William Francis Henry Crawford Rutherford, RN

Born  9 May 1906


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Ranks

1 May 1927 A/S.Lt.
1 Dec 1927 S.Lt.
1 Sep 1929 Lt.
1 Sep 1937 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1942 Cdr.
7 Feb 1944 A/Capt.
31 Dec 1946 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jan 1956


Decorations

21 Mar 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jul 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
10 Nov 1953 DSO
2 Jan 1956 CBE

Warship Commands listed for William Francis Henry Crawford Rutherford, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Suffolk (55)A/Capt.Heavy cruiser7 Feb 194410 Jun 1944

Career information

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Events related to this officer

Heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (55)


24 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (A/Capt. W.F.H.C. Rutherford, RN) departed Durban for Mauritius. (1)

28 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (A/Capt. W.F.H.C. Rutherford, RN) arrived at Mauritius. (1)

30 Mar 1944
HMS Suffolk (A/Capt. W.F.H.C. Rutherford, RN) departed Colombo for Fremantle. (2)

7 Apr 1944
HMS Suffolk (A/Capt. W.F.H.C. Rutherford, RN) arrived at Fremantle from Colombo. (2)

14 Apr 1944

Convoy US 24.

This convoy departed Fremantle on 14 April 1944 and was dispersed on 24 April 1944.

The convoy was made up of the (troop)transports; Athos II (French, 15276 GRT, built 1927) and Ruys (Dutch, 14155 GRT, built 1937).

The convoy was escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (A/Capt. W.F.H.C. Rutherford, RN).

25 Apr 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (A/Capt. W.F.H.C. Rutherford, RN) arrived at Trincomalee from convoy escort duty. (3)

30 Apr 1944
Task Force 67, made up of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers; Eaglesdale (8032 GRT, built 1942), Echodale (8150 GRT, built 1941), Easedale (8032 GRT, built 1942), Arndale (8296 GRT, built 1937), Pearleaf (5911 GRT, built 1917), Appleleaf (5891 GRT, built 1917) and supplyship (used as distilling ship) Bacchus (3154 GRT, built 1936) and their escort made up of the heavy cruiser HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN), destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) and the frigate HMS Findhorn (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RD, RNR) departed Trincomalee.

Task Force 67 was to proceed to Exmouth Gulf, Australia.

On 1 May 1944 the heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (A/Capt. W.F.H.C. Rutherford, RN) departed Trincomalee to overtake and join Task Force 67.

HMS Rotherham, HrMs Van Galen and HMS Findhorn parted company around 0900FG/3 to return to Trincomalee.

[For more infomation on the movements of Task Force 67 see the event ' Operation Transom ' for 6 May 1944.]

1 Jun 1944
HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN) and HMS Suffolk (A/Capt. W.F.H.C. Rutherford, RN) arrived at Colombo from operations / escort duty.

Later the same day HMS Suffolk departed Colombo for Durban where she is to be taken in hand for refit. (4)

9 Jun 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Suffolk (A/Capt. W.F.H.C. Rutherford, RN) arrived at Durban from Colombo. (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/120569
  2. ADM 53/120570
  3. ADM 53/120571
  4. ADM 53/119803 + ADM 53/120573
  5. ADM 53/120573

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


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