John Willson Musgrave Eaton DSO, DSC, RN

Born  3 Nov 1902Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia
Died  21 Jul 1981(78)Kelvedon, Essex, U.K.


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Ranks

15 May 1920 Mid.
15 Sep 1922 A/S.Lt.
15 May 1923 S.Lt.
15 May 1925 Lt.
15 May 1933 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1937 Cdr.
31 Dec 1941 Capt.
7 Jul 1951 Rear-Admiral
16 Sep 1954 Vice-Admiral

Retired: 31 Jan 1958


Decorations

5 Aug 1941 DSC
19 Aug 1941 DSO
5 Oct 1943 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
21 Dec 1943 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jun 1953 CB
31 May 1956 KBE

Warship Commands listed for John Willson Musgrave Eaton, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Venetia (D 53)Cdr.Destroyer31 Jul 193913 Oct 1939
HMS Mohawk (F 31)Cdr.Destroyer19 Oct 193916 Apr 1941
HMS Somali (F 33)Capt.Destroyer23 Mar 194228 Jul 1942
HMS Eskimo (F 75)Capt.Destroyer1 Oct 194212 Aug 1943
HMS Sheffield (24)Capt.Light cruiser14 Feb 194514 Nov 1945

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Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMS Sheffield (24)


18 Apr 1945
HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at the Boston Navy Yard. (1)

4 May 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) is undocked. (2)

17 May 1945
HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted basin trials at the Boston Navy Yard. (2)

21 May 1945
From 21 to 23 May 1945, HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted trials and exercises in the Gulf of Maine. She was escorted by the destroyers USS Somers (T/Lt.Cdr. E.M. Luby, USN) and USS Davis (T/Lt.Cdr. T.D. Cunningham, USN). (2)

28 May 1945
HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted DG trials off Boston. (2)

29 May 1945
HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Boston for Portsmouth, England where she is to continue her refit and the installation of new equipment. (2)

5 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth from Boston, USA. (3)

2 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) is berthed in No.14 Dock at the Portsmouth Dockyard. The dock was not yet pumped dry though. (4)

20 Jul 1945
No.14 Dock at the Portsmouth dockyard, holding, HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN), is pumped out. (5)

27 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) underwent a tilt test in No.14 Dock at the Portsmouth Dockyard.

It is currently not known to us when the dock had been flooded. (4)

18 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At the Portsmouth Dockyard, HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) shifted from No.14 Dock to No.15 Dock. (6)

1 Sep 1945
HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) again underwent a tilt test but now in No.15 Dock at the Portsmouth Dockyard.

[HMS Sheffield remained in dockyard hands until mid 1946.] (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/122231
  2. ADM 53/122232
  3. ADM 53/122233
  4. ADM 53/122234
  5. Portsmouth Dockyard docking register
  6. ADM 53/122235
  7. ADM 53/122236 + ADM 199/2572

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


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