Henry Carty Gowan, RN

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Ranks

14 Mar 1938 S.Lt.
9 May 1939 Lt.
9 May 1947 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1952 Cdr.

Retired: 9 May 1965


Decorations

7 Jul 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
12 Jun 1965 OBE

Warship Commands listed for Henry Carty Gowan, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Rover (N 62)Lt.SubmarineNov 41 ?13 Dec 1941
HMS H 44 (N 44)Lt.Submarine20 Jun 19438 Dec 1943
HMS Sidon (P 259)Lt.SubmarineOct 194427 Dec 1945

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Submarine HMS H 44 (N 44)


19 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. She took passage in a convoy. (1)

20 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (1)

21 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

22 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Yarmouth. (1)

23 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) shifted from Yarmouth to Dartmouth. (1)

24 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) shifted from Dartmouth to Falmouth. (1)

27 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (1)

1 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (2)

3 Oct 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (2)

4 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR). (2)

5 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. H. Crighton, RNR) and HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR). (2)

6 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR). (2)

7 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (2)

8 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR). (2)

11 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (2)

12 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR). (2)

13 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN) and HMS Spaniel. (2)

14 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. H. Crighton, RNR). (2)

15 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with aircraft. (2)

17 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR). (2)

18 Oct 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (2)

19 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR). (2)

20 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (2)

21 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR). (2)

22 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (2)

24 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR). (2)

25 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (2)

28 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (2)

29 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (2)

31 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR) and HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR). (2)

1 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR) and HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR). (3)

2 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Carina (Lt. R.A.H. Lord, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

3 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

4 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Carina (Lt. R.A.H. Lord, RNR). (3)

5 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR). (3)

8 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (3)

9 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (3)

9 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (3)

10 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

11 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

14 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

15 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

16 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (3)

17 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

18 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR). (3)

19 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (3)

21 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (3)

22 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (3)

23 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (3)

26 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Carina (Lt. R.A.H. Lord, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

27 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (3)

28 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

29 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR). (3)

30 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (3)

1 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (4)

2 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J.B. Henderson, RNR). (4)

3 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (4)

5 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (4)

8 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR). (4)


Submarine HMS Sidon (P 259)


21 Nov 1944
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed her builders yard at Liverpool for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

22 Nov 1944
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (5)

17 Dec 1944
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. There she was to participate in A/S exercises. She made the passage together with HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (6)

18 Dec 1944
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (6)

31 Dec 1944
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to continue her training program. (6)

22 Jan 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) was docked at Holy Loch. (7)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) was undocked. (7)

4 Mar 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made (part of) the passage Northbound together with HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) and HMS Trusty (Lt. H.S. May, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (8)

6 Mar 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (9)

8 Mar 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. This was a work up patrol off the And Fjord, the South-West approaches to Tromso. Norway. (10)

23 Mar 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day together with HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN). (10)

25 Mar 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (9)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Holy Loch for passage to the Far East. She joined convoy OS 121 / KMS 95 for the passage to Gibraltar. (9)

14 Apr 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (9)

17 Apr 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. The date she arrived at Malta is unknown to us.

30 Apr 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Malta for Port Said. (9)

4 May 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Port Said. (9)

7 May 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Port Said and transited the Suez Canal. (9)

8 May 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Suez for Aden. (9)

13 May 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Aden. (9)

15 May 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Aden for Trincomalee. (9)

25 May 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (9)

1 Jun 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Trincomalee for Fremantle. The date she arrived at Fremantle is unknown to us.

It had been intended to sail Sidon direct from Trincomalee to Subic Bay, Philippines but Sidon needed repairs to her battery. The could not be undertaken at Ceylon due to congestion and there were no facilities at Subic Bay. Therefore she was sent to Fremantle first. (9)

7 Jul 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol off Singapore for Air/Sea rescue duties.

For the daily positions of HMS Sidon during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Sidon 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map (10)

11 Jul 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) arrived at Onslow for fuel and fresh provisions. She was delayed one day to effect repairs to her Starboard engine. (10)

12 Jul 1945
With repairs to her starboard engine completed, HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Onslow for her patrol area. (10)

14 Jul 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) is ordered to proceed direct to Subic Bay her air/sea rescue duties off Singapore being cancelled. (10)

16 Jul 1945
During the night of 16 and 17 July HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) passed Lombok Strait northbound. (10)

23 Jul 1945
At 0015 hours, in position 01°15'N, 108°35'E, HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) sighted a sampan. She was boarded. Japanese papers were found on board. The cargo of flour and peppers was jettisoned. The sampan was then ordered to proceed. (10)

24 Jul 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) was ordered to participate in the search for the crew of a ditched Liberator aircraft. (10)

28 Jul 1945
At 1938 hours (zone -9), in position 11.57'N, 112.48'E HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) picked up 2nd Lt. S. Reed, USAAF from a raft. (10)

3 Aug 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the South-West Pacific area) at Subic Bay.

The exact movements of HMS Sidon are unknown to us but she went to Hong Kong after the war ended. She returned to the U.K in late 1945 and was decommissioned into reserve on 27 December 1945. (10)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17820
  2. ADM 173/17821
  3. ADM 173/17822
  4. ADM 173/17823
  5. ADM 173/18750
  6. ADM 173/19917
  7. ADM 173/19655
  8. ADM 199/1444
  9. ADM 199/2570
  10. ADM 199/1875

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


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