George Frederick Stevens-Guille DSO, OBE, RN

Born  9 Dec 1898


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Ranks

2 Aug 1914 Mid.
15 Mar 1917 A/S.Lt.
15 Nov 1917 S.Lt.
15 Feb 1919 Lt.
15 Feb 1927 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1931 Cdr.
31 Dec 1939 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jan 1949


Decorations

3 Jun 1931 OBE
1 Jan 1940 DSO
7 Jun 1940 Bar to DSO
23 Jan 1945 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for George Frederick Stevens-Guille, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Bittern (L 07)Cdr.Sloop3 Jan 193928 Nov 1939
HMS Codrington (D 65)Capt.Destroyer16 May 194027 Jul 1940
HMS Cardiff (D 58)Capt.Light cruiser2 Feb 194224 Sep 1942
HMS Durban (D 99)Capt.Light cruiser26 Sep 194219 Nov 1943

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Destroyer HMS Codrington (D 65)


27 Jul 1940
Sunk in secret losses due to marine hazards and during air-raids on harbours. Loss announced, in UK, 18 May 1945 (1)


Light cruiser HMS Durban (D 99)


26 Sep 1942
HMS Despatch (Capt. W.R.C. Leggatt, RN) and HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Liverpool. (2)

27 Sep 1942
HMS Despatch (Capt. W.R.C. Leggatt, RN) and HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Liverpool. (3)

30 Sep 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Despatch (Capt. W.R.C. Leggatt, RN) and HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Liverpool with part of convoy WS 23. The sailing of the convoy was however delayed and the ships anchored off Belfast the following day. (4)

3 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Having spent a few weeks at the Durban Dockyard for repairs, HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN), departed Durban for Kilindini. (5)

8 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) grounded on entering Kilindini harbour. She was towed off the following morning but some damage had been sustained. (5)

20 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Kilindini for the Bombay Dockyard via the Seychelles and Cochin. (5)

23 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles to fuel. (6)

24 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Port Victoria for Cochin. (6)

28 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Cochin to fuel. She departed for Bombay later the same day. (6)

30 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Bombay. (6)

5 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) is docked at the Bombay Dockyard and taken in hand for repairs. (7)

11 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) is undocked. (8)

16 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) conducted D/F calibration and compass swing trials off Bombay. (8)

17 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) conducted D/G trials off Bombay. (8)

20 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Bombay. (8)

21 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Bombay. (8)

22 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Bombay. (8)

26 Mar 1943

Convoy WS 27.

Part of the convoy that proceeded from South Africa to the Gulf of Aden.

A part of the convoy departed Capetown on 26 March 1943.

The composition of the convoy on departure from Capetown was as follows; Bergensfjord (Norwegian, 11015 GRT, built 1913), Duchess of Richmond (British, 22022 GRT, built 1928), Leopoldville (Belgian, 11509 GRT, built 1929), Orbita (British, 15495 GRT, built 1915), Ruys (Dutch, 14155 GRT, built 1937) and Sibajak (Dutch, 12226 GRT, built 1927).

On departure from Capetown the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Quail (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Jenks, RN), HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN) and HMS Raider (Lt.Cdr. K.W. Michell, RN).

On 29 March 1943 the ' Durban section ' of the convoy departed Durban, it was made up of the; Capetown Castle (British, 27002 GRT, built 1938), Christiaan Huygens (Dutch, 16287 GRT, built 1927), Strathaird (British, 22281 GRT, built 1932) and Strathmore (British, 23428 GRT, built 1935).

On departure from Durban this section was escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Frobisher (Capt. J.F.W. Mudford, RN) and the destroyers HMS Rotherham (Lt. J.R.L. Moore, RN), HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN), HMS Foxhound (Cdr. C.J. Wynne-Edwards, DSC and Bar, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Catterick (Lt. A. Tyson, RN). The destroyers which had escorted the ' Capetown section ' then went to Durban.

The four destroyers parted company at 2100C/1 to return to Durban.

Around 1500C/3, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Carthage (A/Capt.(Retd.) W.V.H. Harris, DSC, MVO, RN) joined.

On the 4th the transport Bergensfjord was detached to Kilindini.

Around 0930D/5, the light cruiser HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) took over the escort duty from HMS Frobisher which then set course for Kilindini.

On 9 April 1943 the convoy was dispered in the Gulf of Aden.

27 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Bombay for Kilindini. (9)

3 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Kilindini. (9)

4 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Kilindini to join convoy WS 27.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy WS 27 ' for 26 March 1943.] (10)

9 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Aden after convoy escort duty. (10)

16 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Aden. (10)

19 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Aden for Bombay. (10)

23 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Bombay. (10)

24 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Bombay for Bahrein. (10)

28 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Bahrein. (10)

1 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Bahrein for Shatt-al-Arab. (11)

2 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Shatt-al-Arab. (11)

3 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Shatt-al-Arab for Hormuz. (11)

4 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Hormuz. (11)

6 May 1943
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Hormuz for Khor Kuwai. (11)

7 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Khor Kuwai to Khasab Bay. (11)

8 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Khasab Bay to Sharjah. (11)

9 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Sharjah to Henjam Island. (11)

11 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Henjam Island to Hormuz via Khasab Bay. (11)

13 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Hormuz to Henjam. (11)

15 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Henjam Island. (11)

17 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Henjam to Hormuz. (11)

18 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Hormuz to Khor Kuwai. (11)

20 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) conducted torpedo firing and gunnery exercises off Khor Kuwai. (11)

27 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Khor Kuwai to Henjam via Khasab Bay. (11)

29 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded Henjam to Hormuz. (11)

31 May 1943

Convoy PB 43.

