Stephen Hope Carlill DSO, RN

Born  23 Dec 1902

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15 May 1923 A/S.Lt.
15 Nov 1923 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1925 Lt.
15 Apr 1933 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1937 Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Capt.
8 Jan 1952 Rear-Admiral
16 Dec 1954 Vice-Admiral

Retired: 7 Jul 1959


17 Mar 1942 DSO
2 May 1944 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1954 CB
13 Jun 1957 KBE

Warship Commands listed for Stephen Hope Carlill, RN

HMS Hambledon (L 37)Cdr.Escort destroyer1 Apr 1940late 1940
HMS Farndale (L 70)Cdr.Escort destroyer3 Dec 194014 Jul 1942
HMS Quilliam (G 09)Capt.Destroyer26 Aug 1942Nov 1943

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Escort destroyer HMS Hambledon (L 37)

7 Oct 1940 (position 51.08, 1.21)
HMS Hambledon (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN) set off an acoustic mine in the English Channel off South Foreland in position 51°08'N, 01°21'E during operation Lucid, a planned raid with numerous incendiary vessels, gunboats, MTBs, minesweepers and other escort destroyers on the German invasion fleets assembled in the French channel ports. She was severely damaged. Repairs were completed in mid-May 1941.

Escort destroyer HMS Farndale (L 70)

5 Dec 1941 (position 32.11, 24.30)
Just after 2100 hours the British armed boarding vessel HMS Chakdina, serving as transport ship, was torpedoed and sunk by Italian aircraft about 30 nautical miles east-north-east of Tobruk, Libya in position 32°11'N, 24°30'E. Some of the survivors were picked up by the British escort destroyer HMS Farndale (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN) and landed at Alexandria on the 7th.

11 Dec 1941 (position 32.09, 25.19)
The Italian submarine Ammiraglio Caracciolo was sunk about 30 nautical miles north-north-east of Bardia in position 32°09'N, 25°19'E by HMS Fandale (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN).

9 Feb 1942
While escorting Convoy AT-27 from Alexandria to Tobruk, HMS Farndale (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN) was heavily damaged in a German air attack off Mersa Matruh, Egypt. The ship was hit by a bomb just forward of the bridge. The bomb went through the Commanding Officers cabin down to the stewards accommodation and out through the ships side, where it exploded, damaging the ships side. The asdic compartment was flooded as were both engine rooms, the ship started to go down rapidly by the bows. The Commanding Officer ordered abandon ship but this was recalled as the ship settled. Farndale was taken in tow by AT-27's other escort the British corvette HMS Gloxinia (Lt.Cdr. A.J.C. Pomeroy, RNVR). Farndale arrived back at Alexandria on the 11th. Damage was severe and the ship was sent back home for repairs.

16 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Farndale (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN) is undocked. (1)


  1. ADM 53/116464

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