Lord Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten DSO, RN

Born  25 Jun 1900

Ranks

15 Jul 1916 Mid.
15 May 1918 A/S.Lt.
15 Jan 1919 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1920 Lt.
15 Apr 1928 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1932 Cdr.
30 Jun 1937 Capt.
2 Jan 1946 Rear-Admiral
22 Jun 1949 Vice-Admiral
27 Jan 1953 Admiral
22 Oct 1956 Admiral of the fleet

Retired: 1965


Decorations

11 Oct 1920 MVO
18 Jul 1922 KCVO
1 Feb 1937 GCVO
9 Aug 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1941 DSO
21 Mar 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
21 Sep 1943 CB
10 Apr 1945 KCB
9 Jun 1955 GCB

Warship Commands listed for Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Kelly (F 01)Capt.Destroyer27 Jun 193923 May 1941
HMS Illustrious (87)Capt.Aircraft Carrier12 Aug 194118 Oct 1941

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Destroyer HMS Kelly (F 01)


23 Aug 1939
At 1529 hours HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) is commissioned and then immediately departed the Tyne for the Chatham Dockyard. (1)

24 Aug 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, RN) arrived at the Chatham Dockyard around 1000 hours to complete outfitting and provisioning. (1)

28 Aug 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) shifted from the Chatham Dockyard to Sheerness. Later the same day she departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. (1)

29 Aug 1939
Shortly after 1400 hours, HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), arrived at Portsmouth. (1)

30 Aug 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) departed Portsmouth for Portland. (1)

31 Aug 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) arrived at Portland to commence her working up period. (1)

1 Sep 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) conducted trials and exercises off Portland. (2)

2 Sep 1939
In the evening HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) conducted night exercises off Portland. (2)

6 Sep 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. (2)

12 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) departed Portland shortly before noon for Cherbourg, France where she embarked the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and members of their staff. Course was then set for Portsmouth where she arrived in the evening. (2)

13 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) shifted from Portsmouth to Plymouth. (2)

16 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The light cruisers HMS Caradoc (Capt. E.W.L. Longley-Cook, RN), HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN) and the destroyer HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) departed Plymouth for a patrol in the Western Approaches. (2)

19 Sep 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) returned to Plymouth. (2)

20 Sep 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) escorted the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes (Capt. F.E.P. Hutton, RN) during exercises off Plymouth. Upon completion of these exercises Hermes returned to Plymouth while Kelly proceeded to Portland. (2)

21 Sep 1939

Convoy SL 2.

This convoy departed Freetown on 21 September 1939. It was split into several sections at sea at dusk on 7 October 1939 and the ships then proceeded to several ports of arrival in the U.K.

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Apapa (British, 9332 GRT, built 1927), Athelduchess (British (tanker), 8940 GRT, built 1929), Athelprincess (British (tanker), 8882 GRT, built 1929), City of Karachi (British, 7140 GRT, built 1937), Clan Macindoe (British, 4635 GRT, built 1920), Clearton (British, 5219 GRT, built 1919), Forresbank (British, 5155 GRT, built 1925), Grangepark (British, 5132 GRT, built 1919), Leonian (British, 5424 GRT, built 1936), Nurtureton (British, 6272 GRT, built 1929), Port Hardy (British, 8705 GRT, built 1923), Shakespear (British, 5029 GRT, built 1926), Urbino (British, 5198 GRT, built 1918) and Warlaby (British, 4876 GRT, built 1927).

Escort was provided on leaving Freetown by the light cruiser HMS Despatch (Capt. A. Poland, RN) which remained with the convoy until 28 September. On 21 September A/S escort was provided near Freetown by the destroyer HMS Hunter (Lt.Cdr. L. De Villiers, RN).

When approaching the U.K. the destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) joined the convoy at dawn on 7 October 1940. They were reinforced by early in the evening by HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. J.G.W. Deneys, RN) and HMS Whirlwind (Lt.Cdr. M.B. Ewart-Wentworth, RN). Shorly afterwards the convoy was split.

22 Sep 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) conducted exercises off Portland. These included night exercises. (2)

25 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The battleships HMS Resolution (Capt. C.H. Knox-Little, RN) and HMS Revenge (Capt. E.R. Archer, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Portland during which they were escorted by the destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (2)

26 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) shifted from Portland to Plymouth. (2)

3 Oct 1939

Convoy OA 14.

This convoy departed Southend on 3 October 1939. It was dissolved at sea on 6 October 1939.

