Stuart Latham Bateson, RN

Born  7 Jul 1898South Kensington, London, England, U.K.
Died  17 Apr 1980(81)Oakham, Rutland, Leicestershire, England, U.K.


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Ranks

15 Jan 1917 Mid.
15 May 1918 S.Lt.
15 Oct 1919 Lt.
15 Oct 1927 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1934 Cdr.
31 Dec 1939 Capt.
8 Jan 1949 R.Adm.

Retired: 23 Dec 1951


Decorations

10 Jun 1948 CBE
2 Jan 1950 CB

Warship Commands listed for Stuart Latham Bateson, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Latona (M 76)Capt.Minelayer15 Jan 194125 Oct 1941
HMS Ajax (22)Capt.Light cruiser27 Nov 194126 May 1942
HMS London (69)Capt.Heavy cruiser10 Dec 194415 Jan 1946

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Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMS Ajax (22)


22 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Shortly before 1700 hours, HMS Ajax (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN), departed Alexandria for Port Said. She was escorted until 2003 hours by the destroyers HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) and HrMs Isaac Sweers (Cdr. W. Harmsen, RNN). The destroyers then returned to Alexandria where they arrived later the same day. (1)

23 Jan 1942
Around 1100 hours HMS Ajax (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) arrived at Port Said. (1)


Heavy cruiser HMS London (69)


11 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.T.C. Walker, CB, RN) conducted D/G trials at Trincomalee. She then departed for a day of exercises which included a throw off shoot during which HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Barstow, RN) acted as target. (2)

15 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Vice-Admiral H.T.C. Walker, CB, RN, struck his flag in HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN). (2)

17 Dec 1944
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) departed Trincomalee to make rendezvous with the US troop transport USS General John Pope (17832 GRT, built 1943) and then escort her to Australia. (2)

19 Dec 1944
Around 1700FG(-6.5)/19, HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) made rendezvous with the US troop transport USS General John Pope (17832 GRT, built 1943) and her two escorting destroyers HMS Undaunted (Lt.Cdr. C.E.R. Sharp, RN) and HMS Ursa (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, DSC, RN).

HMS Undaunted and HMS Ursa parted company around 0200FG/20. (2)

24 Dec 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600G/24, HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) parted company with the US troop transport USS General John Pope (17832 GRT, built 1943) and set course for Fremantle. (2)

26 Dec 1944
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) arrived at Fremantle from escort duty. (2)

9 Jan 1945

Convoy HB 1.

This convoy departed Hobart, Tasmania on 9 January 1945 and was dispersed at sea on 21 January 1945.

The convoy was made up of the British troop transport Empress of Scotland (Former Empress of Japan, 26032 GRT, built 1930) and the US troopships USS General William Mitchell (17811 GRT, built 1944) and USS General George M. Randall (17811 GRT, built 1944). [The Empress of Scotland had departed Wellington on 5 January 1945 and arrived at Hobart on 8 January 1945, this movement was known as 'convoy' US 25.]

On departure from Hobart the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMNZS Achilles (Capt. F.J. Butler, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. W.H. Harrington, DSO, RAN) and HMAS Quickmatch (Cdr. O.H. Becher, DSC and Bar, RAN).

Around 1105H/14, HMAS Quiberon and HMAS Quickmatch parted company with the convoy.

Around 1140H/14, HMNZS Achilles was relieved by the heavy cruiser HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN).

Around 1400F/20, HMS London was relieved as escort by the destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Barstow, RN) and HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN).

At 0530F/21, the Empress of Scotland parted company with the US troopships and then proceeded to Aden escorted by HMS Roebuck. They arrived at Aden on 25 January 1945.

The US troopships, and their escort of HMS Rotherham and HMS Relentless arrived at Bombay on 23 January. (3)

13 Jan 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) departed Fremantle for convoy escort duty.

See the event ' Convoy US-SU ' for 9 January 1945 for more information on this convoy. (4)

22 Jan 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) arrived at Trincomalee after convoy escort duty. (4)

25 Jan 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (4)

26 Jan 1945
Ships belonging to the Fleet Train of the British Pacific Fleet departed Trincomalee for Fremantle. These were the destroyer deport ship Tyne (Capt. S. Boucher, RN), repairs ships HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN), Artifex (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) and the target ship HMS Lewes (T/Lt. M.H. Grylls, SANF(V)). The tanker Battle Rock (American, 10448 GRT, built 1944) was also in company with these ships.

Escort was provided by the heavy cruiser London and the minesweepers HMAS Cairns (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)), HMAS Cessnock (Lt. A.G. Chapman, RANR(S)), HMAS Gawler (Lt.Cdr. J.H.P. Dixon, RANR(S)), HMAS Geraldton (Cdr. J.K. Walton, RAN), HMAS Ipswich (T/Lt. R.H. Creasey, RANR(S)), HMAS Tamworth (T/Lt. D.B. Lloyd-Jones, RANR(S)) and HMAS Wollongong (T/Lt. J. Hare, RANR(S)).

