Randall Thomas Gordon-Duff, RN

Born  19 Aug 1904
Died  31 Jan 1942(37)HMS Culver (Y 87)


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Ranks

15 Jan 1925 A/S.Lt.
15 Aug 1925 S.Lt.
15 Jan 1927 Lt.
15 Jan 1935 Lt.Cdr.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Randall Thomas Gordon-Duff, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Proteus (N 29)Lt.Cdr.Submarine12 Dec 193826 Sep 1940
HMS Culver (Y 87)Lt.Cdr.SloopApr 194131 Jan 1942 (+)

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Submarine HMS Proteus (N 29)


11 Oct 1939
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was undocked at Singapore where she had been refitting since early July 1939. (1)

9 Dec 1939
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) completed her refit at Singapore. (2)

1 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted engine trials of Singapore. (3)

2 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted trials of Singapore. (3)

3 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted torpedo firing trials of Singapore. (3)

4 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (3)

5 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. R. Alexander, RN). (3)

11 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Singapore for Hong Kong.

For the daily positions of HMS Proteus during this passage see the map below.

(3)

17 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) arrived at Hong Kong. (3)

23 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (3)

26 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (3)

29 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was docked at Hong Kong. (3)

30 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was undocked. (3)

31 Jan 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (3)

1 Feb 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) and HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN). conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (4)

28 Feb 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Liverpool (Capt. P.A. Read, RN). (4)

29 Feb 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN). (4)

2 Mar 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Vladivostok.

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

(5)

21 Mar 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Hong Kong. It had been uneventful and no naval activity was observed. (5)

2 Apr 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Hong Kong for Singapore.

HMS Proteus was to proceed to the Mediterranean.

For the daily positions of HMS Proteus during the passage from Hong Kong to Alexandria see the map below.

(6)

8 Apr 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) arrived at Singapore. (6)

10 Apr 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Singapore for Colombo. (6)

16 Apr 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) arrived at Colombo. (6)

17 Apr 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Colombo for Aden. (6)

25 Apr 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) arrived at Aden. (6)

26 Apr 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Aden for Port Said. (6)

1 May 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) arrived at Port Said. (7)

2 May 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (7)

3 May 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (7)

10 May 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was docked at Alexandria. (7)

15 May 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was undocked. (7)

17 May 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria with HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rimington, RN). (7)

21 May 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Alexandria for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Anti-Kithera Channel.

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

(7)

31 May 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. It had been uneventful. (7)

3 Jun 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (8)

7 Jun 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria with ORP Garland (Kpt. mar. (Lt.) A. Doroszkowski, ORP) (8)

8 Jun 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (8)

14 Jun 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Alexandria for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Kithera to guard the Kithera Channel and the Anti-Kithera Channel.

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

(9)

26 Jun 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was ordered to proceed to Malta with despatch. She was to patrol off French North Africa in the western Mediterranean. (9)

28 Jun 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) arrived at Malta to embark fuel, lubricating oil, fresh provivions and fresh water. (9)

29 Jun 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Malta to resume her patrol. She was to patrol off Oran.

The German B-Dienst intercepted a signal but mistook her destination for Marseille. (9)

4 Jul 1940
At 1245 hours HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was patrolling off Oran when the French seaplane tender Commandant Teste was observed but she disappeared into the fog before an attack could be carried out. (9)

6 Jul 1940
At 0815 hours HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) came within range (1000 yards) of two French destroyers of the Simoun class but she had just received orders not to attack French warships. Later Commandant Teste was again sighted but left unmolested and the submarine was ordered to proceed to Gibraltar (9)

9 Jul 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (9)

24 Jul 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (10)

26 Jul 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar. (10)

1 Aug 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was visited by Vice Admiral Sir Dudley North (North Atlantic Station) and then departed Gibraltar for Malta. She had on board 13 RAF personnel and some RAF stores.

For the daily positions of HMS Proteus during this passage see the map below.

(9)

8 Aug 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) arrived at Malta. (9)

9 Aug 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) damaged her bow in a collision with tug HMS Andromeda, the latter sank. (9)

10 Aug 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was docked at Malta. (9)

22 Aug 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) was undocked. (9)

23 Aug 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the south of the Straits of Messina.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Proteus during this patrol see the map below.

(9)

12 Sep 1940 (position 32.21, 24.39)
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) attacked either the Italian submarine Uarsciek or Ondina with one torpedo about 40 nautical miles east-north-east of Tobruk, Libya. The torpedo missed. Neither of the Italian submarines reported being attacked.

(All times are zone -3)
0300 hours - When in position 32°21'N 24°39'E sighted suspicious lights bearing 150°. Closed to investigate. Soon an Italian submarine was seen on the surface. Started attack. The enemy however dived before an attack could be carried out.

0416 hours - Sighted a second Italian submarine. Turned towards and fired a torpedo on the swing from 1500 yards. It missed. Proteus dived on firing. (9)

14 Sep 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (9)

26 Sep 1940
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) departed Alexandria for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol south of the Straits of Messina.

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

(9)


Sloop HMS Culver (Y 87)


31 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Culver (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) picks up 25 survivors from the Dutch merchant Bennekom that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 in convoy OS-10 about 530 nautical miles west of Cape Clear in position 51°20'N, 23°40'W.

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Sources

  1. ADM 173/15950
  2. ADM 173/15952
  3. ADM 173/16442
  4. ADM 173/16443
  5. ADM 173/16444
  6. ADM 173/16445
  7. ADM 173/16446
  8. ADM 173/16447
  9. ADM 199/283
  10. ADM 173/16448

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


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