Peter Ronald Ward, RN

Born  27 Jan 1910


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Ranks

1 May 1930 A/S.Lt.
1 Jan 1931 S.Lt.
1 Aug 1932 Lt.
1 Aug 1940 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1947 Cdr.

Retired: 27 Jan 1960


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Peter Ronald Ward, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 31 (N 31)Lt.Submarine20 Sep 193925 Jan 1940
HMS H 49 (N 49)Lt.Submarine26 Jan 194015 Apr 1940
HMS Oberon (N 21)Lt.Submarine16 Apr 19408 May 1940
HMS Usk (i) (N 65)Lt.Cdr.Submarine17 Aug 19407 Mar 1941
HMS Vanoc (H 33)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerSep 1943early 1945
HMS Forester (H 74)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer17 Apr 19456 Jun 1945

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Submarine HMS H 31 (N 31)


23 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (1)

25 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (1)

27 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (1)

28 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN). (1)

3 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) departed Portland for the Devonport Dockyard at Plymouth. (2)

4 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) arrived at the Devonport Dockyard for a battery change. (2)

14 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) shifted from Plymouth to Portland. She was escorted by HMS Maid Marion (Capt.(Retd.) D.I. McGillewie, RN). (2)

16 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted diving trials off Portsmouth as trim had to be adjusted for the heavier batteries installed. (2)

18 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and MA/SB's. (2)

19 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

21 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

22 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

28 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

29 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

4 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

10 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Guillemot (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Darell-Brown, RN) and MA/SB's. (3)

11 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

13 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Guillemot (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Darell-Brown, RN) and trawlers. (3)

14 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

22 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with MA/SB's. (3)

28 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

29 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

5 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Scott (Cdr. E.H.B. Baker, RN). (4)

6 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

7 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN) and HMS Conqueror (Capt.(Retd.) E.T.R. Chambers, RN). (4)

9 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

13 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

14 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

15 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Vega (Cdr. C.I. Horton, RN) and HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, RN). (4)

16 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

17 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

20 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

21 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS St. Modwen (Capt.(Retd.) E.A.B. Stanley, DSO, RN). (4)

22 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

27 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS St. Modwen (Capt.(Retd.) E.A.B. Stanley, DSO, RN). (4)

28 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Machin, RN). (4)

9 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (5)

13 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Vanquisher (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Alers-Hankey, RN). (5)

15 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Shemara (Capt.(Retd.) H.N.M. Hardy, DSO, RN). (5)

16 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with MA/SB's. (5)

17 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (5)

21 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. A.A.C. Ouvry, RN). (5)

22 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Conqueror (Capt.(Retd.) E.T.R. Chambers, RN). (5)

23 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Shemara (Capt.(Retd.) H.N.M. Hardy, DSO, RN). (5)

24 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Shemara (Capt.(Retd.) H.N.M. Hardy, DSO, RN). (5)

25 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (5)


Submarine HMS H 49 (N 49)


30 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 49 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted post-refit trials off Sheerness. (6)

2 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 49 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. She took passage in convoy OA 84. (7)

3 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 49 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (8)

7 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 49 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Portland where she was to participate in A/S exercises. [As there are no logs available of HMS H49 from Februaury to MAy 1940 no details regarding these A/S exercises can be given.] (8)


Submarine HMS Usk (i) (N 65)


10 Oct 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for the Clyde area. She was escorted by the Brisitsh ASW trawler HMS Lady Madeleine (T/Lt. P.H. Potter, RNR). (9)

11 Oct 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) arrived in the Clyde area for a period of trials and training. (10)

28 Oct 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) departed the Clyde area for Barrow. (10)

29 Oct 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) arrived at Barrow. (10)

4 Nov 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) departed Barrow for Portsmouth. (10)

6 Nov 1940
While on passage from Barrow to Portsmouth HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) is ordered to patrol 20 nautical miles west of Ushant, France making this her 1st war patrol. It was thought that the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer might be making for a port in Western France. (11)

11 Nov 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Portsmouth. The patrol had been uneventful except for the bad weather encountered. (11)

21 Nov 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) departed Portsmouth, escorted by by the Brisitsh ASW trawler HMS Kingston Amber (Skr. J. Flett, RNR), for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the English Channel. (11)

30 Nov 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Portsmouth. Only small vessels had been sighted. (11)

11 Dec 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar. She was to proceed towards Malta to join the Mediterranean Fleet. (10)

14 Dec 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) was ordered to divert to a patrol (with HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN), HMS Upholder (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) and HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN).) in the Bay of Biscay to intercept U-boats on their way to the Gironde making this her 3rd war patrol. (9)

18 Dec 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) was ordered to continue her passage to Gibraltar. (9)

23 Dec 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (10)

1 Jan 1941
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 4th war patrol. She is to take up a patrol position with HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) and HMS Upholder (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) to the West of Gibraltar off Cape Spartel. This was most likely to intercept Vichy-French warships that might have departed Casablanca for the Mediterranean. (12)

2 Jan 1941
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) was recalled to Gibraltar where she arrived later the same day. (12)

7 Jan 1941
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. She was also to patrol between positions 38°12'N, 07°46'E and 38°20'N, 09°20'E to cover the passage of the EXCESS convoy. (10)

17 Jan 1941
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) arrived at Malta. Usk had suffered engine damage (amongst other defects) during the passage from the U.K. to Malta. This was possibly due to sabotage at her builders yard at Barrow. (10)

3 Feb 1941
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Tripoli, Libya. (11)

9 Feb 1941
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) attacked an enemy convoy with two torpedoes near Tripoli, Libya. The patrol report of Usk does not mention the attack position and there is no log available.

According to Italian sources these ships appear to have been two of the liners of the Esperia convoy which had just sailed from Tripoli for Naples (the convoy consisted of the troop transports Esperia (11398 GRT, built 1920), Marco Polo (12567 GRT, built 1912), Conte Rosso (12567 GRT, built 1912) and transport Calitea (4013 GRT, built 1933) escorted by the Italian destroyers Luca Tarigo, Lanzerotto Malocello, Freccia and Saetta on passage from Tripoli to Naples).

1936 hours - Surfaced and saw two large merchant vessels to the South-West steering North. Range was 3500 to 4000 yards. Started attack.

1941 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the leading ship but they however did not run straight and missed. Usk then dived. No counter attack followed. (11)

14 Feb 1941
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (11)


Destroyer HMS Vanoc (H 33)


16 Mar 1944 (position 35.55, -5.41)
German U-boat U-392 was sunk in the Straits of Gibraltar, in position 35°55'N, 05°41'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Affleck (A/Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, DSC, RN (retired)), the British destroyer HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) and depth charges from 3 US Catalina aircraft (VP 63).

21 Jan 1945
HMS Vanoc was heavily damaged when she rammed and sank the British minesweeping trawler HMS Computator off Normandy, France. (13)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15687
  2. ADM 173/15688
  3. ADM 173/15689
  4. ADM 173/15690
  5. ADM 173/16274
  6. ADM 173/16323
  7. ADM 199/1829
  8. ADM 199/2556
  9. ADM 199/373
  10. ADM 199/2573
  11. ADM 199/1881
  12. ADM 199/400
  13. Personal communication

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


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