Peveril Barton Reibey Wallop William-Powlett DSO, RN

Born  5 Mar 1898


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Ranks

2 Aug 1914 Mid.
15 Nov 1916 A/S.Lt.
15 Jul 1917 S.Lt.
15 Oct 1918 Lt.
15 Oct 1926 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1931 Cdr.
31 Dec 1938 Capt.
8 Jan 1948 Rear-Admiral
15 Dec 1950 Vice-Admiral

Retired: 8 Sep 1954


Decorations

8 Jan 1942 DSO
4 Sep 1945 CBE
9 Jun 1949 CB
1 May 1953 KCB

Warship Commands listed for Peveril Barton Reibey Wallop William-Powlett, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Fiji (58)Capt.Light cruiser16 Dec 194022 May 1941
HMS Newcastle (76)Capt.Light cruiser14 Feb 194224 Apr 1944

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Light cruiser HMS Fiji (58)


7 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
With her repairs now completed HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) proceeded down river to Greenock. (1)

15 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

18 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted full power trials and exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

25 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

2 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted torpedo and gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. Also a simulation air attack was made on her. (2)

6 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

7 Mar 1941
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

10 Mar 1941
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

11 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) departed the Clyde for Scapa Flow. (2)

12 Mar 1941
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from the Clyde. (2)

14 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted torpedo firing and 4" gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

19 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (2)

22 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the evening, HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN), conducted night gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (2)

25 Mar 1941
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. Also RDF exercises were carried out with HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN) during the night of 25/26 March. (2)

27 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the afternoon HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, RN) and HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) departed Scapa Flow to patrol in the Denmark Strait. (3)

28 Mar 1941
HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, RN) and HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) are ordered to join the battlecruiser Hood (Capt. R. Kerr, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN), HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN) and HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) which they did around 1445 hours (zone -1).

These ships were to relieve 'Force H' from Gibraltar on the Bay of Biscay patrol to block the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in Brest. (3)

31 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Shortly after midnight, HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN), HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN) and HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN), parted company with Hood (Capt. R. Kerr, CBE, RN), HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, RN) and HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN). The destroyers were to proceed to Londonderry to fuel before they were to rejoin the other ships for their return passage to the U.K. (4)

2 Apr 1941
Around 2100 hours, HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) parted company with Hood (Capt. R. Kerr, CBE, RN) and HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, RN). HMS Fiji was ordered to proceed to Gibraltar to temporarily join 'Force 'H.

At midnight HMS Nigeria was also detached to join convoy HG 57 at sea. (5)

2 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2100 hours, HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) parted company with Hood (Capt. R. Kerr, CBE, RN) and HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, RN).

At Midnight HMS Nigeria was also detached. (5)

5 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (6)

6 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0300 'Force H' departed Gibraltar to patrol off the Bay of Biscay to prevent the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau from leaving Brest and proceed into the Atlantic.

'Force H' was made up of the following ships; HMS Renown (Capt. R.R. McGrigor, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.F. Somerville, KCB, DSO, RN), aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (Capt. L.E.H. Maund, RN), light cruisers HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN), HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN), destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. A.F. de Salis, RN (Capt. D.8)), HMS Fearless (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and HMS Foresight (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN).

'Force H' was ordered to proceed to position 41°00'N, 16°30'W at 20 knots. (6)

10 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) was detached from 'Force H' to return to Gibraltar. As she was to proceed to Freetown later on by orders from the Admiralty. (6)

12 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (7)

13 Apr 1941
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) departed Gibraltar for Freetown. (7)

17 Apr 1941

Convoy SL 72

This convoy departed Freetown on 17 April 1941 for Liverpool where it arrived on 13 May 1941.

