Paul Stamford Thirsk DSC, RNR

Born  17 Oct 1918
Died  2 Aug 1996(77)


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Ranks

7 Jan 1940 T/S.Lt.
1 May 1942 T/Lt.

Decorations

8 Feb 1944 DSC (1)

Warship Commands listed for Paul Stamford Thirsk, RNR


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Una (N 87)T/Lt.SubmarineOct 194315 Feb 1944
HMS Vulpine (P 79)T/Lt.Submarine15 Feb 194425 Mar 1945
HMS Saga (P 257)T/Lt.Submarine21 Mar 1945

Career information

Paul Stamford Thirsk was born on 17 Oct 1918. He joined the Blue Funnel Line after finishing Nautical College but was listed as RNR officer. He was called upon when the war started and volunteered for submarines.

On 3 October 1940 he was wounded in the leg by gunfire from a German aircraft while serving on board HMS Talisman and spent some time in the hospital before joining P-42 / Unbroken for her commissioning later in 1941.

In 1942 Thirsk went out to the Mediterranean in the submarine P-42 (later renamed Unbroken) and joined the 10th flotilla at Malta. He went out on 12 war patrols, first as navigation officer and then as first lieutenant under the famous commander Alastair Mars.

In 1943 Thirsk came to Britain to go through his submarine commander training.

After the war he joined the Overseas Civil Service and was posted to Nigeria. After suffering fro tuberculosis in 1952 he joined the Colonial Office as principal. From 1955 to 1963 he held Colonial Service posts in Northern Rhodesia. His colonial days came to an end in 1966 when he was deputy Governor of British Guiana before its independence.

He got married in 1961 to Daphne Coster and they had two sons.

Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Una (N 87)


10 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

11 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

12 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

13 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

14 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

18 Oct 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Rothesay for Heysham. (2)

19 Oct 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) arrived at Heysham for a period of training and exercises with FAA aircraft in the Irish Sea. (2)

21 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Heysham for exercises off Morecambe Bay. (2)

23 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) returned to Heysham. (2)

24 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Heysham for exercises off Morecambe Bay. (2)

28 Oct 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) returned to Rothesay. (2)

3 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

7 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

8 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

9 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

10 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

11 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

15 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

16 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

17 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

20 Nov 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Rothesay for Heysham. She was escorted by HMS Ambuscade (Lt. H. Hutchinson, RN). (3)

21 Nov 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) arrived at Heysham for a period of training and exercises with FAA aircraft in the Irish Sea. (3)

22 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Heysham for exercises off Morecambe Bay. (3)

27 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) returned to Heysham. (3)

30 Nov 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Heysham for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Brighton (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.H. Foulds, DSC, RNVR). (4)

1 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) arrived at Rothesay. (4)

4 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Kames Bay where she was immediately docked. (4)

6 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) was undocked and returned to Rothesay. (4)

8 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

8 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

9 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown to participate in A/S exercises. (4)

10 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

12 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

13 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

14 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

15 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

16 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

17 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (4)

19 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) returned to Rothesay. (4)

20 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Rothesay for Stornoway. (4)

22 Dec 1943
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) arrived at Stornoway to participate in A/S exercises. (4)

23 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway. (4)

24 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway. (4)

28 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway. (4)

30 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Plucky (T/Lt.Cdr. R. Patterson, SANF(V)). (4)

31 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway. (4)

4 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Plucky (T/Lt.Cdr. R. Patterson, SANF(V)). (5)

4 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Plucky (T/Lt.Cdr. R. Patterson, SANF(V)). (5)

6 Jan 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted RD/F exercises off Stornoway with HMS Hardy (Capt. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Venus (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson DSO, RN) and HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN). (5)

7 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted RD/F exercises off Stornoway with HMS Hardy (Capt. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Venus (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson DSO, RN), HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN) and HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN). (5)

11 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Clinton (Lt. K.A. Gadd, DSC, RNR). (5)

14 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Clinton (Lt. K.A. Gadd, DSC, RNR). (5)

17 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Antares (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Clinton (Lt. K.A. Gadd, DSC, RNR). (5)

19 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Antares (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Clinton (Lt. K.A. Gadd, DSC, RNR) and HMS Victrix (T/Lt. R.H. McDonald, RNVR). (5)

23 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Antares (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN). (5)

25 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Antares (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Victrix (T/Lt. R.H. McDonald, RNVR). (5)

26 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Antares (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Victrix (T/Lt. R.H. McDonald, RNVR). (5)

27 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Antares (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN). (5)

28 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Lennox (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) and HMS Victrix (T/Lt. R.H. McDonald, RNVR). (5)

31 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Lennox (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN). (5)

1 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Lennox (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN). (6)

4 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Lennox (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) and HMS Wistaria (A/Skr.Lt. J.H. Consadine, DSC, RNR). (6)

5 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Lennox (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) and HMS Wistaria (A/Skr.Lt. J.H. Consadine, DSC, RNR). (6)

6 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Lennox (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN), HMS Wistaria (A/Skr.Lt. J.H. Consadine, DSC, RNR) and HMS Grain (A/Skr.Lt. E.J.L. Davies, RNR). (7)

7 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Lennox (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN), HMS Wistaria (A/Skr.Lt. J.H. Consadine, DSC, RNR) and HMS Grain (A/Skr.Lt. E.J.L. Davies, RNR). (6)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Skokholm (T/Lt. T. Costley, RNVR) and HMS Grain (A/Skr.Lt. E.J.L. Davies, RNR). (6)

10 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Grain (A/Skr.Lt. E.J.L. Davies, RNR). These were followed by gunnery exercises with a target that was towed by HMS Ocean Vim. (6)

13 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Skokholm (T/Lt. T. Costley, RNVR) and HMS Skokholm. (6)

14 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Skokholm (T/Lt. T. Costley, RNVR) and HMS Skokholm. (6)

Sources

  1. Chris Thirsk [chris.thirsk@five.tv] (his son)
  2. ADM 173/18340
  3. ADM 173/18341
  4. ADM 173/18342
  5. ADM 173/19188
  6. ADM 173/19189
  7. ADM 199/19189

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


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