Allied Warships

HMS Lairds Isle (4.21)

Armed boarding vessel

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed boarding vessel
Class[No specific class] 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched1 Apr 1911 
Commissioned 1939 
End service 

Passenger vessel completed in June 1911.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 1783 GRT.
Dimensions: 96.3 x 12.5 feet.
Armament: 1 4" gun, 2 2pdr AA (2x1)
Speed: 22.5 knots.

Became a training vessel in 1940/1941.


Commands listed for HMS Lairds Isle (4.21)

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1Cdr. James Lunnon, RD, RNR5 Sep 193915 May 1942
2Cdr. (retired) Henry Randolph Wilkinson, RD, RNR15 May 1942Aug 1942

3Cdr. (retired) Henry Randolph Wilkinson, RD, RNR27 Oct 1942late 1943

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Notable events involving Lairds Isle include:

25 Oct 1941
Around 0230A/25, HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN) departed Scapa Flow for North Shields, Tyne. HMS London was to refit at the Palmers Shipyard at Hebburn-on-Tyne.

Around 1030A/25, the destroyer HMS Valorous (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, RN) and the training vessel HMS Lairds Isle (Cdr. J. Lunnon, RD, RNR) joined company.

Around 1540A/25, HMS Lairds Isle parted company.

Around 1600A/25, HMS London entered the Tyne. (1)

23 Jan 1942
At 1645A/23, HMS Norfolk (Capt. A.S. Russell, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN), departed Scapa Flow for the Tyne. She was escorted by the destroyer HMS Worcester (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Coats, RN).

HMS Lairds Isle (Cdr. J. Lunnon, RD, RNR) was to join at 0200A/24. However due to the heavy weather and the reduction in speed as a result of it, it was obvious that HMS Norfolk would not be able to enter the Tyne with the tide.

The ships therefore proceed to Rosyth instead. HMS Norfolk had proceed aheadn and arrived there around 0900A/24.

HMS Norfolk, HMS Worcester and HMS Lairds Isle departed Rosyth at 0015A/25.

HMS Norfolk arrived in the Tyne around 1100A/25. After de-ammunitioning, she went to the Palmers Shipyard at Hebburn for repairs to her weather damage on 27 January. (2)


  1. ADM 53/114560
  2. ADM 53/116381 + ADM 199/644

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

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