Thomas Graeme Ridgeway, RN

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Ranks

16 May 1939 S.Lt.
1 Dec 1940 Lt.
1 Dec 1948 Lt.Cdr.

Retired: 29 May 1959


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Thomas Graeme Ridgeway, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Tribune (N 76)Lt.Submarine14 Nov 194111 Dec 1941
HMS Tribune (N 76)Lt.SubmarineMar 1942Apr 1942
HMS H 32 (N 32)Lt.Submarine30 Dec 19429 Jun 1943
HMS Templar (P 316)Lt.Submarine10 Apr 1944Mar 1945
HMS Templar (P 316)Lt.Submarine11 Jul 1945

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Submarine HMS H 32 (N 32)


1 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) proceeded from Rothesay to Ardrishaig. Off Ardrishaig she participated in A/S exercises. (1)

2 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (1)

3 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (1)

4 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (1)

5 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (1)

7 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (1)

8 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) shifted from Ardrishaig to Rothesay. (1)

9 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (1)

12 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Mallow (Lt. W.R.B. Noall, DSO, RNR). (1)

16 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (1)

19 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

20 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

24 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed Portsmouth for Sheerness. (1)

25 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Sheerness Roads. (1)

26 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) proceeded to the Sheerness Dockyard where she was taken in hand for refit. (1)

17 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted dive trials off Sheerness. (2)

20 Apr 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. She was escorted by the tug Mammouth. (2)

21 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (2)

24 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (2)

25 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Yarmouth. (2)

26 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) shifted from Yarmouth to Dartmouth. She was escorted by HMS Kingston Turquoise (Ch.Skr. H.E. Dodd, RNR). (2)

27 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) shifted from Dartmouth to Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Kingston Turquoise (Ch.Skr. H.E. Dodd, RNR). (2)

28 Apr 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) shifted from Plymouth Dartmouth for special trials and exercises. She was escorted by HMS Kingston Chrysoberyl (Skr.Lt. M.A. Smith, RD, RNR). (2)

29 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (2)

30 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (2)

2 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (3)

3 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (3)

4 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (3)

5 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (3)

6 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (3)

7 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (3)

9 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (3)

11 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) participated in special trials / exercises off Dartmouth with aircraft. (3)

12 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) shifted from Dartmouth to Plymouth escorted by HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. H.F.B. Ashby, RNVR). (3)

16 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (3)

19 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (3)

20 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted independent exercises off Campbeltown. (3)

21 May 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (3)

23 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

24 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

25 May 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (3)

26 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR). (3)

27 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (3)

28 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR). (3)

30 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

31 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR). (3)

1 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (4)

2 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR). (4)

3 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR) and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR). (4)

4 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (4)

6 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN) and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR). (4)

7 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.R.T. Clements, RNR) and HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H.T. Pitt, RN). (4)

8 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR) and HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR). (4)

9 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr.Lt. J.R. Coultas, RD, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises Lt. Troup took over command of HMS H 32 from Lt. Ridgeway). (4)


Submarine HMS Templar (P 316)


14 Apr 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted noise trials off Trincomalee. (5)

18 Apr 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted excercises off Trincomalee. (5)

19 Apr 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted excercises off Trincomalee. (5)

26 Apr 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 9th war patrol (6th in the Far East). She is to patrol off the North-West coast of Sumatra. She is also to undertake a special operation (Details to follow).

For the daily positions of HMS Templar during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

9 May 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (6th in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (6)

13 May 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) is docked at Trincomalee in a floating drydock. (7)

16 May 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) is undocked. (7)

23 May 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 10th war patrol (7th in the Far East). She is to patrol in the Malacca Straits. She is also to lay a minefield off the Dindings.

For the daily positions of HMS Templar during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

28 May 1944 (position 4.18, 100.18)
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese auxiliary storeship Kumano Maru (872 GRT, built 1941). She was in convoy with the Japanese transport Risui Maru (845 GRT, built 1927, former British Lipis). They were escorted by the Japanese submarine chaser Ch-7 and the Japanese auxiliary submarine chasers CHa-50 and CHa-70.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0540 hours - In position 04°18'N, 100°18'E sighted two merchant ships escorted by two trawlers and one submarine chaser. Bearing 160°, range about 5000 yards, course 340°, speed 9 knots. Started attack.

0552 hours - Fired three stern torpedoes from 2400 yards resulting in one hit. The target was later seen to be standing vertically on end in 180 feet of water. Templar was hunted and depth charged following the attack. 18 Depth charges in all were dropped but these did no damage. (6)

30 May 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) is detected and depth charged by a Japanese submarine chaser. 26 Depth charges in all were dropped. No damage is done. (6)

4 Jun 1944 (position 4.16, 100.27)
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) lays mines in the Strait of Malacca off the Dindings near position 04°16'N, 100°27'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1615 to 1845 hours - Laid 12 mines in minefield M.L.O. 8.

1850 hours - Surfaced in position 04°16'N, 100°27'E. (6)

16 Jun 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) ended her 10th war patrol (7th in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (6)

23 Jun 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) is docked at Trincomalee. (8)

27 Jun 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) is undocked. (8)

5 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) conducted noise trials and exercises off Trincomalee. (9)

9 Jul 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed from Trincomalee for her 11th war patrol (8th in the Far East). She is to patrol off Northern Sumatra and to carry out a special operation (details to follow).

For the daily positions of HMS Templar during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

16 Jul 1944 (position 7.03, 96.00)
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) misses German U-boat U-1062 with eight torpedoes north of Sumatra. U-1062 had departed Penang bound for Europe the previous day.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1345 hours - In position 07°03'N, 96°00'E, the conning tower of a submarine was sighted about 8 nautical miles away, an attack was commenced.

1429 hours - Eight torpedoes were fired from 4000 yards that all missed. The enemy evaded the torpedoes. (6)

31 Jul 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) ended her 11th war patrol (8th in the Far East) at Trincomalee. (6)

14 Aug 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed from Trincomalee bound for Aden. She is to return to the U.K. for a refit.

For the daily positions of HMS Templar during this passage see the map below.

(10)

28 Aug 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Aden. (10)

15 Sep 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed from Aden bound for Suez. (11)

20 Sep 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Suez. (11)

22 Sep 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) transits the Suez Canal and arrived at Port Said. (11)

24 Sep 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed from Port Said bound for Malta. (11)

29 Sep 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Malta. (11)

7 Oct 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed from Malta bound for Gibraltar. (12)

12 Oct 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (12)

19 Oct 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) departed from Gibraltar bound for Holy Loch. She made the passage in convoy SL 173 / MKS 64. (12)

28 Oct 1944
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

During the period between arriving in the U.K. and the start of her refit Templar is used for exercises in the Clyde area. These included snort trials. (12)

2 Feb 1945
HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) proceeds from Holy Loch for Troon where she is to refit. (13)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17766
  2. ADM 173/17769
  3. ADM 173/17770
  4. ADM 173/17771
  5. ADM 173/18985
  6. ADM 199/1863
  7. ADM 173/18986
  8. ADM 173/18987
  9. ADM 173/18988
  10. ADM 173/18989
  11. ADM 173/18990
  12. ADM 173/18991
  13. ADM 173/19881

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


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