William Alexander Keith Napier Cavaye, RN

Born  20 Apr 1906
Died  13 Feb 1942(35)HMS Tempest


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Ranks

1 Dec 1927 S.Lt.
1 Dec 1929 Lt.
1 Dec 1937 Lt.Cdr.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for William Alexander Keith Napier Cavaye, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 43 (N 43)Lt.Cdr.Submarine7 Oct 193927 Dec 1939
HMS Ursula (N 59)Lt.Cdr.Submarine7 Apr 194016 Oct 1940
HMS Tribune (N 76)Lt.Cdr.SubmarineJul 194123 Aug 1941
HMS Tempest (N 86)Lt.Cdr.Submarine8 Oct 194113 Feb 1942 (+)

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Submarine HMS H 43 (N 43)


12 Oct 1939
With her refit completed, HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN), conducted engine trials off Sheerness. She was escorted by HMS Selkirk (Cdr.(Retd.) D.H.M. Leggatt, RN). (1)

15 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Sphinx (Cdr. J.R.N. Taylor, RN) (1)

16 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (1)

17 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

18 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Portland. She was escorted by HMS Warwick Deeping (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Drake, RNR) (1)

20 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland. (1)

21 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises with trawlers off Portland. (1)

22 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises with trawlers off Portland. (1)

27 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises with trawlers off Portland. (1)

29 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) shifted from Portland to Plymouth with a trawler escort. (1)

9 Nov 1939
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Plymouth for her 1st war patrol. She is to patrol off the west coast of Ireland with special service trawler HMS Tamura (later to be named HMS Comet, Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN).

For the daily positions of HMS H 43 during this patrol see the map below.

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21 Nov 1939
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Plymouth. (3)

10 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted trials off Plymouth. (4)

11 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Plymouth. (4)

13 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Plymouth. (4)

15 Dec 1939
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Plymouth. (4)

15 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted trials off Plymouth. (4)

20 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Plymouth. (4)

22 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 43 (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Plymouth. (4)


Submarine HMS Ursula (N 59)


8 Apr 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Blyth for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the west coast of Denmark / entrance to the Skagerrak.

For the daily positions of HMS Ursula during this patrol see the map below.

(5)

20 Apr 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Blyth. (5)

22 Apr 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Blyth for Wallsend. At Wallsend she was immediately docked for a refit by the Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. yard. (6)

4 Jul 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) was undocked and continued her refit at Wallsend. (7)

18 Jul 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) ended her refit at Wallsend. (7)

19 Jul 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departs Wallsend for Blyth where she arrived late the same day. (7)

24 Jul 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Blyth for Rosyth where she arrived later the same day. At Rosyth noise trials were undertaken. (7)

28 Jul 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Rosyth for Blyth where she arrived later the same day. (7)

30 Jul 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Blyth for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea.

For the daily positions of HMS Ursula during this patrol see the map below.

(5)

12 Aug 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Blyth. (5)

28 Aug 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Blyth for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South-West coast of Norway, near Stavanger.

For the daily positions of HMS Ursula during this patrol see the map below.

(5)

13 Sep 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Blyth. (5)

17 Sep 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Blyth for Porstmouth. Later she was ordered to proceed to Sheerness. (8)

19 Sep 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (8)

20 Sep 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Sheerness for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the English Channel due to the threat of the invasion of England by the Germans.

For the daily positions of HMS Ursula during this patrol see the map below.

(5)

26 Sep 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Portsmouth. (5)

4 Oct 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the English Channel.

For the daily positions of HMS Ursula during this patrol see the map below.

(5)

7 Oct 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Portsmouth. (5)

14 Oct 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. (9)

15 Oct 1940
HMS Ursula (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) was undocked. (9)


Submarine HMS Tribune (N 76)


3 Jul 1941
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) is docked in a graving dock at Blyth. (10)

10 Jul 1941
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) is undocked. (10)

16 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

17 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

18 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

18 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

19 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

23 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

24 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

25 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

29 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

30 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

31 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (10)

5 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

7 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

8 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

12 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

13 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

14 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

15 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

19 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

20 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

21 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)

22 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth with a training class of new submariners. (11)


Submarine HMS Tempest (N 86)


2 Dec 1941
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed from her builders yard at Liverpool for Holy Loch. (12)

3 Dec 1941
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and exercises. (12)

3 Jan 1942
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tempest during this passage see the map below.


HMS Tempest passage Holy Loch - Gibraltar click here for bigger map (13)

11 Jan 1942
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (13)

21 Jan 1942
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 1st war patrol. This is a work up patrol in the Alboran Sea (East of Gibraltar).

(As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map.) (14)

27 Jan 1942
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Gibraltar. (14)

1 Feb 1942
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed from Gibraltar for Malta.

(As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display a map.) (14)

8 Feb 1942
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) arrived at Malta. (14)

10 Feb 1942
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed from Malta for her 2nd war patrol. She is to patrol in the Gulf of Taranto in a line with HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) and HMS Upright (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN). HMS Tempest was in the centre of this patrol line.

At the end of this patrol Tempest was to proceed to Alexandria to join the 1st Submarine Flotilla. (15)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15730
  2. ADM 199/1829
  3. ADM 173/15731
  4. ADM 173/15732
  5. ADM 199/1819
  6. ADM 173/16693
  7. ADM 173/16696
  8. ADM 173/16698
  9. ADM 173/16699
  10. ADM 173/17067
  11. ADM 173/17068
  12. ADM 173/17015
  13. ADM 199/1222
  14. ADM 199/2572
  15. ADM 199/1848

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


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