William Richmond Fell DSC, OBE, RN

Born  31 Jan 1897


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Ranks

1 Apr 1916 Mid.
30 Sep 1917 S.Lt.
30 Jun 1919 Lt.
30 Jun 1927 Lt.Cdr.
 A/Cdr.
31 Jan 1942 Cdr. (retired)
??? A/Capt. (retired)

Retired: 31 Jan 1942


Decorations

1937 OBE
26 Sep 1940 DSC
3 Apr 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
11 Jun 1946 CBE
13 Jun 1957 CMG

Warship Commands listed for William Richmond Fell, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 31 (N 31)Lt.Cdr.Submarine2 Aug 193920 Sep 1939
HMS CometLt.Cdr.MS Trawler24 Sep 1939
HMS H 43 (N 43)Lt.Cdr.Submarine1 Jan 1940Feb 40 ?
HMS Prince Charles (4.120)A/Cdr.Landing Ship Infantry8 Jan 194116 Apr 1942
HMS Montclare (F 85)Cdr. (retired)Armed Merchant Cruiser17 Apr 1942ca Jun 42
HMS Titania (F 32)Cdr. (retired)Submarine Depot Shipearly 194318 Jan 1944
HMS Bonaventure (F 139)Cdr. (retired)Submarine Depot Ship18 Jan 1944Nov 1946

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS H 31 (N 31)


2 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) briefly conducted independent exercises of Portland. (1)

4 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN). (1)

5 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Achates (Cdr. R.J. Gardner, RN). (1)

8 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During the night of 8/9 September 1939, HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN), conducted a night patrol off Portland. This was her 1st war patrol. (1)

11 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN). (1)

12 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During the night of 12/13 September 1939, HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN), conducted a night patrol off Portland. This was her 2nd war patrol. (1)

16 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During the night of 16/17 September 1939, HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN), conducted a night patrol off Portland. This was her 3rd war patrol. (1)

18 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. J.G.W. Deneys, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (1)


Submarine HMS H 43 (N 43)


2 Jan 1940
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN) participated in A/S exercises with trawlers off Plymouth. (2)

3 Jan 1940
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN) participated in A/S exercises with trawlers off Plymouth. (2)

4 Jan 1940
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN) participated in A/S exercises with trawlers off Plymouth. (2)

6 Jan 1940
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN) participated in A/S exercises with trawlers off Plymouth. (2)

12 Jan 1940
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN) departed Plymouth for her 2nd war patrol. She is to patrol off the west coast of Ireland with special service trawler HMS Tamura (later to be named HMS Comet).

For the daily positions of HMS H 43 during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

25 Jan 1940
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN) ended her 2d war patrol at Plymouth.

[For the period February - April 1940 there are no logs available for HMS H 43, therefore no details of her opertions can be given. She was at Plymouth the entire time besides for her 3rd war patrol.] (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15687
  2. ADM 173/16310
  3. ADM 199/1829

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


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