Sidney Richard James Woods DSC, RD, RNR

Born  14 Oct 1906Plymouth, England
Died  16 Feb 1968(61)


15 Mar 1930 S.Lt.
6 Feb 1932 Lt.
6 Feb 1940 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1944 Cdr.

Retired: 14 Oct 1956


May 1942 RD
1 Aug 1944 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Sidney Richard James Woods, RNR

HMS Aquamarine (4.00)Lt.ASW Trawler5 Sep 193917 May 1940
HMS CometLt.Cdr.MS TrawlerMay 194030 Sep 1940
HMS Burwell (H 94)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer9 Oct 1940mid 1942
HMS Witch (D 89)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerJul 1942late 1943
HMS Wren (ii) (U 28)Lt.Cdr.Sloop8 Nov 194315 Jan 1944
HMS Wren (ii) (U 28)Lt.Cdr.Sloop15 Mar 194425 Apr 1946

Career information

He went to HMS Worcester, graduated in 1923 and joined Clan Line. Rose to the rank of Captain. Was RNR and joined RN at start of War. He was in command of HMS Burwell at the capture of U-570.

Returned to command in Clan Line after the war. Retired November 1967 and passed away from emphysema 16 Feb 1968

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Burwell (H 94)

10 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The Belgian merchant Gand was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-556 about 210 miles south-east of Cape Farewell. HMS Burwell (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR) later picks up 43 survivors and landed them at Reykjavik on 17 May.

Sloop HMS Wren (ii) (U 28)

10 Aug 1944 (position 46.30, -3.08)
German U-boat U-608 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay north-west of La Rochelle, in position 46°30'N, 03°08'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, DSC, RNR) and a British Liberator aircraft (53 Sqn RAF/C).

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