Sir Rhoderick Robert McGrigor DSO, RN

Born  12 Apr 1893York, England
Died  3 Dec 1959(66)Aberdeen, Scotland


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Ranks

15 Sep 1910 Mid.
15 Jan 1913 A/S.Lt.
15 Sep 1913 S.Lt.
15 Oct 1914 Lt.
15 Oct 1922 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1927 Cdr.
31 Dec 1933 Capt.
8 Jul 1941 Rear Admiral
15 Apr 1945 Vice-Admiral
2 Sep 1948 Admiral
1 May 1953 Admiral of the fleet

Decorations

21 Dec 1943 DSO
1 Jan 1944 CB
30 Jan 1945 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
14 Jun 1945 KCB
1 Jan 1951 GCB

Warship Commands listed for Rhoderick Robert McGrigor, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Renown (72)Capt.Battlecruiser23 Dec 194026 Aug 1941

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Events related to this officer

Battlecruiser HMS Renown (72)


6 Feb 1941

British raid on Genoa.

Force H (Vice Admiral Somerville) left Gibraltar on 6 February 1941. The battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt R.R. McGrigor, RN), battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. A.F.E. Palliser, DSC, RN), aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (Capt. C.S. Holland, RN), light cruiser HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN) and the destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN), HMS Foresight (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN), HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Robinson, RN), HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St.J. Morgan, RN) and HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) left Gibraltar to the west with convoy HG-53. This was done to fool German and Italian observers in Spain. In the meantime 4 destroyers HMS Duncan (Capt. A.D.B. James, RN), HMS Isis (Cdr. C.S.B. Swinley, DSC, RN), HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.P. Thew, RN) left Gibraltar and steamed to the east to conduct a anti-submarine sweep. During the night Force H reversed course and passed Gibraltar on an easterly course back into the Mediterranean. There they were joined by the 4 destroyers that conducted the anti-submarine sweep.

On 8 February the Italian fleet left port and steamed south after they received reports of British carrier aircraft south of the Balearics. The Italians thought that there was another convoy to Malta.

Early in the morning of 9 February Renown, Malaya and Sheffield bombarded the Italian city of Genoa. In the harbour 4 ships were sunk and 18 were damaged. Also the city itself was damaged.

The Italian fleet turned around and tried to intercept the British ships but due to the bad weather this failed.

In the meantime Ark Royal's aircraft raided Livorno and mined the harbour of La Spezia.

Force H safely returned to Gibraltar on 11 February.


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