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London Gazzette 1948tn 

1237

 

SUPPLEMENT

TO

The London Gazzette

OF FRIDAY, the 20th of FEBRUARY, 1948

 


 

Registered as a newspaper

 

Thursday, 26 FEBRUARY, 1948

 

LOSS  OF H.M.  SHIPS PRINCE  OF WALES AND REPULSE

 

The following Despatch was submitted to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty on the 17th December, 1941, by Vice-Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton, K.C.B., D.S.O., Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet.

                Office of the British Naval

                Commander-in-Chief,

                Eastern Fleet,

                17th December, 1941.

Be pleased to lay before the Board the accompanying reports on the operations resulting in the loss of H.M. Ships PRINCE OF WALES and REPULSE on 10th December, 1941.

2.  These reports comprise a narrative of the operations drawn up by my direction and the original reports from the Commanding and surviving Officers of H.M. Ships concerned.*

3.  The press of time and circumstances have prevented   a  more   thorough   analysis   of  the operations being made so far and I consider it preferable to despatch forthwith the available evidence, as many of the officers concerned are now returning to the United Kingdom.

4.   In  the circumstances,   I  feel unable,   as I would wish to have done,  to bring to the special notice of Their Lordships cases of individual good service, of which there were many. I will submit my further observations at a later stage, but in the meantime I would ask Their Lordships   to   obtain   from   Captain   W.    G. Tennant,   R.N.,   and   Lieutenant-Commander A. G. Skipwith, R.N., their recommendations for the recognition of those who were specially deserving.

5. All accounts agree that in coolness, determination, and cheerfulness in adverse circumstances, the ships' companies of these two ships lived up to the best traditions of His Majesty's Service.

                (Signed) G. Layton,**

                Vice-Admiral,

                Commander-in-Chief.

 

NARRATIVE OF OPERATIONS OF FORCE Z. Narrative of Operations of Force Z.

REPORTS BY CAPTAIN W. G. TENNANT, C.B., M.V.O., R.N. Reports by Captain W.G.Tennant C.B., M.V.O., R.N.

REPORT BY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER A. G. SKIPWITH, R.N. Report by Lieutenant Commander A.G.Skipwith, R.N.

Appendices Appendices

 

Admiralty footnote :

* Only the reports by the Captain of H M S-REPULSE and senior surviving officer of H M S. PRINCE OF WALES, named in paragraph 4, are here reproduced

** Vice-Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton, K C B , D S O , relinquished command of the China Station to Admiral Sir Tom S V Phillips, K C B , at 0800GH on the 8th December, 1941, it having been decided by the Admiralty to merge the command of the China Station with the Eastern Fleet Admiral Layton assumed command of the Eastern Fleet at about 1500GH on the 10th December, 1941 He had therefore no responsibility for the operations ol Force Z nor for any other operations during this period.

 


 

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