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1st - 31st MARCH 1940 - in date, ship/unit & name order

HMAS Perth, light cruiser(Navy Photos/Bruce Constable, click to enlarge) on to April 1940
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(1) Casualty information in order - Surname, First name, Initial(s), Rank and part of the Service other than RN (RNR, RNVR, RFR etc), Service Number (ratings only, also if Dominion or Indian Navies), (on the books of another ship/shore establishment, O/P – on passage), Fate

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MARCH 1940

Canada - William MacKenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada was re-elected by a massive majority in support of the government's war policies.

German Raiders - Converted from a merchantman and heavily armed, auxiliary cruiser “Atlantis” sailed for the Indian Ocean round the Cape of Good Hope. In 1941 she moved into the South Atlantic, and operations lasted for a total of 20 months until her loss in November 1941. She was the first of nine active raiders, seven of which went out in 1940. Only one ever broke out for a second cruise. Their success was not so much due to their sinkings and captures - a creditable average of 15 ships of 90,000 tons for each raider, but the disruption they caused in every ocean. At a time when the Royal Navy was short of ships, convoys had to be organised and patrols instituted in many areas. In 1940 raiders accounted for 54 ships of 370,000 tons. The first German raider was not caught until May 1941 - 14 months on.

Battle of the Atlantic - U-boats started withdrawing from the Western Approaches to prepare for the German invasion of Norway. In preparation for the vital transport role she, sister "Queen Mary" and other fast liners played in the Allies strategic moves, the nearly completed "Queen Elizabeth" sailed independently on her maiden voyage from Scotland to New York for conversion to a troopship.

  Friday, 1 March 1940

Lord Wakefield
 JOHNSON, Henry A, Seaman Cook, C/JX 164379, died
 CONNELLY, James, Stoker 1c, C/KX 76450, died
Wild Swan
 TETT, Ramsay R, Py/Midshipman, RNR, drowned

Saturday, 2 March 1940

Perth (RAN), light cruiser
 SANDALL, Edgar J, Stoker Petty Officer, 13877 (RAN), illness, died
 MACDONALD, Colin, Seaman, RNR (PS), C/6756 C, died
Victory I
 BARWICK, Ernest W, Able Seaman, P/J 58383, illness, died

Sunday, 3 March 1940

FAA, 816 Sqn, Furious, aircraft carrier, air crash
 STERN, John D, Lieutenant (A), killed
 STRANACK, Bruce E H, Lieutenant, killed
 WHITE, James W, Naval Airman, FAA/JX 138781, killed
Red Sky
 SKEGGS, William I, Seaman, C/JX 180702, died

Monday, 4 March 1940

Nelson, battleship
 SPARKS, James E, Sick Berth Attendant, P/MX 57126, died
 HART, Joseph, Able Seaman, RNVR, P/ESD/X 427, died

Thursday, 7 March 1940

 HILL, Thomas F, Able Seaman, D/J 98595, illness, died
Dauntless, light cruiser
 FALLICK, Frederick, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 168831, died
 SMITH, Henry, Ordinary Telegraphist, D/SR 8243, illness, died
RM Portsmouth Division
 HUGHES, Thomas A, Marine, EX 1010, killed

Friday, 8 March 1940

Abbotsford, steamship
 JOHANSON, Stanley, Able Seaman, RNVR, C/LX 5120, (President III, O/P), MPK

Saturday, 9 March 1940

Akeld, steamship
 LAWS, Harold J, Able Seaman, RNVR, C/LX 4126, (President III, O/P), MPK
 MCHAFFIE, John F, Ordinary Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 166984, drowned

Sunday, 10 March 1940

 ELLIS, Herbert O, Electrical Artificer 1c, D/MX 57297, illness, died
 DEAN, William, Stoker Petty Officer, C/K 19620, accident, killed
 CRICHTON, Charles C, Cook, RNPS, LT/JX 183603, drowned
Westward Ho
 HUDSON, Leonard, Able Seaman, RFR, D/J 93804 D 128, drowned

Monday, 11 March 1940

11th - “U-31” was bombed and sunk by a RAF Blenheim of Bomber Command in the Heligoland Bight. She was salvaged and recommissioned, but finally lost eight months later.

Arthur Cavanagh
 MELBOURNE, Robert A, Engineman, RNPS, LT/KX 101260, died
 PAGE, Charles H, Ordinary Seaman, C/SSX 27180, died
FAA, 812 Sqn, Glorious, aircraft carrier, air crash
 FRENCH, Terence W G, Lieutenant, killed
 LAWRENCE, George A, Leading Aircraftsman, 535681 (RAF), killed
 RILEY, John O, Naval Airman 1c, D/JX 143854, killed
 DAPP, Trayton V, Leading Seaman, P/237789, illness, died

Tuesday, 12 March 1940

 KELLY, James R, Stoker 1c, C/KX 99616, died
FAA, 758 Sqn, Raven, air crash
 PHILCOX, Philip G, Ty/Lieutenant (A), RNVR, killed
 BUTTERWORTH, Arthur, Engine Room Artificer, D/MX 56780, drowned
 SMALLEY, Ernest A, Signalman, C/JX 133605, died
 LEWIS, Douglas, Able Seaman, D/JX 151777, accident, killed
Royal Arthur
 BRADLEY, Patrick J, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 176241, died

Wednesday, 13 March 1940

Russo-Finnish War, Conclusion - A peace treaty on the 13th brought the war to a close, with Finland ceding the disputed territory to the Soviet Union.

