Anthony Follett Pugsley DSO, RN

Born  7 Dec 1901

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15 Sep 1921 A/S.Lt.
15 May 1922 S.Lt.
15 Aug 1923 Lt.
15 Aug 1931 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1936 Cdr.
31 Dec 1942 Capt.
8 Jan 1952 Rear-Admiral

Retired: 2 Jun 1954


19 Jul 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
2 Jun 1943 DSO
24 Aug 1943 Bar to DSO
22 Dec 1944 CB

Warship Commands listed for Anthony Follett Pugsley, RN

HMS Javelin (F 61)Cdr.Destroyer8 May 1939late 1940
HMS Fearless (H 67)Cdr.Destroyer28 Dec 194023 Jul 1941
HMS Paladin (G 69)Cdr.Destroyer25 Sep 19414 Jan 1943
HMS Jervis (F 00)Capt.Destroyer7 Jan 194322 Jun 1943
HMS Trafalgar (R 77)Capt.Destroyer9 Jul 194529 Nov 1946

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Destroyer HMS Jervis (F 00)

13 Feb 1943

Convoy ME 17.

This convoy departed Malta on 14 February 1943 and arrived at Port Said on 18 February 1943.

The convoy was to have merged with convoy TX 1 coming from Tripoli but as this convoy was delayed both convoys proceeded independently.

The convoy was made up of the following ships; Egra (British, 5108 GRT, built 1911), Erinna (Dutch (tanker), 6233 GRT, built 1936) and Yorba Linda (Panamanian (tanker), 6900 GRT, built 1921).

On departure from Malta the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMS Jervis (Capt. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Belvoir (Lt. J.F.D. Bush, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Tetcott (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, RN) and Pindos.

On the 14th, HMS Jervis was detached to join convoy TX 1. HMS Beaufort (Lt.Cdr. S.O’G Roche, DSO, RN) sailed from Alexandria to join the escort of convoy ME 17.

On the 15th, HMS Beaufort made a short to fuel at Tobruk after which she departed to join convoy ME 17 at dawn the next morning.

On convoy was later split up and the Egra arrived at Alexandria on the 18th escorted by HMS Beaufort and HMS Tetcott.

The remainder of the convoy, the Erinna and Yorba Linda arrived at Port Said later on the 18th, escorted by HMS Belvoir and RHS Pindos. (1)

2 Jun 1943
The Italian torpedo boat Castore (652 tons) left Taranto at 2000hours on 31 May 1943 as escort of the Italian merchants Postumia (595 GRT) and Vragnizza (1592 GRT) heading for Messina. Around 0140 hours on 2 June 1943 while off Cape Spartivento this convoy was attacked with gunfire by the British destroyer HMS Jervis (Capt. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga (Lt.Cdr. G. Blessas, DSO, RHN). The two Allied destroyers opened fire at 2000 yds and in the resulting action the Castore was sunk (around 0315 hours) and the two merchants were damaged. According to the war diaries of the Seekriegsleitung both merchant vessels are reported to have arrived in Messina at 1630 hours on 3 June. Other sources give that Postumia went ashore and was later raised and repaired.

During the engagement Jervis and Vasilissa Olga were assisted by allied aircraft that illuminated the targets by firing flares.


  1. ADM 199/773

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