ordered from Stephen's of Govan, Glasgow under 1916-17 Programme (9th Order) on 30th June 1916. She was laid down on 7th December
that year and launched on 15th
December 1917 as the first RN warship to carry this name. After
completion on 20th February 1918
she joined the Fleet and remained in service after the Armistice. The ship was
put in Reserve as explained in the General Information sheet and was brought
into service again in 1939.After a WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in
February 1942 this destroyer was adopted by the civil community of Skipton, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
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on convoy defence and anti-submarine patrol in Channel and SW Approaches.
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January Convoy escort duty in English
Channel and North Sea in
May Deployed at Harwich for evacuation support
with the 19th Destroyer Flotilla.
details of operations in Channel during May and June 1940 see Naval Staff.
and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY BY Corelli Barnett).
10th Embarked demolition party for passage to
Ymuiden to destroy oil tanks.
13th Assisted in
Hook of Holland. (Operation ORDNANCE).
Number for visual signalling purposes changed to 155.
at Dover with 19th Flotilla and provided naval gunfire support to
British Expeditionary Force at Treport.
21st Destroyer Flotilla based at Sheerness for anti-invasion patrols and
escort duties in Channel and North Sea.
details of naval activities in the Channel and North Sea during 1940 and
see HOLD THE NARROW SEA by P Smith, BATTLE OF THE NARROW SEAS
by P. Scott) and THE BATTLE OF THE EAST COAST by J P Foynes.)
August Invasion patrol and escort duty in continuation.
13th Deployed with HM Destroyers GARTH and
CAMPBELL for anti-invasion patrol off the
Dutch coast. Bombardment of Ostend cancelled because of poor
on convoy escort duty in Channel and North Sea.
8th Towed damaged Escort Destroyer HMS
HAMBLEDON to Sheerness after being mined in
November Channel and North Sea deployment in
for service in Western Approaches and took passage to-Clyde.
19th Joined HM Destroyers HARVESTER and
HIGHLANDER in Clyde to supplement the Local
for military convoy WS5A during passage in NW Approaches. Detached from WS5A
with same ships and returned to Clyde.
21st Detached from WS5Awith same ships and
returned to Clyde.
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Approaches deployment for Atlantic convoy escort in continuation.
details of Atlantic convoy defence see THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC by
December Macintyre , SEEK and STRIKE by P Hackman,
U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC
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on convoy escort duty in Atlantic.
31st In collision with
HM Destroyer VIVACIOUS which sustained major damage.
September Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.
for conversion to Long Range Escort Destroyer
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conversion to Long Range Escort
completion of post refit trials took passage to Tobermory for work-up.
2nd British Escort Group after work-up and deployed for Atlantic convoy
October Atlantic convoy escort and support duties in
details of operations to ensure safe passage of convoys and use of newly
weapons and procedures see CONVOY ESCORT COMMANDER by P Gretton
and the above references).
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with 6th British Escort Group in NW Approaches.
Convoy ONS29 in Atlantic with HM Destroyers FAME and VANQUISHER,
Frigate DEVERON, HM Corvettes KINGCUP, VERVAIN and EGLANTINE,
Corvettes ROSE, EGLANTINE and ACANTHUS (all manned by Norway).
14th Under air attack
by two Ju88 aircraft.
convoy escort and support in continuation with Group.
for duty in support of proposed allied landings in Normandy with Western Task
O (Operation NEPTUNE).
details of naval activities prior to and during landings see OPERATION NEPTUNE
K Edwards and LANDINGS IN NORMANDY June 1944
to join Force O and joined HM Corvette AZALEA to form Escort Group 142.
part in preparatory exercises prior to NEPTUNE
June Joined ships of Force O at Portland for Assault
5th Deployed for
defence of assault convoys on passage to OMAHA area.
6th Group deployment in continuation..
7th Joined HM Trawlers GRASSHOLM and NEAVE
for escort of Convoy EBC1 from Solent
as Escort Group 142. Convoy consisted of 23 pre-loaded
coasters and an Armament Stores
8th Escort duty with
Group from Milford Haven assembly area.
duty with Group for duration of build-up Phase.
On release from
NEPTUNE deployed in English
Channel for convoy defence.
July Channel escort duty in continuation.
for coastal convoy defence in coastal waters.
During this period SCHNORKEL fitted submarines concentrated attacks on
December focal areas for convoy assembly and movement of coastal
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convoy defence in continuation.
The removal of the air threat from German aircraft based in France allowed the
of Atlantic convoys through English Channel to East Coast ports and
escorts were strengthened with additional newly commissioned