Mark Thornton DSO, DSC, RN

Born  14 Sep 1907


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Ranks

1 Jan 1928 A/S.Lt.
16 Sep 1928 S.Lt.
16 Nov 1930 Lt.
16 Nov 1938 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1945 Cdr.

Retired: 15 May 1956


Decorations

16 Aug 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
3 Jan 1941 DSC
12 Jan 1943 DSO

Warship Commands listed for Mark Thornton, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Scimitar (H 21)Lt.Destroyer7 Jun 193826 Feb 1940
HMS Harvester (H 19)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer11 Mar 194015 Mar 1942
HMS Petard (G 56)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer28 Apr 1942Jan 1943
HMS Verulam (R 28)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer20 Sep 19448 Dec 1944

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Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Harvester (H 19)


25 May 1940
Assisted in evacuation of troops from Dunkirk. (1)

9 Jul 1940
HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, RN) and HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN) together pick up 35 survivors from the British merchant Aylesbury that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-43 about 200 nautical miles south-east of Ireland in position 48°39'N, 13°33'W.

30 Oct 1940 (position 55.37, -12.19)
German U-boat U-32 was sunk north-west of Ireland, in position 55°37'N, 12°19'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. C.M. Thornton, RN) and HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN).

27 Nov 1940
HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, RN) and HMS Havelock (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Thomas, RN) both pick up a survivor from the British merchant Glenmoor that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-103 about 167 miles northwest of Sylne Head in position 54°35'N, 14°31'W.

7 Dec 1941 (position 35.51, -7.45)
German U-boat U-208 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Gibraltar, in position 35°51'N, 07°45'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN) and HMS Hesperus (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Tait, RN).


Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56)


15 Dec 1942
The Italian submarine Uarsciek (620 tons) was sunk south off Malta by the British destroyer HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN) and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga.

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