John Taylor Bennet (john Lawton)

john taylor bennett
16th November 2009, 14:47
I wonder if anyone can help me? I am researching the Flower Class Corvette, HMS DIANELLA,K07...She was 'adopted by Llangollen in december 1941 and survived the war, having been part of the infamous PQ17 convoy to Russia...Her long time Commanding Officer was 'Lieutenant John Frank Tognola RNR'...Can ayone give me any details of this mans life, family and career both pre 1943 and Post war...I do know that he received the MBE which was 'gazetted' 11 december 1945?.....yours aye.....John

J Boyde
17th November 2009, 06:46
John
I do have a copy Warships Illustrated No9. The Russian Convoys, 1941 1945.
The first photo in the book is the Dianella K07. There is some information about here experience on PQ17 and immediatly after.
Jim B

john taylor bennett
17th November 2009, 09:23
Thanks Jim...I already have the mag and pics...It is the C/O in whom I am interested, Being RNR he must have 'come into the RN' from Mercantile, One of the ex crew members from 'Dianella' thinks he MAY have been in Trawlers out of Hull or Grimsby, but I cannot find his name on registers....Incidentally, whilst 'Dianella' was waiting in Archangel to bring a convoy back to UK, The crew 'adopted' a Russian boy and even tried to 'officially adopt him to bring him back, but met with strong resistance from the Russian Authorities....John

toggy23
11th January 2013, 21:19
if you check the tognola clearing house on line you will find a family tree that includes john frank tognola, there is also a letter that may be of interest, my grandfather sailed the humber on the tug boats for some years

regards
jackie

I wonder if anyone can help me? I am researching the Flower Class Corvette, HMS DIANELLA,K07...She was 'adopted by Llangollen in december 1941 and survived the war, having been part of the infamous PQ17 convoy to Russia...Her long time Commanding Officer was 'Lieutenant John Frank Tognola RNR'...Can ayone give me any details of this mans life, family and career both pre 1943 and Post war...I do know that he received the MBE which was 'gazetted' 11 december 1945?.....yours aye.....John