Edward Gerard Le Geyt, RN

Born  5 May 1904St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, U.K.
Died  14 Mar 1993(88)London, England, U.K.


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Ranks

15 Sep 1923 Mid.
15 Nov 1925 S.Lt.
15 Jun 1927 Lt.
15 Jun 1936 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1941 Cdr.

Retired: 5 May 1954


Decorations

14 May 1946 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Edward Gerard Le Geyt, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Diana (H 49)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer20 Jun 19396 Sep 1940
HMS Eskimo (F 75)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer15 Nov 19401 Oct 1942

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Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Diana (H 49)


4 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Hong Kong to patrol in the Luzon Strait with the purpose to intercept German merchant vessels. (1)

8 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) returned to Hong Kong from patrol. (1)

21 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Hong Kong for Singapore. HMS Diana is to join the Mediterranean Fleet. (1)

24 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Singapore. (1)

25 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Singapore for Colombo. (1)

28 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Colombo. (1)

29 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Colombo for Aden. (1)

7 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Aden. (2)

8 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Aden for Suez. (2)

11 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Suez. She then entered the Suez Canal and arrived at Port Said later the same day. (2)

12 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) shifted from Port Said to Alexandria. (2)

16 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said. On departure she carried out gunnery exercises. (2)

17 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Port Said. She departed again later the same day to patrol in the Aegean (contraband control). (2)

23 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (2)

8 Nov 1939
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Gibraltar for Marseilles, France escorting the liner Devonshire (11275 GRT, built 1939). (3)

10 Nov 1939
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and the liner Devonshire (11275 GRT, built 1939) arrived at Marseilles, France. (3)

11 Nov 1939
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Marseilles for Malta. (3)

13 Nov 1939
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Malta where she was taken in hand for a short refit. (3)

8 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) returned to Malta from patrol off the Dardanelles. She had been relieved by HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN). (4)

16 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) returned to Malta from patrol. (5)

30 Dec 1939
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Dover. (5)

31 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) shifted from Dover to Sheerness. She was to be taken in hand for repairs by the Chatham Dockyard. (5)

16 Jan 1940
With her short refit completed HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Sheerness to proceed to the Clyde. (6)

20 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived in the Clyde. (6)

8 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed the Clyde to proceed northwards towards the Shetlands. (7)

12 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy HN 11.

This convoy was formed near Bergen, Norway on 12 February 1940. It arrived at Methil on 15 February 1940

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Balder (Norwegian, 1129 GRT, built 1901), Bjornvik (Norwegian, 812 GRT, built 1918), Convallaria (Swedish, 1996 GRT, built 1921), Dahlia (Swedish, 1057 GRT, built 1907), Drabant (Swedish, 1767 GRT, built 1897), Eros (Norwegian, 974 GRT, built 1922), Frisco (Norwegian, 1582 GRT, built 1939), Gol (Norwegian, 985 GRT, built 1920), Jacob Christensen (Norwegian, 3594 GRT, built 1920), Jaederen (Norwegian, 902 GRT, built 1918), La France (Norwegian, 617 GRT, built 1909), Listo (Norwegian, 1998 GRT, built 1918), Lyng (Norwegian, 953 GRT, built 1920), Lysland (Norwegian, 1335 GRT, built 1907), Majorca (British, 1126 GRT, built 1921), Mari (Norwegian, 563 GRT, built 1920), Maria Gorthon (Swedish, 1572 GRT, built 1930), Northumbria (Swedish, 1396 GRT, built 1898), Omberg (Swedish, 1284 GRT, built 1920), Orania (Norwegian, 1182 GRT, built 1919), Orland (Norwegian, 1899 GRT, built 1917), Oscar (Swedish, 1394 GRT, built 1914), Otto (Finnish, 1343 GRT, built 1907), Sando (Swedish, 1334 GRT, built 1902), Sigrid (Norwegian, 965 GRT, built 1920), Sixten (Norwegian, 2171 GRT, built 1912), Spero (Norwegian, 3619 GRT, built 1919), Storfors (Norwegian, 545 GRT, built 1918) and Vestland (Norwegian, 1934 GRT, built 1916).

Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Cossack (Capt. P.L. Vian, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN) and HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN). Cover for the convoy was provided by the light cruisers HMS Edinburgh (Capt. C.M. Blackman, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN) and HMS Arethusa (Capt. Q.D. Graham, RN). Destroyer HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) sailed from Rosyth on the 13th and joined the convoy escort. The movements of each induvial escort is not clear to us at the moment but it appears all escorts were back in harbour before the convoy arrived at Methil.

13 Feb 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Rosyth to join the escort of convoy HN 11 en-route from Norway to Methil.

[for more info on this convoy see the event 'Convoy HN 11' for 12 February 1940.]

14 Feb 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) returned to Rosyth.

She departed later the same day for Invergordon together with HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. Sir M. Culme-Seymour, RN). At sea they were joined by HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN).

15 Feb 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. M. Culme-Seymour, RN) and HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) arrive at Invergordon. They departed again later the same day escorting the destroyer HMS Duncan (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN) that was being towed from Invergordon to Rosyth by the tugs St. Mellons and Norman.

16 Feb 1940
HMS Duncan (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN), under tow by the tugs St. Mellons and Norman and their escorting destroyers; HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. M. Culme-Seymour, RN) and HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) arrive at Rosyth from Invergordon.

17 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. M. Culme-Seymour, RN) departed Rosyth escorting two merchant vessels to Aberdeen after which they escorted the merchant vessels Hirondelle (British, 893 GRT, built 1925) and Rutland (1437 GRT, built 1935) to Lerwick and Scapa Flow respectively.

21 Feb 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) picks up 35 men from the British merchant Loch Maddy that was torpedoed and damaged by the German U-boat U-57 about 20 nautical miles south-south-east of Copinsay, Orkney Islands. HMS Diana landed the survivors at Scapa Flow later on the same day.

The damaged merchant vessel was finished off early the next day by German U-boat U-23.

22 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Rosyth for repairs to a burst steam pipe.

1 Mar 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Rosyth from convoy escort duties. (3)

3 Apr 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Rosyth to participate in an exercises with aircraft. On completion of these exercises she set course for Hull where she was to dock for repairs to her Asdic intallation. (3)

5 Apr 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Hull for repairs. (3)

14 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN) and HMS Grafton (Cdr. C.E.C. Robinson, RN) departed the Humber for Rosyth where they arrived around 1500/15.

15 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy NM 1.

This convoy departed Leith at noon on 15 April 1940 for Scapa Flow.

It was made up of the following merchant vessels; Blackheath (British, 4637 GRT, built 1936), Cedarbank (British, 5159 GRT, built 1924), Charlbury (British, 4836 GRT, built 1940), Cyclops (British, 9076 GRT, built 1906),

Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN) and HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN). Later they were joined by HMS Grafton (Cdr. C.E.C. Robinson, RN). The convoy arrived at Scapa Flow on the 16th.

4 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Skjelfiord for the Clyde. She was escorting the RFA tanker Aldersdale (8402 GRT, built 1937).

9 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and the RFA tanker Aldersdale (8402 GRT, built 1937) arrived in the Clyde.

14 May 1940
Around 2100 hours, the aircraft carriers HMS Furious (Capt. T.H. Troubridge, RN) and HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D’Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde for operations off Norway. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Veteran (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN), HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, RN) and HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Palmer, RN). HMS Witherington was however soon replaced by HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN).

23 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The aircraft carriers HMS Furious (Capt. T.H. Troubridge, RN) and HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D’Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and their destroyer escort made up of HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN), HMS Veteran (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN) and HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

31 May 1940
The aircraft carriers HMS Ark Royal (Capt. C.S. Holland, RN) and HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D’Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for operations of northern Norway. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN), HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Acasta (Cdr. C.E. Glasfurd, RN), HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) and HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN).

