Guy Grantham DSO, RN

Born  9 Jan 1900Roman Bank, Skegness, Lincolnshire
Died  8 Sep 1992(92)Syston Park, Barkston, Lincolnshire


Admiral Guy Grantham, RN

Ranks

14 Jun 1918 Cadet
1 Nov 1918 Mid.
15 Jan 1921 S.Lt.
15 Feb 1922 Lt.
15 Feb 1930 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1933 Cdr.
31 Dec 1937 Capt.
8 Jul 1947 Rear-Admiral
4 Oct 1950 Vice-Admiral
22 Oct 1953 Admiral

Retired: 30 Apr 1959


Decorations

3 Jun 1941 DSO
8 Sep 1942 CB
1 Jun 1943 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
23 May 1944 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1946 CBE
5 Jun 1952 KCB
31 May 1956 GCB

Warship Commands listed for Guy Grantham, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Phoebe (43)Capt.Light cruiser10 Jun 1940Sep 1941
HMS Naiad (93)Capt.Light cruiser15 Jan 194211 Mar 1942
HMS Cleopatra (33)Capt.Light cruiser17 Mar 194226 Oct 1942
HMS Indomitable (92)Capt.Aircraft Carrier15 Dec 1942Aug 1943

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Light cruiser HMS Cleopatra (33)


10 Apr 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, KBE, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. A.L. Poland, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Alliston, DSO, RN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St.Clair Ford, DSO, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. N.H.G. Austen, RN), HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) and HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria although it is possible that some of the destroyer / escort destroyers were on A/S patrol off Alexandria instead of exercising. (1)

16 Apr 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, KBE, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Euryalus (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. A.L. Poland, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN) and RHS Vasilissa Olga (Lt.Cdr. G. Blessas, RHN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (2)

4 May 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, KBE, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Euryalus (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Dido (Capt. H.W.U. McCall, RN), HMS Coventry (Capt. R.J.R. Dendy, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. A.L. Poland, CB, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.T. Jellicoe, DSC, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, DSO, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Lively (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (3)

20 May 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, KBE, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Euryalus (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Dido (Capt. H.W.U. McCall, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. A.L. Poland, CB, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN), RHS Aetos, RHS Kondouriotis, HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria.

Later the AA cruiser HMS Coventry (Capt. R.J.R. Dendy, RN) also went to sea. (3)

30 May 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, KBE, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Euryalus (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Dido (Capt. H.W.U. McCall, RN), HMS Coventry (Capt. R.J.R. Dendy, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. A.L. Poland, CB, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Hero (Lt. W. Scott, RN), HMS Beaufort (Lt.Cdr. S.O’G Roche, RN), HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN), HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN), HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, DSC, RN), HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) and HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN). conducted exercises off Alexandria. (3)

2 Jun 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, KBE, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (4)

30 Jun 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, KBE, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Arethusa (Capt. A.C. Chapman, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. A.L. Poland, CB, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Beaufort (Lt.Cdr. S.O’G Roche, RN) and HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for Haifa where they arrived the following day. (5)

1 Aug 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, KBE, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Arethusa (Capt. A.C. Chapman, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J. A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Zulu (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. G.E. Fardell, RN), HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN), HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, DSC, RN), HMS Hursley (Lt. W.J.P. Church, DSC, RN) and HMS Tetcott (Lt. H.R. Rycroft, RN) conducted exercises off Haifa. (6)

15 Aug 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, KBE, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Arethusa (Capt. A.C. Chapman, RN), HMS Zulu (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. G.E. Fardell, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Tetcott (Lt. H.R. Rycroft, RN), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN) and HMS Dulverton(Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) proceeded from Haifa to Port Said. (6)

12 Sep 1942
Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, KBE, DSO and 2 Bars, RN, struck his flag in HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN). Rear-Admiral A.J. Power, CB, CVO, RN, then hoisted his flag. (7)

15 Sep 1942
Rear-Admiral A.J. Power, CB, CVO, RN, transferred his flag from HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN) to HMS Euryalus (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). (8)

16 Sep 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN) transited the Suez Canal southbound and departed from Suez for Massawa. (9)

18 Sep 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN) arrived at Massawa for a short refit and docking. (9)

19 Sep 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN) is docked in the floating dock at Massawa. (9)

23 Sep 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN) is undocked. This did not go as intended but only some minor damage was sustained by HMS Cleopatra. The dock was out of action four days for repairs. (9)

25 Sep 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN) departed Massawa for Port Said. (9)

27 Sep 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN) anchored off Abu Zenima to provide AA protection for shipping to the south of the Suez Canal. (9)

2 Oct 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN) proceeded from Abu Zenima to Port Said.

The flag of Rear-Admiral A.J. Power, CB, CVO, RN, was then transferred from HMS Euryalus (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) to HMS Cleopatra. (10)

16 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The light cruisers HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, CB, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral A.J. Power, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Orion (Capt. G.C.P. Menzies, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. Several destroyers were also participating. [These might have been HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN), HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), RHS Vasilissa Olga (Lt.Cdr. G. Blessas), HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Paladin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) (these last two joining at sea escorting HMS Arethusa part of the way to Alexandria. It also possible some Hunt-class escort destroyer took part in the exercises.]

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Sources

  1. ADM 53/115622 + ADM 53/116781
  2. ADM 53/115622 + ADM 53/115908
  3. ADM 53/115623 + ADM 53/115793 + ADM 53/115909 + ADM 53/116782
  4. ADM 53/115624 + ADM 53/116783
  5. ADM 53/115347 + ADM 53/115348 + ADM 53/115642 + ADM 53/115643
  6. ADM 53/115349 + ADM 53/115626
  7. ADM 53/115627 + ADM 199/651
  8. ADM 53/115627 + ADM 53/115913
  9. ADM 53/115627
  10. ADM 53/115628

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


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