John Wentworth Farquhar DSO, RN

Born  23 Apr 1897


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31 Jul 1914 Mid.
15 Jul 1916 A/S.Lt.
15 Jan 1917 S.Lt.
15 Feb 1918 Lt.
15 Feb 1926 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1932 Cdr.
31 Dec 1939 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jan 1949


Decorations

14 Nov 1944 DSO

Warship Commands listed for John Wentworth Farquhar, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Diomede (D 92)Capt.Light cruiser31 Jan 194026 Feb 1940
HMS Despatch (D 30)Capt.Light cruiser26 Feb 194021 Jun 1940
HMS Diomede (D 92)Capt.Light cruiser20 Jun 194020 Oct 1940
HMS Diomede (D 92)Capt.Light cruiser13 Nov 194016 Jun 1941

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Light cruiser HMS Diomede (D 92)


6 Feb 1940
At 1416Z/6, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), departed Plymouth for Bermuda where she was to join the America and West Indies Station.

At sea she joined HMS Dunedin (Capt. C.E. Lambe, CVO, RN) which had departed Portsmouth on the 5th and which was also to proceed to Bermuda to join the America and West Indies Station.

The cruisers then proceeded in company. (1)

17 Feb 1940
Around 0830Q/17, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) and HMS Dunedin (Capt. C.E. Lambe, CVO, RN), both arrived at Bermuda.

Both ships needed some repairs to weather damage they had sustained during the passage from the UK. (2)

22 Feb 1940
At 0745Q/22, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), departed Bermuda for Kingston, Jamaica. (1)

25 Feb 1940
Around 1200R/25, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), arrived at Kingston, Jamaica. (1)


Light cruiser HMS Despatch (D 30)


1 Mar 1940
HMS Despatch (Capt. A. Poland, RN) intercepts the German merchant Troja (2390 GRT) off Aruba, Dutch West Indies. However before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her own crew.


Light cruiser HMS Diomede (D 92)


27 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) conducted exercises off Bermuda upon completion of which she set course to proceed to Kingston, Jamaica via the Florida Strait and the Yucatan Channel. (3)

3 Jul 1940
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Kingston, Jamaica from patrol.

After fuelling she departed for Bonaire, Netherlands West Indies escorting the merchant vessel Jamaica Producer (British, 5464 GRT, built 1934) there to pick up German pow's (for merchant ship crews).

Soon after departure she was ordered to proceed to Martinique instead.

The escort the pow's the sloop HMS Dundee (Capt.(Retd.) O.M.F. Stokes, RN) was ordered to proceed from Trinidad to Bonaire and take the place of the light cruiser. (4)

6 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Castries, St. Lucia. (5)

7 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Castries, St. Lucia to patrol off Martinique. (5)

11 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) returned to Castries, St. Lucia. (5)

14 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Castries, St. Lucia for Kingston, Jamaica. (4)

17 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Kingston, Jamaica. (4)

18 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Kingston, Jamaica for Saint-Barthélemy where she was to pick up survivors from several merchant vessels sunk by the German raider Widder and transport them to Anguilla. She was then to patrol off the Sombrero Passage. (4)

20 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) picked up the survivors at Saint-Barthélemy and shortly afterwards landed them at Anguilla. She then proceeded on patrol off the Sombrero Passage and the passage northern approaches. (5)

23 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Tortola, Virgin Islands. (5)

27 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Tortola, Virgin Islands to resume her patrol. (5)

4 Aug 1940
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) returned to Tortola, Virgin Islands to fuel from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) and then departed for Trinidad. (5)

6 Aug 1940
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Port of Spain, Trinidad where a degaussing cable was to be installed. (5)

11 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Port of Spain, Trinidad to patrol off Barbados. (6)

14 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) returned to Port of Spain, Trinidad from patrol. (6)

20 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Port of Spain, Trinidad to patrol along the shipping route towards the U.K. through approximate positions 20°00'N, 54°00'W, 25°00'N, 57°00'W and 20°00'N, 62°00'W and then proceed to St. Lucia. (7)

25 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at St. Lucia from patrol. (6)

27 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed St. Lucia to patrol along the U.K. - Trinidad shipping route and then return to St. Lucia. (7)

31 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) returned to St. Lucia from patrol. (6)

2 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed St. Lucia for Bermuda.

She was to show herself of Guadeloupe, then to proceed through the Sombrero Passage and then patrol along the Mona Passage - U.K. shipping route while en-route to Bermuda where she was to refit. (8)

6 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Bermuda from patrol. (9)

10 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) is docked at Bermuda. (9)

16 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) is undocked. (9)

13 Nov 1940
HMS Diomede (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN) arrived at Port of Spain, Trinidad from patrol.

