Dering Parker Evans, RN

Born  26 Dec 1899


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Ranks

15 Jan 1921 S.Lt.
15 Oct 1922 Lt.
15 Oct 1930 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1935 Cdr.
31 Dec 1940 Capt.

Retired: 29 Apr 1950


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Warship Commands listed for Dering Parker Evans, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Egret (L 75 / U 75)Cdr.Sloop19 Jan 194020 Apr 1940
HMS Egret (L 75 / U 75)Cdr.Sloop19 May 194014 Jan 1941
HMS Kenya (14)Capt.Light cruiser1 Jan 194324 Aug 1943

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Light cruiser HMS Kenya (14)


2 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) is towed from North Shields to Jarrow Slake. (1)

12 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
with her repairs and refit completed HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) proceeded from the Tyne to Rosyth. (1)

17 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted DG trials in the Firth of Forth. (1)

18 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) proceeded from Rosyth to Scapa Flow. (1)

21 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (1)

25 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted a refueling at sea exercise with the escort destroyer HMS Easton (Lt. C.W. Malins, DSC, RN). (1)

26 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (1)

27 Jan 1943
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted torpedo firing exercises at Scapa Flow. These were followed by exercises with aircraft to the west off Scapa Flow. (1)

2 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted torpedo firing exercises at Scapa Flow. Following these exercises compass adjustment trials were conducted. (2)

5 Feb 1943
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted exercises to the west of Scapa Flow. (2)

17 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) and HMS Uganda (Capt. W.G. Andrewes, RN) conducted exercises to the east of Scapa Flow. (3)

1 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow with aircraft. The exercises had to be broken off due to the unsuitable weather conditions. (4)

4 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted hight finding exercises with aircraft and gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (4)

6 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted AA gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. On completion of the exercises she set course for Plymouth. (5)

8 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (5)

12 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1700A/12, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN), HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN), departed Plymouth for a patrol off the Bay of Biscay to intercept enemy blockade breakers.

At 2200/13, the destroyers parted company to return to Plymouth where they arrived the following day.

HMS Kenya is ordered to proceed to Gibraltar where she arrived around 0930A/18. (5)

16 Mar 1943

Combined convoy WS 28 / KMS 11.

This combined convoy was formed off Oversay on 16 March 1943. The convoy was divided into convoys WS 28 and KMS 11 at sea on 21 March 1943.

The combined convoy was made up of the following (troop) transports; Banfora (British, 9472 GRT, built 1914), Brittanic (British, 26943 GRT, built 1930), Cuba (British, 11420 GRT, built 1923), Duchess of Bedford (British, 20123 GRT, built 1928), Empire Might (British, 9209 GRT, built 1942), Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (Dutch, 19429 GRT, built 1930), Monarch of Bermuda (British, 22424 GRT, built 1931), Orion (British, 23371 GRT, built 1935), Ormonde (British, 14982 GRT, built 1917), Orontes (British, 20097 GRT, built 1925), Otranto (British, 20026 GRT, built 1925), Nea Hellas (British, 16991 GRT, built 1922), Perthshire (British, 10496 GRT, built 1936), Rangitata (British, 16737 GRT, built 1929), Reina del Pacifico (17702 GRT, built 1931), Sobieski (Polish, 11030 GRT, built 1939), Strathnaver (British, 22283 GRT, built 1931), Tegelberg (British, 10496 GRT, built 1936), Waipawa (British, 12436 GRT, built 1934), Winchester Castle (British, 20012 GRT, built 1930) and Windsor Castle (British, 19141 GRT, built 1922).

Also the naval auxiliaries HMS Bulolo (Capt.(Retd.) R.L. Hamer, RN), HMS Keren (A/Cdr. S.E. Crewe-Read, RN), HMS Largs (Cdr. E.A. Divers, RNR) and HMS Ulster Monarch (Lt.Cdr. N.A.F. Kingscote, RNR) were part of the convoy.

On assembly off Oversay the following escorts were with the convoy; sloops HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN, with the S.O. 2nd Escort Group on board, Capt. F.J. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), destroyer HMS Douglas (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Badsworth (Lt. G.T.S. Gray, DSC, RN), HMS Eggesford (Lt.Cdr. D.W. Austin, RN), HMS Whaddon (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Palmer, RN), HMS Goathland (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Pumphrey, RN, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and ORP Krakowiak (Lt.Cdr. W. Maracewicz, ORP).

On 21 March the convoy split up into two sections, KMF 11, made up of Banfora, Cuba, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Ormonde, Orion, Nea Hellas, Rangitata, Windsor Castle and HMS Ulster Monarch proceeded to Algiers where it arrived on 23 March 1943 escorted by the original escort minus HMS Douglas which put into Gibraltar on 22 March with damage to her port propeller. After inspection it was apparent that she was able to continue but she was not to exceed 22 knots so it was decided that she could rejoin the convoy. All five escort destroyers also put into Gibraltar to fuel but departed again later the same day to rejoin the convoy. HMS Ulster Monarch also put into Gibraltar.