11 Jun 1940
The battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN), battlecruiser HMS Repulse (Capt. E.J. Spooner, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Tartar (Capt. C. Caslon, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, RN), HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from operations off Norway.

13 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) departed Scapa Flow at 1800/13 to search for a reported (1515/13) enemy submarine in position 59°07'N, 01°30'W. At 1904/13 another enemy submarine contact was reported in position 59°54'N, 00°10'E which they were also ordered to investigate.

15 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) returned to Scapa Flow after a fruitless A/S hunt at 0115/15.

17 Jun 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Peters, RN) departed Scapa Flow at 0130/17 for the Clyde. They were however recalled.

At 1545/17 the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (Capt. C.S. Holland, RN) departed Scapa Flow for the Clyde. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. A.F. de Salis, RN), HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN) and HMS Escapade (Cdr. H.R. Graham, RN). They were joined off Scapa Flow by HMS Foxhound. HMS Diana returned to Scapa Flow.

22 Jun 1940
The battlecruisers HMS Renown (Capt. C.E.B. Simeon, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral W.J. Whitworth, CB, DSO, RN), HMS Repulse (Capt. Sir W.G. Tennant, CB, MVO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN), HMS Zulu (Cdr. J.S. Crawford, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, RN), HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. J. Bostock, RN) and HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) returned to Scapa Flow at 1120/22.

24 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Scapa Flow in the evening for Aberdeen where she joined the transports Lochnagar (1523 GRT, built 1906) and store carrier Kylebrook (870 GRT, built 1927) and their escorts the Auxiliary A/S trawler HMS Stoke City (Lt.Cdr. N.C.H. Scallan, RNR) and the M/S trawler HMS Whitethorn (Lt. W.G.H. Bolton, RNR).

The next day Kylebrook and HMS Whitethorn were detached off Scapa Flow and entered that place.

The remaining ships continued on to Lerwick where they arrived in the afternoon of the 25th.

HMS Diana then departed for Scapa Flow where she arrived at 2130/25.

8 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Scapa Flow at 2230/8 to make rendez-vous with the Finnish mechant vessel Lahti (519 GRT, built 1905) at 0400/9th off Rattray Head and escort her to Rosyth. She could however not find the Finnish vessel and at 1234/9 she was ordered to search for a Blenheim aircraft that had crashed in the sea in position 58°14'N, 01°04'W.

After an unsuccessful search HMS Diana returned to Scapa Flow at 0200/10.

18 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The destroyer HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Berkeley (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Walters, RN) and HMS Garth (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Dyke, RN) departed Scapa Flow at 0645/18 to assist in an A/S hunt off Cape Wrath. HMS Berkeley and HMS Garth returned to Scapa Flow at 0045/19 while HMS Diana remained on patrol in the area.

19 Jul 1940
The damaged cruiser HMS Glasgow (Capt. H. Hickling, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Liverpool at 1800/19. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Ashanti (Cdr. W.G. Davis, RN) and HMS Mashona (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN). Off Cape Wrath the destroyer HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), which had been patrolling in that area, joined while HMS Ashanti and HMS Mashona set course to return to Scapa Flow where they arrived at 0500/20.

21 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Glasgow (Capt. H. Hickling, RN), HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN) and HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Liverpool around 1200/21.

HMS Inglefield, HMS Diana and HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN) departed Liverpool around 1400/21 for escort duty.

24 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Liverpool at 2200 hours for Sheerness. (3)

26 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (3)

27 Jul 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) shifted from Sheerness to London where she is to refit at the R & H Green and Silley Weir Ltd. shipyard.

[In early August 1940 it was decided to transfer HMS Diana to the Royal Canadian Navy as a replacement for HMCS Fraser.] (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/108323
  2. ADM 53/108324
  3. ADM 199/2561
  4. ADM 199/389
  5. ADM 53/108325
  6. ADM 187/5
  7. ADM 187/6

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


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