T-Class Destroyer ordered from John Brown, Clydebank with the 6th Emergency
Flotilla on 14th March 1941. The ship was laid down on 16th
November that year and launched on 9th November 1942 as the second RN warship to bear this name,
previously introduced for a WW1 destroyer. In March 1942 after successful WARSHIP WEEK National
Savings campaign she was adopted by the civil community of Rowley
Regis, then part of Staffordshire. Build was completed on 2nd April 1943.
B a t t l e
H o n o u r s
ATLANTIC 1943 - SICILY 1943 - SALERNO
1943 - AEGEAN 1943-44 - MEDITERRANEAN 1943-44 - ATLANTIC 1944 - SOUTH FRANCE 1944
H e r a l d i c D a t a
Badge: On a
field Blue, three bells Gold, two and one all conjoined
by a ring.
M o t t o
Tumultu: ‘Let us use this Tumult’
D e t a i l s o f
W a r S e r v i c e
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April Commissioned for Service
in 24th Destroyer Flotilla.
2nd Build completion and
commenced Acceptance Trials
On completion of
trials and storing took passage to Scapa Flow to
service with ships of Home Fleet.
May Passage to Gibraltar to
June Deployed with Flotilla
for convoy defence and screening duties based in Malta.
support of planned allied landings in Sicily (Operation HUSKY)
8th Sailed from Malta with HM Destroyers
TROUBRIDGE and TYRIAN to join
deployed in the Ionian Sea to provide
cover for landings.
For details see BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J
de Winser, ENGAGE THE
CLOSELY by C Barnett and the Naval Staff History.)
August Fleet screening duties in
September Nominated for support of planned
landings at Salerno (Operation AVALANCHE)
9th Deployed with HMS TROUBRIDGE and HMS TYRIAN
for screening of major
cover for landings. See above references.
11th Provided naval gunfire support and
AA defence for Fleet units off landing beaches.
October Transferred to Aegean for
support of military operations following the surrender of
troops intended retain control of the islands after the Italian surrender
British troops had been sent to Cos and and Leros where they met serious
opposition. Naval support of the re-occupation was
details see WAR IN THE AEGEAN by P Smith and E Walker.)
5th Deployed with HM
Destroyer PATHFINDER and joined HM Cruisers DIDO and
AURORA to carry
out patrol in Kaso Strait to intercept any enemy
craft on passage to
garrisons. No craft were sighted and ships came under spasmodic
(Note: Later the
two cruisers were involved in collision. See reference.)
16th Deployed with HMS
TYRIAN and carried out attack on convoy during which a supply
ship was sunk.
21st Carried out patrol
and sank trawler.
November Deployed with Flotilla off west
coast of Italy for military support and escort.
8th Bombarded shore batteries at Volurno and Gaeta
December Deployed for Flotilla duties in
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January Adriatic deployment with
Flotilla in continuation.
During patrol with
HMS TROUBRIDGE intercepted supply ship off Civitanova.
8th Carried out bombardments in support
of partisan operations at San Bendetto, Dubrovnik
1st Carried out bombardment south of Ancona at Racanti and Padosa in support of
operations on east coast of Italy with HMS TENACIOUS.
4th Carried out bombardments in support
of Yugoslav partisans at Hvar and Curzola
27th Carried out further bombardment at Cuzola with HMS TROUBRIDGE.
March Resumed duties in central Mediterranean
convoy defence and anti-submarine patrol.
29th Carried out anti-submarine search
for U223 with HM Destroyers LAFOREY and ULSTER.
established with submarine by HMS ULSTER
took part in series of joint
Joined by HM
Destroyers WILTON, HAMBLEDON and BLENCATHRA and continued
attacks till nightfall.
30th Contact maintained until U223
forced to surface after daylight and sunk by surface gunfire
surfacing U223 fired torpedo at HMS LAFOREY which sank with heavy
of life. See U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp.
Rescued 27 survivors from U223 with other ships.
April Flotilla deployment in
central Mediterranean in continuation.
July Nominated for support of
planned landings in South France with HM Destroyers
TYRIAN and TEAZER (Operation DRAGOON –Formerly
ANVIL. See above
service with Task Group 88.1 as escort and took part in preliminary
Deployment under overall command of US Navy.
August Sailed from Malta to join HM
Escort Aircraft Carriers KHEDIVE,
15th Deployed as screen for TG88.1 during
27th Released from TG881 on disbandment and resumed RN control.
Eastern Mediterranean for service in British Aegean Force.
29th Carried out bombardment of Skyros with HM Cruiser
in support of re-occupation of islands in Aegean and the planned landings
October Eastern Mediterranean deployment
service in British Pacific Fleet with Flotilla
Refit arranged in
November Took passage to Portsmouth for
December Under refit by HM Dockyard,
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January Under refit.
April On completion carried out
Post-refit trials and prepared for foreign service.
May Passage to Mediterranean
and worked-up for service with ships of the Mediterranean
Fleet based in
completion of work-up took passage to Sydney via Suez.
July Arrived in Sydney.
Pennant Number for visual
signalling purposes changed to D50 to conform with US
Navy system of
identification for destroyers
August Deployed in Pacific.
part of British Fleet did not take part in any operations off Japan with
P o s t W a r
N o t e s
TUMULT was deployed in support of repatriation of allied prisoners of war and
internees after VJ Day. These
duties included service at Shanghai with HM Cruisers BERMUDA, ARGONAUT, HM
and QUIBERON. She returned to UK in 1946 and paid-off at Portsmouth. Laid –up
in Reserve Fleet she
was selected for conversion into a Type 16 Anti-submarine Frigate and after
completion by a commercial shipyard
in Birkenhead she was re-commissioned for service in the 2nd Training Squadron. The ship was deployed
at Londonderry and Portland until returning to Reserve in December 1957.
Laid-up at Chatham for three
years and she then transferred to Rosyth before being
placed on the Disposal List. Sold to BISCO in 1965 she
arrived at in tow at Dalmuir
on 25th October that year for demolition by Arnott
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)