Cmdre Sir E H Thornton KBE RD RNR

“Chinny”

1941 - 1946

As the senior Union-Castle master during World War II and for his own major contribution as master of troopships, Commodore Sir Ernest H Thornton RD RNR was the only Union-Castle employee to receive a knighthood after World War II.

Service Record

From

To

Kildonan Castle

4th Officer

1907

10/1907

Corfe Castle

2nd Officer

11/1907


Kinfauns Castle

3rd Officer

1910

10/1911

Dover Castle

3rd Officer

11/1911

1912

Balmoral Castle

3rd Officer

11/1912

3/1913

Berwick Castle

2nd Officer

4/1913


Winchester Castle

Chief Officer

1930


Grantully Castle

Master

7/1933

8/1933

Gloucester Castle

Master

8/1933

9/1933

Durham Castle

Master

10/1933

3/1934

Llanstephan Castle

Master

1934

10/1934

Dromore Castle

Master

10/1934

8/1935

Armadale castle

Master

8/1935

10/1935

Grantully Castle

Master

10/1935

11/1935

Garth Castle

Master

11/1935

11/1936

Dunluce Castle

Master

12/1936

6/1937

Llangibby Castle

Master

9/1937

12/1937

Dunvegan Castle

Master

12/1937

5/1938

Edinburgh Castle

Master

5/1938

12/1938

Capetown Castle

Commodore

1/1939

8/1945

Retired

1945

Aged 62

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