Anthony Follett Pugsley DSO, RN
|Born||7 Dec 1901|
Retired: 2 Jun 1954
Warship Commands listed for Anthony Follett Pugsley, RN
|HMS Javelin (F 61)||Cdr.||Destroyer||8 May 1939||late 1940|
|HMS Fearless (H 67)||Cdr.||Destroyer||28 Dec 1940||23 Jul 1941|
|HMS Paladin (G 69)||Cdr.||Destroyer||25 Sep 1941||4 Jan 1943|
|HMS Jervis (F 00)||Capt.||Destroyer||7 Jan 1943||22 Jun 1943|
|HMS Trafalgar (R 77)||Capt.||Destroyer||9 Jul 1945||29 Nov 1946|
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Destroyer HMS Jervis (F 00)
13 Feb 1943
Convoy ME 17.
This convoy departed Malta on 14 February 1943 and arrived at Port Said on 18 February 1943.
The convoy was to have merged with convoy TX 1 coming from Tripoli but as this convoy was delayed both convoys proceeded independently.
The convoy was made up of the following ships; Egra (British, 5108 GRT, built 1911), Erinna (Dutch (tanker), 6233 GRT, built 1936) and Yorba Linda (Panamanian (tanker), 6900 GRT, built 1921).
On departure from Malta the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMS Jervis (Capt. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Belvoir (Lt. J.F.D. Bush, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Tetcott (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, RN) and Pindos.
On the 14th, HMS Jervis was detached to join convoy TX 1. HMS Beaufort (Lt.Cdr. S.O’G Roche, DSO, RN) sailed from Alexandria to join the escort of convoy ME 17.
On the 15th, HMS Beaufort made a short to fuel at Tobruk after which she departed to join convoy ME 17 at dawn the next morning.
On convoy was later split up and the Egra arrived at Alexandria on the 18th escorted by HMS Beaufort and HMS Tetcott.
The remainder of the convoy, the Erinna and Yorba Linda arrived at Port Said later on the 18th, escorted by HMS Belvoir and RHS Pindos. (1)
2 Jun 1943
The Italian torpedo boat Castore (652 tons) left Taranto at 2000hours on 31 May 1943 as escort of the Italian merchants Postumia (595 GRT) and Vragnizza (1592 GRT) heading for Messina. Around 0140 hours on 2 June 1943 while off Cape Spartivento this convoy was attacked with gunfire by the British destroyer HMS Jervis (Capt. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga (Lt.Cdr. G. Blessas, DSO, RHN). The two Allied destroyers opened fire at 2000 yds and in the resulting action the Castore was sunk (around 0315 hours) and the two merchants were damaged. According to the war diaries of the Seekriegsleitung both merchant vessels are reported to have arrived in Messina at 1630 hours on 3 June. Other sources give that Postumia went ashore and was later raised and repaired.
During the engagement Jervis and Vasilissa Olga were assisted by allied aircraft that illuminated the targets by firing flares.
- ADM 199/773
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