William Geoffrey Arthur Robson DSO, DSC, RN

Born  10 Mar 1902
Died  25 Dec 1989(87)


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Ranks

15 Sep 1921 A/S.Lt.
15 May 1922 S.Lt.
15 Mar 1924 Lt.
15 Feb 1932 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1935 Cdr.
31 Dec 1941 Capt.
8 Jan 1951 Rear-Admiral
26 Aug 1954 Vice-Admiral

Retired: 7 Jul 1958


Decorations

22 Nov 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
11 Feb 1941 DSO
11 Nov 1941 DSC
8 Jan 1942 Bar to DSO
9 May 1944 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
23 May 1944 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1953 CB
31 May 1956 KBE

Warship Commands listed for William Geoffrey Arthur Robson, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Kandahar (F 28)Cdr.Destroyer31 Aug 193920 Dec 1941
HMS Hardy (ii) (R 08)Capt.Destroyer10 Dec 194330 Jan 1944
HMS Superb (25)Capt.Light cruiserJun 1945Apr 1947

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Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Kandahar (F 28)


11 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed the Clyde for Portland (via Plymouth) to commence her work-up period there. (1)

12 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (1)

14 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) commenced her work-up period at Portland.

[As no logbooks are available for HMS Kandahar few details can be given.]

27 Oct 1939
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Plymouth from Portland after having completed her working up programme there.

At Plymouth she was taken in hand to repair some defects. (1)

2 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Plymouth for Scapa Flow. (2)

3 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she joined the Home Fleet. (2)

4 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN), HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Scapa Flow to join the force of Admiral Forbes (made up of the battleships HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.M. Forbes, KCB, DSO, RN), HMS Rodney (Capt. E.N. Syfret, RN), battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. I.G. Glennie, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.J. Whitworth, CB, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Lambert, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, RN), HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN), HMS Ivanhoe (Cdr. B. Jones, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, RN)) at sea which they did the following day.

6 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Scapa Flow. (2)

18 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Scapa Flow. (2)

20 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Scapa Flow to patrol off the Orkney's. She returned to Scapa Flow on 22 November. (2)

27 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Scapa Flow. (3)

28 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Scapa Flow to search for a reported submarine west of the Orkney's in position 59°04’N, 03°30’W. The suspected submarine had been reported by aircraft at 1157/28.

Nothing was found and Kandahar then proceeded to join the Home Fleet at sea.

1 Dec 1939
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Scapa Flow. She departed Scapa again later the same day for escort duty with the west coast section of convoy HN 3.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy HN 3 ' for 30 November 1939.]

HMS Kandahar returned to Scapa Flow on 3 December. (4)

6 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
After a period of repairs, HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), departed the Clyde for Scapa Flow. (4)

7 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), arived at Scapa Flow from the Clyde. (4)

17 Jan 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Rosyth from operations, she was then taken in hand for repairs. (4)

19 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from operations with the Northern Patrol. (4)

29 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Greenock. She returned the following day. [No further details known for the moment.] (5)

9 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Hull where she was to be taken in hand for structural repairs and refit. (4)

10 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Hull. (4)

5 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Having completed her repairs and refit, HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Hull for Rosyth. (4)

6 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (4)

7 May 1940
At 2200 hours, the troopship Chobry (Polish, 11442 GRT, built 1939") departed Leith for the Narvik area. She is being escorted by the destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and HMS Hostile (Cdr. J.P. Wright, RN).

On the 8th these destroyers were relieved by the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. J. Bostock, RN) which had departed Scapa Flow at 1230/8.

HMS Kandahar and HMS Hostile then returned to Rosyth at high speed but before they entered harbour they were ordered to join HMS Birmingham and a group of destroyers (see the event for 9 May 1940 for the continuation of events.] (6)

14 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed the Tyne for Portsmouth. She was selected to serve with the Mediterranean Fleet. (4)

15 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (4)

31 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) departed Aden to relieve their sister ships HMS Khartoum (Cdr. D.T. Dowler, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN) on the Perim patrol. (4)

5 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) returned to Aden from the Perim Patrol. (7)

10 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden for patrol. (7)

15 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden from patrol. (7)

20 Jun 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden. She put a prize crew on board the captured Italian submarine Galileo Galilei which was then taken to Aden under her own power.