At 0254/23, the Windsor Castle was torpedoed by a German He.111 from I/KG 26 in position 37°28'N, 01°10'E. The passengers (troops) were taken off by HMS Wren, HMS Eggesford and HMS Whaddon. The last two ships reported to be dangerously overloaded with survivors.

Three tugs were sailed to go to the damaged ship assistance, Salvestor from Algiers, Hengist from Gibraltar and Restive from Oran.

Also the destroyer HMS Loyal (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, DSC, RN) and escort destroyer HMS Lamerton (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Purse, DSC and Bar, RN), which were on A/S patrol off Algiers were ordered to proceed to the convoy. Also the destroyer HMS Eskimo (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) and escort destroyers HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN) and HMS Farndale (Cdr. D.P. Trentham, RN) were ordered to do the same sailing from Oran.

At 1027/3, it was reported that Windsor Castle was abandoned and slowly sinking and the HMS Loyal had taken off the crew. HMS Whaddon and HMS Eggesford were proceeding to Algiers covered by HMS Douglas.

At 1621/3, Windsor Castle was still afloat and HMS Farndale was ettempting to take her in tow. The ship however sank suddenly at 1724/3. HMS Eskimo, HMS Loyal, HMS Calpe, HMS Farndale, Hengist and Restive then proceeded to Oran while HMS Lamerton and Salvestor proceeded to Algiers.

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WS 28, made up of Brittanic, Duchess of Bedford, Empire Might, Monarch of Bermuda, Orontes, Otranto, Perthshire, Reina del Pacifico, Sobieski, Strathnaver, Tegelberg, Waipawa, Winchester Castle, HMS Bulolo, HMS Keren and HMS Largs.

To escort these ships the destroyers HMS Malcolm (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) and HMS Witch (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR) sailed from Casablanca on 20 March and the destroyers HMS Wolverine (Lt. I.M. Clegg, RN) and HMS Quadrant (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Farrington, RN) sailed from Gibraltar also on 20 March. They joined the convoy in the morning of March 21st after which the convoy split up.

Another destroyer, HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN), departed Gibraltar on 21 March and she joined the convoy later the same day.

On 22 March the transport Empire Might reported a fire in her stokehold rendering her immobile. She was then towed to Dakar by HMS Ashanti.

The remainder of convoy WS 28 arrived at Freetown on 27 March 1943.

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Convoy WS 28 departed Freetown for South Africa on 30 March 1943.

The composition of the convoy was the same on departed as in which it had arrived at Freetown three days earlier.

Escort was provided on departure from Freetown by the light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN), destroyers HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN), HMS Quadrant, HMS Malcolm, HMS Witch and HMS Wolverine.

At 2359Z/30, HMS Ulster Monarch overtook and joined the convoy coming from Freetown.

At 0600A/4, HMS Redoubt and HMS Quadrant parted company with the convoy to refuel at Pointe Noire. They rejoined the convoy at 1212B/5.

At 1300B/5, HMS Malcolm, HMS Witch and HMS Wolverine were detached.

At 1420B/5, HMS Racehorse (Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) and HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN) joined the escort.

On the 11th the convoy split up, Britannic, Duchess of Bedford, Monarch of Bermuda, Tegelberg, Waipawa and Winchester Castle went to Capetown apparently escorted by HMS Redoubt and HMS Relentless. HMS Largs and HMS Ulster Monarch went to Simonstown, as did HMS Kenya and HMS Quadrant and HMS Racehorce.

The destroyers HMS Quilliam (Capt. S.H. Carlill, DSO, RN), HMS Rotherham (Lt. J.R.L. Moore, RN) and HMS Foxhound (Cdr. C.J. Wynne-Edwards, DSC and Bar, RN) joined the remainder of the convoy (Orontes, Otranto, Perthshire, Reina del Pacifico, Sobieski, Strathnaver, HMS Bulolo and HMS Keren) which arrived at Durban on 14 April 1943.

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On 15 April the 'Capetown section' of the convoy departed from there, it was made up of the same ships as that had arrived at Capetown but apparently without the Britannic. HMS Largs joined the convoy off Simonstown. Escort was provided by HMS Kenya, HMS Quadrant, HMS Redoubt and HMS Relentless.

Around noon on the 18th the 'Capetown section' joined up with the 'Durban section' which had departed from there escorted by HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN) and HMS Raider (Lt.Cdr. K.W. Michell, RN) which also joined the convoy as escorts. HMS Quadrant parted company and proceeded to Durban.

At 2000C/20, the destroyers parted company to return to Aden.

At 1015D/24, the armed merchant cruisers HMS Canton ( A/Cdr.(Retd.) R.J.E. Daintree, RN) and HMS Chitral (A/Capt.(Retd.) G.W. Hoare-Smith, RN) joined the convoy to take over the escort. They had sailed from Kilindini on 22 April. HMS Kenya parted company with the convoy at noon and set course for Kilindini where she arrived on 25 April to join the Eastern Fleet.

At 2300D/27, HMS Chitral parted company with the convoy following which she proceeded to Bombay where she arrived on 1 May 1943.