They arrived at Fremantle on 9 February 1945. (5)

3 Apr 1945
During 3/4 April 1945, HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included, torpedo firing, night bombardment and an underway refuelling exercises with the RFA tanker Echodale (8150 GRT, built 1941). (6)

8 Apr 1945

Operation Sunfish.

Photographic reconnaissance of the west coast of Sumatra and air attacks on northern Sumatra.

On 8 April 1945, ' Force 63 ' made up of the battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Vice Admiral H.C.T. Walker, CB, RN), Richelieu (Capt. G.M.J. Merveilleux du Vignaux), escort carriers HMS Emperor (A/Capt. C. Madden, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.R. Patterson, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Khedive (A/Capt. D.H. Magnay, RN), heavy cruisers HMS Cumberland (Capt. P.K. Enright, RN), HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) and the destroyers HMS Saumarez (Capt. M.L. Power, CBE, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Venus (Cdr. H.G.D. De Chair, DSC with Bar, RN), HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. D.H.R. Bromley, DSC, RN), HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, DSC, RN) and HMS Virago (Lt.Cdr. A.J.R. White, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee.

The original intention was to carry out the planned photographic reconnaissance, beginning on 12th April from a flying off position west of Padang. Anti-shipping strikes would follow later.

This programme unfortunately had to be re-cast when HMS Emperor's catapult broke down, necessitating the postponement of the photographic reconnaissance for two days.

Accordingly, on 11 April 1945, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Richelieu and HMS London bombarded Sabang, while HMS Saumarez HMS Verulam and HMS Vigilant bombarded Ulee Lhoe. No shipping was present at Sabang, but the destroyers damaged a small coaster, which was already beached.

' Force 63 ' was subsequently attacked by a force of ten enemy aircraft, two of which were shot down by the Combat Air Patrol.

On 12 April 1945, ships from ' Force 63 ' refuelled from ' Force 70 ' (RFA tanker Easedale (8032 GRT, built 1942) escorted by the frigate HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR)) and HMS London was detached to proceed to Simonstown, South Africa where it had been arranged for her to refit. She was first to return to Trincomalee though.

' Force 63 ' then proceeded to operate off the west coast of Sumatra, and photographic reconnaissance was carried out as planned on 14th and 15th April with almost complete success. One of our aircraft was lost. One enemy aircraft was shot down by the Combat Air Patrol.

An air strike was made on Emmahaven on 16 April, hits being scored on a 4000 ton merchant ship and workshops in the harbour. Our fighters shot down one more enemy aircraft and three were claimed to have been damaged on the ground. Destroyers HMS Venus and HMS Virago, meanwhile made a sweep between the outlying islands and the mainland, from Ayerbangis Bay to Natal Road. A total of six junks were sunk.

' Force 63 ' arrived back in Ceylon, either at Trincomalee or Colombo on 20 April 1945. (5)

13 Apr 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) returned to Trincomalee from operations. She departed for Simonstown, South Africa later the same day. (6)

25 Apr 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) arrived at Simonstown from Trincomalee. (6)

29 Apr 1945
Having completed de-ammunitioning, HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN), is taken in hand for refit at the Simonstown Dockyard. (6)

31 May 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) is docked at the Simonstown Dockyard. (7)

2 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) is undocked. (8)

11 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
With her refit completed HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) conducted trials in False Bay. (8)

12 Jul 1945
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) conducted gunnery exercises in False Bay. She departed for Trincomalee later the same day. (8)

25 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) arrived at Trincomalee from Simonstown. (8)

26 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 26/27 July 1945, HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee, these included night exercises.

On the 26th, a range and inclination exercise was carried out during which HMS Wizard (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Hodgkinson, DSC and Bar, RN) served as target. (8)

2 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 2/3 August, HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) and HMS Phoebe (Capt. S.M. Raw, CBE, RN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. (9)

3 Aug 1945
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) departed Trincomalee for Mandapam. (10)

4 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) arrived at Mandapam from Trincomalee. (10)

6 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) proceeded from Mandapam to Trincomalee. (10)

12 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) proceeded from Trincomalee to Mandapam. (10)

13 Aug 1945
HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) proceeded from Mandapam to Trincomalee.

[Following the Japanese surrender, HMS London remained on station until January 1946 when she returned to the UK.]

[In the morning of 31 August 1945, At Sabang, the surrender of Sumatra was accepted on board HMS London by Commodore A.L. Poland, CB, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN, from the Japanese Vice-Admiral Sueto Hirose.] (10)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/115260
  2. ADM 53/119809
  3. ADM 53/120780 + ADM 53/121692 + ADM 199/1457 + logbook of USS General William Mitchell
  4. ADM 53/121692
  5. ADM 199/1457
  6. ADM 53/121695
  7. ADM 53/121696
  8. ADM 53/121698
  9. ADM 53/121699 + ADM 53/121985
  10. ADM 53/121699

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


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