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Baron Ailsa (British, 3656 GRT, built 1936), City of Windsor (British, 7218 GRT, built 1923), Clan Lamont (British, 7250 GRT, built 1939), Corfell (British, 1802 GRT, built 1934) (to Porstmouth only), Flimston (British, 4674 GRT, built 1925), Fulham II (British, 1596 GRT, built 1936), Ousebridge (British, 5601 GRT, built 1920) and Troutpool (British, 4886 GRT, built 1927).

Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) which sailed from Plymouth early in the day and then joined the convoy off the Downs. The next day the convoy was joined by HMS Montrose (Cdr. C.R.L. Parry, RN) coming from Portsmouth.

7 Oct 1939
At dawn HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) joined convoy SL 2 coming from Freetown. [See the event 'Convoy SL 2' for 21 September 1939 for more info on the composition of this convoy'.]

At dawn the convoy was split and HMS Kelly and HMS Kingston went with a section up the English Channel. (3)

9 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) arrived at Plymouth from convoy escort duty. (3)

13 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Plymouth. HMS Kelly and HMS Kingston were to proceed towards the Downs for convoy escort duty. HMS Kandahar soon split off and proceeded to Portland to commence her work-up programme there.

HMS Kelly and HMS Kingston joined a convoy at 0800 hours. They remained with the convoy throughout the day. (3)

14 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) arrived at Dover. (3)

15 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy OA 20G.

This convoy departed Southend on 15 October 1939. It merged with convoy OG 20 into convoy OB 3 on 17 October 1939 in position 49°40’N, 07°00’W.

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; African Prince (British, 4653 GRT, built 1939), Anthippi N. Michalos (Greek, 3436 GRT, built 1905), Athelcrown (British (tanker), 11999 GRT, built 1929), Baron Fairlie (British, 6706 GRT, built 1925), Bendoran (British, 5567 GRT, built 1910), Benledi (British, 5943 GRT, built 1930), British Colonel (British (tanker), 6999 GRT, built 1921), British Confidence (British (tanker), 8494 GRT, built 1936), British Councillor (British (tanker), 7048 GRT, built 1922), British Workman (British (tanker), 6694 GRT, built 1922), Camerata (British, 4875 GRT, built 1931), Corhampton (British, 2495 GRT, built 1933), Leadgate (British, 2125 GRT, built 1925), Medjerda (British, 4380 GRT, built 1924), Telesfora de Larrinaga (British, 5780 GRT, built 1920), Uskside (British, 2706 GRT, built 1937), Wisla (Polish, 3108 GRT, built 1928) and Woodlark (British, 1501 GRT, built 1928).

Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) which joined the convoy in the Downs at shortly after 1600 hours. They escorted the convoy until 0700/17 when they were relieved by HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN) and HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, RN).

17 Oct 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) arrived at Plymouth from convoy escort duties. (3)

20 Oct 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) departed Plymouth for Loch Ewe. (3)

21 Oct 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) arrived at Loch Ewe for duty with the Home Fleet. (3)

23 Oct 1939
HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.M. Forbes, KCB, DSO, RN), HMS Rodney (Capt. Sir E.N. Syfret, RN), battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. A.G. Talbot, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, RN), HMS Ivanhoe (Cdr. B. Jones, RN), HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) departed Loch Ewe for operations in the Norwegian Sea.

[See the event 'Convoy Narvik 1' for 26 October 1939 for more details.]

26 Oct 1939

Convoy Narvik 1.

This convoy departed Narvik, Norway on 26 October 1939. It arrived at Methil on 31 October 1939.

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Albuera (British, 3494 GRT, built 1921), Alex (British, 3892 GRT, built 1914), Carperby (British, 4890 GRT, built 1928), Cree (British, 5596 GRT, built 1920), Creekirk (British, 3793 GRT, built 1912), Imperial Monarch (British, 5835 GRT, built 1926), Leo Dawson (British, 4734 GRT, built 1918), Lindenhall (British, 5248 GRT, built 1937), Polzella (British, 4751 GRT, built 1929), Riley (British, 4993 GRT, built 1936), Santa Clara Valley (British, 4685 GRT, built 1928) and Starcross (British, 4662 GRT, built 1936).

Escort / cover for this convoy was provided by the battleships HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.M. Forbes, KCB, DSO, RN), HMS Rodney (Capt. Sir E.N. Syfret, RN), battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. A.G. Talbot, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, RN), HMS Ivanhoe (Cdr. B. Jones, RN), HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN). These ships sailed from Loch Ewe at 1800/23.