HMS Kandahar remained on patrol. (7)

23 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN) arrived at Aden to land their prisoners from the Italian submarine Evangelista Torricelli.

HMS Kandahar departed Aden again later the same day to resume her patrol. (8)

23 Jun 1940

Convoy BN 1.

This convoy departed Bombay on 23 June 1940 for the Suez where it arrived on 12 July 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Akbar (British, 4043 GRT, built 1924), Alavi (British, 3566 GRT, built 1924), Anna Odland (Norwegian, 4980 GRT, built 1939), Beaconstreet (British, 7467 GRT, built 1927), British Architect (British (tanker), 7388 GRT, built 1922), British Hope (British (tanker), 6951 GRT, built 1928), Svenor (Norwegian (tanker), 7616 GRT, built 1931), Turbo (British, 4781 GRT, built 1912) and William Strachan (Norwegian (tanker), 6157 GRT, built 1931).

On departure from Bombay the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN) and the armed merchant cruiser HMS Cathay (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.M. Merewether, RN).

HMS Cathay parted company with the convoy on 2 July after the light cruiser HMNZS Leander (Capt. H.E. Horan, RN) and sloops HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) and HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN) had joined the escort.

HMS Ceres parted company with the convoy on 4 July.

The destroyer HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN) joined the convoy on 5 July 1940. HMIS Hindustan then parted company.

Off Aden the merchant vessels Alavi and Beaconstreet parted company with the convoy. They arrived at Aden on 6 July.

Off Aden the RFA tanker Plumleaf (5916 GRT, built 1917) and the armed boarding vessel HMS Chakdina (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) also joined the convoy.

Also off Aden the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyer HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) joined the convoy.

On 9 July HMS Carlisle, HMS Kandahar and HMS Kingston parted company with the convoy.

On 10 July HMNZS Leander, HMS Flamingo and HMS Shoreham parted company with the convoy being relieved as escorts by the sloops HMS Clive (Cdr. H.R. Inigo-Jones, RIN) and HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN). (9)

24 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden from patrol. (7)

26 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
RAF reconnaissance reported a large Italian ship leaving Assab and proceeding Northwards. HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN) which was on patrol was ordered to intercept but she did not sighted the reported ship.

She however did encounter the Italian submarine Perla which was returning to Massawa from patrol. HMS Kingston then opened fire on her. The submarine crash dived and was then hunted and depth charged by HMS Kingston.

The light cruiser HMNZS Leander (Capt. H.E. Horan, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral A.J.L. Murray, DSO, OBE, RN) and the destroyer HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden to search for the wreckage of the submarine which was thought to have been probably sunk and also to invite action with Italian surface ships.

The submarine was located on the 27th laying beached midway between Assab and Messina. It was then bombarded and bombed. No enemy surface craft were encountered but Leander, Kandahar and Kingston were shadowed by enemy aircraft and also bombed by them but they sustained no damage. It was thought the beached submarine was either a total-loss or if not it would at least take months to repair her. [Perla was indeed out of action for months, She ran post repair trials in mid-December.] (10)

1 Jul 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden from patrol. (7)

2 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden either for patrol or to join te light cruiser HMS Liverpool (Capt. P.A. Read, RN) which was en-route from Suez to Aden with troops. (8)

3 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden. (7)

6 Jul 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden most likely for convoy escort duty [see the event ' Convoy BN 1 ' for 23 June 1940 for more info on this convoy]. (11)

7 Jul 1940

Convoy BS 1.

