Robert Marriott Aubrey DSC, RN

Born  30 Mar 1909
Died  Oct 1990(81)


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Ranks

1 May 1929 A/S.Lt.
1 Dec 1929 S.Lt.
1 May 1931 Lt.
1 May 1939 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1943 Cdr.

Retired: 30 Mar 1959


Decorations

14 Sep 1943 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Robert Marriott Aubrey, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Blanche (H 47)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer27 Jun 193913 Nov 1939
HMS Campbell (D 60)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer8 Apr 194024 Jun 1940
HMS Fowey (L 15 / U 15)Lt.Cdr.Sloop6 Aug 194030 Nov 1942
HMS Wren (ii) (U 28)Lt.Cdr.Sloop16 Dec 19428 Nov 1943
HMS Exe (K 92)Lt.Cdr.Frigate24 Nov 194325 Feb 1944
HMCS Beacon Hill (K 407)Cdr.Frigate5 Mar 1945Aug 1945
HMS Musketeer (G 86)Cdr.DestroyerAug 19454 Jun 1946

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Destroyer HMS Blanche (H 47)


31 Aug 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) departed Dover to patrol off the Goodwin light vessel. She returned to Dover the next day.

HMS Blanche was part of the 38th Division of the 19th Destroyer Flotilla based at Dover. (1)

1 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) departed Dover to patrol the Goodwin Sands area. (2)

3 Sep 1939
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) returned to Dover from patrol.

She departed for patrol again later the same day. (2)

4 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) returned to Dover from patrol. (2)

5 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) departed Dover to patrol the Goodwin Sands area.

At 1833 hours she dropped a pattern of depth charges east-north-east of Ramsgate in position 51°25'N, 01°40'E.

At 1940 hours a floating mine was sighted in position 51°27'N, 01°41'E. It was attempted to explode the mine with rifle fire and then with pompom fire but this failed. The whaler was then launched and it dealth with the mine. After hoising in the whaler patrol was resumed. (2)

6 Sep 1939
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) returned to Dover from patrol. (2)

7 Sep 1939
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) conducted exercises off Dover following which she escorted the survey vessel HMS Scott (Cdr. W.C. Jenks, RN) and also a buoy laying vessel.

Blanche returned to Dover late in the evening. (2)

8 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) escorted a buoy laying vessel near Dover. She returned to harbour later the same day. (2)

9 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) escorted the survey vessel HMS Scott (Cdr. W.C. Jenks, RN) near Dover. (2)

10 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) escorted the survey vessel HMS Scott (Cdr. W.C. Jenks, RN) near Dover. (2)

11 Sep 1939
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) departed Dover to patrol the Goodwin Sands area.

At 2035 hours she obained an A/S contact and dropped a pattern of five depth charges in position 51°24'N, 01°39'E. This was probably a non-sub contact. (2)

12 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) shifted patrol to the Dungeness area (to the west of Dover).

In the evening, at 2037 hours, an A/S contact was obtained and a pattern of four depth charges was dropped. The contact was probably non-sub. (2)

13 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Shortly after noon, HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN), returned to Dover from patrol. (2)

14 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) escorted the AA cruiser HMS Cairo (Capt. H.P.K. Oram, RN) which provided AA cover during minelaying operations off Dover. (2)

15 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) escorted the AA cruiser HMS Cairo (Capt. H.P.K. Oram, RN) which provided AA cover during minelaying operations off Dover.

Shortly after noon she was detached from this escort duty to patrol off Dungeness. (2)

16 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) made rendez-vous and then again escorted the AA cruiser HMS Cairo (Capt. H.P.K. Oram, RN) which provided AA cover during minelaying operations off Dover.

In the afternoon HMS Blanche resumed her patrol off Dungeness. (2)

17 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) returned to Dover from patrol. (2)

18 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) departed Dover to patrol the Goodwin Sands area. (2)

20 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) returned to Dover from patrol. (2)

21 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Cairo (Capt. H.P.K. Oram, RN), HMS Codrington (Capt. D.J.R. Simson, RN), HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN), HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) and HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) departed Dover for a sweep towards the Dutch coast to intercept German shipping. (2)

22 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
While returning from their fruitless sweep towards the Dutch coast, HMS Cairo (Capt. H.P.K. Oram, RN), HMS Codrington (Capt. D.J.R. Simson, RN), HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN), HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) and HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) provided cover for convoy FN 9 which was a large convoy on passage from Southend to Methil.

They escorted the convoy until shortly before midnight when they turned south. (2)

23 Sep 1939
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) arrived at the Chatham Dockyard where she is docked in no.4 dock. (2)

27 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) is undocked. (2)

28 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) shifted from the Chatham Dockyard to Dover. (2)

29 Sep 1939
HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) shifted Dover to Dunkirk, France. She returned to Dover later the same day.

[As no logs of HMS Blanche are available after September 1939 little details are known of her operatations during October and November 1939. She remained based at Dover until late October 1939 after which she was based at Harwich.] (2)

2 Nov 1939
A submarine was reported near Margate Buoy and the destroyers HMS Keith (Cdr.(Retd.) H.T.W. Pawsey, OBE, RN), HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) and HMS Gurkha (Cdr. F.R. Parham, RN) were ordered to hunt this submarine. No contact was obtained though.

12 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The minelaying cuiser HMS Adventure (Capt. A. R. Halfhide, RN) departed Grimsby for Portsmouth. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Basilisk (Cdr. M. Richard, RN) and HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN).


Destroyer HMS Campbell (D 60)


20 Jun 1940
The British merchant Empire Conveyor is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-122 about 50 nautical miles south of Barra Head, Hebrides in position 56°16'N, 08°10'W. HMS Campbell (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN) later picks up 38 survivors.


Sloop HMS Fowey (L 15 / U 15)


19 Oct 1940
HMS Fowey (Lt.Cdr.(emergency) L.C.A. Leefe, RN) picks up 35 survivors from the British merchant Empire Brigade that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 about 100 miles east-southeast of Rockall in position 57°12'N, 10°43'W.

Fowey also picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Shekatika that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-123 about 90 miles east-southeast of Rockall in position 57°12'N, 11°08'W.

20 Nov 1942
HMS Fowey (Cdr. L.B.A. Majendie, RN (retired)) picks up 67 survivors from the British merchant Grangepark that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-263 west of Gibraltar in position 35°55'N, 10°14'W.


Sloop HMS Wren (ii) (U 28)


1 May 1943
The British merchant Port Victor is torpedoed and sunk north-east of the Azores in position 47°49'N, 22°02'W by German U-boat U-107. HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN) later picks up 145 survivors.

24 Jun 1943 (position 45.00, -11.59)
German U-boat U-449 was sunk at 1600hrs on 24 June 1943 in the North Atlantic, north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45°00'N, 11°59'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN), HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr. R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN).

14 Jul 1943
On the 14th of July, the seven survivors of German U-boat U-607 were rescued by HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN). U-607 was sunk the day before (13 July 1943) by Sunderland "N" of the British 228. Sqn and Halifax "Q" of the British 58. Sqn. (3)

30 Jul 1943 (position 45.33, -10.58)
German U-boat U-462 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay at position 45°33'N, 10°58'W.by a British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn 502/S) and gunfire from the British sloops HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN), HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr. R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN) and HMS Woodcock (Lt.Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, RN).

Sources

  1. ADM 53/107789 + ADM 53/107790
  2. ADM 53/107790
  3. Personal communication

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


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