Admiralty W-Class destroyers ordered from John Brown of Clyde bank under the
1916-17 Programme in the 10th Order on 9 December 1916. The ship was laid down
on 17th January 1917 and launched on 2 December 1917. She was the 1st RN warships to carry the name. After completion
on 26th January 1918 she served in the Grand Fleet. This ship was deployed in
the Baltic during 1919 and was in action against Russian warships. In 1921 she
was in the 1st Destroyer Flotilla and later placed in Reserve (See General
Information). Brought forward for service in 1939 the ship was deployed at
Gibraltar for contraband control and convoy defence duty. Following a
successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign during November 1941 she was
adopted by the civil community of Erlerley Hill then part of Staffordshire.
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at Gibraltar with 13th Destroyer Flotilla
for contraband control patrol duties.
and convoy defence in continuation with Flotilla.
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Gibraltar patrol and convoy escort in
8th Deployed as escort for inward Convoy
HG12 during initial stage of passage to
10th Detached from escort and returned to
February Deployment with Flotilla at Gibraltar in
12th Deployed with HM Destroyer VORTIGERN as
escort for inward convoy HG22 during passage from
Gibraltar to Liverpool.
18th Detached from HG22
on relief by Local Escort from Plymouth in SW
(Note: HM Destroyers VORTIGERN and WISHART were also part of
29th Deployed as escort for outward Convoy OG24F during passage to
Gibraltar from formation in SW
4th Detached from escort of OG24F on
arrival at Gibraltar
5th Deployed with HM Sloops BIDEFORD and
FOWEY as escort for inward convoy HG25 during
initial stage of passage from
7th Detached from HG25 and returned to
Number for visual signalling purposes changed to I26 in conformity with
changes made to all RN ships.
Gibraltar deployment in
12th Attacked Italian submarine CAPALLANI off
(Note: Result was later assessed as severe damage.)
26th Flotilla placed at disposal of Force H
on formation, as required.
details of Force H operation in 1940 see ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C
Barnett and Naval Staff History HMSO (2002). ).
Gibraltar duties in
Nominated for return to UK.
August Passage to UK for convoy
escort duty in Western Approaches.
5th Joined military convoy WS2 with HM
FORTUNE, FURY and VORTIGERN for Local Escort during passage in the NW
7th Detached from WS2 with Local Escort
and returned to Clyde.
6th Escort Group based at
convoy escort duty in continuation.
Deployed with Rosyth Escort Force.
1st Under air attack during escort of
North Sea convoy with HM Corvette
PINTAIL and HM
with Group in Western Approaches.
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12th Joined military convoy WS5b in
Clyde with HM Destroyers
BEAGLE, FEARLESS, HIGHLANDER, JACKAL,
LINCOLN, VANSITTART and Free French destroyer LEOPARD.
16th Detached from WS5B with Local Escort and
returned to Clyde.
with Group for Atlantic convoy defence In
details of U-Boat deployments in 1941 see U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC (HMSO))
June and HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR by C Blair.)
to 8th Escort Group for Atlantic convoy escort.
August Part of escort for outward Convoy HX143 with Group.
September Atlantic escort with Group in continuation.
of escort for outward Convoys ONS23 and ON30 with Group.
of escort for outward convoy HX160 with Group.
of escort for outward convoy ON51 with Group.
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January Deployment with 8th Escort Group in continuation.
to 1st British Escort Group and joined H M Destroyers HURRICANE and
HM Corvettes BORAGE, DAHLIA, MEADOWSWEET, MONKSHOOD,
WALLFLOWER and ANCHUSA.
May Deployed with Group for convoy defence in Atlantic.
details of development and use of new weapons by both escorts and U-Boats
SEEK AND STRIKE by
W Hackmann and THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC
out trial of prototype Radar Plan Display (PPI) - Later Outfit JE.
details of development and use of radar by RN see RADAR AT
SEA by D Howse).
September Atlantic convoy defence with Group in continuation.
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January Atlantic convoy defence with Group in continuation.
for conversion to Long Range Escort.
details o this crucial stage of the Atlantic war see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY and above references.)
in hand for refit and conversion by commercial shipyard at
May Under refit and conversion.
BRITISH DESTROYERS by E March and V
AND W DESTROYERS by A
July (Note: Ahead Throwing Anti-submarine weapon (HEDGEHOG) was
SEEK AND STRIKE by
refit harbour and trials.
completion of work-up rejoined EGB1 for escort of
for escort of UK-Gibraltar convoys with Group.
to Gibraltar Escort Force.
18th Despatched from
Gibraltar to reinforce escort of merged
Convoys MKS30 and SL139 with
19th Joined convoy which was under sustained
U-Boat attacks by SCHILL Group.
21st Under attack by Hs293 Glider bombs from
He117 aircraft which were repulsed by the
AA fire from the escort although one mercantile was sunk and
December Atlantic convoy defence with Group in continuation.
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for Russian Convoy escort duty with Home Fleet.
HM Escort Carrier CHASER with HM Destroyer WANDERER, HM Frigates
and STRULE during passage to join Russian Convoy JW57
22nd Joined JW57 escort.
26th Detached from JW57 and resumed Atlantic
convoy defence duty.
convoy defence in continuation.
May Nominated for escort of assault convoys to Normandy beach head
to join HM Canadian Corvette LINDSAY, HM Trawlers SCALPAY and
GANILLY as Escort Group 138.
details of naval activities prior to and during
Normandy assault landings see OPERATION
NEPTUNE by K Edwards, LANDINGS IN
NORMANDY June 1944 (HMSO) and D
by J de Winser ).
June Passage to Milford Haven for escort of Convoy
EBC3 with Group.
5th Departure of
convoy delayed by 24 hours when D-Day postponed.
6th Escorted 11
Stores Coasters, three Empty MT Ships, two 2
Armament Stores Carriers and a
Water Tanker to
8th Passage through swept channel to
Western Task Force area as escort for MT Ships, Armament
and Water Carrier
by E-Boats during passage driven off.
11th After arrival detached from convoy and
returned to Milford Haven.
13th Commenced escort of Build -Up convoys to
On release from
NEPTUNE deployed in English
Channel for coastal convoy defence and patrol.
deployment in continuation.
21st During escort of convoy off Beachy Head with HM Destroyers MELBREAK and
drove off attacks by E-Boats of 8th German
deployment in continuation.
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defence in English Channel and SW Approaches in continuation.
to (Note: Atlantic convoys were re-routed via Channel in this period and “Schnorkel”
U-Boats were concentrating attacks in focal points. See above references)
April Part of escort for military convoy VWP16 in Channel.
6th Sank U1195 by HEDGEHOG after attack on
(Note: This submarine had sunk the troop transport
CUBA in the convoy
full details see U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp.)
from operational service after VE-Day and paid off into Reserve.
on the Disposal List.
23rd Sold to T W Ward