On 30 April 1943 the convoy was dispersed off Aden. HMS Canton arrived at Aden later on the same day.

22 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) departed Gibraltar for Freetown. (6)

27 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) arrived at Freetown. (7)

30 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) departed Freetown to escort convoy WS 28.

[For more information on this convoy see the event ' Combined convoy WS 28 / KMS 11 ' for 16 March 1943.] (4)

11 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) arrived at Simonstown after convoy escort duty. (4)

15 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) departed Simonstown for escort duty with convoy WS 28.

[For more information on this convoy see the event ' Combined convoy WS 28 / KMS 11 ' for 16 March 1943.] (8)

25 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) arrived at Kilindini after convoy escort duty. At Kilindini she joined the Eastern Fleet. (8)

28 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
From 28 to 30 April 1943, HMS Gambia (Capt. M.J. Mansergh, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.G. Tennant, CB, MVO, RN), HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN), HMS Mauritius (Capt. W.W. Davis, RN, flying the flag of Adm. J.F. Somerville, KCB, KBE, DSO, RN) and HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.W. Josselyn, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Kilindini. (9)

7 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy JM 1.

This convoy departed Bombay on 7 May 1943 and arrived at Durban on 18 May 1943.

The convoy was made up of the troopships; Strathaird (British, 22281 GRT, built 1932) and Strathmore (British, 23428 GRT, built 1935).

On departure from Durban (around 1530FG/7) the convoy was escorted by the 'heavy' cruiser HMS Hawkins (Capt. G.A. French, RN).

Around 0915C/13, the light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) took over the escort from HMS Hawkins which then proceeded to Kilindini arriving there around 1300C/14.

Around 1130C/15, the destroyer HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN) joined.

The convoy arrived at Durban around 0715B/18. (10)

13 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) took over the escort of convoy JM 1.

[For more information on this convoy see the event ' Convoy JM 1 ' for 7 May 1943.] (11)

18 May 1943
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) and HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN) with convoy JM 1. (11)

26 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1645C/26, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) departed Durban to overtake convoy WS 29.

[For more information on this convoy see the event ' Combined convoy WS 29 / KMS 13 ' for 16 April 1943.] (11)

4 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1700C/4, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN), arrived at Kilindini after convoy escort duty. (12)

6 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1800C/6, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN), departed Kilidini to make rendezvous with the transport Lancashire (British, 9557 GRT, built 1917) near Diego Suarez. (12)

8 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1450D/8, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN), made rendezvous with the transport Lancashire (British, 9557 GRT, built 1917) and then commenced escorting this ship to Kilindini. (12)

10 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1630D/10, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) and the transport Lancashire (British, 9557 GRT, built 1917) arrived at Kilindini. (12)

18 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1530C/18, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN), departed Kilindini to proceed to the Socotra area. (13)

21 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1245E/21, in approximate position 10°45'N, 52°48'E, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) made rendezvous with troopships Nieuw Amsterdam (Dutch, 36287 GRT, built 1938) and Dominion Monarch (British, 27155 GRT, built 1939) and they proceeded towards the vicinity of Addu Atoll. (12)

26 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0245F/26, the troop transport Dominion Monarch (British, 27155 GRT, built 1939) parted company with HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN).

The Dominion Monarch arrived at Colombo later on the 26th.

HMS Kenya arrived at Trincomalee around 1900F/26. (12)

28 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo. (12)

29 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) arrived at Colombo. (12)

1 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) is docked at Colombo. (14)

7 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) is undocked. (14)

15 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. On departure exercises were carried out with aircraft.

During the night of 16/17 July, exercises were carried out during which HMS Hindustan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.J. Wilson, DSO, RINR) acted as target.

HMS Kenya arrived at Trincomalee in the morning of the 17th. (14)

19 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted exercises with aircraft off Trincomalee. (14)

22 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 22/23 July 1943, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) and HMS Hindustan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.J. Wilson, DSO, RINR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. (14)

30 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Trincomalee. She also served as target for an exercise by a shore battery. (14)

4 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) departed Trincomalee to rendezvous with convoy US 20 coming from Fremantle.

[see the event ' Convoy US 20 ' for 4 August 1943 for more info on this convoy.] (15)

16 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900F/16, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) arrived at Addu Atoll after convoy escort duty. After fuelling she departed Addu Atoll for Kilindini around 1715F/16. (15)

20 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0700C/20, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) arrived at Kilindini. (15)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/117701
  2. ADM 53/117702
  3. ADM 53/117702 + ADM 53/118637
  4. ADM 53/117703
  5. ADM 53/117703 + ADM 199/632
  6. ADM 53/117703 + ADM 199/767
  7. ADM 53/117703 + ADM 199/635
  8. ADM 53/117704
  9. ADM 53/117124 + ADM 53/117564 + ADM 53/117704 + ADM 53/117897
  10. ADM 53/117621 + ADM 53/117705
  11. ADM 53/117705
  12. ADM 53/117706
  13. ADM 53/117706 + ADM 199/643
  14. ADM 53/117707
  15. ADM 53/117708

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


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