This convoy departed Bandar Abbas on 31 May 1943 and arrived at Bombay on 5 June 1943.

It was made up of the following transports; Aronda (British, 9031 GRT, built 1941), Brangaza (Norwegian, 6327 GRT, built 1924), British Fusilier (British (tanker), 6943 GRT, built 1923), El Madina (British, 3962 GRT, built 1937), Nevasa (British, 9213 GRT, built 1913), Valentijn (Dutch, 2071 GRT, built 1928) and Varsova (British, 4701 GRT, built 1914).

The convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and the minesweepers HMAS Bathurst (T/Lt. C. Macdonald, RANR(S)) and HMIS Carnatic (T/Lt. C.S. Loughnane, RINVR). (12)

6 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Bombay for Bahrein. (13)

10 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Bahrein. (13)

14 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Bahrein for Khasab Bay. (13)

15 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Khasab Bay. (13)

17 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Khasab Bay for Aden. (13)

21 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Aden. (13)

22 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Aden for Kilindini. (13)

27 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Kilindini. (13)

4 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Kilindini for Tulear, Madagascar. (14)

4 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Kilindini for Tulear, Madagascar. (14)

8 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Tulear. She departed for Simonstown later the same day. (14)

13 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Simonstown. (14)

17 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and HMS Catterick (Lt.Cdr. A. Tyson, RN) are docked together at Simonstown. (14)

29 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and HMS Catterick (Lt.Cdr. A. Tyson, RN) are undocked. (14)

31 Jul 1943
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Simonstown for Durban. (14)

2 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Durban. (15)

6 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Durban for Kilindini. (15)

10 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Diego Suarez having been diverted en-route. (16)

11 Aug 1943
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Diego Suarez for Kilindini. (15)

13 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Kilindini. (15)

18 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Kilindini. (15)

22 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Kilindini for Port Victoria, Seychelles. (15)

24 Aug 1943

Convoy KR 6.

This convoy departed Kilindini on 24 August 1943 for Colombo where it arrived on 3 September 1943.

The convoy was made up of the transports; Khedive Ismael (Egyptian, 7290 GRT, built 1922), Nevasa (British, 9213 GRT, built 1913) and Nieuw Holland (Dutch, 11066 GRT, built 1927).

On departure from Kilindini the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMS Racehorse (Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN).

The convoy was joined by the light cruiser HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) in the morning of 28th August.

The convoy arrived at Colombo on 3 September 1943.

25 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles. (15)

27 Aug 1943
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Port Victoria, Seychelles to make rendezvous with convoy KR 6.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy KR 6 ' for 24 August 1943.] (15)

3 Sep 1943
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and HMS Racehorse (Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) arrived at Colombo escorting convoy KR 6. (17)

6 Sep 1943
The light cruiser HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and destroyer HMS Quadrant (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Farrington, RN) departed Colombo for Kilindini. They were escorting the transport Nieuw Holland (Dutch, 11066 GRT, built 1927).

At 0300D/11, HMS Durban parted company with the convoy and proceeded to Port Victoria, Seychelles to fuel. She arrived at Port Victoria at 1145D/11.

The Nieuw Holland still escorted by HMS Quadrant arrived at Kilindini on 13 September 1943. (18)

11 Sep 1943
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles to fuel at 1145D/11.

Around 1700D/11, she departed for Kilindini. (17)

14 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Kilindini. (17)

19 Sep 1943
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Kilindini to escort the transport Khedive Ismael (Egyptian, 7290 GRT, built 1922) to Colombo via the Seychelles. (17)

23 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and the transport Khedive Ismael (Egyptian, 7290 GRT, built 1922) arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles. (17)

24 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and the transport Khedive Ismael (Egyptian, 7290 GRT, built 1922) departed Port Victoria, Seychelles for Colombo. (17)

30 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) and the transport Khedive Ismael (Egyptian, 7290 GRT, built 1922) arrived at Colombo. (17)

9 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Colombo for Cochin. (19)

10 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Cochin. (19)

11 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Cochin for Aden. (19)

16 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Aden. (19)

17 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Aden for Suez. (19)

20 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Suez. (19)

21 Oct 1943
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) transited the Suez Canal northbound and arrived at Port Said. She departed for Alexandria later the same day. (19)

22 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (19)

23 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta. (19)

25 Oct 1943
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Malta. (19)

27 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar. (19)

29 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (19)

31 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) departed Gibraltar for Plymouth. (19)

4 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (20)

5 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban (Capt. G.F. Stevens-Guille, DSO, OBE, RN) proceeded from Plymouth to Portsmouth. (20)

19 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Durban is reduced to Care and Maintenance at Portsmouth. (20)

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 53/115857 + ADM 199/632
  3. ADM 53/115857 + ADM 199/2552
  4. ADM 53/115858
  5. ADM 53/115860 + ADM 199/429
  6. ADM 53/115860
  7. ADM 53/117417
  8. ADM 53/117419
  9. ADM 53/117419 + ADM 199/643
  10. ADM 53/117420
  11. ADM 53/117421
  12. ADM 53/117421 + ADM 199/636 + ADM 199/643
  13. ADM 53/117422
  14. ADM 53/117423
  15. ADM 53/117424
  16. ADM 53/117424 + ADM 199/643
  17. ADM 53/117425
  18. ADM 53/117425 + ADM 199/643
  19. ADM 53/117426
  20. ADM 53/117427

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


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