James Marjoribanks Rowland DSO, RN

Born  13 Nov 1902

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15 May 1924 A/S.Lt.
15 Dec 1924 S.Lt.
15 Feb 1927 Lt.
15 Feb 1935 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1941 Cdr.

Retired: 13 Dec 1953


1 Jan 1944 DSO (1)

Warship Commands listed for James Marjoribanks Rowland, RN

HMS Wolverine (D 78)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer29 Nov 1940Feb 1942
HMS Walker (D 27)Cdr.DestroyerMar 1943early 1943
HMCS Orkney (K 448)Cdr.Frigate29 Mar 1945???
HMS Haydon (L 75)Cdr.Escort destroyerJun 1945

Career information

Cdr JM Rowland was A/Captain (D) Newfoundland in April 1944, according to a Watchkeeping Certificate, which was signed by Rowland. In his book "Betrayed: Scandal, Politics, and Canadian Naval Leadership", Richard O Mayne describes correspondence between Rowland and Commodore (D) Londonderry "Shrimp" Simpson regarding the issue of Canadian escort ships out-of-date equipment. It's reasonable to assume that Rowland was in "Newfyjohn" between commands at sea from early '43 to March '45.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Wolverine (D 78)

8 Mar 1941
HMS Wolverine (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rowland, RN) attacked German U-boat U-A with depth charges south off Iceland. This attack is often credited to have resulted in the loss of the famous U-47 but this is not true.


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