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


Decorations

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 194321 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, GRT, built ), Brittanic (British, GRT, built ), Cuba (British, GRT, built ), Duchess of Bedford (British, GRT, built ), Empire Might (British, GRT, built ), Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (British, GRT, built ), Monarch of Bermuda (British, GRT, built ), Orion (British, GRT, built ), Ormonde (British, GRT, built ), Orontes (British, GRT, built ), Otranto (British, GRT, built ), Nea Hellas (British, GRT, built ), Perthshire (British, GRT, built ), Rangitata (British, GRT, built ), Reina del Pacifico (British, GRT, built ), Sobieski (British, GRT, built ), Strathnaver (British, GRT, built ), Tegelberg (British, GRT, built ), Waipawa (British, GRT, built ), Winchester Castle (British, GRT, built ) and Windsor Castle (British, GRT, built ).

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.

At 0800B/11, HMS Quilliam (Capt. S.H. Carlill, DSO, RN) joined the convoy.

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)

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

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


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