This convoy departed Suez on 7 July 1940 for the Gulf of Aden where it was to be dispersed on 15 July 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Almenara (British, 1851 GRT, built 1922), Arabistan (British, 5874 GRT, built 1929), Athelmere (British (tanker), 5566 GRT, built 1918), British Colonel (British (tanker), 6999 GRT, built 1921), British Commodore (British (tanker), 6865 GRT, built 1923), Bronxville (Norwegian, 4663 GRT, built 1929), Bullmouth (British (tanker), 7519 GRT, built 1929), Cliftonhall (British, 5063 GRT, built 1938), Egyptian Prince (British, 3490 GRT, built 1922), Ganges (British, 6246 GRT, built 1930), Ganymedes (Dutch, 2682 GRT, built 1917), Gogra (British, 5190 GRT, built 1919), Herstein (Norwegian, 5100 GRT, built 1939), Khandalla (British, 7018 GRT, built 1923), Khosrou (British, 4043 GRT, built 1924), Orwell (Norwegian (tanker), 7920 GRT, built 1905), Ross (British, 4878 GRT, built 1936) and Zamzam (Egyptian, 8299 GRT, built 1909).

On departure from Suez the convoy was escorted by the sloops HMS Clive (Cdr. H.R. Inigo-Jones, RIN) and HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN).

On 10 July 1940, HMIS Clive and HMS Grimsby parted company with the convoy as escort was taken over by the light cruiser HMNZS Leander (Capt. H.E. Horan, RN), AA-cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN) and the sloops HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN) and HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN).

The merchant vessel Khosrou parted company (on the 10th ?) to proceed to Port Sudan arriving there on the 11th. (9)

9 Jul 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Port Sudan after escort duty with convoy BN 1. She departed again later the same day for escort duty with convoy BS 1 [for more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy BS 1 ' for 7 July 1940]. (4)

14 Jul 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden after convoy escort duty. (7)

15 Jul 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden, most likely for patrol [no further details known]. (12)

17 Jul 1940

Convoy BN 2.

This convoy departed Bombay on 17 July 1940 for the Suez where it arrived on 5 August 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; British Consul (British (tanker), 6940 GRT, built 1924), Clydefield (British (tanker), 7365 GRT, built 1928), Cornwall (British, 10605 GRT, built 1920), Daviken (Norwegian, 2922 GRT, built 1926), Ellenga (British, 5196 GRT, built 1911), Germa (Norwegian, 5282 GRT, built 1920), Grena (Norwegian (tanker), 8117 GRT, built 1934), Hoegh Hood (Norwegian (tanker), 9351 GRT, built 1936), Jalarashimi (British, 4449 GRT, built 1918), Jehangir (British, 3566 GRT, built 1924),Longwood (British (tanker), 9463 GRT, built 1930), Nawab (British, 5430 GRT, built 1915), Olivia (Dutch (tanker), 6307 GRT, built 1939), Ranee (British, 5060 GRT, built 1928) and Varsova (British, 4701 GRT, built 1914).

On departure from Bombay the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN) and the armed merchant cruisers HMS Cathay (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.M. Merewether, RN) and HMAS Westralia (Cdr. A.S. Rosenthal, RAN).

On 20 July two of the merchant ships parted company with the convoy to proceed to other destinations, these were the tankers British Consul (to Trincomalee) and Clydefield (to Colombo).

On 26 July the armed merchant cruisers HMS Cathay and HMAS Westralia parted company with the convoy while the light cruiser HMNZS Leander (Capt. H.E. Horan, RN) joined the convoy.

On 27 July the sloops HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) and HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN) joined the convoy to provided A/S escort while the convoy was approaching Aden.

On the 29th the merchant vessels Jerhangir and Varsova split off from the convoy and proceeded to Aden escorted by HMS Ceres.

The following merchant ships joined the convoy at Aden; Beaconstreet (British, 7467 GRT, built 1927), British Judge (British (tanker), 6735 GRT, built 1921), Marija Petrinovic (Yugoslavian, 5684 GRT, built 1918), Mathura (British, 8890 GRT, built 1920), Ozarda (British, 6985 GRT, built 1940) and Peshawur (British, 7934 GRT, built 1919).

