Harold Godfrey Bowerman DSC, RN

Born  10 Jun 1904

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30 Apr 1925 S.Lt.
30 Jan 1927 Lt.
30 Jan 1935 Lt.Cdr.
10 Jun 1949 Cdr. (retired)

Retired: 10 Jun 1949


11 Jul 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
27 Jan 1942 DSC
13 Jul 1943 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Harold Godfrey Bowerman, RN

HMS Oxley (55 P)Lt.Cdr.Submarine2 Aug 193910 Sep 1939
HMS Walpole (D 41)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer22 Nov 1939late 1940
HMS Douglas (D 90)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer20 Nov 1940Feb 1941
HMS Leamington (G 19)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerFeb 194114 Apr 1942
HMS Westminster (L 40)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer10 Aug 194217 Jan 1945

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Submarine HMS Oxley (55 P)

25 Aug 1939
HMS Oxley (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dundee. (1)

28 Aug 1939
HMS Oxley (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) arrived at Dundee. (1)

4 Sep 1939
HMS Oxley (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) departed Dundee for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South-West coast of Norway near Stavanger. (1)

Destroyer HMS Walpole (D 41)

8 Mar 1940
HMS Walpole (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) picks up 78 survivors from the British merchant Counsellor that was sunk 6 nautical miles bearing 280 from Liverpool Bar Lightship in position 53°38'N, 03°23'W after hitting a mine laid on 6 January 1940 by German U-boat U-30

13 May 1940
HMS Walpole (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) evacuated from IJmuiden, Holland leading members of the Netherlands bank and industrial diamonds. (2)

27 Jul 1940
HMS Walpole (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) was damaged by bombs from German aircraft while escorting a convoy off Dover.

28 Oct 1940
HMS Walpole (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) detonates a magnetic mine. She is damaged and towed to Sheerness by HMS Windsor (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Huddart, RN). Repairs at Green R & H Green and Silley Weir Ltd., London last to April 1941.

Destroyer HMS Leamington (G 19)

27 May 1941 (position 52.25, -19.22)
HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) collides with the Norwegian merchant Thyra (1655 GRT, offsite link) in the North Atlantic in position 52°25'N, 19°22'W. The Thyra sank and the 20 survivors (out of a crew of 24) were rescued by the Leamington, this ship having received only minor damages.

11 Sep 1941 (position 63.59, -34.48)
German U-boat U-207 was sunk in the Denmark Strait south-east of Angmassalik, Greenland, in position 63°59'N, 34°48'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) and HMS Veteran (Cdr. W.E.J. Eames, RN).


  1. ADM 199/373
  2. Personal communication

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