following day. They then returned to Alexandria escorting the British Athelmere (5562 GRT, built 1918). (1)


  1. ADM 199/386

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