Capt. Farquhar then rejoined the ship having been sick at the time HMS Diomede had sailed from Bermuda and therefore she had sailed on patrol with the 1st Officer in command of the ship. (10)

14 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Port of Spain, Trinidad to rendezvous with the troopship Queen Elizabeth (British, 83673 GRT, built 1939) which is to call at Trinidad while en-route to Capetown.

HMS Diomede and the Queen Elizabeth arrived at Trinidad on the 16th.

They departed later the same day. HMS Diomede returned to Trinidad on the 17th. (11)

23 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Curacao, Netherlands West Indies. (10)

23 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Port of Spain, Trinidad for Curacao, Netherlands West Indies. (11)

24 Nov 1940
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Curacao, Netherlands West Indies to proceed to position 24°44'N, 58°21'W, where the merchant vessel Port Hobart (British, 7448 GRT, built 1925) had reported being attacked by an enemy warship. [This was in fact the pocked battleship / heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer.] (11)

26 Nov 1940
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) found two empty lifeboats from the merchant vessel Port Hobart (British, 7448 GRT, built 1925). It seemed like the uccupants had been rescued by the enemy raidar. HMS Diomede then commenced to patrol to the eastwards. (11)

29 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) is ordered to proceed to Trinidad with despatch and refuel there. (12)

1 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Trinidad.

She departed for Kingston, Jamaica later the same day. Two German merchant vessels had escaped from Tampico, Mexico and British warships were positioned to try to intercept them. (13)

3 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Kingston, Jamaica. (14)

4 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Kingston, Jamaica to patrol in the Yucatan Channel. (14)

8 Dec 1940
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) intercepts the German passenger / cargo ship Idarwald (5033 GRT, built 1923) off Cape Corrientes, Cuba. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is set on fire by her crew and finally sank on December 9th.

At 1320R/8, HMS Diomede sighted an US 4-stack destroyer (USS Sturtevant) escorting a merchant vessel. Course was set to intercept and speed increased to 25 knots.

At 1409R/8, a round was fired across the merchant ship bows which by now had been identified as the Idarwald. The German ship was already on fire and was being abandoned. After picking up her crew HMS Diomede went alongside. Although the fire in the engine room was soon under control, other fires were not. Also the ship was still flooding despite the use of a submersible pump. At dark HMS Diomede cast off and stood by.

At dawn on the 9th preparations were made to take the ship in tow but the ship was settling too quickly and she finally sank at 1252R/9.

HMS Diomede then set course for Kingston, Jamaica where she was to fuel and land the survivors, 45 in total, 5 of which were injured. (12)

10 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Kingston, Jamaica. She departed again for patrol later the same day. (14)

11 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) returned to Kingston, Jamaica. (14)

19 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) conducted gunnery and torpedo firing exercises off Jamaica. (14)

20 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Kingston, Jamaica for Port of Spain, Trinidad. (14)

23 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Port of Spain, Trinidad. (14)

23 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Port of Spain, Trinidad to patrol along the U.K. - Trinidad shipping route. (13)

1 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the Bishopdale (8406 GRT, built 1937) after which she continued to patrol the U.K. - Trinidad shipping lanes. (13)

7 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Bermuda from patrol. (15)

13 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Bermuda to patrol the shipping lanes between Bermuda and the Carribean. (16)

18 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) returned to Bermuda from patrol. (16)

23 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Bermuda for Kingston, Jamaica. (16)

26 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Kingston, Jamaica. (16)

27 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Kingston, Jamaica for a patrol along the west coast of South America. (16)

29 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) transited the Panama Canal westbound. (15)

2 Feb 1941
During the night of 2/3 February, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) in San Nicolas Bay, Peru. (17)

10 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During the night of 10/11 February, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) in Arauco Bay, Chile. (18)

14 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Valparaíso, Chile. (17)

15 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Valparaíso, Chile to continue her patrol along the south coast of South America. (17)

21 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around noon, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) off San Nicolas Bay, Peru. (17)

26 Feb 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Callao / Lima, Peru. (17)

27 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Callao to continue her patrol along the west coast of South America. (17)

1 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around noon, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) off Manta, Ecuador.

