Capt F H Thornton
OBE DSC RD RNR
From B&C Review April 1964
Reading Capt Thornton’s obituary it is clear that there is some confusion over his age at the time of his death.
If he joined Clan Line in 1906 as a fourth officer then he must have been at least 20 at that time. I assume this is the error and that he actually joined in 1926.
Wartime Service Record sourced from Uboat.net
18 Feb 1932 S.Lt.
18 Feb 1934 Lt.
18 Feb 1942 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1949 Cdr.
1 Jan 1944 DSC
Mar 1944 RD
14 Nov 1944 OBE
Warship Commands listed for Frederick Harold Thornton, RNR
Ship Rank Type From To
HMS Cape Warwick (FY 167) Lt. ASW Trawler 16 Oct 1939 22 Feb 1940
HMS Lord Lloyd (FY 157) Lt. ASW Trawler 17 Apr 1940 late 1940
HMS Pimpernel (K 71) Lt. Corvette 5 Dec 1940 early 1943
HMS Sennen (Y 21) Lt.Cdr. Sloop 12 Feb 1943 8 May 1945
Corvette HMS Pimpernel (K 71)
26 Feb 1941
HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up 7 survivors of the Norwegian merchant Benjamin Franklin that was torpedoed and sunk on 19 February 1941 south of Iceland in position 58°50'N, 16°30'W by German U-boat U-103.
HMS Pimpernel also picks up 32 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Borgland that was torpedoed and sunk that day, east of Ireland in position 55°45'N, 14°29'W, by German U-boat U-47.
26 Feb 1941
Pimpernel rescued 28 men from the sinking Swedish ship Rydboholm, that had been torpedoed by U-47 in the morning. (1)
13 Mar 1941
HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up the sole survivor of the Norwegian merchant Augvald that was torpedoed and sunk on 2 March 1941 north-west of the Hebrides in position 59°30'N, 07°30'W by German U-boat U-147.
12 Jun 1941
The British merchant Chinese Prince is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 south of Rockall in position 56°12'N, 14°18'W. 18 survivors are later picked up by the British corvettes HMS Arbutus (Lt. A.L.W. Warren, RNR) and HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR).
17 Aug 1942
HMS Pimpernel (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up 29 survivors from the British merchant Fort la Reine that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-658 in the Windward Passage west of Haiti in position 18°30'N, 75°20'W.
18 Aug 1942
HMS Pimpernel (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, RNR) picks up 43 survivors from the British merchant Empire Bede that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-553 north of Jamaica in position 19°35'N, 76°25'W. The wreck of the Empire Bede is finally sunk by gunfire from the corvette in position 19?41'N, 76?50'W.
Sloop HMS Sennen (Y 21)
19 May 1943
German U-boat U-954 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland in position 54°54'N, 34°19'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RNR) and the British sloop HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, DSC, RNR).
From HMS Conway Website