Commodore John Charles Keith Dowding
Painting by Robert Bailey
From 1919 John Dowding worked for the Orient Line, being promoted to Staff Captain
At the start of WW2 John Dowding was a Commander RNR
with a seniority date of 30.6.33. He was in command of HMS 'Mona's Isle' an
Auxiliary Armed Boarding Vessel and was awarded a DSO for services at
He was promoted to Captain RNR 31.12.40 and in 1942 with the temporary
rank of Commodore 2nd Class RNR and was the Commodore of Convoy PQ17 for
which he was awarded the CBE.
In 1944, on the Staff of Commander in Chief Allied Navies, Expeditionary
Force (Sir Bertram Ramsey), Commodore Dowding was the Principal Sea
Transport Officer for Operation Neptune and Overlord (the D-Day landings).
He kept the temporary rank until 1946
when he retired as Commodore RNR.
At Normandy John Dowdy is listed as a Staff Officer to the Flag Officer Assault
Area and in the Navy List July 1945. He is listed as Captain RNR (Commodore
2nd Class) (Acting) and is in the Sea Transport Department List as
Principal Sea Transport Officer for the British Army of Occupied Germany.
In addition to the CBE and DSO he was awarded the RNR Decoration,
Mentioned in Dispatches and was a member of The Order Of the Crown of
The PWSTS is grateful for the above
information which is courtesy of both Alex A (Sandy) Christie and
It is believed that he was a Commanding
Officer at the PWSTS at Ingham Old Hall sometime between 1945 - 1949.