Topic: Military Record of AD Blair

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The Military Record of Andrew Dougall Blair is at the United Kingdom National Archives. Reference ADM 240/38/782, it is subject to Crown Copyright, which allows for a transcription to be made available here.

 

Transcript by Stephanie Smith of Tauranga City Libraries' Research Collections.

Note that record had not been recorded chronologically, a chronologically arranged version appears below the transcript.

  • / = end of line
  • C. in C. = Commander in Chief
  • RNB:Po = Royal Naval Base, Portsmouth
  • Holyhead is a port in Anglesey, Wales
  • PNTO = Principal Naval Transport Officer
  • Oreston is a suburb of Plymouth
  • Commn = commission
  • Ty = Temporary
  • ___ =  Indecipherable 
  • Cork Hill is a street in Youghal, a town in Co. Cork, Ireland.

 

Lieutenant /

Temp. /

10.12.14 /

Demobilised 11.6.1920 /

(26.11.20) /















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“Defiance” addl. for Modified Sweep Course, 14.12.14  31.12.14 /

Trawler “Urania” in Comd. & to act as leader of Unit 65 at Pembroke Dock 31.12.14. /

March 1915. Grounding of trawler “Urania”. Warned by C.inC.to be more careful. WL /

3981/15

Trawler Grand Duke was Leader Unit 114   .11.15 (by VA Old Milford) /

Carried out charge of naval operations for protection of Arklow during  /

Irish Rebellion with marked ability & promptitude: “I have a very high  /

opinion of this Officer” Vice-Admiral Old Milford 30/4/16 MO4130 /

“Sabrina II” addl. for cd. of Special Service Vessel (Helgoland) /

from date of joining 6.16 = 24/7/16 ___[?] Vivid for (G) Course prior to taking up appointment /

in Spl Service Brigantine ready about 10/8/16 = Action between “Helgoland” & 3 Submarines on 7 Sept /

16: “Appreciation of endeavours made to sink these submarines expressed MO8193 of 24/9/16. /

1076 _____ to await appointment 18/10/16 Colleen for Command of Armed Trawler /

in Area XXI = 20.11.16 tried by Ct Martial for hazarding Trawler “Freesia” - Proved - Sentenced /

to be reprimanded N42/4448/16 = 12.12.16 “Halcyon” addl. for duty ashore at Naval Base Lowestoft = /

℅ Imperial Merchant Service Guild, Dock House, Billiter Avenue, E.C. /

(1.8.17.) /

DR [DN?] relief Victory for RNB:Po for disposal. 13/8/17. Vanessa II addl for Holyhd Naval Base (tempy) /

 

8/17 Sat. Av. No. very slow, wants initiation [?] ____ 19.11.17 Victory for disposal = 12.1.18 /

Vanessa II for Naval Base Holyhead = 22.4.18 President [?] for staff of P.N.T.O. France for duty at Calais /

as Spl Grade [?] Transport Officer = G 8 (Wife) Mrs Blair “Woburn House” Oreston /

Maurice Scully                 Plymouth. /

Sub-Lieut. /

Temp. /

10.12.14 /





Ty SubLieut /

27.4.17 /

“Defiance” addl. for Modified Sweep Course, 14.12.14 - 12.14 /

Trawler “Pearl” in Cd. as Sub-divisional leader.   12.14 - /

Received expression of T.L. satisfaction at bravery displayed in recovery /

& dismantling German mine. M.O2291/15. /

28.6.15 reported to be suffering from acute alcoholism; discharged /

from the R.N.R. for misconduct N t 8286 of 10/7/15. Commn to be /

returned. Commn returned Sept 15 /

Sunhill. = 21.5.17 Commn cancelled. Recd & destroyed. /




Cork Hill, Youghal /

   

Chronological Version of Record

1914

  • December 10  Lieutenant (temp). Elsewhere recorded as Sub-Lieut (temp)
  • December 14 - 31  “Defiance” addl. for Modified Sweep Course
  • December 31  Trawler “Urania” in Comd. & to act as leader of Unit 65 (or G5?) at Pembroke Dock
  • December 2014 - Trawler “Pearl” in Cd. as Sub-divisional leader.

1915
  • March. Grounding of trawler “Urania”. Warned by C.inC.to be more careful.
  • June 28. Reported to be suffering from acute alcoholism; discharged from the R.N.R. for misconduct N t 8286 of 10/7/15. Commn to be returned.
  • Commn returned Sept 15
  • November. Trawler Grand Duke was Leader Unit 114  (by VA Old Milford)

1916

  • April 30 Carried out charge of naval operations for protection of Arklow during Irish Rebellion with marked ability & promptitude: “I have a very high opinion of this Officer” Vice-Admiral Old Milford 30/4/16
  • June ? to July 24 “Sabrina II” addl. for cd. of Special Service Vessel (Helgoland) Vivid for (G) Course prior to taking up appointment in Spl Service Brigantine ready about 10/8/16
  • September 7. Action between “Helgoland” & 3 Submarines
  • September 24 “Appreciation of endeavours made to sink these submarines expressed”
  • Lily ... (?)  addl to await appointment
  • October 18 Colleen for Command of Armed Trawler in Area XXI (Received expression of T.L. satisfaction at bravery displayed in recovery & dismantling German mine - undated but in same handwriting. M.02292/15)
  • November 20. Tried by Ct Martial for hazarding Trawler “Freesia” - Proved - Sentenced. To be reprimanded.
  • December 12.  “Halcyon” addl. for duty ashore at Naval Base Lowestoft = ℅ Imperial Merchant Service Guild, Dock House, Billiter Avenue, E.C.
1917
  • April 27 - Ty Sub Lieut. Sunhill.
  • May 21. Commn cancelled. Recd & destroyed.
  • August 1. DR [DN?] relief Victory for RNB:Po for disposal.
  • August 13. Vanessa II addl for Holyhd Naval Base (tempy).
  • August. Av. No. very slow, wants initiation [?] ____  
  • November 19. Victory for disposal

1918

  • January 12. Vanessa II for Naval Base Holyhead.
  • April 22.  President [?] for staff of P.N.T.O. France for duty at Calais as Spl Grade [?] Transport Officer.
  • G 8 (Wife) Mrs Blair “Woburn House” Oreston Maurice Scully Plymouth.

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