Admiralty V-class Destroyer ordered from
Yarrow's of Scotstoun, Glasgow with the 9th Order of the 1916-17 Programme. The
ship was laid down in July 1916 and launched on 3rd November that year as the
1st RN warship to carry this name. She was completed in December 1917 and was
fitted for use as a minelayer. During 1919-1920 this ship was deployed in the
Baltic and was in action against Russian warships. Later she served in the
Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleets until the mid 1930’s when placed in
Maintenance Reserve at Rosyth and brought forward in August 1939 for the Review
of the Reserve Fleet by HM King George VI at Weymouth. The ship remained in
commission and began war service in Western Approaches. After a successful
WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in March 1942 this ship was adopted by
the civil community of Solihull, then in Warwickshire.
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forward for Review of Reserve Fleet by HM King George VI at
in commission when war was declared and took-up allocated war station.
with 17th Destroyer Flotilla based at
Plymouth for convoy escort and
anti-submarine patrol in Channel and SW Approaches.
10th Deployed with HM Destroyer KEITH as
escort for BEF convoy of 18 ships taking stores,
ammunition and vehicles to
in SW Approaches and English Channel with Flotilla for
defence based at
15th Deployed as escort for inward Convoy
HG10 during passage to Liverpool
from Gibraltar in SW Approaches.
16th Detached from HG10 on arrival and took
passage to Plymouth
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Approaches deployment for convoy defence based at
12th Deployed with HM Destroyers BROKE and
VERITY join inward Convoy HG25
during passage from
Liverpool in Western Approaches.
Joined HM Sloops BIDEFORD and FOWEY escorting HG25.
15th Detached from HG25
with escort on arrival at
to Liverpool as base following move of
headquarters of Western
Command to Liverpool.
26th Nominated for
deployment in support of evacuation of allied troops from Dunkirk.
DYNAMO - For details see THE NINE DAYS OF
DUNKIRK by AD
BEF SHIPS by J de Winser and Naval Staff History
from Dover with HM Cruiser
CALCUTTA, HM Destroyers GALLANT,
GRIFFIN, GREYHOUND, IMPULSIVE, SABRE
and WAKEFUL to assist in
27th Deployed for patrol off beaches to
intercept any attack by E-Boats and provided
28th Made two trips to
Dunkirk and embarked 326 and 359 men
respectively for passage to
30th Landed 537 men at Dover from Dunkirk.
31st Under fire from
shore howitzers off Bray and sustained 15 casualties.
(Note: Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes changed
to 136 to conform with
changes made for all RN warships.).
1st Landed 427 men at
3rd Deployed for operation to block
harbour at Dunkirk (Operation OK)
to Dover with crews of blockships..
This ship carried a total of 1,649 passengers to
Dover during DYNAMO.)
7th Transferred to Sheerness to join 21st
Destroyer Flotilla for convoy defence
for convoy escort in North Sea.
out convoy defence duty and anti-invasion patrols in
North Sea duties in
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for convoy defence and E-Boat patrol in
details of North Sea convoy defence see THREE CORVETTES by
December THE BATTLE FOR THE NARROW SEAS by P Scott).
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North Sea deployment
with Flotilla in continuation.
12th During Flotilla exercises with HM
Destroyers CAMPBELL and WORCESTER
of the 21st Destroyer Flotilla, and MACKAY, WHITSHED and WALPOLE
of the 16th Destroyer Flotilla, ordered by Admiralty to make torpedo attack
on German battleships SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU then
English Channel with the cruiser PRINZ EUGEN from
ship to make an attack and escaped without serious damage or casualties.
(Note: This attempt to prevent the enemy ships was
unsuccessful but they later
detonated mines whilst entering harbour in
Naval Staff History for details.)
convoy defence in North Sea,
and patrol duty in North Sea in continuation.
to (Note: This ship was not
converted for use as a Long Range Escort
V AND W DESTROYERS 1917-45 by A
Classified as Short Range Escort).
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North Sea convoy and patrol in
for detached service in Home Fleet..
5th Deployed as part of escort for
returning Russian Convoy RA52 for final stage of
passage with HM Escort Destroyers BLANKNEY and MIDDLETON.
Fleet deployment in continuation.
as part of escort for returning Russian Convoy RA53 for final stage of passage
with HM Escort Destroyers MEYNELL and PYTCHLEY.
service with Flotilla for
North Sea convoy defence.
May Deployed in North Sea for convoy
defence and E-Boat patrol.
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North Sea deployment in
for duty with HM Destroyer CAMPBELL, HM Corvettes CLOVER,
and Motor Launches of Light Coastal Forces as Escort Group 103
in Force L for escort of Follow-up convoys
during planned allied landings in
Normandy (Operation NEPTUNE -For details
of naval activities before and during
landings see OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards and LANDINGS IN
June Began service with 103rd Escort Group in
8th Escorted Convoy
ETM3 comprising 14 Motor Transport
ships) from Thames to
with Group supplemented by HM Corvettes POPPY and STATICE.
9th Passage from
Solent to Eastern Task Force area as
escort to Convoys ETM33 and Etm3W
Returned to Nore after arrival off beachhead.
10th Continued Follow-up convoy escort duty
from Thames to beach head with Group.
release from NEPTUNE resumed convoy escort and patrol duties in the English
North Sea with
September Flotilla duties in continuation.
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See and Channel escort and patrol in continuation.
to (Note: During this period there was in increase in German minelaying in
Thames estuary and
North Sea by E-Boats
addition ‘Schnorkel’ fitted U-Boats were
concentrating attacks in convoy focal
points and increased escorts were deployed . - See HOLD THE
SEAS by P
and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett).
VE Day deployed in support of reoccupation operations.
15th Escorted minesweepers with HM Destroyer
WOOLSTON during mine clearance operations
prior to entry of allied warships into
and reduced to Reserve status.