Herbert James Caldwell, RN

Born  29 Jul 1905
Died  Apr 1940(34)HMS Tarpon


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Ranks

1 Dec 1928 Mate
1 Oct 1931 Lt.
1 Oct 1939 Lt.Cdr.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Herbert James Caldwell, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 33 (N 33)Lt.Submarine15 Dec 1938Feb 1940
HMS Tarpon (N 17)Lt.Cdr.Submarine12 Mar 1940Apr 1940

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS H 33 (N 33)


1 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt. H.J. Caldwell, RN) conducted exercises off Plymouth. (1)

1 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt. H.J. Caldwell, RN) conducted exercises off Plymouth. (1)

13 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt. H.J. Caldwell, RN) conducted exercises off Plymouth. During these exercises the main engines were flooded due to a failure to shut the muffler valves. H 33 then proceeded to the Devonport Dockyard to repair the damage sustained. (1)

25 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt. H.J. Caldwell, RN) is docked at the Devonport Dockyard. (1)

27 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt. H.J. Caldwell, RN) is undocked. (1)

2 Oct 1939
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) departed Plymouth for her 1st war patrol. She is to patrol off the west coast of Ireland with special service trawler HMS Tamura (later to be named HMS Comet, Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN).

For the daily positions of HMS H 33 during this patrol see the map below. (HMS Tamura was operating very near to HMS H 33).

(2)

3 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) set course to return to Plymouth after several defects had developed. (2)

4 Oct 1939
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) arrived back at Plymouth. (2)

8 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) departed Plymouth to resume her 1st war patrol with special service trawler HMS Tamura (later to be named HMS Comet, Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, RN). (2)

19 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Plymouth. (2)

23 Oct 1939
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) departed Plymouth for Dover. She was escorted by HMS Viscount (Lt. M.S. Townsend, RN). (3)

24 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) arrived at Dover. (3)

25 Oct 1939
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) shifted from Dover to Sheerness. She was escorted by HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN).

HMS H 33 was then taken in hand for refit at the Sheerness Dockyard. (3)

24 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) conducted post-refit trials off Sheerness. (4)

25 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. (4)

26 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (4)

29 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (4)

30 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (4)

1 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (5)

2 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (5)

4 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 33 (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Caldwell, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (5)


Submarine HMS Tarpon (N 17)


16 Mar 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed the Clyde area for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN) and HMS Havant (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, RN). (6)

20 Mar 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (6)

26 Mar 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Portland where she arrived later the same day. (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15708
  2. ADM 199/1828
  3. ADM 173/15709
  4. ADM 173/16292
  5. ADM 173/16293
  6. ADM 199/2572

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


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