David Swanston DSO, DSC, RN

Born  13 Feb 1919
Died  12 May 1987(68)Surrey, England


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Ranks

1 Oct 1939 S.Lt.
1 Jan 1941 Lt.
1 Jan 1949 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1953 Cdr.

Retired: 29 Jul 1955


Decorations

12 Aug 1941 DSC
5 Jan 1943 Bar to DSC
10 Apr 1945 DSO

Warship Commands listed for David Swanston, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Upright (N 89)Lt.SubmarineJun 19421 Jul 1942
HMS L 23 (N 23)Lt.Submarine28 Jan 19436 Feb 1943
HMS H 43 (N 43)Lt.Submarine9 Feb 19432 Apr 1943
HMS Graph (P 715)Lt.Submarine3 Apr 194321 Jun 1943
HMS Shakespeare (P 221)Lt.Submarine6 Mar 1944???

Career information

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS L 23 (N 23)


29 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 23 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) took a Welman on board at Kames Bay and then proceeded to Loch Striven. (1)

1 Feb 1943
HMS L 23 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted exercises at Loch Striven with midget submarines. (2)

3 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 23 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted exercises at Loch Striven with midget submarines. (2)

5 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS L 23 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted exercises at Loch Striven with midget submarines. (2)

6 Feb 1943
HMS L 23 (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises at Loch Striven with midget submarines. Upon completion of these she proceeded to Rothesay. (2)


Submarine HMS H 43 (N 43)


9 Feb 1943
HMS H 43 (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR).

On returning to harbour Lt. Swanston took over command of HMS H 43 from Lt. Boyd. (3)

10 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR). (3)

11 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (3)

13 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR). (3)

14 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

15 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR) and HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR). (3)

16 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR). (3)

17 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN), HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR), HMS Carina (Lt. R.A.H. Lord, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (3)

18 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (3)

19 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (3)

20 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR). (3)

22 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR). (3)

23 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR). (3)

24 Feb 1943
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

25 Feb 1943
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR). (3)

28 Feb 1943
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR).

[No log is available for March 1943, therefore no details on the operations of HMS H 43 can be given for this month.] (3)

17 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay on one engine as the other was defective. (4)

1 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (5)

2 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Lt. May took over command of HMS H 43 from Lt. Swanston. HMS H 43 then conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (5)


Submarine HMS Graph (P 715)


9 May 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Barrow. (6)

10 May 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Barrow. (6)

19 May 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Barrow for Holy Loch. (6)

20 May 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (6)

5 Jun 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Dundee. (7)

8 Jun 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Dundee. (7)

10 Jun 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Dundee bound for Chatham. (7)

12 Jun 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (7)

13 Jun 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departs Sheerness ad arrived at Chatham shortly afterwards. (7)

21 Jun 1943
HMS Graph (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) is put into dockyard control at the Chatham Dockyard. (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17836
  2. ADM 173/17837
  3. ADM 173/17803
  4. ADM 199/1909
  5. ADM 173/17804
  6. ADM 173/17752
  7. ADM 199/2555

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


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