Berwick, heavy cruiser
 PEMBERTON, Henry C, Able Seaman, P/JX 144882, died
Spearfish, submarine
 BROWNE, Gordon D, Lieutenant, motor accident, died

Thursday, 14 March 1940

Eagle (right - NavyPhotos), aircraft carrier, accident

EVES, Harry R, Able Seaman, P/J 95224, killed
 GRAHAM, Joseph, Leading Seaman, P/JX 131304, killed
 HAMILTON, Robert G, Able Seaman, P/SSX 19719, killed
 HARRIS, William A, Able Seaman, P/JX 161350, killed
 HENDRY, William, Able Seaman, P/SSX 22170, killed
 KEECH, Reginald R, Gunner, killed
 KENNEDY, Donald, Able Seaman, P/SSX 16040, killed
 LAIDLER, Everard C C, Able Seaman, P/SSX 20079, killed
 MCFARLANE, Hugh, Able Seaman, P/SSX 20732, killed
 NICOL, James W, Able Seaman, P/SSX 16981, killed
 PROBERT, James, Able Seaman, P/SSX 21129, killed
 RESTELL, George S, Leading Seaman, P/JX 132795, killed
 WOODS, George E, Able Seaman, P/JX 128665, killed
Exeter, heavy cruiser, Battle of the River Plate
 FREDERICK, James T, Able Seaman, D/JX 143564, DOW
 DONNELLY, William, Leading Seaman, D/JX 126358, accident, killed
President III
 JONES, Ernest, Marine, PO/210531, illness, died

Friday, 15 March 1940

Illustrious, fleet carrier
 MORGAN, Stuart G, Stoker 2c, D/KX 99107, died
Melrose, steamship
 OLIVER, John, Able Seaman, P/JX 167294, (President III, O/P), MPK
Mount Ard
 GAYTHER, Albert, Ty/Boom Engineer, died

Saturday, 16 March 1940

16th - Home Fleet was bombed in Scapa Flow and heavy cruiser Norfolk damaged.

Berwick, heavy cruiser
 CRANE, Mervyn H, Able Seaman, P/SSX 16141, died
Eagle, aircraft carrier
 ROBINSON, Edward, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 1551561, accident, DOW
Maida, ship loss
  COOK, Harold, Seaman, RNPS, LT/177173, MPK
 INNES, Arthur J, Seaman, RNPS, LT/SR 51910, MPK
 NICHOLLS, Victor C, 1st Engineer, RNPS, LT/KX 99977, MPK
 THUBRON, John, Stoker 1c, C/K 67318, MPK
 UTTING, Roland M, Ty/Skipper, RNR, MPK
 WYLIE, Claude R E, 2nd Hand, RNPS, LT/JX 173445, MPK

Norfolk (right - NavyPhotos), bombing
 BAXTER, James F, Warrant Engineer, RNR, killed
 BUSK, John W, Midshipman, killed
 EVANS-LOMBE, Richard C, Midshipman, killed
 PICK, David B P, Paymaster Midshipman, killed
 WHENHAM, John W V, Act/Sub Lieutenant (A), illness, died
 SHANNAHAN, Jim G, Chief Petty Officer Stoker, P/309131, died
 TOWNSEND, Arthur J, Petty Officer Telegraphist, P/J 48376, died

Norway - In spite of abandoning plans to help Finland, Britain and France decided to disrupt Swedish iron ore traffic to Germany by mining Norwegian waters (Operation 'Wilfred'). Plans were also made to land troops - from south to north, at Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Narvik to forestall any German retaliation (Operation 'R4). The entire operation was timed for 8th April 1940.


Sunday, 17 March 1940

 MURRAY, John, Wiper, T.124 907049, MPK
 MULLEY, John, Petty Officer, D/215115, died

Monday, 18 March 1940

Grimsby Town
 ANDERSON, William C, Seaman, RNR (PS), LT/X 20432 A, drowned
 MOORE, Joseph E, Able Seaman, P/JX 152828, died

