Born 20 June 1913, in Furze
Coppice, Marlborough, Wiltshire; son of William St.John
Cother and Kathleen Hutton.
Married 21.November 1935, Brighton,
Sussex, to Ivy Gladys Mockford (28 December 1913 - 03
June1977), daughter of of James Thomas Mockford and Harriet
Smith; two daughters, one son.
Divorced 1964. Remarried December 20th 1965, USA. to
Mauricette Angelna Pignel.
Died 27 July 2005, Winter Haven,
Polk County, Florida, USA aged 92.
Lieutenant Patrick Corfe Cother, RNVR DSC
As an experienced yacht skipper Patrick signed up for the
recently formed Royal Naval Volunteer (Supplementary)
Reserve (R.N.V.(S).R. ) on May 29 1937. This was a force of
2,000 yachtsmen and other experienced amateur or retired
professional seamen over the age of 25 established in 1936
as a ready reserve of suitable men to become naval officers
in times of emergency. As he lived in Hove at his time he
was attached to the Sussex Division of the RNVR for his
On the out break of World War Two the RNV(S)R was were
called up for active serve, the initial batch of 140 men
reported to the RNVR officers' training establishment, HMS
King Alfred at Hove Marina in late September 1939. Patrick
was ordered to report for training on January 3 1940 and was
commissioned as a probationary, temporary Sub-Lieutenant
RNVR. The majority of the RNV(S)R were mature, experienced
sailors who were fast tracked through HMS King Alfred and
some had an stay of only 10 days before they were
commissions were approved.
On completion of his short induction into life as an RN
officer Patrick was assigned to the armed boarding vessel
H.M.S. AQUAMARINE from January 23rd (Lt N P McLeod RNR in
command). The AQUAMARINE was a trawler pressed onto service
by the Admiralty as an armed boarding vessel operating under
the control of .H.M.S. PYRAMUS, H.Q. Northern Patrol group
at Kirkwall, Orkney Is.
Patrick was to stay with his first ship for a year, being
promoted to temp. Lt. RNVR on January 5th 1941 This
Promotion brought a new appointment to the anti-submarine
warfare trawler HMT LORD AUSTIN on February 1st 1941 (Temp.
Lt G Butchers RNVR in command). The LORD AUSTIN was under
the control of .H.M.S. FORTITUDE. at Ardrossan North
Ayrshire, part of the Rosyth Command (West), Clyde Sub
Command. This was to be a short appointment however as
Patrick was ordered to join the flower class corvette H.M.S.
MALLOW (K 81) Lt. Cdr W B Piggott RNR in command), as her
First Lieutenant on April 9th.
MALLOW was a convoy escort vessel attached to the 8th
Escort Group based in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, under
the control of the Depot ship H.M.S. SANDHURST. She operated
mainly in the Northern Atlantic, covering convoys between
Halifax, Nova Scotia and Liverpool via Iceland. Lt. Cother
was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on March 24th
1942 for his skill and enterprise in actions against enemy
submarines while serving in H.M.S. Mallow. One such action
took place on October 19th 1941 when the German submarine
U-204 was sunk near Tangier, in position 35º46'N, 06º02'W.
HMS Mallow and the sloop HMS Rochester carried out a by
depth charge attack on the submarine.
Patrick left MALLOW in February 1942, briefly serving in
her sister ship H.M.S. JONQUIL (K 68 - Lt. Cdr R.E.H.
Partington in command) before joining H.M.S. NASTURTIUM (K
107 - Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC in command) on March 18th 1942. He
was to move again on October 17th 1942 when he joined the
corvette H.M.S. AUBRETIA (K 96 - Lt.Cdr. V.F. Smith, DSO in
command) as her First Lieutenant . AUBRETIA like her sister
flower class vessels was tasked with convoy protection
duties, operating with the 3rd Escort Group out of Greenock.
Patrick spent the next ten months on the AUBRETIA before
beginning a period of rest and recuperation leave on April
12th 1943 before journeying to RN base Lerwick in the
Shetland Islands, H.M.S. FOX, to join for general duties on
July 27th. Patrick was to spend the remainder of the war at
Lerwick, leaving there shortly before the base was closed in
September 1945. His last five months in the RN were served
at H.M.S. VICTORY, RN base, Portsmouth before he was
released from service on January 27th 1946.
He served as Captain of actor Errol Flynn's yacht