George Philip Sevier Davies OBE, RN

Born  29 Apr 1904


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Ranks

15 Sep 1924 A/S.Lt.
30 May 1925 S.Lt.
30 May 1927 Lt.
30 May 1935 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Cdr.

Retired: 29 Apr 1954


Decorations

29 Sep 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
28 Dec 1943 OBE

Warship Commands listed for George Philip Sevier Davies, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Tribune (N 76)Lt.Cdr.Submarine27 Feb 19388 May 1940

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Submarine HMS Tribune (N 76)


17 Oct 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from her builders yard for Portsmouth. She is escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (1)

19 Oct 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) arrived at Portsmouth for a period of trials and exercises. (1)

20 Oct 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted independent exercises off Yarmouth. (1)

21 Oct 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted independent exercises off Yarmouth. Upon completion of these exercises HMS Tribune proceeded to Portsmouth. (1)

22 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

25 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

26 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

27 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

27 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

31 Oct 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Portland. Tribune is escorted by HMS Malcolm (Capt. T.E. Halsey, RN). Both ships arrive at Portland after a few hours. At Portland Tribune is to conduct torpedo trials. (1)

1 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

2 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

3 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

3 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

4 Nov 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Portland for Portsmouth. She is escorted by HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. W.A.F. Hawkins, RN). (2)

12 Nov 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Portland. Tribune is escorted by HMS Warrior II (Capt.(Retd.) K.A. Beattie, DSO, RN). Both ships arrive at Portland after a few hours. At Portland Tribune is to conduct experimental torpedo trials. (2)

13 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

14 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

15 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

15 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

16 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

16 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

17 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

17 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

18 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

19 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

20 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

20 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted experimental torpedo trials off Portland. (2)

21 Nov 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Portland for Portsmouth. She arrived at Portsmouth after a few hours. (2)

24 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) conducted attack exercises off Portsmouth with HMS Warrior II (Capt.(Retd.) K.A. Beattie, DSO, RN) as the target. (2)

27 Nov 1939

For the positions of HMS Tribune during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

27 Nov 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Portsmouth for her 1st war patrol. This is a short patrol in the North Sea. Tribune is escorted to the North Goodwin light vessel by HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). From there HMS Leda (Lt.Cdr. N.R. Courthope-Munroe, RN) will take over. (3)

30 Nov 1939 (position 57.22, 2.20)
At 0100 hours in position 57°22'N, 02°20'E, HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) sights an unknown submarine which is challenged. At the time it was believed that this might be HMS Unity (Lt.Cdr. J.F.B. Brown, RN) (but this was not the case) and after the submarine dived, contact was lost.

This might have been German U-boat U-21, she was operating in this general area. (3)

2 Dec 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

4 Dec 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 2nd war patrol. She is to patrol off the South coast of Norway in a position centred on 250° - Lister Light - 30 nautical miles. This is an uneventful patrol, only neutral vessels are encountered.

For the daily positions of HMS Tribune during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

20 Dec 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

21 Dec 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) is docked at Rosyth in No.3 dock. (4)

26 Dec 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) is undocked. (4)

5 Jan 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 3rd war patrol. She is to patrol off the South coast of Norway and in the Kattegat.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tribune during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

13 Jan 1940 (position 57.58, 10.15)
At 1900 hours HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) crossed two torpedo tracks in position 57°58'N, 10°15'E. Tribune dived but nothing further was heard or seen.

No German U-boat was in the area and the 'attack' was most likely bogus. (3)

17 Jan 1940 (position 57.50, 11.00)
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) fires 6 torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' an enemy submarine in the Skagerrak about 15 nautical miles east-north-east of Skagen, Denmark in position 57°50'N, 11°00'E. No German U-boat was in the area.

0243 hours - Sighted a darkened object on the port bow. Altered course towards.

0246 hours - The object was identified as a submarine at a range of 2000 to 2500 yards.

0248 hours - The Asdic operator reported HE right ahead.

0250 hours - Fired 6 torpedoes from the internal bow tubes. The tracks were seen to run towards the target but no explosions followed.

0255 hours - Fired 2 torpedoes from the external bow tubes.

0256 hours - Dived. When diving Lt.Cdr. Davies felt a heavy shudder while he was in the conning tower. He thought this was a torpedo explosion. This was not felt in the control room.

No German U-boat was in this area and it is not clear what Tribune attacked.

Lt.Cdr. Davies was very ill at the time of the attack. The 1st lieutenant (Lt. A.R. Cheyne, RN) took over from him around noon this day. Upon returning from patrol Lt.Cdr. Davies spent some time in hospital. (3)

20 Jan 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt. A.R. Cheyne, RN, temporarily in command as Lt.Cdr. Davies was sick) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth.

Tribune has developed serious engine problems during this patrol.

Repairs were carried out followed by trials, more repairs and more trials. By mid-March it was decided that Tribune was to proceed to her builders yard to correct these defects. (3)

12 Mar 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) is docked at Rosyth in No.3 dock. (5)

13 Mar 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) is undocked. (5)

24 Mar 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Rosyth for Scapa Flow, she is escorted by HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN). (5)

25 Mar 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (5)

28 Mar 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Greenock. She is escorted by HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSC, RN). (5)

30 Mar 1940
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) arrived at Greenock for repairs to her engines by her builder. (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16196
  2. ADM 173/16197
  3. ADM 199/1847
  4. ADM 173/16198
  5. ADM 173/16620

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


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