Allied Warships

HMS Windsor (D 42)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 42 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid downApr 1917 
Launched21 Jun 1918 
Commissioned28 Aug 1918 
End service 

HMS Windsor is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Windsor (D 42)

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1Lt.Cdr. Peter Douglas Herbert Raymond Pelly, RN1 Nov 19399 Jul 1940
2Lt.Cdr. George Pepys Huddart, RN9 Jul 1940Jan 1941

3Lt.Cdr. John Montagu Granville Waldegrave, DSC, RN1 Apr 194113 Jan 1942
4Lt. Derick Henry Fellowes Hetherington, DSC, RN13 Jan 1942May 1943
5Lt. Lionel Robert Patrick Lawford, RNMay 19434 Apr 1945
6Lt. John Valentine Brothers, RN4 Apr 1945May 1945

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Notable events involving Windsor include:

13 May 1940
In the evening HMS Windsor (Lt.Cdr. P.D.H.R. Pelly, RN) evacuated the Government of the Netherlands from Hook of Holland to Britain after the Netherlands had been invaded by Germany on 10 May.

1 Jul 1940
HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. W.E.F. Hussey, DSC, RN) and HMS Windsor (Cdr. P.D.H.R. Pelly, RN) together pick up 111 survivors from the British merchant Beignon that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-30 about 300 nautical miles west of Ushant in position 47°20'N, 10°30'W.

28 Oct 1940
HMS Walpole (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) detonates a magnetic mine. She is damaged and towed to Sheerness by HMS Windsor (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Huddart, RN).

8 Dec 1940
HMS Windsor (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Huddart, RN) is mined off Aldeburgh. She is repaired at Chatham Dockyard. Repairs are completed on 24 April 1941.

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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