Edward Gerald Hyslop Bellars, RN

Born  10 Jul 1894
Died  4 Oct 1955(61)


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Ranks

15 Jan 1912 Mid.
15 May 1914 A/S.Lt.
15 Nov 1914 S.Lt.
15 Dec 1915 Lt.
15 Dec 1923 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1928 Cdr.
30 Jun 1935 Capt.
1 Mar 1946 Rear-Admiral (Retired)

Retired: 2 Jan 1945


Decorations

28 Nov 1944 CB

Warship Commands listed for Edward Gerald Hyslop Bellars, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Galatea (71)Capt.Light cruiser1 Jun 193827 Feb 1940
HMS Norfolk (78)Capt.Heavy cruiser12 Mar 194227 May 1943

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Light cruiser HMS Galatea (71)


5 Sep 1939
A convoy of eleven passenger liners departed the U.K. for destinations in the Atlantic or Mediterranean (or Far East via the Mediterranean).

The convoy was assembled off the Clyde and was made up of the passenger liners / merchant vessels; Britannic (British, 26943 GRT, built 1930), Clan Ferguson (British, 7347 GRT, built 1938), Duchess of Bedford (British, 20123 GRT, built 1928), Durban Castle (British, 17388 GRT, built 1938), Montcalm (British, 16418 GRT, built 1921), Orcades (British, 23456 GRT, built 1937), Orford (British, 19941 GRT, built 1928), Orion (British, 23371 GRT, built 1935), Reina del Pacifico (British, 17702 GRT, built 1931), Scythia (British, 19761 GRT, built 1920) and Strathaird (British, 22281 GRT, built 1932).

On assembly the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Vivacious (Cdr. C.R.L. Parry, RN), HMS Vanessa (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Plumer, RN), HMS Vanquisher (Lt.Cdr. K.H. Fraser, RN), HMS Wakeful (Cdr. R.St.V. Sherbrooke, RN) as well as HMS Verity (Lt.Cdr. A.R.M. Black, RN), HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. H. Gartside-Tippinge, RN), HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. G.C. Fryer, RN) and HMS Wolverine (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, RN).

Arond 2300A/5, the battleship HMS Ramillies (Capt. H.T. Baillie-Grohman, OBE, DSO, RN) departed Portland escorted by the destroyers HMS Exmouth (Cdr. R.S. Benson, RN) and HMS Escapade (Cdr. H.R. Graham, RN). They were joined around 0530A/6 by the destroyers HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Woodhall, RN) and HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN) which had come from Plymouth.

Around 1845A/6, HMS Ramillies and her four escorting destroyers joined the convoy after which HMS Vivacious, HMS Vanessa, HMS Witherington and HMS Wolverine parted company. After conducting an A/S sweep astern of the convoy they proceeded to Plymouth where they arrived around noon on the 7th.

Around 1100A/8, HMS Verity, HMS Volunteer, HMS Witherington and HMS Wolverine parted company with the convoy to proceed to Milford Haven where they arrived in the morning of September 10th.

Late in the morning of September 10th, the French destroyers Le Fortune (Cdr. C.M.L. D'Hespel), La Railleuse (Lt.Cdr. J.E.C. Hourcade) and Simoun (Lt.Cdr. F. Hainguerlot) which had departed Gibraltar around 0810A/9, joined the convoy.

Around 1850A/10, the French destroyer Simoun was sent to Gibraltar with despatches. She arrived there around 0710A/11.

Around noon on the 11th, off Gibraltar, the British light cruiser HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN) and the French destroyers Tramontaine (Cdr. R.M.J.A. Renault), Tornade (Lt.Cdr. R.G.A. Labat) and Typhon (Lt.Cdr. Y.M.J. Le Hagre).

HMS Ramillies, and the French destroyers Le Fortune and La Railleuse then proceeded to Gibraltar as did the liner Scythia. Apparently the French destroyers, including Simoun, later proceeded again to rejoin the convoy.

HMS Exmouth, HMS Eclipse, HMS Encounter and HMS Escapade most likely detached from the convoy on 12 September as they arrived at Gibraltar on the 14th via Oran.

The French destroyers were relieved near Malta on 14 September 1939 by the destroyers HMS Greyhound (Cdr. W.R. Marshall-A'Deane, RN) and HMS Glowworm (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Roope, RN). Also a French convoy (L 2), made up of the merchant vessels Sphinx (French, 11375 GRT, built 1915) and Ville de Strasbourg (French, 7007 GRT, built 1920), which had departed Marseilles on 12 September, joined the convoy for onward passage to Beirut. This French convoy had probably been escorted by the destroyers Maille Breze (Cdr. H.M.E.A. Glotin), Cassard (Cdr. R.A.A. Braxmeyer) and Kersaint (Cdr. G.R.J. Rebuffel) which apparently also joined the convoy. The Durban Castle also detached off Malta at 1000B/14 and entered Valetta.

Around 1600B/15 the Clan Ferguson parted company. She was carrying important stores for Istanbul, Turkey. She was escorted by the destroyer HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN).

