David Gilmour, RN

Born  8 Aug 1897

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31 Jul 1914 Mid.
15 Jul 1916 A/S.Lt.
15 Jan 1917 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1918 Lt.
15 Apr 1926 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1932 Cdr.
31 Dec 1939 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jan 1949


23 Jan 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for David Gilmour, RN

HMS Coventry (D 43)Capt.Light cruiser22 Apr 194019 May 1941
HMS Suffolk (55)Capt.Heavy cruiser10 Jun 194420 Nov 1945

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Light cruiser HMS Coventry (D 43)

13 Dec 1940 (position 32.37, 26.44)
HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN) was torpedoed and damaged by the Italian submarine Neghelli in the eastern Mediterranean about 80 nautical miles north-north-west of Mersa Matruh, Egypt in position 32°37'N, 26°44'E. Repairs were completed on 20 January 1941.

18 May 1941
The First Victoria Cross of the Mediterranean battle was posthumously awarded to Petty Officer A.E. Sephton for "great courage and endurance" while on HMS Coventry as she was being attacked by German Stuka dive bombers while off Crete.

Petty officer Sephton was buried at sea. His VC was on display at Coventry Cathedral but was stolen on 25 September 1990.

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