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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2
by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2004

 

HMS SOUTHDOWN (L 25) - Type I, Hunt-class Escort Destroyer
including Convoy Escort Movements

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HMS Southdown (Photo Ships, click to enlarge)

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Type I HUNT Class Escort Destroyer ordered from J S Write, Cowes IoW on 11th April 1939 under the 1939 Build Programme. The ship was laid down as Job No J6602 on 22nd August 1939 and† launched on 5th July 19% as the 2nd RN warship to carry the name, that of a fox-hunt in Sussex.† It had previously been used for a WW1 minesweeper sold in 1926. Build was completed on 8th November 1940. She was later adopted by the civil community of Woking, Surrey after a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in February 1942. Unlike many of her sister ships all her war service was spent in Home waters and was without particular distinction.

 

B a t t l e†† H o n o u r s

 

NORTH SEA†1941-45 - NORMANDY†1944

 

H e r a l d i c†† D a t a

Badge: On a Field: Red, in front of two bugle horns in saltire Gold

a horseshoe inverted white.

 

 

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 0

 

November†††††††††† Contractor's trials and commissioned for service in 16th Destroyer Flotilla.

†††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Carried out first sea trial on newly developed Fiore-control Radar Type 285

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††  Passage to Scapa Flow on completion of trials and storing.

††††††††††† 17th†††††††† Arrived at Scapa Flow to work-up for operational service with ships of† Home Fleet.

 

December†††††††††††Joined 16th Destroyer Flotilla at Sheerness for convoy defence and patrol duties in

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in English Channel and North Sea.

 

1 9 4 1

 

January†††††††††††††††Deployed with Flotilla for convoy defence and interception of E-Boats in conjunction with

to.††††††††††††††††††††††† Light Coastal Forces operations.

April††††††††††††††††††† (For details of naval activities in North Sea see THREE CORVETTES by N Monsarrat and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE BATTLE OF THE EAST COAST by J P Foynes.)

 

May

†††††††††††† 4th†††††††† Damaged in action against E-Boats

.†††††††††††††††††††††††† † Steering motor disabled and some flooding aft.

†††††††††††† 6th†††††††† Under repair.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††  Resumed Flotilla duties on completion of repair.

 

June†† †††††††††††††††††Convoy escort and patrol in continuation.

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August

 

September

††††††††††† 17th††††††† Damaged in collision with HM Corvette SHEARWATER off Sheringham, Norfolk.

††††††††††††††††††††††††† † Under repair.

 

October†††††††††††††† Resumed Flotilla duties on completion of repair.

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December

 

1 9 4 2

 

January†††††††††††††† Deployed with Flotilla for convoy escort and interception patrol in North Sea and Channel against

to††††††††† ††††††††††††††E-Boat incursions.

December†††††††††† (See HOLD THE NARROW SEA by P Smith and THE BATTLE OF THE NARROW SEAS by

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† P. Scott for further details of E-Boat attacks on East coast convoys).

 

1 9 4 3

 

January†††††††††††††† Flotilla duties in continuation.

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February

 

March

†††††††††††† 4th†††††††† In action with HM Destroyer WINDSOR and HM Corvette SHELDRAKE against E-Boats off

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lowestoft.

 

April†††††††††††††††††† Convoy defence and patrol in continuation.

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December

 

1 9 4 4

 

January†††††††††††††† Flotilla deployment in North Sea and English Channel in continuation.

 

February

†††††††††† 22nd†††††††† In action off Smith's Knoll with HM Destroyer GARTH in defence of convoy against E-Boat

†††††††† †††††††††††††††††††attacks.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Two E-Boats collided and were abandoned by crews. See references.)

 

March††††††††††††††††† Convoy defence and patrol in continuation.

 

April

††††††††††† 5th†††††††††† Slightly damaged by collision with Jetty at Parkestone Quay.

†††††††††† 13th††††††††† In action with E-Boats and received slight damage.

†††††††††† 15th††††††††† Under repair.

†††††††††† 21st††††††††† On completion of repair resumed duties with Flotilla.

 

May††††††††††††††††††† Nominated for support of allied landings in Normandy (Operation NEPTUNE).

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Allocated to 102nd Escort Group for convoy escort from Nore to beachhead area.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (For details of naval activities prior to and during the landings see OPERATION NEPTUNE by

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† K Edwards, LANDINGS IN NORMANDY June 1944 (HMSO) and D DAY SHIPS by J de

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Winser for details of all ships involved.).