Diomede's relief on the west coast of South America, the canadian armed merchant cruiser HMCS Prince Henry (A/Capt. R.I. Agnew, OBE, RCN) is also present. (19)

4 Mar 1941
In the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) off Cocos Island, Costa Rica.

HMS Diomede then proceeded to patrol off the Galapagos Islands. (19)

6 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Early on the day, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), is ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica. (20)

14 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around noon, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) and HMCS Prince Henry (A/Capt. R.I. Agnew, OBE, RCN) both fuelled from the RFA tanker Bishopdale (8406 GRT, built 1937) to the south of the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica. (20)

18 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) passed the Panama Canal eastbound. She had been instructed to be in the Gulf of Panama by 16 March 1941 and was subsequently ordered to proceed to Jamaica on the 17th. (19)

20 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Kingston, Jamaica. (19)

21 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Kingston, Jamaica for Bermuda. (19)

24 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Bermuda. (20)

27 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) is docked in the floating dock (AFD 1) at Bermuda. (19)

2 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) is undocked. (21)

4 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
With her short refit completed, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), departed Bermuda to patrol in the North Atlantic within 100 miles from position 43°00'N, 44°00'W. (22)

12 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) returned to Bermuda from patrol. (22)

17 Apr 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Bermuda to patrol in the North Atlantic between positions 40°40'N, 50°00'W and 36°00'N, 45°30'W. (22)

25 Apr 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) returned to Bermuda from patrol.

She departed again later the same day to intercept the Spanish merchant vessel Marques de Comillas (9922 GRT, built 1928), which was reported to have the Italian Naval Attaché (Admiral Lais) in the USA onboard for passage to Europe. (22)

28 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) intercepted the Spanish merchant vessel Marques de Comillas (9922 GRT, built 1928) some 300 nautical miles east of the Nantucket lightship.

The Spanish ship was boarded at 1215P/28 in position 40°35'N, 58°03'W. At 1455P/28 the Spanish ship set course for Bermuda. An armed guard had been placed on board. (22)

30 Apr 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) and the Spanish merchant vessel Marques de Comillas (9922 GRT, built 1928) arrived at Bermuda. The Spanish ship, crew and passengers were subjected to the thorough examination. She was released on May 4th and left for Lisbon, Portugal. (22)

5 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Bermuda to patrol in the Mid Atlantic. She is ordered to patrol in an area centered around position 23°00'N, 38°00'W for five days and then to proceed northwards to position 38°00'N, 38°00'W and then to return to Bermuda via her first patrol area. The tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) was sent with her to refuel her whenever needed. The object of the patrol was to search for enemy supply vessels. (23)

10 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Late in the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) in approximate position 22°38'N, 40°12'W. (24)

15 May 1941
Late in the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) in approximate position 27°53'N, 35°55'W. (24)

16 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) is ordered to proceed through position 36°00'N, 46°00'W on May 20th. (25)

20 May 1941
In the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) in approximate position 34°26'N, 44°16'W. (24)

21 May 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) intercepted the Vichy-French tanker Shéhérazade (13467 GRT, built 1935) about 800 nautical miles east-south-east of Bermuda in position 29°37'N, 49°16'W.

The Canadian armed merchant cruiser HMCS Prince David (Cdr. K.F. Adams, RCN) which had also been ordered to search for the tanker arrived at the spot about two hours later. (24)

24 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) and the Vichy-French tanker Shéhérazade (13467 GRT, built 1935) arrived at Bermuda. (24)

30 May 1941
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Bermuda. She is to make rendezvous with the RFA tanker Bishopdale (8406 GRT, built 1937) on 1 June 1941 in position 27°00'N, 52°00'W at 1200Z/1 and then patrol along latitude 25°N to the west of 45°W. (23)

2 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Late in the morning, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the RFA tanker Bishopdale (8406 GRT, built 1937) in approximate position 27°40'N, 47°21'W. (26)

5 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) is ordered to return to Bermuda. (25)

7 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) arrived at Bermuda from patrol. (27)

8 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) departed Bermuda for patrol. She is ordered to patrol near position 34°00'N, 45°00'W. (27)

11 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) is ordered to proceed to position 32°00'N, 43°00'W to search for an enemy supply vessel. (25)

15 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) returned to Bermuda from patrol. (27)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/112020
  2. ADM 53/112020 + ADM 199/367
  3. ADM 53/112024 + ADM 199/367
  4. ADM 53/112025 + ADM 199/367
  5. ADM 53/112025
  6. ADM 53/112026
  7. ADM 53/112026 + ADM 199/367
  8. ADM 53/112027 + ADM 199/367
  9. ADM 53/112027
  10. ADM 53/112028
  11. ADM 53/112028 + ADM 199/367
  12. ADM 199/367
  13. ADM 53/112029 + 199/367
  14. ADM 53/112029
  15. ADM 53/114117
  16. ADM 53/114117 + ADM 199/402
  17. ADM 53/114118
  18. ADM 53/112023
  19. ADM 53/114119
  20. ADM 53/114119 + ADM 199/402
  21. ADM 53/114120
  22. ADM 53/114120 + ADM 199/402
  23. ADM 53/114121 + ADM 199/402
  24. ADM 53/114121
  25. ADM 199/402
  26. ADM 53/114122
  27. ADM 53/114122 + ADM 199/402

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