On the 25th the destroyer HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, RN) sailed from Scapa Flow to join the force at sea. HMS Kingston had to be detached to Scapa Flow due to defects on the 28th. On the 29th another destroyer joined the force at sea; HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, RN).

Light cruiser HMS Edinburgh (Capt. F.C. Bradley, RN) departed Rosyth on 23 October and joined the cover force at sea around 1200/24. HMS Aurora (Capt. G.B. Middleton, RN) sailed from Loch Ewe on 23 October and joined the convoy itself off the Norwegian coast around 0130/26. Destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSC, RN), HMS Ashanti (Cdr. W.G. Davis, RN), HMS Tartar (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, RN) and HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN) also joined the convoy having sailed from Scapa Flow.

HMS Fame was later detached with two of the merchant vessels as these were to join an Atlantic convoy.

28 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) were detached from the cover force for convoy 'Narvik 1'. HMS Kelly arrived at Sullom Voe to fuel while HMS Kingston is to proceed to Scapa Flow to effect repairs. (3)

29 Oct 1939
The destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St.J.A. Micklethwait, RN), HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN), HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN) and HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN) departed Sullom Voe to search of the coast of Norway for the seized US merchant vessel City of Flint (4963 GRT, built 1920) that was on passage to Germany. HMS Fearless and HMS Foxhound were later detached to join the main cover force.

This vessel had been seized on 9 October by the German pocket battleship Deutschland in the North Atlantic while en-route from New York to the U.K. A german prize crew was to take the ship to Germany as it was carrying contraband. The ship was refused entrance into Norwegian waters and was taken to Murmansk where it arrived on 23 October. The German prize crew was interned by the Soviet authorities the next day. On 27 October, the City of Flint was returned to German control and she left the following day and set course to Germany.

Close cover for this destroyer force was provided by the light cruisers HMS Glasgow (Capt. F.H. Pegram, RN) and HMS Newcastle (Capt J. Figgins, RN) which departed Rosyth on 1 November.

A larger cover force for the entire operation as well as convoy ON 1 (Methil-Norway) sailed from Loch Ewe in the morning of November 2nd. It was made up of the battleships HMS Nelson (Capt. G.J.A. Miles, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.M. Forbes, KCB, DSO, RN), HMS Rodney (Capt. Sir E.N. Syfret, RN), battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN) escorted by the destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Lambert, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, RN), HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN), HMS Ivanhoe (Cdr. B. Jones, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, RN).

The captured merchnant ship was however not sighted.

5 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St.J.A. Micklethwait, RN), HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN) all arrived at Scapa Flow from a patrol off the Norwegian coast. All had suffered weather damage. (4)

8 Nov 1939
Having effected some temporary repairs at Scapa Flow, HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), departed Scapa Flow together with HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, RN) to search for a reported submarine in Yell Sound near Sullom Voe.

The submarine was not sighted and both destroyers put into Sullum Voe the following afternoon together with HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) which had been sent out from Scapa Flow on the 9th to also assist in the hunt. (4)

10 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) departed Sullom Voe together shortly before 0900 hours to conduct another search off Yell Sound for the suspected submarine. They sighted nothing and arrived together at Scapa Flow around 0800/11.

HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, RN) also departed Sullom Voe but slightly earlier then the other two destroyers. She then patrolled of Fair Island and arrived at Scapa Flow around 1230/11. (5)

11 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the afternoon HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) together conducted exercises at Scapa Flow. (4)

13 Nov 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) together conducted torpedo exercises at Scapa Flow. (4)

14 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) together conducted exercises at Scapa Flow. (4)

16 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) conducted exercises at Scapa Flow. (4)

17 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) conducted exercises at Scapa Flow. (4)

19 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Hebburn-on-Tyne. (4)

20 Nov 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) arrived at thevHawthorn Leslie shipyard at Hebburn-on-Tyne for repairs to the weather damage she had sustained in early November. (4)

23 Nov 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) is docked at Hebburn-on-Tyne. (4)

8 Dec 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) is undocked. She then continued her repairs / refit at Hebburn-on-Tyne. (6)

14 Dec 1939 (position 55.05, -1.02)
Shortly after 1600 houts, HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), is badly damaged by a German mine laid by the German destroyers Z 4 / Richard Beitzen, Z 8 / Bruno Heinemann, Z 14 / Friedrich Ihn, Z 15 / Erich Steinbrinck and Z 19 / Hermann Künne off the Tyne in position 55°05'N, 01°02'W during the night of 12/13 December 1939. Repairs were completed in late February 1940.

