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Rear-Admiral E Gueritz CB OBE DSC* (deceased)

Edward Findlay "Teddy" Gueritz was born on 8 September 1919. His father, Elton Laurence Gueritz, was an officer of the Colonial Service, who was based in Africa , and later retired to Cheltenham, and died at the age of 46 in 1931 Edward Gueritz entered Cheltenham College in 1933 as an exhibitioner . On leaving school he joined the Royal Navy as a special entry cadet in 1937. on the 13th April 1938 Gueritz was appointed to HMS Ramillies and promoted to midshipman on 26 April 1938 (with seniority from 1 May) Soon after the outbreak of the Second World War he was a midshipman on the cruiser HMS Cumberland. After the Battle of the River Plate, HMS Cumberland rejoined the squadron commanded by Commodore Henry Harwood in the blockade which resulted in the scuttling of the Germanpocket battleship Admiral graf Spee. HMS Cumberland had been part of the group hunting the raider, but was refitting in the Falklands Islands at the time of the battle. On D-Day, 6 June 1944, Gueritz went ashore on Sword Beach at 0800 as the third most senior member of the beachmaster party. Lieutenant-Commander Gueritz was the Principal Beachmaster on Sword Beach from early on D-Day until he was wounded on June 26. His role was a key one, directing landings and movement on the beach following the initial assault and during the build-up of forces which followed, on which the momentum of the campaign depended. The success of the Sword Beach landings owe a great deal to his skill and courage as was recognised by the award of a Bar to his DSC. Gueritz was already a veteran of amphibious operations before D-Day, acting as Beachmaster at the Madagascar landings in 1942 for which he received his first DSC. ( Postwar he made it a trio of landings, this time as Beachmaster for the Port Said landings during the Suez campaign.) After the war he became second in command of HMS Saumarez, and it was due to the damage control procedures that he put in place that the ship was not lost during the Corfu Channel incident in 1946. Later still he served on the staff of General Sir Hugh Stockwell during the Suez Crisis of 1956 as Beachmaster for the Port Said landings. During a long and distinguished naval career he was Admiral-President of the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth from 1968 to 1970. Sadly Rear Admiral Edward (Teddy) Gueritz passed away on the 21st December 2008.

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 The 74 gun HMS captain, flying the flag of Commodore Horatio Nelson, lies at anchor at Sound Rock, Bahamas, in company with the 32-gun frigate HMS Southampton in 1796.

HMS Captain and HMS Southampton, 1796 by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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Queen Elizabeth at Southampton by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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  HMS Agincourt is shown alongside HMS Erin with ships of the 1st Battle squadron of the Grand Fleet, on the eve of the Battle of Jutland.

HMS Agincourt by Randall Wilson. (GS)
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Shipping at Sunset by Jens Christian Rasmussen (GL)
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 Under attack from HMS Ajax, HMS Exeter and HMS Archilles. The German Pocket battleship Graf Spee os shown at speed returning salvos, December 1939.

The Battle of the River Plate by Randall Wilson (GS)
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 HMS Hood readies to fire off a what proved to be the final salvo against the Bismarck before a shell from the German battleship penetrated the magazine of HMS Hood, tearing apart the British ship in an enormous explosion.

The Final Salvo - HMS Hood by Anthony Saunders. (GL)
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Nelsons Flagship Vanguard is seen departing St Helens Anchorage heading a convoy of merchantmen en route to Lisbon and the Mediterranean on 8th April 1798.  This voyage would culminate in the Battle of the Nile where the British fleet routed that of the French at Aboukir Bay on the evening of 1st August that same year.

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DHM937GS.  HMS Ramillies by Ivan Berryman. HMS Ramillies took part in the bombardment of Bardia, August 18th 1940. She also took part in the Battle of Cape Teudada. On the 7th May 1942 in the bombardment of Diego Saurez (Madagascar) it was here she was torpedoed by Japanese midget submarines on the 30th May 1942. After repairs she took part in the bombardment of German positions during D-Day, as well as in August bombardments of Southern France.

HMS Ramillies by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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 The daylight raid on Tokyo, led by Lt Col James H. Doolittle on Sunday 18 April 1942, has rightfully entered the history books as one of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War. On that day, in mid ocean, Doolittle had launched his B-25 Mitchell bomber from the heaving, spray-soaked flight deck of an aircraft carrier, a deck too short to land on, and flown on to bomb Tokyo. He knew there would be no return to the USS Hornet, either for him or the 15 heavily laden B-25s behind him, for this was a feat never before attempted, and for every crew member the mission was a one-way ticket. Yet, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, they all dared to survive. The mission for the 16 bombers was to bomb industrial targets in Tokyo and surrounding areas, to slow production of strategic war material, then fly on to land in the part of south-west China that was still in the hands of friendly Nationalist forces. All being well, the mission would be so unexpected it would plant the first seeds of doubt into enemy minds. It worked – the Japanese were forced to quickly divert hundreds of aircraft, men and equipment away from offensive operations to the defence of their homeland. There was, however, another reason behind the Doolittle's raid – to lift the morale of an American public devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. And the success of the mission provided the boost that was needed. If any had doubted America's resolve in the face of uncertainty, the courage, determination and heroism displayed by Lt Col Doolittle and his band of aviators restored their determination. Although it might take years, and the price would be high, America and her allies understood that the fight could, and would, be won. Commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid the painting portrays the dramatic moment that Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle lifts his B-25 off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet. Having timed his launch to perfection he climbs steeply away, ready to adjust his compass bearing for a direct line to Tokyo. On the sodden deck behind him the crews of the remaining 15 aircraft, whose engines are warmed, ready and turning, will quickly follow their commanding officer into the murky sky.