Tuesday, 19 March 1940

 HAMER, Richard, Able Seaman, P/J 100134, died
Jervis, collision
 BARRON, Alexander W K, Boy, C/SSX 27894, MPK
 BEAVIS, Charles R, Stoker 2c, C/KX 99718, MPK
 BOORMAN, Frederick J, Able Seaman, C/JX143090, MPK
 COLEBROOKE, William, Boy, C/SSX 30051, MPK
 CONDREY, Jack, Ordinary Seaman, C/SSX 26833, killed
 COYNE, Frederick, Boy 1c, C/JX 156039, killed
 GODDARD, Reginald M, Able Seaman, C/JX 135636, MPK
 HOUGHTON, Jack, Able Seaman, C/JX 137627, MPK
 LAIT, Sidney, Able Seaman, C/J 100183, killed
 LAMBERT, Geoffrey, Telegraphist, C/JX 150913, MPK
 MORLEY, Walter P, Leading Stoker, C/KX 77081, MPK
 NISBET, John F, Leading Stoker, C/KX 83898, MPK
 PARKER, Alfred J, Leading Stoker, C/KX 79760, MPK
 PARKINSON, George D, Able Seaman, C/SSX 14728, MPK
 PEARL, Wilfred C, Able Seaman, C/SSX 20165, MPK
 PITCHER, Sidney V, Stoker 1c, C/K 60950, MPK
 SHORTT, Dorrington, Act/Leading Signalman, C/JX 132580, MPK
 SMYTH, Richard T, Stoker 1c, C/KX 89947, MPK

Wednesday, 20 March 1940

20th - Home Fleet battlecruisers to the north of the Shetlands covered a cruiser sweep into the Skagerrak. German U-boat “U-44” was sighted and sunk by escorting destroyer “Fortune”.

 HENSON, Frederick W, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 169362, illness, died
Hawkins, cruiser
 PALMER, Maurice, Stoker 1c, P/KX 84973, accident, killed

Thursday, 21 March 1940

 HARDING, Harold J, Able Seaman, C/J 8680, died

Friday, 22 March 1940

 EASTWOOD, Harry, Engine Room Artificer 1c, P/MX 54077, died
Devonshire, heavy cruiser
 RODDA, Cecil F, Air Fitter, FAA/FX 77253, accident, killed
 WISSON, Maurice C, Ty/Act/Sub Lieutenant (E), RNR, died
RM Deal Barracks
 HAWKSWORTH, James F, Sergeant, PO/16101, died
 BLACK, William, Air Fitter (O), 77318, accident, killed
 ANDERSON, Archie Y, Stoker, RNPS, LT/KX 103173, died
 REED, Alfred G, Able Seaman, C/J 77966, died

Saturday, 23 March 1940

Loch Shin
 BEATON, Angus, Leading Seaman, RNR, C/5433 D S 4530, accident, killed
Victory II
 HILL, Leonard, Leading Steward, P/L 7456, road accident, killed

Sunday, 24 March 1940

Shropshire, heavy cruiser, both died in road accident
 LAWSON, George A, Surgeon Lieutenant Commander
 STAINTON, Philip G, Surgeon Lieutenant

Monday, 25 March 1940

Daghestan, steamship
 BELL, John, Marine, CH/X 20925, (President III, O/P), missing

Tuesday, 26 March 1940

St Angelo
 TURTON, Alfred H, Commissioned Gunner, died

Thursday, 28 March 1940

 MCCARTNEY, William J, Able Seaman, C/JX 144699, illness, died
 PATTEN, Guy, Leading Airman, FAA/FX 77508, died

Friday, 29 March 1940

 WILLIAMSON, Frederick, Boy 2c, JX 161128, died
 SHEEPWASH, Bertie, 2nd Engineer, T.124, illness, died

Saturday, 30 March 1940

 JOSS, George, Ty/Boom Engineer, RNR, illness, died


Shipping War Loss Summary - March 1940

2 British, Allied and neutral ships of 11,000 tons in the Atlantic from all causes; 1 U-boat.

43 British, Allied and neutral ships of 96,000 tons in UK waters; 1 U-boat

Mine Warfare
- Since September 1939, 430,000 tons of shipping had been sent to the bottom by mines around the coasts of Britain - a loss rate only second to U-boats. Now the Royal Navy slowly countered magnetic mines with the introduction of ship-degaussing and 'LL' minesweeping gear. Although mines - contact, magnetic and later acoustic remained a threat throughout the war, they were never again the danger they represented in the first few months.


In the period September 1939 to the end of March 1940, much of the Royal Navy's efforts had been directed to organising the protection of trade both to and from Britain as well as around the British Isles. The small number of U-boats operating out in the Atlantic in the South Western Approaches as well as in the North Sea had their successes, but mainly against independently-routed shipping. Losses in UK waters were high from both U-boats and mines, but from now on enemy submarines disappeared from UK coastal areas for more than four years until mid-1944. The struggle to keep Britain in the war moved more and more out into the Atlantic and even further afield over the years to come.


During this final period of the "Phoney War", 907 Royal Navy men died, mainly at sea. Ships lost included destroyers Exmouth, Grenville, Daring, and submarines Seahorse, Undine and Starfish - the latter two without casualties. The March 1940 loss of 115 men was exceeded in every subsequent month of the war, the maximum being 3,780 in May 1941


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