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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2

by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2004

HMS VALOROUS (L 00) - V & W-class Destroyer
including Convoy Escort Movements

HMS Valorous as D82 (Navy Photos, click  to enlarge)

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Admiralty V-Design Fleet destroyer ordered from Denny of Dumbarton in 1916 for delivery in April 1917. She was laid down on 25th May 1916 and was intended to be named MONTROSE. However this was changed before launch MONTROSE on 8th May 1917 and the ship was renamed. She was  the 5th RN ship to carry the name, VALOROUS which was introduced in 1804 and previously used for a Frigate sold in 1891. Build was completed on 21st August 1917 and this ship was classified as a Half Leader' The Tender price was 195,500. Before the armistice she was converted for use as a minelayer and after November 1918 was deployed in the Baltic where she was in action against Russian warships. In 1921 she served in the Atlantic Fleet with the 4th Destroyer Flotilla and later went to the Mediterranean. When relieved by a B-Class Destroyer in 1931 she was placed in Reserve. As part of the naval re-armament Programme in 1938 she was selected for conversion to an Anti-Aircraft Escort (WAIR) by HM Dockyard Chatham.. The work was completed in June 1939 and she remained In commission. After a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in October 1941 this ship was adopted by the civil community of Dewsbury then in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

 

Battle      Honours

 

BALTIC  1854 - BLACK SEA   1854-55 - NORTH SEA  1940-45

 

H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Badge : On a Field White, within an annulet Blue,

a Shahin falcon proper.

 

M o t t o

Valenter volenter  :   'Strongly and willingly'

 

 

D e t a i l s   o f   W a r   S e r v i c e

 

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1 9 3 9

 

August                  Nominated for duty with Rosyth Escort Force.

 

September             Deployed in Rosyth Command for convoy defence in North Sea and NW Approaches.

to                            (For details of naval activities In 1939 see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by

December.             C Barnett).

 

1 9 4 0

 

January                  Area of deployment extended to cover defence Channel and East Coast convoys.

to                            (Note : Remained on convoy escort duties and did not take part directly in evacuation of

May                        allied troops from Dunkirk in May (Operation DYNAMO).

 

June

                11th        During escort of Convoy FN23 under air attack.

                                Rescued crew of collier HEWORTH which was sunk after bomb hit.

 

July                         Deployed for North Sea Convoy defence and anti-invasion patrol

to

December

 

1 9 4 1

 

January                  Coastal convoy defence in continuation.

to                            (For details of North Sea convoys see THREE CORVETTES by N Montserrat).

May

 

June

                21st         Rescued the only 3 survivors from tanker VANCOUVER mined off Sunk Head Buoy

                                and set on fire.

                                (Note : This ship had the highest casualties in any ship lost off Harwich during WW2

                                and was on passage to Shellhaven from Halifax. 45 lives were lost.)

 

July                         Coastal convoy defence in continuation

to

December

 

1 9 4 2

 

January                  Deployed with Home Fleet ships covering passage of mercantiles which had broken

                                out of Baltic Sea from Sweden (Operation PERFORMANCE).

 

February                Coastal Convoy defence in continuation.

to                            Note : Fitted with fire control radar (Type 285) for main armament.

December              (See RADAR AT SEA by D Howse for details of design and development of RN radar).

 

1 9 4 3    a n d    1 9 4 4

 

                                Coastal Convoy defence in continuation.

                                (Notes : Did not take part in escort and support of allied landings in Normandy, see

                                LANDINGS IN NORMANDY JUNE 1944 (HMSO) which lists ships involved).

                                Additional radar for detection of aircraft and surface targets. Type 286P fitted and

                                direction finding outfit for interception of wireless signals

 

1 9 4 5

 

January                  Coastal Convoy defence in continuation.

to                            (Note : During this period SCHNORKEL fitted submarines were concentrating attacks

April                       on convoy focal points in Home Waters and Atlantic convoys were re-routed

                                through English Channel.

 

May

                8th          After VE-Day deployed in support of military re-occupation operations.

                14th        Escorted minesweepers with HM Destroyer VENOMOUS during clearance operations prior

                                to entry of allied personnel into Kristiansund, South

 

June                        Support deployment in continuation

to

August

 

P o s t   W a r   N o t e s

 

HMS VALOROUS was one of the unsung escorts which protected coastal convoys throughout WW2. This work received little detailed publicity but was very hazardous, as evidenced by the number of ship structures which could be seen off the East coast for many years after the end of WW2.. She was paid off and placed in Reserve after VJ Day. She was put on the Disposal List in 1946 and sold for breaking-up on 4th March 1947 at Thornaby.

 

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS VALOROUS

by Don Kindell

 

These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above

 

 

 

 

 

Date convoy sailed

Joined convoy as escort

Convoy No.

