Charles Leslie Firth DSO, RN

Born  21 May 1900


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Ranks

15 Jan 1921 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1922 Lt.
15 Apr 1930 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1935 Cdr.
30 Jun 1941 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jul 1950


Decorations

1 Feb 1937 MVO
1 Jan 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
21 Mar 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
27 Jun 1944 DSO
13 Mar 1945 Bar to DSO

Warship Commands listed for Charles Leslie Firth, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Imogen (D 44)Cdr.Destroyer15 Jan 194016 Jul 1940
HMS Jackal (F 22)Cdr.Destroyer27 Aug 194011 Mar 1941
HMS Southern Prince (M 47)Cdr.Minelayer11 Mar 194119 May 1941
HMS Troubridge (R 00)Capt.DestroyerMay 194330 Sep 1944

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Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Jackal (F 22)


6 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN) departed Plymouth for patrol in the western Channel area. (1)

8 Nov 1940
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN) arrived at Dartmouth from patrol at 0900 hours. They had been unable to enter Plymouth due to enemy mining.

HMS Jackal departed for patrol later the same day. (2)

9 Nov 1940
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) returned to Dartmouth from patrol. (2)

10 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN, with Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN = Capt.(D.5) on board), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN) departed Dartmouth to proceed to the south of Ireland to search for a reported damaged Italian submarine. (2)

12 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN, with Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN = Capt.(D.5) on board), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN) returned to Dartmouth. No enemy submarine had been encountered. (2)

18 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. W. Evershed, RN) and HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) departed Dartmouth for patrol. They were to patrol between Start Point and the Lizard. (2)

19 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. W. Evershed, RN) and HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) returned to Dartmouth from patrol. (2)

20 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. W. Evershed, RN) and HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) shifted from Dartmouth to Plymouth. (2)

5 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) arrived in the Humber where she was to undergo repairs and refit. (3)

12 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow to refuel early in the afternoon. She departed mid-evening for Londonderry.

13 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) arrived at Londonderry in mid afternoon.

14 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) departed Londonderry for Plymouth. (1)

15 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (1)


Destroyer HMS Troubridge (R 00)


19 Sep 1944 (position 36.27, 24.33)
German U-boat U-407 was sunk in the Mediterranean south of Milos, in position 36°27'N, 24°33'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Troubridge and HMS Terpsichore and the Polish destroyer ORP Garland.

Sources

  1. ADM 199/2557
  2. ADM 199/372
  3. ADM 187/10

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


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