The convoy was made up of the following merchants; Alcinous (Dutch, 6189 GRT, built 1925), Bangalore (British, 6067 GRT, built 1928), Baron Douglas (British, 3899 GRT, built 1932), Coracero (British, 7252 GRT, built 1923), Corinaldo (British, 7131 GRT, built 1921), Daldorch (British, 5571 GRT, built 1930), Dixcove (British, 3790 GRT, built 1927), Empire Lotus (British, 3696 GRT, built 1920), Gaelic Star (British, 5596 GRT, built 1917), Garoet (Dutch, 7118 GRT, built 1917), Hainaut (Belgian, 4312 GRT, built 1905), Hazelside II (British, 5297 GRT, built 1940), Inverbank (British, 5149 GRT, built 1924), Jeypore (British, 5318 GRT, built 1920), Kelbergen (Dutch, 4823 GRT, built 1914), Llanberis (British, 5055 GRT, built 1928), Lorca (British, 4875 GRT, built 1931), Moanda (Belgian, 4621 GRT, built 1937), Mokambo (Belgian, 4996 GRT, built 1938), Mount Kitheron (Greek, 3876 GRT, built 1912), Muneric (British, 5229 GRT, built 1919), Norman Star (British, 6817 GRT, built 1919), Penrose (British, 4393 GRT, built 1928), Perth (British, 2259 GRT, built 1915), Prinses Maria-Pia (Belgian, 2588 GRT, built 1938), Saint Bernard (British, 5183 GRT, built 1939), Scottish Star (British, 7224 GRT, built 1917), Somerset (British, 8790 GRT, built 1918), St. Helena (British, 4313 GRT, built 1936), Testbank (British, 5083 GRT, built 1937), Tyndareus (British, 11361 GRT, built 1916), Ulysses (British, 14647 GRT, built 1913), Velma (Norwegian (tanker), 9720 GRT, built 1930), Winkfield (British, 5279 GRT, built 1919) and Yorkwood (British, 5401 GRT, built 1936).

The merchant vessel Empire Advocate (British, 5787 GRT, built 1913) joined at sea on 25 April near the Azores.

A/S Escort was provided on the day of departure when the convoy was near Freetown by the destroyers HMS Vidette (Lt. E.N. Walmsley, RN), HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Walmsley, RN) and the corvettes HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS Calendula (Lt.Cdr. A.D. Bruford, RNVR).

Ocean escort was provided by the light cruiser HMS Dragon (Capt. R.W. Shaw, MBE, RN) until being relieved around noon on the 19th by HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) which then remained with the convoy until May 1st.

On 20 April the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Dunnottar Castle (Capt.(Retd.) C.T.A. Bunbury, RN) joined the convoy and she remained with it until May 11th.

Local escort in British home waters was provided from 10 to 13 May by the destroyers HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Lincoln (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN), HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN) (to 12 May only), HMCS Columbia (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) S.W. Davis, RN), sloop HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN), corvettes HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR), HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR) and the A/S trawlers HMS Man o' War (T/Lt. W.W. Creber, RNR), HMS St. Loman (T/Lt. R.C. Warwick, RNR) and HMS Wellard (Lt.(Retd.) R.F. Turnbull RD, RNR).

18 Apr 1941
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) arrived at Freetown. (7)

19 Apr 1941
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) departed Freetown to overtake convoy SL 72 and to relieve light cruiser HMS Dragon (Capt. R.W. Shaw, MBE, RN) as ocean escort.

[See 'Convoy SL 72' for 17 April 1941 for more on this convoy.] (7)

4 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) arrived at Gibraltar from convoy escort duty (convoy SL 72). (7)


Light cruiser HMS Newcastle (76)


15 Jun 1942
While escorting a convoy from Alexandria to Malta HMS Newcastle was hit by a torpedo from the German motor torpedo boat S-56. The torpedo hit on the starboard side forward and did considerable damage. The ship went to Bombay, India to be patched up. She arrived at the New York Navy Yard on 10 October 1942 for permanent repairs. HMS Newcastle returned to service in March 1943.

Sources

  1. ADM 53/114262
  2. ADM 53/114263
  3. ADM 199/396
  4. ADM 53/114263 + ADM 199/396
  5. ADM 53/114437
  6. ADM 199/656
  7. ADM 199/2554

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


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