T or TUMULT-Class Destroyer ordered with the 6th Emergency Flotilla in March 1941
from Cammell Laird,
Birkenhead. The ship was laid down on 20th October 1941 as Build No 1099 and
launched on 7th January 1943. She was the 8th RN ship to bear this name last
used by a WW1 destroyer sold in 1931. This ship was adopted by the civil
community of Macclesfield, Cheshire after a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings
campaign in March 1942. Her build which excluded modifications for Arctic
service was completed on 13th September 1943.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
1918 - MEDITERRANEAN 1943 - ADRIATIC 1944 - SOUTH FRANCE 1944 - AEGEAN 1944
H e r a l d i c D a t a
Badge: On a field White a thistle proper.
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 4 3
September Builder's trials and commissioning
13th Accepted into service with 24th
October On completion of work-up at Scapa Flow deployed with Flotilla.
service in Mediterranean with Flotilla.
Took passage to
Deployed in support of shore military operations in Italy.
Bombarded targets in Minturno area
December Support deployment in
1 9 4
Deployed with Flotilla in Adriatic for support of military operations
4th Bombarded Havar
and Curzola in Dalmatia
with HM Destroyer TUMULT.
March Adriatic and central
Mediterranean deployment in continuation for
to defence and patrol
June (See THE LAST DESTROYER by
July Nominated for duty under
US Navy Command for support of allied landings in the
south of France
August Joined Carrier Task Force
(TF88) with HM Destroyers TROUBRIDGE, TUSCAN,
and TYRIAN of
12th Escorted HM Escort Carriers
KHEDIVE, EMPEROR, SEARCHER, PURSUER
STALKER and HUNTER, HM Cruisers ROYALIST,
CALEDON and COLOMBO
with ships of Flotilla, HM Destroyer WHEATLAND,
NAVARINON and US warships for passage to the assault area.
(For details of activities
prior to and during South France landings see ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
by C. Barnett and INVASION OF THE SOUTH OF
15th Deployed in defence of Task Force during
27th Resumed duties Flotilla duties under
overall British command when British carriers
were released from
September Deployed with HMS ROYALIST and ships
of Flotilla for interception of evacuation
islands in Aegean
15th Sank KT ship
ERPEL and Submarine Chaser UJ2171 (HEIDELBERG) off Cape
24th Joined British Aegean Force for support
of re-occupation of Aegean Islands and
October Deployed with H M Escort
Carriers HUNTER, STALKER, EMPEROR, ATTACKER,
and KHEDIVE, HM Cruisers AJAX, ORION, ROYALIST,
ARGONAUT, AURORA and COLOMBO, ships of Flotilla, HUNT
destroyers and six Greek destroyers for support of military occupation
interception and screening duties.
23rd Landed troops at Skopelos in Aegean, East of Greek coast. (See ENGAGE THE
Deployment with British Aegean Force in continuation.
operations on Greek mainland.
service in Pacific with Flotilla.
December Passage to Plymouth for refit to
prepare for Pacific service
1 9 4 5
On completion took passage to join British
On passage to Sydney.
May Joined Fleet at Manus with Flotilla. and deployed with Task Force 57 on
(For details of
British naval activities in Pacific under overall US Navy Command.
See TF57 by P
Smith, THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton, OPERATION
PACIFIC by E Gray and WAR WITH JAPAN
12th Part of screen for HM
Aircraft Carriers IMPLACABLE and RULER, HM Cruisers
NEWFOUNDLAND and ACHILLES with HM Destroyers
TENACIOUS, TERPSICHORE and TERMAGANT as Task Group
14th Provided defence
during air attacks by carriers on Truk (Operation
15th Bombarded island of Moen
with HMS SWIFTSURE.
17th Passage to
Rejoined TF57 for
screening duties during operations off Japan.
Transferred with ships of BPF (TF57) to US 3rd Fleet and redesignated TF37
Passage to join US
Task Force 38 with HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE,
and IMPLACABLE, HM
Battleship KING GEORGE V, HM Cruisers
ACHILLES (RNZN), UGANDA (RCN), EURYALUS
and BLACK PRINCE
as destroyer screen with HM Destroyers QUIBERON,
QUALITY, QUADRANT, TROUBRIDGE, GRENVILLE,
TERPSICHORE, UNDAUNTED, UNDINE, URANIA, URCHIN
18th Part of destroyer
screen for TF57 during joint attacks by RN and USN carriers on
mainland islands of
August Deployment with TF37 in
9th Bombarded Kamaisha,
Honshu, Japan with HMS NEWFOUNDLAND, HMS
GAMBIA, HMS TERMAGANT and HMS TENACIOUS.
Task Group TG38.5 and retained in operational area.
(Note: Other ships
in Group were HMS KING GEORGE V, HMS
INDEFATIGABLE, HMS GAMBIA, HMS NEWFOUNDLAND, HM
Destroyers BARFLEUR, NAPIER (RAN), NIZAM (RAN), WAKEFUL,
TERMAGANT and TENACIOUS.
remaining British warships had been withdrawn because of insufficient
available from British supply tankers).
13th Deployed as screen for ships of TG38.5
during attacks on Tokyo area.
15th Hostilities ceased after Japanese
27th Attended surrender ceremony in Tokyo
Bay with ships of TG38.5.
P o s t W a r
N o t e s
HMS TEAZER returned to UK with
Flotilla later in 1946 and was placed in Reserve at Devonport.
She was selected for full conversion to an
Anti-Submarine Frigate in 1952 but this was later changed because of the costs
involved. Instead a limited conversion to this role was approved and on
completion by 1956 was recommissioned
for service in the 2nd Training squadron. She was placed on the Disposal List in 1965 and
sold to BISCO for breaking-up at Dalmuir where she
arrived in tow on 7th August that year.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
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)
CRUISE TO GIBRALTAR, 1956
by Gordon Smith
Navy-Mad in the Nineteen Fifties