SCOTT-Class Destroyer Flotilla Leader ordered
from Cammell Laird of Birkenhead in April 1917. The ship was laid down as Yard No.
849 on I0th November 1917 and launched on 21st September 1918. She was the 2nd
RN ship to carry this
name, introduced in 1796. Build was completed on 21st December 1918 and she
served in the Atlantic Fleet until
1925 when laid up in Reserve. She was brought forward from Reserve when the
Reserve Fleet was mobilised in 1939
and in May 1942 was adopted by the civil community of Caithness following a successful WARSHIP WEEK
National Savings campaign in May 1942.
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19th Destroyer Flotilla at Harwich for convoy escort in
details of naval activities in
North Sea in 1939 see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
by Corelli Barnett, BATTLE
FOR THE EAST COAST by J Foynes
Naval Staff History.)
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Coast convoy escort in continuation.
for service in Western Approaches.
in SW Approaches
25th Joined Convoy OG23 on assembly as escort
during initial stage of passage to
27th Detached from OG23 and took passage to
join inward Convoy HG23 as escort during
passage to Liverpool from Gibraltar.
30th Detached from HG23 and returned to
details of OG and HG convoys see THE ALLIED CONVOY SYSTEM by A Hague.)
from escort of routine convoys as required by CinC Home Fleet to support
(Note: Not recorded in Naval Staff History (HMSO - 2001) as
permanently deployed with
Home Fleet during Norwegian campaign.)
22nd Embarked 60 troops and stores for planned
landings at Molde and Andalsnes and sailed
from Rosyth with HM Destroyers VANSITTART, IVANHOE, ICARUS
as screen for HM Cruisers GALATEA,
GLASGOW during passage to
Tromso area (Operation SICKLE)
23rd Landed troops and stores at Andalsnes.
24th Returned to UK on release
June Part of escort for evacuation convoy from
North convoy defence duties
defence duty and anti-invasion patrols
19th In action with
E-Boats off Southwold, Suffolk.
and sank E-Boat S23. 19 of the crew were rescued and became PoW.
(Note: This was the first confirmed sinking of an E-Boat in
the N. Sea.
THE BATTLE OF THE EAST
COAST by JP Foynes)
North Sea deployment in
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for convoy defence and patrol.
details of East Coast convoy activities see THREE CORVETTES by
October and THE BATTLE OF THE NARROW SEAS by P Scott).
Convoy FS50 with HM Destroyers
VERDUN, VESPER, WOLSEY, GARTH,
HAMBLEDON, QUORN, HM Corvettes KITTIWAKE and WIDGEON.
20th During defence of
FS50 opened fire on HMS GARTH in error causing serious damage.
See FRIEND OR
FOE by P Kemp).
During these attacks tanker WAR MEHTAR, Colliers WALDINGE and ARUBA
.Three E-Boats were also sunk, See THE
BATTLE OF THE EAST
North Sea deployment in
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re-designated 21st Destroyer Flotilla.
convoy defence and patrol with HM Destroyers VIVACIOUS and
North Sea convoy defence and patrol in
12th Took part in Flotilla exercises with HM
Destroyers VIVACIOUS and
WORCESTER of 21st
Destroyer Flotilla and HM Destroyers MACKAY, WHITSHED and WALPOLE of 16th
to intercept German warships SCHARNHORST, GNEISENAU and PRINZ EUGEN
on passage through
English Channel from
out unsuccessful torpedo attacks and under heavy fire from enemy ships and from
details see THE CHANNEL DASH by T Robertson .ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
and The Naval Staff History).
Resumed East coast duties after return to Harwich.
Coast convoy escort and patrol in continuation.
RAF radar (Naval Type 286M fitted in this period.
details of development and use of radar in RN see RADAR AT
SEA by D Howse) .
for duty in Home Fleet at
2nd Deployed as Local Escort from Loch Ewe
for Russian Convoy PQ18 during passage to
Iceland with HM Destroyers ESKDALE, FARNDALE and MALCOLM.
7th Detached from
PQ18 on arrival of Ocean Escort. and returned
details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R A Ruegg,
by P Kemp and ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman.
duties at Harwich with 21st Flotilla.
29th In action against
E-Boats in defence of
North Sea convoy with
HM Destroyer GARTH.
(Note: German S38 sunk in this engagement.
December East coast duties in continuation.
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defence and patrol In North Sea in continuation.
Type 271) fitted for detection of submarines and E-Boats.
September See above reference and SEEK
AND STRIKE By
W Hackmam) .
24th During escort of Convoy FN1160 with H M
Destroyers PYTCHLEY, WORCESTER,
and MACKAY in action with E-Boats attacking convoy.
details see THE BATTLE OF THE NARROW SEAS).
coast duties In continuation.
to (Note: By this date the ship had been converted for use as a Short Range Escort -
details see V4W DESTROYERS 1917-45 by A Preston and BRITISH
by E. March which outline the extent of the changes made) .
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January East coast duties in continuation.
equipment for intercepting enemy radio traffic fitted
May Nominated for duty with Force S
during planned allied landings in Normandy.
for convoy escort from Thames to beach head area as Escort Group 113 with
HM Destroyer VIVACIOUS. for continued
escort of military convoys during duty Build-up
phase in a pre-planned cycle of convoys (Operation NEPTUNE)
details of naval activities prior to and during allied landings see OPERATION
NEPTUNE by K Edwards and LANDINGS IN
NORMANDY JUNE 1944 (HMSO)
June Passage to Sheerness to Join Group.
3rd Joined escort for Convoy S13 with HMS
VIVACIOUS, HM Trawlers NORTHERN
and HUGH WALPOLE.
(Note: Convoy comprised 4 Landing Ships and 4 RHINO craft.
4th Passage to Spithead.
delayed 24 hours
5th Escort Convoy S13 through swept
6th After arrival in SWORD area returned
7th Continued NEPTUNE
escort duties in pre-arranged cycle.
release from NEPTUNE resumed convoy escort and patrol in
coast convoy escort and patrol on continuation.
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defence requirement extended to include
English Channel traffic.
to (Note: Atlantic convoys were re-routed through Channel after threat of air attack
been removed by allied advance into Low countries. In this period there
was a significant increase in enemy activity by SCHNORKEL
which were concentrating attacks on convoy focal points in
Channel and SW
Approaches. Increased surface minelaying in Thames Estuary
patrol by destroyers and other escorts.
HOLD THE NARROW
SEA by P Smith ).
for interception patrol and for convoy
and support of military re-occupation operations.
his son Patrick Holland, Perth, WA.
have a web site of HMS CAMPBELL in memory of my dad which has some material on
it which is not mentioned in the above service history list - see
http://home.it.net.au/~lambeth/campbell.html. This includes a photo of the
ship's Crest (now added above, with thanks to Patrick) as well as
details of her as one of the escort ships which took Crown Prince Olaf back to
Norway in May 1945. I am in touch with John Beeley who was a P.O.
Telegraphist on CAMPBELL during her encounter with SCHARNHORST during the
Channel Dash in February 1942. John was i/c the Radar on the bridge during the
battle and awarded the MID for his exemplary services. He has recently received
his Arctic Emblem badge for the time CAMPBELL was with the escort of Russian
Convoy PQ 18.