Alexander Cumming Gordon Madden, RN

Born  21 Jan 1895Stourbridge, West Midlands, England
Died  21 Sep 1964(69)Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England


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Ranks

15 Sep 1912 Mid.
15 Jan 1915 A/S.Lt.
30 Sep 1915 S.Lt.
30 Dec 1916 Lt.
30 Dec 1924 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1929 Cdr.
31 Dec 1936 Capt.
2 Jan 1946 Rear-Admiral
5 Feb 1949 Vice-Admiral
1 Sep 1952 Admiral

Retired: 29 Feb 1956


Decorations

1 Jan 1946 CBE
10 Jun 1948 CB
7 Jun 1951 KCB

Warship Commands listed for Alexander Cumming Gordon Madden, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Birmingham (19)Capt.Light cruiser4 Mar 194015 Dec 1941
HMS Anson (79)Capt.Battleship9 Nov 194419 Jan 1946

Career information

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Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMS Birmingham (19)


16 Mar 1940
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) conducted D/G trials off Portsmouth. On completion of these she set course to proceed to Scapa Flow via the Clyde. (1)

17 Mar 1940
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) arrived in the Clyde. (1)

18 Mar 1940
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) departed the Clyde for Scapa Flow where she arrived later the same day and joined the Home Fleet. (1)

19 Mar 1940
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) departed Scapa Flow for the Northern Patrol. She is to patrol south of Iceland. (2)

28 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from the Northern Patrol. (2)

31 Mar 1940
Around 2015A/31, HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) departed Scapa Flow for an anti-shipping raid along the Norwegian coast.

She was joined around 1220A/1, by the destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN) and HMS Hostile (Cdr. J.P. Wright, RN) which came from Sullom Voe.

In the afternoon of the 3rd, HMS Fearless fuelled from HMS Birmingham.

In the morning of the 4th, HMS Hostile captured the German fishing trawler PG 365 / Friesland (247 GRT, built ????) north-west of Tromso in position 70°06'N, 17°01'E.

In the afternoon of the 4th, HMS Hostile fuelled from HMS Birmingham.

On the 6th, HMS Fearless captured the German fishing trawler PG 529 / Blankenburg (344 GRT, built 1938) near the North Cape in position 71°05'N, 26°49'E.

On the 7th, HMS Hostile captured the German fishing trawler PG 105 / Nordland (393 GRT, built 1922) north of the Lofoten in position 69°05'N, 14°30'E. (3)

10 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from operations off Norway. (4)

19 Apr 1940
Around 0445A/19, HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow having been detached from escorting the troopship Empress of Australia.

She departed Scapa Flow for Rosyth around 0930A/19. She was recalled for escort duty later and proceeded north to make rendezvous with a troop convoy the following day. (4)

20 Apr 1940
Around 0100A/20, the French transport Ville d’Alger with French troops on board departed Scapa Flow for Namsos. She was being escorted by the French destroyers Bison (Capt. J.A.R. Bouan) and Foudroyant Foudroyant (Cdr. P.L.A. Fontaine).

These ships were joined around 0800A/20 by the AA cruiser HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) which also came from Scapa Flow.

Around 2015A/20, the light cruiser HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) also joined she remained with the convoy until 2035A/21 when the convoy entered Namsen Fjord. HMS Birmingham then set course for Rosyth.

Around 2315A/21, HMS Calcutta parted company with the French ships and left Namsen Fjord to proceed back to sea. (5)

22 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) arrived at Rosyth from operations. (4)

29 Apr 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN, flying the flag of Vice Admiral G. Layton, CB, DSO, RN) and HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from operations of Norway. (6)

8 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The light cruiser HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) and HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Rosyth where they arrived later the same day. (7)

11 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1100A/11, the light cruiser HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) and the destroyers HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN) and HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) arrived at Immingham. (8)

20 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) departed Immingham for Rosyth. (8)

21 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) arrived at Rosyth from Immingham. (8)

27 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) proceeded from Rosyth to Immingham. (8)

10 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) proceeded from Immingham to Rosyth. (9)

23 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1030A/23, the light cruisers HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN) and HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) and the destroyer HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN) departed Rosyth with despatch to make rendezvous with the damaged Polish submarine ORP Wilk (Kpt.mar. (Lt.Cdr.) B. Karnicki). After Wilk reported she was able to dive the British ships were ordered to return to Rosyth which they did around 1830A/23. (10)

26 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) is docked in No.3 Dock at Rosyth. (9)

30 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) is undocked. (9)

2 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) departed Rosyth for Sheerness. (9)

3 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) arrived at Sheerness from Rosyth. (9)

4 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN, struck his flag in HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN) and hoisted it in HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN). (11)

6 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During the night of 6/7 July, HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN) conducted patrol 'M' [Thames estuary]. (12)

10 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During the night of 10/11 July, HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN) conducted patrol 'M' [Thames estuary]. (12)

8 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During the night of 8/9 August, the light cruiser HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Campbell (Capt. C.R.L. Parry, RN) and HMS Windsor (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Huddart, RN) conducted patrol 'O' [East of Lowestoft between 52°00'N and 52°45'N]. (13)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/111573
  2. ADM 53/111573 + ADM 199/385
  3. ADM 53/111573 + ADM 53/111574 + ADM 199/361 + ADM 199/376 + ADM 199/385
  4. ADM 53/111574
  5. ADM 53/111574 + ADM 53/111634 + ADM 199/361 + ADM 199/385
  6. ADM 53/111574 + ADM 53/112663
  7. ADM 53/111575 + ADM 199/376 + ADM 199/385
  8. ADM 53/111575
  9. ADM 53/111576
  10. ADM 53/111576 + ADM 53/113212 + ADM 199/385
  11. ADM 53/111577 + ADM 53/112666 + ADM 199/385
  12. ADM 53/111577 + ADM 199/385
  13. ADM 53/111578 + ADM 199/385

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


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