V-Class destroyer ordered with the 1917-18 Program (9th
Order) V from Swan Hunter at Wallsend on
30th Jura 1916. The ship was laid down in October
that year and launched on 22nd June 1917 as the 2nd RN warship to carry this
name, first used for a Prize captured in 1808. Build was completed on 19th
September and after service during WW1 remained in commission after November
1918. She was placed in Reserve as indicated in the General Information page.
This destroyer was selected for conversion to an Escort Destroyer
(WAIR) with an increased anti-aircraft and anti-submarine armament as
part of the naval rearmament programme before outbreak of war in September 1939. Following a successful WARSHIP
WEEK National Saving campaign in December 1941 She was adopted by the civil
community of Sandbach, Cheshire. Her association was
short lived owing to her loss a few weeks later. In 1945 the name was to have
been given to a new ship but build was cancelled.
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September Under conversion.
to (Note: Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes changed to L29 to conform with
for convoy escort destroyers.
out post refit trials and commissioned for service.
(Note: For details of conversion see BRITISH DESTROYERS by
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Nore Command for convoy escort duty:
on coastal convoy escort in
North Sea and English Channel.
to Dover Command for duty in support of military operations.
10th Deployed at
Dunkirk to provide additional AA
defence (Operation FA).
12th Assisted in
evacuation of allied personnel from
16th Provided naval gunfire support to
military at Escault with HM Destroyer WOLSEY
19th Rescued survivors from HM Destroyer
. 22nd Escorted ships taking two Guards
23rd Assisted in
evacuation from Boulogne.
out bombardment of
Calais with HM Destroyer
WESSEX and Polish destroyer ORP
alight damage in air attacks.
22nd Deployed with HM Destroyer WHITSHED to
support defence of Boulo
from Dover as escort for mercantiles
BIARRITZ and QUEEN OF THE CHANNEL
taking troops of Guards Brigade and stores to Boulogne.
(Note: The two mercantiles
embarked wounded soldiers and medical staff before return.)
Remained at Boulogne to assist in
24th Embarked troops and returned to
Dover with HMS WHITSHED.
from Dover to assist in defence and evacuation operations at
Calais with HM
Destroyer WOLFHOUND, WESSEX and Polish
fire from shore battery which was returned by the other destroyers
under heavy air attacks during which HMS WESSEX was sunk and ship shaken by six
survivors from HMS WESSEX and returned to
Dover with ORP BURZA.
limited by effects of air attacks.
25th Taken in hand for repair
(Note: Ship was not therefore deployed for evacuation of
allied troops from
DYNAMO - See Naval Staff History (HMSO-2002.)and BEF
SHIPS by J de Winser.)
completion of repair resumed convoy defence in
for convoy defence and patrol in
out anti-invasion patrols in
THE BATTLE FOR THE
COAST by J P Foynes)
east coast convoy defence duties
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defence of East Coast convoys.
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9th Sank after
striking a mine in the