 

June†††††††††††††††††††† Joined HM Destroyer MACKAY, HM Corvettes POTENTILLA and VERVAIN to form Escort

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Group.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: HM Corvettes POPPY and STATICE were also attached for first trip.)

††††††††††† 4th†††††††††† Operation delayed for 24 hours.

††††††††††† 7th†††††††††† Sailed as escort for Follow-up Convoy ETM2 with Group from Thames estuary.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: Convoy comprised 25 MT ships and four other mercantiles taking Pre-Loaded British

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††Build-up Division to assault area.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Took passage to Solent.

††††††††††† 8th†††††††††† Escorted convoy through swept channel to Eastern Task Force Area,

††††††††††† 9th†††††††††† Returned to Nore for further escort duty

†††††††††† to††††††††††††† Deployed with 102nd Escort Group for escort of Daily Cycle of convoys.

†††††††††† 24th††††††††† Resumed convoy defence and patrol duties with Flotilla on released from NEPTUNE.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Note: HMS POPPY and HMS STATICE had left Group).

 

August†††††††††††††††† Flotilla deployment in North Sea and Channel for convoy defence and patrol in continuation.

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December

 

1 9 4 5

 

January†††††††††††††††† North Sea convoy defence and interception of enemy minelaying by submarine and by E-Boats i

to††††††††††††††††††††††††† in Thames estuary and convoy routes to continent.

April

 

May

†††††††††† 14th†††††††††† Deployed with HM Destroyer BROCKLESBY in support of allied occupation of Cuxhaven

June††††††††††††††††††††† Deployed in Nore Command for support of military operations in NW Europe.

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August

 

P o s t†† W a r†† N o t e s

 

HMS SOUTHDOWN was converted for use as an air target ship at Rosyth in September 1945 and carried out that role after her armament had been removed. She was withdrawn from service in April 1946. The ship Paid-off and reduced to Reserve status at Portsmouth during May that year. The ship remained in the Reserve Fleet until 1955 and was placed on the Disposal List . Sold to BISCO for demolition by T W Ward at Barrow in 1956 she arrived at the breakerís yard in tow on 1st December 1956.

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS SOUTHDOWN

by Don Kindell

 

These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above

 

 

 

 

 

Date convoy sailed

Joined convoy as escort

Convoy No.

Left convoy

Date convoy arrived

         

29/01/41

29/01/41

FN 0395

31/01/41

31/01/41

22/12/42

22/12/42

CW 143

23/12/42

23/12/42

23/12/42

23/12/42

CE 141

24/12/42

24/12/42

22/02/43

22/02/43

CW 158

23/02/43

23/02/43

23/02/43

23/02/43

CE 156

24/02/43

24/02/43

01/07/43

01/07/43

CW 190

02/07/43

02/07/43

02/07/43

02/07/43

CE 188

03/07/43

03/07/43

31/08/43

31/08/43

CW 205

01/09/43

01/09/43

01/09/43

01/09/43

CE 203

02/09/43

02/09/43

11/09/43

11/09/43

CE 206

12/09/43

12/09/43

07/02/44

07/02/44

CW 245

08/02/44

08/02/44

11/04/44

11/04/44

CW 261

12/04/44

12/04/44

12/04/44

12/04/44

CE 259

13/04/44

13/04/44

06/05/44

06/05/44

CW 267

07/05/44

07/05/44

07/05/44

07/05/44

CE 265

08/05/44

08/05/44

31/05/44

31/05/44

CW 273

01/06/44

01/06/44

07/06/44

07/06/44

ETM 002

08/06/44

08/06/44

17/06/44

17/06/44

ETM 012

18/06/44

18/06/44

19/06/44

19/06/44

FTM 012

20/06/44

20/06/44

25/06/44

25/06/44

ETM 017

26/06/44

26/06/44

27/06/44

27/06/44

FTM 020

28/06/44

28/06/44

30/06/44

30/06/44

ETM 022

01/07/44

01/07/44

05/07/44

05/07/44

ETM 027

06/07/44

06/07/44

15/07/44

15/07/44

ETM 037

16/07/44

16/07/44

17/07/44

17/07/44

FTM 040

18/07/44

18/07/44

20/07/44

20/07/44

ETM 042

21/07/44

21/07/44

26/07/44

26/07/44

ETC 049

27/07/44

27/07/44

28/07/44

28/07/44

FTC 050

29/07/44

29/07/44

06/08/44

06/08/44

ETM 057

07/08/44

07/08/44

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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