Charles Livingston Robertson, RN

Born  2 Sep 1900


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Ranks

15 Jul 1916 Mid.
15 May 1918 A/S.Lt.
15 Jan 1919 S.Lt.
15 Jun 1920 Lt.
15 Jun 1928 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1933 Cdr.
30 Jun 1940 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jul 1949


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Charles Livingston Robertson, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Royal Sovereign (05)Cdr.Battleship19 Oct 193927 Nov 1939
HMS Capetown (D 88)Capt.Light cruiser28 Dec 194227 Aug 1943
HMS Kenya (14)Capt.Light cruiser4 Sep 194325 Jun 1945

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Events related to this officer

Battleship HMS Royal Sovereign (05)


9 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Royal Sovereign (Cdr. C.L. Robertson, RN) is undocked. She continued her refit at the Devonport Dockyard. (1)


Light cruiser HMS Kenya (14)


4 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Durning 3 / 4 September 1943, HMS Kenya (Cdr. T.E. Podger, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.G. Tennant, CB, MVO, RN), HMS Hawkins (Capt. J.W. Josselyn, DSC, RN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Rapid (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises off Kilindini. These included night exercises. (2)

9 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 9 / 10 September 1943, HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.G. Tennant, CB, MVO, RN), HMS Hawkins (Capt. J.W. Josselyn, DSC, RN) and HMS Ceres (A/Capt. R.C. Harry, RN) conducted exercises off Kilindini. These included night exercises. (3)

15 Sep 1943
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.G. Tennant, CB, MVO, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Kilindini. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Manza Bay, Tanzania. (4)

18 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.G. Tennant, CB, MVO, RN) proceeded from Manza Bay to Kilindini. En-route she serves as target for HMS Quadrant (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Farrington, RN) which made a practice torpedo attack. (4)

30 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R. Shelley, CBE, RN) and HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) conducted exercises off Kilindini. (5)

1 Oct 1943
In the morning HMS Suffolk (Capt. R. Shelley, CBE, RN) and HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) conducted an RIX (range and inclination) exercise off Kilindini.

In the afternoon, HMS Kenya conducted exercises with the submarine HMS Osiris (T/Lt. M.H. Atkinson, RNR). These were followed by gunnery exercxises.

HMS Suffolk conducted exercises with aircraft in the afternoon as well as gunnery exercises. (6)

3 Oct 1943
HMS Suffolk (Capt. R. Shelley, CBE, RN) and HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) conducted exercises off Kilindini. On completion of the exercises, HMS Suffolk set course for Durban while HMS Kenya anchored off the harbour to await the departure of convoy KR 7 which she was to escort to Colombo. (6)

3 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy KR 7

This convoy departed Kilindini on 3 October 1943 and arrived at Colombo on 12 October 1943.

The convoy was made up of the following (troop)transports; Ascania (British, GRT, built ), Circassia (British, 11136 GRT, built 1937) and Winchester Castle (British, 20012 GRT, built 1930).

On departure from Kilindini the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) and the destroyers HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN).

At 0605E/7, HMS Quality and HMAS Quiberon parted company with the convoy to return to Kilindini where they arrived on the 9th.

Around 1200F/10, the minesweeper HMIS Rajputana (Lt W.G. Coltham, RIN) joined the convoy escort.

Around 1730F/10, the destroyer HMS Scout (Lt. R.G. Woodward, RN) joined the convoy escort.

The convoy arrived at Colombo in the afternoon of October 12th. (7)

28 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (7)

29 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (7)

3 Nov 1943
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (8)

4 Nov 1943
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo. (8)

5 Nov 1943
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) arrived at Colombo. (8)

9 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) departed Colombo for Bombay. (8)

11 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) arrived at Bombay. (8)

12 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) conducted a shore bombardment exercise off Bombay. (8)

15 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) conducted a shore bombardment exercise off Bombay. (8)

16 Nov 1943
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) departed Bombay for Kilindini. (8)

22 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) arrived at Kilindini. (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/110314
  2. ADM 53/117625 + ADM 53/117709
  3. ADM 53/117181 + ADM 53/117625 + ADM 53/117709
  4. ADM 53/117709
  5. ADM 53/117709 + ADM 53/118586
  6. ADM 53/117710 + ADM 53/118587
  7. ADM 53/117710
  8. ADM 53/117711

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


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