HMS Kelly had just completed her repairs and had departed the Tyne with HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) for an A/S hunt. Shortly before noon, two tankers from convoy FN 54 hit mines and were badly damaged in position 55°05'N, 01°07'W. These were the Inverlane (9141 GRT, built 1938) and Atheltemplar (8992 GRT, built 1930). At first it was thought these ships had been torpedoed by an enemy submarine, and the destroyers were sent out at 1400 hours to hunt for the attacker.

At 1530 hours the M/S trawler James Ludford hit mines and sank. It was then clear that the tankers must also have hit mines.

At 1557 hours, the destroyers arrived near the tankers. At 1612 hours HMS Kelly exploded a mine under her stern. Unable to move she was taken in tow by which was later relieved by a tug. THe escort destroyer HMS Woolston (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN) and the sloops HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN) and HMS Weston (Cdr.(Retd.) A.G. Davidson, RN) arrived to screen the damaged destroyer during the brief tow back to port.

29 Feb 1940
With her repairs completed HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) departed the Tyne for Scapa Flow. (7)

1 Mar 1940
With her repairs completed HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. She then continued on to Greenock where she arrived the next day. (7)

2 Mar 1940
At 1600 hours the battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN, flying the flag of W.J. Whitworth, CB, DSO, RN), battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN), HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN) and HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, RN) departed the Clyde area to provide cover for convoy operations to and from Norway.

3 Mar 1940
At 1330 hours, the force made up of HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN, flying the flag of W.J. Whitworth, CB, DSO, RN), battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN), HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN) and HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, RN) was off North Minch when in position 58°27'N, 05°46'W, HMS Forester obtained an A/S contact and attacked it. Four more attacks were made between 1240 and 1500 hours during which HMS Forester was joined by HMS Fame. HMS Forester remained in the area of the attacks for around a day before rejoining the force.

Shorty after 2130 hours HMS Kelly obtained and attacked an A/S contact in position 61°06'N, 03°58'W. Contact was lost after the attack and HMS Kelly immediately rejoined the force.

Only one German U-boat was in the general area, operating to the north of Scotland, this was U-38 but she was not attacked on this day so all the contact must have been bogus.

7 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600 hours, HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN, flying the flag of W.J. Whitworth, CB, DSO, RN), battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN), HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN) and HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

10 Mar 1940
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow having spent the night of 9/10 March making emergency repairs at Lerwick. At Scapa Flow repairs would be undertaken by the destroyer depot ship HMS Greenwich (Cdr.(Retd.) J.H. Pipe, RN) before Kelly would be able to proceed to London for full repairs.

While on passage from Lerwick to Scapa Flow HMS Kelly attacked an A/S contact in position 59°00'N, 02°18'W. This was later classified as being non-sub. (7)

14 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Sheerness. (7)

15 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (7)

16 Mar 1940
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) shifted from Sheerness to London where she was taken in hand for repairs by the London Graving Dock Co. at Blackwall. (7)

26 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
With her repairs completed, HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), shifted from Blackwall, London to Sheerness. (7)

27 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) departed Sheerness for Scapa Flow where she arrived on the 29th having been delayed by fog. (7)

29 Apr 1940

Operation Klaxon, the evacuation of troops from Namsos.


Timespan: 29 April to 5 May 1940.

At 2000/29 the French armed merchant cruisers El D’Jezair, El Kantara and El Mansour departed Scapa Flow for Namsos, Norway where they were to evacutate troops. They were escorted by the British destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN), HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN) and the French large destroyer Bison (Capt. J.A.R. Bouan).

A cover force departed Scapa Flow one hour later. It was made up of the British heavy cruisers HMS Devonshire (Capt. J.M. Mansfield, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.H.D. Cunningham, CB, MVO, RN), HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN), the French light cruiser Montcalm (Capt. J.L. de Corbiere, flying the flag of Commodore (Contre-Admiral) E.L.H. Derrien) and the British destroyers HMS Grenade (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, RN) and HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN) and HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN).