On 30 July the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) and the sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) joined the convoy to escort it partly through the Red Sea. HMIS Hindustan and HMS Shoreham parted company with the convoy on 30 July.

On 3 August the following merchant vessels split off to proceed to Port Sudan; Daviken, Grena, Marija Petrinovic and Ozarda. They were escorted to there by HMS Kimberley.

Also on 3 August 1940 HMS Leander, HMS Carlisle, HMS Kandahar and HMS Flamingo parted company with the convoy, while the sloop HMS Clive (Cdr. H.R. Inigo-Jones, RIN) joined the convoy to escort it on it's last leg to Suez.

18 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden. (12)

25 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden. She returned the following day [no further details known]. (7)

30 Jul 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden for convoy escort duty [see the event ' Convoy BN 2 ' for 17 July 1940 for more information on this convoy]. (12)

31 Jul 1940

Convoy BS 2.

This convoy departed Suez on 31 July 1940 for the Gulf of Aden where it was to be dispersed on 9 August 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; African Prince (British, 4653 GRT, built 1939), Deebank (British, 5060 GRT, built 1929), Esneh (British, 1928 GRT, built 1919), Hopecastle (British, 5178 GRT, built 1937), Manaqui (British, 2802 GRT, built 1921), Masirah (British, 6578 GRT, built 1919), Novasli (Norwegian, 3204 GRT, built 1920), Ovula (Dutch (tanker), 6256 GRT, built 1938) Tweed (British, 2697 GRT, built 1926) and William Strachan (Norwegian (tanker), 6157 GRT, built 1931).

On depature from Aden the convoy was escorted by the sloops HMS Clive (Cdr. H.R. Inigo-Jones, RIN) and HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN) until position 21°30'N, 63°37'E on 3 August.

Two more merchant vessels joined the convoy coming from Port Sudan on 3 August, these were the Akbar (British, 4043 GRT, built 1924) and Trajanus (Dutch, 1712 GRT, built 1930).

Escort was then taken over by the light cruiser HMNZS Leander (Capt. H.E. Horan, RN), AA-cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) and the sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN).

The convoy was dispersed on 9 August 1940. Three of the merchant vessels proceeded to Aden as did the escorts. (9)

3 Aug 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Port Sudan from convoy escort duty. She departed again later the same day to escort convoy BS 2 [see the event ' Convoy BS 2 ' for 31 July 1940 for more information on this convoy]. (7)

9 Aug 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden from convoy escort duty. (13)

10 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden, most likely for patrol [no further details known]. (14)

13 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden. (14)

14 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden, most likely for patrol [no further details known]. (14)

16 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden. She departed again later the same day for Berbera. (14)

16 Aug 1940
From 16 to 19 August 1940, Allied troops from Berbera, Italian Somaliland, were evacuated to Aden.

The troops were evacatuated by the transports Akbar (4043 GRT, built 1924), Laomedon (6491 GRT, built 1912), the hospital ship Vita (4691 GRT, built 1914) as well as the armed boarding vessels HMS Chakdina (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) and HMS Chantala (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E.I. Gibbs, RN).

Cover for the evacuation was provided by the light cruisers HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN), HMS Caledon (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN), HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN), AA -cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN), sloops HMS Auckland (Cdr. J.G. Hewitt, DSO, RN), HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN), HMAS Parramatta (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Walker, MVO, RAN), HMS Indus (Cdr. Cdr. E.G.G. Hunt, RIN), HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN), minesweeper HMS Derby (Lt.Cdr. F.C.V. Brightman, RN) and the netlayer HMS Protector (Capt. W.Y la L. Beverley, RN).

On 17 August, HMS Ceres bombarded Italian Army targets which temporarily halted the Italian advance.

On 18 August, HMS Caledon and HMS Kandahar bombarded enemy units on the Bulhar-Berbera road.