At 0700B/16, the Britannic, Duchess of Bedford, Montcalm, Reina del Pacifico and Strathaird were detached to Port Said.

the Orcades, Orford and Orion arrived at Alexandria in the evening of the 16th. HMS Galatea did not enter but went to the west to make rendezvous with the destroyers HMS Griffin and HMS Garland of which the former was towing the later after she had been damaged by her own depth charges.

16 Sep 1939
Having delivered the Alexandria portion of convoy Red One at Alexandria, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), did not enter port but went to the westward to proceed to the aid of the damaged destroyer HMS Garland (Cdr. C.A.N. Chatwin, RN) which was being towed by her sister ship HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN).

HMS Galatea met the destroyers in the morning of the 17th when she took over four injured men from Garland to take them to Alexandria for treatment.

HMS Galatea arrived at Alexandria in the evening of the 17th. (1)

20 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Alexandria. (1)

29 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Alexandria. (1)

1 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The light cruiser HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN) and destroyers (7th Division) HMS Afridi (Capt. G.H. Cresswell, DSC, RN), HMS Gurkha (Cdr. F.R. Parham, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. R.F. Jolly, RN) and HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN) departed Alexandria around 1930B/1 for contraband patrol.

The ships parted company with each other around 1730B/2.

HMS Galatea patrolled in the Kithera area on the 3rd. She went to the Gulf of Patras on the 4th and then went on the patrol south of the Otranto Strait. She arrived at Malta around 0715A/7.

[No log is available for HMS Afridi so her exact movements are not known to us.] HMS Afridi arrived at Malta to fuel on the 4th. She departed on the 5th to resume her patrol. She arrived back at Malta on the 7th.

[No log is available for HMS Gurkha so her exact movements are not known to us.] HMS Gurkha arrived at Malta from patrol around 0730A/7.

HMS Mohawk patrolled in the Gulf of Patras on the 3rd and then patrolled south of the Otranto Straits on the 4th. She arrived at Malta around 0800A/6.

HMS Sikh was south-west of Corfo on the 3rd but she developed engine problems and arrived at Malta around 0700B/5. At Malta she was taken in hand for turbine repairs which were only completed in December. (2)

9 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN) departed Malta around 0030A/9 for Alexandria where she arrived around 1230B/10. (3)

20 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1700B/20, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Alexandria for a contraband patrol in the Aegean and the west coast of Greece.

She arrived at Malta from patrol around 0800A/27. (4)

28 Oct 1939
Around 0800A/28, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Malta for Alexandria via the north of Crete. She arrived at Malta around 1400B/30. (4)

6 Nov 1939
Around 0430B/6, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Alexandria for Port Said where she arrived around 1430B/6.

Around 2130B/6 she departed Port Said for Haifa. (5)

7 Nov 1939
Around 0730B/7, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), arrived at Haifa.

She departed Haifa for Alexandria around 2145B/7. (4)

9 Nov 1939
Around 2230B/9, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Alexandria for a contraband patrol in the Aegean. (5)

17 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930B/17, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), returned to Alexandria from patrol. (6)

24 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0015B/24, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Alexandria for contraband patrol in the Aegean. (6)

3 Dec 1939
Around 0830A/3, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), arrived at Malta from patrol. (7)

9 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930A/9, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Malta for contraband patrol in the Aegean. (8)

19 Dec 1939
Around 0900A/19, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), arrived at Malta from patrol. (7)

20 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN) is docked in No.4 Dock at Malta. (7)

23 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN) in undocked. (7)

29 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0845A/29, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Malta for contraband patrol in the Aegean. (8)

6 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1500A/6, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), returned to Malta from patrol. (9)

10 Jan 1940
Around 1140A/10, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Malta for patrol. (9)

13 Jan 1940
Around 0730B/13, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), arrived at Alexandretta, Turkey (now Iskenderun). (9)

14 Jan 1940
Around 2110B/14, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Alexandretta, Turkey (now Iskenderun) to resume her patrol. (9)

17 Jan 1940
Around 1130A/17, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), arrived at Malta. (9)

22 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0845A/22, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), departed Malta for contraband patrol off the west coast of Greece. (9)

30 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1100A/30, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), returned to Malta from patrol. (9)

7 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN, transferred his flag from HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN) to HMS Delhi (Capt. A.S. Russell, RN). (10)

9 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0815A/9, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN), departed Malta for Gibraltar. HMS Galatea had been ordered to join the Home Fleet. (11)

11 Feb 1940
Around 1800Z/11, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN), arrived at Gibraltar. (11)

12 Feb 1940
Around 1830Z/12, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN), departed Gibraltar for Plymouth. (11)

15 Feb 1940
Around 0830Z/15, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN), arrived at Plymouth. She then went to the Devonport Dockyard for some alterations and to give leave to the crew. (11)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/108843
  2. ADM 53/108844 + ADM 53/109786 + ADM 53/110619 + ADM 199/389
  3. ADM 53/108844
  4. ADM 53/108844 + ADM 199/389
  5. ADM 53/108845 + ADM 199/389
  6. ADM 53/108845
  7. ADM 53/108846
  8. ADM 53/108846 + ADM 199/389
  9. ADM 53/112277
  10. ADM 53/111961 + ADM 53/112278
  11. ADM 53/112278

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


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