James Gordon Gould, RN

Born  16 Mar 1903


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Ranks

15 May 1923 A/S.Lt.
30 Dec 1923 S.Lt.
30 Dec 1925 Lt.
30 Dec 1933 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1938 Cdr.

Retired: 16 Mar 1953


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for James Gordon Gould, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Trident (N 52)Cdr.Submarine19 Jul 1939late Jan40
HMS Pelican (L 86 / U 86)Cdr.SloopNov 19422 Apr 1943
HMS Antelope (H 36)Cdr.Destroyer4 Oct 1943late 1944

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Trident (N 52)


1 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) departed her builders yard at Birkenhead for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (1)

2 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) arrived at Plymouth. She departed later the same day for Portsmouth. She made the passage together with HMS H 28 (Lt. D.E. Mansfield, RN) (which was to proceed to Portland). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). Off Portland HMS H 28 left and HMS H 49 (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) joined for the passage to Portsmouth. (1)

3 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) arrived at Portsmouth to begin a period of trials and training. (1)

4 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

5 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

6 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

7 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

12 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Portland where she was to conduct her torpedo firing trials. During the passage she was escorted by HMS Skate (Lt.Cdr. A.O. Johnson, RN). (1)

13 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (1)

14 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (1)

15 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (1)

16 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. (1)

20 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portsmouth. (1)

25 Oct 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) departed Portsmouth for Oban. She made most of the passage in a convoy. (1)

27 Oct 1939
At 0745 hours, HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN), parted company with the convoy and proceeded to Oban escorted by HMS Vivacious (Lt.Cdr. F.R.W. Parish, RN). She arrived at Oban at 1530 hours. At 1755 Trident departed from Oban for her 1st war patrol (work-up patrol). She was ordered to patrol off the west coast of Ireland to intercept an outward bound U-boat (4th November) but fails to find her.

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


HMS Trident 1st war patrolclick here for bigger map (2)

11 Nov 1939
At 0810 hours, HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN), made rendes-vous with HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. J.W. McCoy, RN). Both submarines then proceeding in company towards Rosyth escorted by HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN). (2)

12 Nov 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) ended her 1st war patrol (that was blank) at Rosyth. (2)

23 Nov 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 2nd war patrol. She is to form a patrol line with other submarines off the Norwegian coast to intercept the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau that had sunk the armed merchant cruiser Rawalpindi.

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


HMS Trident 2nd war patrolclick here for bigger map (2)

5 Dec 1939
At 2302 hours HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) sights a submarine bearing 120° 600 yards steering 250°. Trident turned toward and all bow tubes were flooded. Identification signals were made by the submarine but could not be read. It was decided that it was probably a friendly submarine that was out of position due to the bad weather that prevented good sights to establish position. The submarine eventually turned out to be HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN). (2)

8 Dec 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Rosyth. (2)

27 Dec 1939
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 3rd war patrol. She is to patrol off Murmansk, northern Russia to observe German movements / operations from that port.

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


HMS Trident 3rd war patrolclick here for bigger map (2)

12 Jan 1940
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth. (2)

20 Jan 1940
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 4th war patrol. She is to patrol in the North Sea. (3)

24 Jan 1940
HMS Trident (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

31 Jan 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. A.G.L. Seale, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 5th war patrol. She is to patrol in the North Sea off the west coast of Denmark.

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


HMS Trident 5th war patrolclick here for bigger map (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19199
  2. ADM 199/1864
  3. ADM 173/16630

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


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