Destroyer ordered from Scotts at Greenock under 1934
Programme on 13th December 1934.The ship was laid
down on 27th February 1935 on the same day as her sister ship HMS HOTSPUR. She
was launched on 24th January 1936 as the first Royal Navy
warship to carry this name. Build was completed on 10th September that year at
a cost of £253,262 excluding items supplied by the Admiralty such as guns and
communications equipment. Her service before the outbreak of war was in the Mediterranean with the 2nd Destroyer
Flotilla until May 1939 when she was refitted at Sheerness.
B a t t
l e H o n o u r s
ATLANTIC 1939-40 - NARVIK 1940 -
NORWAY 1940 - CALABRIA 1940
H e r a l d i
c D a t a
Badge: On a Field
Black., two hands holding swords crossed all
M o t t
ad Hostem: 'Face to the enemy’.
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 Worked-up in
Malta prior to
service with 2nd Destroyer Flotilla in Mediterranean Fleet.
September Deployed in
Mediterranean with Flotilla for interception of blockade runners and
to South Atlantic for duty with Force K
passage to Freetown
Force K for search in Atlantic to intercept commerce raiders and blockade
details of Force K see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett) and
Deployed with HM Destroyers HARDY, HERO and HASTY.
duties in continuation.
December At Plate
estuary after sinking of German pocket battleship ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE.
Continued interception duties.
1 9 4 0
to Home Fleet to rejoin Flotilla after refit.
passage to UK.
26th Taken in
hand for refit at Chatham.
February Under refit.
March Post refit
completion joined Flotilla for Home Fleet service.
Escorted HM Battlecruisers REPULSE and RENOWN from
Plymouth to Greenock.
arrival took passage to Scapa Flow to rejoin Flotilla.
with HM Destroyer FEARLESS as escort for HM Cruiser
Home Fleet search for German ships reported on passage
8th After German invasion
detached to rejoin Flotilla off Vestfjord.
Deployed for patrol off newly laid British Minefield
part in engagement with German destroyers at Narvik with Flotilla.
Boarded abandoned German mercantile RAUENFELS with HM Destroyer HAVOCK..
Battle of Narvik – For full details see Naval Staff History (HMSO-2001) .
damaged sister ship HMS HOTSPUR to Lofoten for temporary repair.
Fleet and deployed for patrol duty off Narvik.
and Fleet support for military operations off
with HM Destroyer IVANHOE for escort of HM Destroyer ESKIMO under
by HM Destroyer BEDOUIN to Skelfjord
24th Part of
anti-anti-submarine screen for HM Battleship WARSPITE during bombardment of
Narvik in support of landing operation.
details of the disastrous allied operations In Norway see ENGAGE THE ENEMY
CLOSELY, NARVIK by D MacIntyre, CARRIER GLORIOUS by John Hinton).
THE DOOMED EXPEDITION by Adams.
27th Taken in
hand for repair.
to resume Fleet duties of Norway
Transferred with HM Cruisers ARETHUSA, GALATEA and seven other destroyers to
Harwich for support of operations in Nore Command
Transferred with Flotilla for duty in Mediterranean.
passage with HM Destroyers HASTY, HAVOCK, HEREWARD, HERO and
HYPERION from Plymouth
to join Mediterranean Fleet at
HM Destroyers DAINTY, DEFENDER, HASTY, HYPERION, ILEX,
IMPERIAL, JANUS, JUNO,
VAMPIRE (RAN) and VOYAGER (RAN) as screen for
Mediterranean Fleet units covering
passage of Convoys MF1 and MS1 (ME1) from
(Note: Major units involved were HM Aircraft Carrier EAGLE, HM Battleships
SOVEREIGN and WARSPITE, HM Cruisers
GLOUCESTER, LIVERPOOL, NEPTUNE, ORION and SYDNEY (RAN).
8th Part of
Force D escorting HMS WARSPITE.
part in brief inconclusive engagement with Italian Battle Squadron off Calabria.
Following air attacks from HMS EAGLE and hits by HMS WARSPITE
on Italian Flagship
CEASARE and cruiser BOLZANO the Italian ships withdrew. (Battle
Fleet escort deployment in continuation.
Transferred with HM destroyers HERO, MOHAWK and NUBIAN to Force H at
reinforce ships of Force H during assist planned operations in the Western
(Operations HATS/MB, SMASH and GRAB)
(Note: These operations were to cover passage of HM Battleship VALIANT, HM Aircraft
Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS, HM Cruisers COVENTRY and
CARLISLE to join the
at Alexandria and to cover air attacks on Cagliari, Sardinia.
23rd Whilst on
passage struck mine in position 36.53N 27.19E , 18 miles SE of Cape Bon.
Major damage sustained abaft engine room and back broken.
rapidly became awash forward and had to be abandoned.
Survivors were rescued by HMS MOHAWK rescued and hulk sank after two torpedoes
been fired by HMS HERO.
of the ship’s company were killed and three others injured.
further details see Naval Staff History (HMSO-2002)).
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
by Don Kindell
This convoy list has not been cross-checked with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)