QUILLIAM-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered on 2nd April 1940 with the 3rd Emergency
Flotilla from Hawthorn Leslie, Newcastle.
The ship was laid down on 6th November 1940 and launched on 1st June 1942 as the 7th RN warship to bear carry the name, introduced
in 1895. It was previously used by a destroyer built in 1895 and sold in 1919. Build was completed on 7th January 1943 at a cost of £436,576 excluding the equipment which was supplied by the Admiralty such as
armament, wireless and radar equipment. After a successful WARSHIP WEEK for National Savings in
March 1942 she was adopted by the civil community of Islington in Greater London.
B a t t l e
H o n o u r s
SICILY 1943 - SALERNO 1943
- MEDITERRANEAN 1943
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December Contractor's trials and
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7th Build completion
and commenced Acceptance Trials.
On completion of
trials and service took passage to Scapa Flow.
February On completion of work-up at
Scapa Flow deployed with Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
escort of joint military convoy WS27 and KMF10A during passage from
(Note: WS27 was
destined for Middle East via Cape of Good Hope and KMF10A for
Mediterranean via Gibraltar.
Ship was intended to
join the rest of the Flotilla in Indian Ocean,)
27th Joined Convoy WS27 in Clyde with HM Battleship MALAYA, HM Destroyers RAIDER,
QUEENBOROUGH and WOLVERINE as Ocean Escort during Atlantic
2nd Remained with WS27 when KMF10A
ships detached for passage to Gibraltar.
5th HMS QUADRANT detached from escort.
8th Detached from WS27 with HMS
QUEENBOROUGH and RAIDER on arrival at Freetown.
Freetown for Atlantic convoy defence.
transfer to Indian Ocean was cancelled to due to future requirements in
support of planned allied landings in Mediterranean.)
11th Deployed for escort of WS27 with
HMS QUEENBOROUGH and HMS RAIDER during
passage to Durban.
24th Detached from WS27 with HMS
QUEENBOROUGH and HMS RAIDER on arrival at Durban.
April Passage to Freetown to resume
return to UK to join Flotilla.
29th Took passage from Freetown with HM
Destroyer QUALITY to join Flotilla at Scapa Flow.
May Joined Flotilla and deployed
for Home Fleet duties at Scapa Flow.
June Nominated for support
of allied landings in Sicily (Operation HUSKY)
Gibraltar as part of screen for Home Fleet major units detached for support of
July Deployed in Malta to
prepare for planned allied landings.
8th Sailed from Malta as part of
screen for Battleships NELSON, RODNEY, WARSPITE,
Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE, FORMIDABLE HM Cruisers
AURORA PENELOPE, CLEOPATRA and EURYALUS with HM
QUILLIAM, QUEENBOROUGH, ISIS, FAULKNOR,
ECHO, INTREPID, RAIDER,
INGLEFIELD, ILEX, TROUBRIDGE, TYRIAN, TUMULT, OFFA,
VASILISSA OLGA and Polish destroyer ORP PIORUN in western
10th Deployed with above ships in
western Mediterranean to provide cover against
surface ships to allied landings
For details see
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett and
12th Deployed for interception patrol
after landings established.
14th Deployed with HM Cruisers
CLEOPATRA and EURYALUS with HM Destroyer
QUILLIAM of east
coast of Sicily.
August Mediterranean deployment
for support of operations in continuation.
21st Carried out bombardment of
Italian mainland from Straits of Messina.
31st Part of screen for HMS NELSON,
HMS RODNEY and HM Cruiser ORION during
bombardment of Italian coast between Reggio Calabria and Pessaro before
mainland of Italy (Operation BAYTOWN).
September Carried out bombardment with HM
Destroyers OFFA, PETARD, QUEENBOROUGH,
TARTAR, TROUBRIDGE, TYRIAN and ORP PIORUN
duties in continuation.
2nd Carried out bombardment south of
9th Part of screen for HM
Battleships NELSON, RODNEY, WARSPITE, VALIANT, HM
to Aircraft Carriers ILLUSTRIOUS,
FORMIDABLE with HM Destroyers QUILLIAM.,
16th QUEENBOROUGH, PETARD, TROUBRIDGE,
TYRIAN, TUMULT, OFFA,
INTREPID, ECLIPSE, INGLEFIELD, FURY, ILEX, ECHO, RAIDER,
PIORUN, Greek VASILISSA OLGA, Free French destroyers LE TERRIBLE and
for gunfire support during allied landings at Salerno.
AVALANCHE - For details see above references).
interception patrols against submarine and E-Boat attacks on ships off beach
Provided naval gunfire support during
October Transferred to Adriatic for
support of military operations and convoy defence.
22nd Intercepted and captured enemy
mercantile during Adriatic patrol
November Adriatic deployment based at
Bari in continuation.
15th During patrol in Adriatic struck
mine in barrage laid by U453 off Bari on 25th October.
16th Beached south of Bari to await
December Taken in tow to Bari for
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January Under temporary repair to
allow passage for permanent repair at Taranto.
to Passage to Taranto
April Repair arranged in
Prepared for tow
May Passage under tow to
18th Capsized and sank in Gulf of
Taranto in position 40.05N, 17.52E whilst in tow.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS
by Don Kindell
These convoy lists have not been cross-checked
with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)