Left convoy

Date convoy arrived

 

 

 

 

 

12/09/39

12/09/39

FS 0004

14/09/39

14/09/39

03/11/39

03/11/39

FS 0031

05/11/39

05/11/39

09/11/39

09/11/39

FS 0034

11/11/39

11/11/39

15/11/39

15/11/39

FS 0037

17/11/39

17/11/39

02/12/39

02/12/39

FS 0047

03/12/39

03/12/39

03/12/39

03/12/39

FN 0048

04/12/39

04/12/39

07/12/39

07/12/39

FS 0051

08/12/39

08/12/39

13/12/39

13/12/39

FS 0054

14/12/39

14/12/39

25/12/39

25/12/39

FS 0059

27/12/39

27/12/39

28/12/39

28/12/39

FN 0060

29/12/39

29/12/39

05/01/40

05/01/40

FS 0065

07/01/40

07/01/40

17/01/40

17/01/40

FS 0075

19/01/40

19/01/40

19/02/40

19/02/40

FS 0100

21/02/40

21/02/40

23/02/40

23/02/40

FN 0102

25/02/40

25/02/40

27/02/40

27/02/40

FS 0107

29/02/40

29/02/40

11/03/40

11/03/40

FS 0119

13/03/40

13/03/40

16/03/40

16/03/40

TM 028

17/03/40

17/03/40

18/03/40

18/03/40

MT 033

19/03/40

19/03/40

19/03/40

19/03/40

FS 0124

21/03/40

21/03/40

23/03/40

23/03/40

FN 0127

24/03/40

24/03/40

24/03/40

24/03/40

TM 032

24/03/40

24/03/40

26/03/40

26/03/40

MT 038

26/03/40

26/03/40

29/03/40

29/03/40

FN 0132

31/03/40

31/03/40

05/04/40

05/04/40

MT 045

06/04/40

06/04/40

09/04/40

09/04/40

FN 0141

11/04/40

11/04/40

14/04/40

14/04/40

FS 0146

16/04/40

16/04/40

14/04/40

14/04/40

MT 051

14/04/40

14/04/40

21/04/40

21/04/40

FS 0152

23/04/40

23/04/40

20/04/40

21/04/40

MT 056

21/04/40

20/04/40

01/05/40

01/05/40

FS 0159

03/05/40

03/05/40

19/05/40

19/05/40

FS 0174

21/05/40

21/05/40

19/05/40

19/05/40

MT 069

19/05/40

19/05/40

26/05/40

26/05/40

FS 0180

28/05/40

28/05/40

27/05/40

27/05/40

MT 075

27/05/40

27/05/40

05/06/40

05/06/40

FS 0188

07/06/40

07/06/40

05/06/40

05/06/40

MT 082

05/06/40

05/06/40

12/06/40

12/06/40

MT 087

13/06/40

13/06/40

13/06/40

13/06/40

FS 0194

15/06/40

15/06/40

17/06/40

17/06/40

FN 0198A

18/06/40

18/06/40

18/06/40

18/06/40

FS 0198

20/06/40

20/06/40

20/06/40

20/06/40

MT 092

21/06/40

21/06/40

21/06/40

21/06/40

FN 0201

23/06/40

23/06/40

21/06/40

21/06/40

FS 0201

23/06/40

23/06/40

24/06/40

24/06/40

FN 0204

26/06/40

26/06/40

04/07/40

04/07/40

FS 0212

05/07/40

05/07/40

07/07/40

07/07/40

FN 0216

09/07/40

09/07/40

15/07/40

15/07/40

FN 0223

17/07/40

17/07/40

08/08/40

08/08/40

FS 0246

10/08/40

10/08/40

11/08/40

11/08/40

FN 0249

13/08/40

13/08/40

15/08/40

15/08/40

FS 0253

17/08/40

17/08/40

27/08/40

27/08/40

FS 0264

29/08/40

29/08/40

03/09/40

03/09/40

FS 0271

05/09/40

05/09/40

06/09/40

06/09/40

FN 0274

08/09/40

07/09/40

12/09/40

12/09/40

FS 0279

14/09/40

15/09/40

15/09/40

15/09/40

FN 0281

17/09/40

17/09/40

21/09/40

21/09/40

FS 0288

23/09/40

23/09/40

24/09/40

24/09/40

FN 0290

26/09/40

26/09/40

29/09/40

29/09/40

FS 0295

01/10/40

01/10/40

02/10/40

02/10/40

FN 0297

04/10/40

04/10/40

09/10/40

09/10/40

FN 0304

11/10/40

11/10/40

17/11/40

17/11/40

FS 0337

19/11/40

19/11/40

20/11/40

20/11/40

FN 0338

22/11/40

22/11/40

24/11/40

24/11/40

FS 0344

26/11/40

26/11/40

27/11/40

27/11/40

FN 0345

30/11/40

30/11/40

06/12/40

06/12/40

FS 0355

09/12/40

09/12/40

10/12/40

10/12/40

FN 0356

12/12/40

12/12/40

17/12/40

17/12/40

FS 0362

19/12/40

19/12/40

25/12/40

25/12/40

FS 0370

27/12/40

27/12/40

18/01/41

18/01/41

FS 0391

20/01/41

20/01/41

31/01/41

31/01/41

FN 0396

02/02/41

02/02/41

04/03/41

04/03/41

EN 081/1

09/03/41

09/03/41

08/03/41

09/03/41

OB 295

14/03/41

14/03/41

27/03/41

27/03/41

OG 057

01/04/41

11/04/41

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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