Cecil Charles Acland Allen, RN

Born  15 Dec 1894London
Died  28 Mar 1960(65)


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Ranks

15 Sep 1912 Mid.
15 Sep 1914 A/S.Lt.
30 Jun 1915 S.Lt.
30 Dec 1916 Lt.
30 Dec 1924 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1930 Cdr.
31 Dec 1937 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jan 1947


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Cecil Charles Acland Allen, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Dundee (L 84)Capt.Sloop19 Apr 193820 Feb 1940
HMS Colombo (D 89)Capt.Light cruiser28 Aug 194122 Apr 1942
HMS Ceres (D 59)Capt.Light cruiser21 Apr 194211 Jun 1943
HMS Newfoundland (59)Capt.Light cruiserca. Oct 456 Jan 1947

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Events related to this officer

Sloop HMS Dundee (L 84)


14 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Dundee (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) tried to fuel off Bonaire, Dutch West Indies from the RFA tanker War Brahmin (5545 GRT, built 1921) but was unable to do so due to the bad weather conditions. (1)


Light cruiser HMS Ceres (D 59)


28 Apr 1942
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Aden from convoy escort duty. (2)

29 Apr 1942
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Aden for Bombay. She is escorting the troopship Talma ((British, 10000 GRT, built 1923).

[No logs are available for HMS Ceres for the months of May, June and July 1942 so some datails might be missing for these months.] (3)

5 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) and the troopship Talma (British, 10000 GRT, built 1923) arrived at Bombay from Aden. (4)

9 May 1942
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Bombay for Bahrein for duty with the Persian Gulf Division.

[We have been unable to find out when she arrived at Bahrein.] (5)

18 May 1942
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Bahrein for Abadan. (6)

19 May 1942
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Abadan from Bahrein. (6)

20 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Basrah. (6)

22 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Basrah for Khor Kuwai. (6)

24 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Khor Kuwai from Basrah. (6)

30 May 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) landed a reconnaissance party on Qishm Island. (6)

8 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Khor Kuwai for Bahrein. (6)

9 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Bahrein from Khor Kuwai. (6)

10 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Bahrein for Khor Kuwai. (6)

11 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Khor Kuwai for Bombay. (6)

14 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Bombay from Khor Kuwai. (7)

15 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Bombay for Simonstown via the Seychelles, Mauritius and Durban. (7)

22 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles. After fuelling she departed for Mauritius later the same day. (7)

25 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Mauritius. After fuelling she departed for Durban later the same day. (7)

29 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Durban from Mauritius. (7)

30 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Durban for Simonstown. (7)

1 Aug 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Simonstown where she is to be taken in hand for a full refit. (7)

21 Sep 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) is docked at the Simonstown Dockyard. (8)

16 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) is undocked. (9)

10 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) conducted radar trials in False Bay. (10)

13 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) conducted compass swing, full power and D/G trials in False Bay. (10)

14 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Simonstown for Durban. (10)

16 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Durban from Simonstown. (10)

19 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Durban for Mombasa / Kilindini. (10)

24 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Mombasa / Kilindini from Durban. (10)

29 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
From 29 November to 1 December 1942, the battleship HMS Warspite (Capt. F.E.P. Hutton, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.F. Somerville, KCB, KBE, DSO, RN, C-in-C Eastern Fleet), heavy cruisers HMS Frobisher (Capt. J.F.W. Mudford, RN), HMS Hawkins (Capt. G.A. French, RN), light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN), destroyer HMS Hotspur (Lt. P. Bekenn, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Blackmore (Lt. H.T. Harrel, RN) conducted exercises off Kilindini. (11)

13 Dec 1942

Combined convoy WS 24A and CM 36.

This combined convoy departed Durban on 13 December 1942 for Mombasa / Aden.

It was made up of the following (troop) transports; Arawa (British, 14462 GRT, built 1922), Aronda (British, 9031 GRT, built 1941), Ascanius (British, 10048 GRT, built 1910), Ekma (British, 5128 GRT, built 1911) and Felix Roussel (French, 17083 GRT, built 1930).

Escort was provided by the light cruiser HMS Capetown (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN), armed merchant cruiser HMS Chitral (A/Capt.(Retd.) G.W. Hoare-Smith, RN) and the destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.M. Burrell, RAN), HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN) and HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN).

At 0904C/14, HMS Inconstant parted company with the convoy.

At 0950C/19, HMS Rotherham and HMAS Nepal parted company with the convoy.

At 1200C/19, HMAS Norman parted company with the convoy.

Around 11020C/20, the convoy was joined by the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) and the minesweeper HMAS Cessnock (A/Lt.Cdr. T.S. Marchington, RANR(S)) coming from Mombasa. They had brought out the transport Salween (British, 7063 GRT, built 1937).

HMS Capetown then parted company for Mombasa with the convoy taking HMAS Cessnock and the transport Ekma with her.

At 2000C/25, HMS Ceres parted company with the convoy.

The remainder of the convoy continued on to Aden where it arrived on 27 December 1941.

14 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
From 14 to 16 December 1942, the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (Capt. R.L.B. Cunliffe, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Derwent (Cdr. R.H. Wright, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Kilindini.

For the night of 14/15 December they were joined by the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN). (12)

19 Dec 1942
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) and the minesweeper HMAS Cessnock (A/Lt.Cdr. T.S. Marchington, RANR(S)) departed Mombasa escorting the transport Salween (British, 7063 GRT, built 1937).