These forces were later reinforced by the British destroyers HMS Afridi (Capt. P.L. Vian, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and the French destroyer Foudroyant Foudroyant (Cdr. P.L.A. Fontaine)

The force lead by Vice-Admiral Cunningham arrived off the Norwegian coast near Namsos on May 1st.

HMS Maori had been sent on ahead and reported fog. HMS Kelly, HMS Grenade, HMS Griffin and Bison were ordered to join her.

When entering the Namsenfjord in fog on 2 May 1940, HMS Maori is bombed and damaged from near misses. She had to retire for temporary repairs but was able to participate in the evacuation during the next night. The evacuation attempt was then postponed to the night of 2/3 May.

On 2 May the force was reinforced by the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN).

In the evening of 2 May the force entered the Fjord to embark troops except HMS Devonshire, Montcalm, HMS Grenade, HMS Griffin, HMS Hasty and HMS Imperial which remained at sea to cover the operation.

A total of 1850 British, 2345 French, some Norwegian troops and 30 German prisoners were evacuated. The evacuation was completed around 0445/3.

Heavy German air attacks developed when the Force was leaving the area. The attacks concentrated on the Devonshire and Montcalm but they were not hit.

The French destroyer Bison was hit at 1010 hours in position 65°42'N, 07°17'E and her forward magazine exploded blowing off the fore part of the ship.The survivors were rescued by HMS Grenade, HMS Imperial and HMS Afridi The wreck was then scuttled by HMS Afridi.

But the attacks continued and at 1400 hours HMS Afridi was hit in position 66°14'N, 05°45'E and sank around 1445 hours. Her survivors were picked up by HMS Griffin and HMS Imperial.

The destroyers with the survivors; HMS Grenade, HMS Griffin and HMS Imperial were detached to land these at Sullom Voe where they arrived around 1700/4. They departed again around 2130/4 for Scapa Flow where they arrived around 0730/5.

Reinforcements had meanwhile been sent out from Scapa Flow these were the light cruiser HMS Southampton (Capt. F.W.H. Jeans, CVO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) and HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicholson, RN).

Shortly before midnight during the night of 3/4 May, four more destroyers were sent out, these were; HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, DSO, RN), HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN), HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Lambert, RN) and HMS Fury (Cdr. E.W.B. Sim, RN).

All forces arrived at Scapa Flow in the evening of May 4th or the early hours of May 5th. (8)

4 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 2130 hours the French armed merchant cruiser El Mansour arrived at Scapa Flow from Namsos escorted by the British destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN).

5 May 1940
Around 1800/5 the French armed merchant cruisers El D’Jezair, El Kantara, El Mansour, the French troopships Djenne, President Doumer, the British troopships Duchess of Atholl and Reina del Pacifico departed Scapa Flow for the Clyde. They made the passage together with the damaged British heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. J.W. Durnford, RN). They were escorted by the British destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Grenade (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, RN) and HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN), HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN), the French large destroyers Chevalier Paul (Cdr. M. L. Bonnot), Tartu (Capt. J.M. Chomel) and Milan (Cdr. L.M.E. Plumejeaud).

They arrived in the Clyde the next day.

8 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) departed the Clyde for Rosyth.

9 May 1940
A group of German auxiliary minelayers with escorts has been reported to be west of Jutland, Denmark in position 56°39'N, 03°37'E. At 0900 hours the light cruiser HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Havock (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Courage, RN) and HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) departed Rosyth to intercept and attack them. Off Rosyth they were joined by four more destroyers; HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN), HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and HMS Hostile (Cdr. J.P. Wright, RN). HMS Kimberley however was short of fuel and she was soon sent to Rosyth.

At 1200 hours the destroyers HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN), HMS Fury (Cdr. E.W.B. Sim, RN), HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Lambert, RN) and HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Wisden, RN) were sent from Scapa Flow to proceed to position 57°21'N, 02°33'E to intercept a group of German motor torpedo boats that had been reported and then join the 'Rosyth force'.

When HMS Kandahar obtained an A/S contact she and HMS Kelly were ordered to hunt it down. They were later joined by HMS Bulldog who had lost touch with her group.

At 2230 hours HMS Kelly was torpedoed and badly damaged by the German motor torpedo boat S 31 in position 56°48'N, 05°09'E. She was taken in tow by HMS Bulldog.

Shortly after midnight on the 10th the German motor torpedo boat S 33 collided in thick fog with HMS Bulldog and HMS Kelly. She was not able to inflict damage to the destroyers but she sustained heavy damage herself from the collision.