Destination Tokyo by Anthony Saunders.
 Nelson's sailors and marines board the San Nicolas and during heavy hand to hand fighting capture the ship.  Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captain's bowsprit to use it as a bridge.  The San Nicolas then fouled the Spanish three-decker San Joseph, allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre.

Boarding the San Nicolas by Chris Collingwood. (P)
 Few ships have been immortalised in art more than HMS Temeraire, a 98-gun veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar and iconic subject of JMW Turner's memorable painting. Although one of the finest paintings ever produced, it is known that Turner's version of this magnificent old ship's voyage to the breaker's yard is pure whimsy, composed to inspire pride and sentiment in equal parts. This painting is, perhaps, a more truthful rendering of the same scene. Here, the mighty Temeraire is reduced to a floating hulk, stripped of her masts, bowsprit and rigging, her bitumen-coated hull gutted of anything useful.  It is 7.30am on 5th September 1838. As the tide is judged to be just right, the steam tugs Sampson and Newcastle, piloted by William Scott and a crew of 25, take up the strain of the Temeraire's 2,121 tons to begin the slow journey from Sheerness to Rotherhithe, where she will be slowly taken to pieces at the yard of John Beatson. Whilst HMS Victory stands today in all her magnificence at Portsmouth, barely a trace of the ship that came to her rescue at Trafalgar exists.

The Temeraire's Last Journey by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Skirmishes between frigates were a common occurrence, such as here when the 32-gun HMS Amphion encountered a French opponent off Cadiz in 1806 the latter, to her great cost, straying among the British inshore squadron in the darkness of a moonless night. It is understood that the French vessel managed to escape being taken as a prize, although with much damage to her whales and rigging.

A Night Action off Cadiz by Ivan Berryman. (PC)


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HMS Anson

Launched : 24th February 1940
HMS Anson was built by Swan Hunter and launched on the 24th February 1940. She spent most of her time in the Home Fleet on convoy duty on the Murmansk convoy route, and was later transferred to the Pacific Fleet. On August 30th 1945 HMS Anson led the task force that liberated Hong Kong two days before the formal surrender ceremony in Tokyo. HMS Anson was a guard ship at Tokyo and saw duty off Australia from January to July 1946.

Scrapped at Faslane, Scotland 17th December 1957.

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On this day in naval history....

23 August

Found 40 matching entries.






23rdAugust1891HMS InflexibleArrived Barcelona
23rdAugust1892HMS BenbowPlaced in A Div, Medway Fleet Reserve
23rdAugust1892HMS GrasshopperSailed Sheerness for Chatham for paying off
23rdAugust1892HMS GleanerSailed Sheerness for Chatham for paying off
23rdAugust1892HMS GossamerSailed Sheerness for Chatham for paying off
23rdAugust1910HMS LarneLaunched
23rdAugust1918HMS DelhiLaunched
23rdAugust1919HMS CalcuttaArrived Portsmouth
23rdAugust1919HMS GabrielArrived Queenstown
23rdAugust1921HMS HarebellArrived Rosyth
23rdAugust1926HMS EnterpriseSailed Gibraltar
23rdAugust1934HMS DuncanSailed Malta for the UK
23rdAugust1934HMS DefenderSailed Malta for the UK
23rdAugust1934HMS DanaeSailed Prince Rupert
23rdAugust1934HMS DaintySailed Malta for the UK
23rdAugust1934HMS DaringSailed Malta for the UK
23rdAugust1934HMS DecoySailed Malta for the UK
23rdAugust1934HMS DiamondSailed Malta for the UK
23rdAugust1934HMS DianaSailed Malta for the UK
23rdAugust1934HMS DuchessSailed Malta for the UK
23rdAugust1935HMS BridgewaterSailed Port Elizabeth
23rdAugust1936HMS GalateaSailed Iviza
23rdAugust1937HMS EagleSailed Chinwangtao
23rdAugust1937HMS DanaeSailed Chefoo
23rdAugust1937HMS AdventureSailed Chefoo
23rdAugust1937HMS AmphionSailed Beira
23rdAugust1937HMS AmphionSailed Beira
23rdAugust1937HMS GalateaArrived Valencia
23rdAugust1937HMS AchillesSailed Lautoka
23rdAugust1938HMS HostileCdr. John Piachaud Wright, RN In Command
23rdAugust1938HMS BritomartLaunched
23rdAugust1939HMS KellyCommissioned for service with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet
23rdAugust1939HMS EskAt Portsmouth refitting as destroyer minelayer
23rdAugust1939HMS ExpressAt Portsmouth Commenced refitting as destroyer minelayer
23rdAugust1940HMS LatonaCommissioned
23rdAugust1940HMS HostileSunk
23rdAugust1940HMS FijiAllocated for "Operation Menace"
23rdAugust1945HMS BermudaArrived Leyte
23rdAugust1960HMS AlbionArrived Hong Kong
23rdAugust2006HMS CumberlandDevonport

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