They were to make rendezvous the following day with the combined convoy WS 24A / CM 36 coming from Durban. HMS Ceres and the Salween were to join the convoy while HMAS Cessnock was to return to Mombasa.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Combined convoy WS 24A / CM 36 ' for 19 December 1942.] (13)

26 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Aden after convoy escort duty. (13)

28 Dec 1942

Operation Pentagon.

The naval force for this operation sailed from Aden around 0800C/28. This consisted of the Commodore Aden, Commodore 2nd Cl. C.A.A. Larcom, DSO, RN, in the destroyer HMS Hero (Lt.Cdr. W. Scott, DSC, RN) with the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN), destroyer RHS Panther and the minesweepers HMS Romney (Lt. W.E. Halbert, RNR) and HMS Poole (Lt. W.L.G. Dutton, RNR).

The force was to be in the vicinity of Djibouti but out of sight of land by P.M. on the 28th. At 1915 hours, General Dupont, the Governor of Djibouti, signed an agreement with the British and Fighting French authorities whereby French Somaliland joined the United Nations as part of Fighting France.

The naval force then entered Djibouti on the 29th. (14)

31 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) proceeded from Djibouti to Aden. (13)

2 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Aden for Kilindini. (15)

7 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Kilindini from Aden. (15)

18 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Durban from Kilindini. (15)

28 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Durban for the Simonstown Dockyard. (15)

30 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at the Simonstown Dockyard from Durban. (15)

1 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) is taken in hand for repairs at the Simonstown Dockyard. (16)

19 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) conducted exercises off Simonstown. (16)

20 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) conducted exercises off Simonstown. (16)

21 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) conducted exercises off Simonstown. (16)

22 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) conducted exercises off Simonstown on completion of which she proceeded to sea to join convoy WS 26.

[For more information on this convoy see the event ' Convoy WS 26 ' for 24 January 1943.] (16)

25 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Durban from convoy escort duty. (16)

1 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Durban from escort duty with convoy WS 26.

[For more information on this convoy see the event ' Convoy WS 26 ' for 24 January 1943.] (17)

8 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Diego Suarez from convoy escort duty. (17)

9 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Diego Suarez for Kilindini. She is escorting the transport Lancashire (British, 9445 GRT, built 1917). (18)

11 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) and the transport Lancashire (British, 9445 GRT, built 1917) arrive at Kilindini from Diego Suarez. (17)

15 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Kilindini for Aden. She is escorting the transport Lancashire (British, 9445 GRT, built 1917). (18)

21 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) and the transport Lancashire (British, 9445 GRT, built 1917) arrived at Aden from Kilindini. (17)

30 Mar 1943

Convoy MC 6.

This convoy departed Aden on 30 March 1943 for Durban via Kilindini.

On departure from Aden the convoy was made up of the (troop) transports; Arundel Castle (British, 19118 GRT, built 1921), City of Paris (British, 10902 GRT, built 1922), Maloja (British, 20914 GRT, built 1923) and Orduna (British, 15507 GRT, built 1914).

On departure from Aden the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN).

Around 1930C/4, the Arundel Castle and shortly afterwards the Maloja parted company with the convoy to proceed ahead to Kilindini.

Around 1100C/5, the Orduna parted company with the convoy to proceed to Dar es Salaam escorted by the minesweeping whaler HMS Solvra ( T/Lt. J.C. Elder, RNVR). They arrived at Dar-es-Salaam on the 6th.

HMS Ceres and the City of Paris arrived at Kilindini around 1540C/5.

The convoy departed for Durban on 6 April 1943. Now made up of the Arundel Castle, Christiaan Huygens (Dutch, 16287 GRT, built 1927), City of Paris and Maloja. The convoy was now escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire (Capt. D. Young-Jamieson, RN).

The convoy arrived at Durban on 13 April 1943.

5 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Kilindini after convoy escort duty. (19)

10 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Kilindini for Aden. She is escorting the transport Takliwa (British, 7936 GRT, built 1924). (19)

16 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) and the transport Takliwa (British, 7936 GRT, built 1924) arrived at Aden from Kilindini. (19)

25 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy AK 7.

This convoy departed Aden for Kilindini on 25 April 1943.

It was made up of, at least, the following transports; Empire Woodlark (British, 7793 GRT, built 1913) and Pulaski (Polish, 6345 GRT, built 1912).

The convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN).

The convoy arrived at Kilindini on 3 May 1943. (19)

3 May 1943
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Kilindini after convoy escort duty. (20)

4 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Kilindini for Bombay via Port Victoria and Colombo. (21)

7 May 1943
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) made a short fuel stop at Port Victoria before continuing on to Colombo. (20)

12 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Colombo. (20)

16 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) departed Colombo for Bombay. (20)

18 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) arrived at Bombay from Colombo. (20)

19 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) is docked in the Hughes dry dock at Bombay. (20)

26 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN) is undocked. (20)

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth from September 1939 to March 1940
  2. ADM 53/115562
  3. ADM 53/115562 + ADM 199/426
  4. ADM 199/426 + ADM 199/2550
  5. ADM 199/426
  6. ADM 199/428
  7. ADM 199/2550
  8. ADM 53/115564
  9. ADM 53/115565
  10. ADM 53/115566
  11. ADM 53/115566 + ADM 53/115956 + ADM 53/116045 + ADM 53/116768 + ADM 53/115566 + ADM 53/115957 + ADM 53/116046 + ADM 53/116769
  12. ADM 53/115567 + ADM 53/116732
  13. ADM 53/115567
  14. Personal communication
  15. ADM 53/117173
  16. ADM 53/117174
  17. ADM 53/117175
  18. ADM 53/117175 + ADM 199/643
  19. ADM 53/117176
  20. ADM 53/117177
  21. ADM 53/117177 + ADM 199/643

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


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