The destroyers HMS Kandahar, HMS Gallant and HMS Fury were ordered to escort HMS Bulldog and HMS Kelly.

At daylight on the 10th Kelly's wounded were transferred to HMS Kandahar. She had also suffered 27 casualties during the attack.

The light cruisers HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN) and HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN) departed Scapa Flow at 0330/10 to provided cover for the damaged destroyer and her escorts. They joined at 1400/10. By that time also coastal command Hudson aircraft were patrolling overhead.

Shorlty before 0930/10, HMS Birmingham, HMS Hyperion, HMS Hostile, HMS Hereward, HMS Havock, HMS Foresight and HMS Kimberley (this last one had apparently joined by this time having fuelled at Rosyth) were ordered to proceed towards Terschelling. They arrived at Harwich later on the 10th.

HMS Kandahar was detached to refuel and land the wounded at Rosyth before sailing again to rejoin the damaged destroyer.

Shortly after 1600/11, HMS Manchester and HMS Sheffield parted company and proceeded to Rosyth where they arrived in the evening.

At 0500/12 the tugs Watermeyer and Brahman arrived at relieved HMS Bulldog from towing the damaged destroyer about two hours later.

HMS Kelly in tow of the Watermeyer and Brahman and screened by HMS Bulldog, HMS Fury, HMS Gallant and HMS Kandahar arrived at the Tyne at 1730/13.

She was then sent to her builders yard at Hebburn-on-Tyne for major repairs. This was now the third time in a little over 8 months that HMS Kelly was at a dockyard for major repairs.

19 Dec 1940
With her repairs and trials completed, HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), departed the Tyne for Scapa Flow.

While undergoing trials at the Tyne she had been slightly damaged. This had delayed her sailing by three days due to repairs that had to be made. (7)

20 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow to work up. (7)

24 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 1530 hours a walrus aircraft reported having attacked a surfaced U-boat west of the Shetland Islands in position 60°25'N, 02°34'W. The destroyer HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Blencathra (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, RN) and HMS Tynedale (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, RN) departed Scapa Flow in the early evening to hunt down the enemy submarine. No submarine could be detected thought, which is not surprising as no German submarine reported the aircraft attack which therefore must have been against a non-sub target.

26 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0730 hours HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) returned to Scapa Flow.

7 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Having completed her work-up programme, HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, DSO, RN), departed Scapa Flow for the Clyde. (7)

8 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, DSO, RN) arrived at the Clyde. (7)

10 Jan 1941
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, DSO, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) departed Greenock. They escorted the battleship HMS Ramillies (Capt. A.D. Read, RN) and troopship Duchess of York (20021 GRT, built 1929) in the Clyde area until late afternoon when they separated and proceeded to sea. They were to rendez-vous with several warships that were approaching the U.K. from the west and south.

Rendez-vous was effected around 0800 / 0900 hours on the 12th when the battleship HMS Revenge (Capt. E.R. Archer, RN), aircraft carrier HMS Argus (Capt. E.G.N. Rushbrooke, DSC, RN), light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, RN), armed merchant cruiser HMS California (Capt. C.J. Pope, RAN) and the destroyers HMS Kelly, HMS Kelvin, HMS Kipling all arrived in approximate position 60°50'N, 09°50'W.

HMS Kenya, which had been escorting HMS Argus did not join. She set course for Plymouth where she arrived on the 14th.

HMS Punjabi arrived at Scapa Flow on 14 January 1941. It seems likely she had already been detached before the rendez-vous was effected.

On the 14th HMS Argus, HMS California escorted by HMS Kelvin split off for the Clyde where they arrived later the same day. HMS Kelvin was then ordered to proceed to the Humber to refit for which she departed the next day.

HMS Revenge set course for Portsmouth escorted by HMS Kelly, HMS Kipling.

On the 15th HMS Revenge, HMS Kelly and HMS Kipling were joined by HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) and HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN). which had departed Plymouth on the 12th.

HMS Revenge and her four escorting destroyers arrived at Portsmouth on the 16th.

HMS Kelly, HMS Kipling, HMS Kashmir and HMS Jackal arrived at Plymouth on the 18th.

Sources

  1. ADM 53/109433
  2. ADM 53/109434
  3. ADM 53/109435
  4. ADM 53/109436
  5. ADM 53/109436 + ADM 53/109225
  6. ADM 53/109437
  7. ADM 199/2558
  8. ADM 199/361

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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