The evacuation was completed on the 18th. Over 7000 men had been evacuated.

The last men were taken off by HMAS Hobart which Berbera early on the 19th for Aden with the last of the Army personnel and the demolition parties which had demolished the harbour facilities. HMS Indus proceeded along the coast to pick up stragglers. (9)

18 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Berbera for Aden. (4)

19 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Aden. (14)

20 Aug 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden for patrol [no further details known]. (14)

25 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) returned to Aden from patrol. (14)

31 Aug 1940
The light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN) and the destroyer HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden to rendez-vous at sea with the armed merchant cruiser HMS Carthage (Capt.(Retd.) B.O. Bell-Salter, RN) and take over the escort of the two ships she is escorting. These were the merchant vessels Clan Ferguson (British, 7347 GRT, built 1938) and Reina del Pacifico (British, 17702 GRT, built 1931). They were to proceed to Suez. The armed boarding vessel HMS Chakdina (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) was also part of the escort.

In the early evening of September 2nd, the Reina del Pacifico parted company and proceeded ahead to Suez where she arrived on the 4th.

Shortly afterwards, HMS Kandahar set course for Port Sudan to refuel.

At 0900/3, rendez-vous was made in position 23°20'N, 37°42'E with convoy BS 3A which came down from Suez. Escorts were then exchanged and both convoy's proceeded to their destinations. (9)

1 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy BS 3A.

This convoy departed Suez on 1 September 1940 for the Gulf of Aden where it was to be dispersed on 6 September 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Devonshire (British, 11275 GRT, built 1939), Dilwara (British, 11080 GRT, built 1936), Egra (British, 5108 GRT, built 1911), Khedive Ismael (Egyptian, 7290 GRT, built 1922), Lancashire (British, 9557 GRT, built 1917), Rajula (British, 8478 GRT, built 1926), Rohna (British, 8602 GRT, built 1926), Takliwa (British, 7936 GRT, built 1924) and Talamba (British, 8018 GRT, built 1924).

On departure from Suez the convoy was escorted by the sloop HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN).

In the morning of 3 September the escort was passed to the light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN).

The following moring the destroyer HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and the armed boarding vessel HMS Chakdina (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) joined the convoy as escorts.

On the 5th the convoy was attacked by Italian aircraft but no damage was inflicted by the enemy.

The convoy was dispersed early in the evening of September 6th in position 12°34'N, 47°07'E after which HMS Hobart and HMS Kandahar proceeded to Aden where they arrived in the morning of the 7th. (9)

3 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Port Sudan to refuel. Having done so she departed again to make rendez-vous with convoy BS 3A later this day. (4)

7 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Aden after convoy escort duty. (9)

11 Sep 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Aden for escort duty with convoy WS 2 [see the event ' Convoy WS 2 ' for 6 August 1940 for more info on this convoy]. (15)

14 Sep 1940
HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Port Sudan from escort duty with convoy WS 2. She had parted company with this convoy in the evening of the 13th.

After oiling she departed again later on the 14th.

At 1600/14 she joined the light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN) which was escorting the southbound troopship Reina del Pacifico (British, 17702 GRT, built 1931). (4)

16 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) arrived at Aden after convoy escort duty. (9)

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Sources

  1. ADM 187/2
  2. ADM 187/3
  3. ADM 199/2557
  4. ADM 199/2558
  5. ADM 187/6 + ADM 199/2558
  6. ADM 199/363 + ADM 199/376
  7. ADM 187/8 + ADM 199/2558
  8. ADM 187/8 + ADM 199/383 + ADM 199/2558
  9. ADM 199/383
  10. ADM 199/378
  11. ADM 53/112626
  12. ADM 53/112626 + ADM 187/8 + ADM 199/2558
  13. ADM 53/112627 + ADM 187/8 + ADM 199/2558
  14. ADM 187/9 + ADM 199/2558
  15. ADM 53/112628 + ADM 199/2558

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


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