Allied Warships

HMS Mauritius (80)

Light cruiser of the Fiji class

HMS Mauritius in April 1942

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered20 Dec 1937 
Laid down31 Mar 1938 
Launched19 Jul 1939 
Commissioned1 Jan 1941 
End service 

Arrived at Inverkeithing to be scrapped T.W. Ward Ltd. on 27 March 1965.


Commands listed for HMS Mauritius (80)

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1Capt. Leicester Charles Assheton Curzon-Howe, RN30 Aug 194021 Jan 1941
2Cdr. Arthur Reid Pedder, RN21 Jan 194129 Jan 1941
3Capt. William Keith Dene Dowding, RN29 Jan 194131 Jan 1941
4Capt. William Derek Stephens, RN6 Feb 194122 Mar 1943
5Capt. William Wellclose Davis, RN22 Mar 194323 Oct 1944
6Capt. Charles Alfred Evelyn Stanfield, RN23 Oct 194416 Sep 1946

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Notable events involving Mauritius include:

29 Apr 1942
HMS L 23 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Mauritius (Capt. W.D. Stephens, RN) and HMS Liverpool (Capt. W.R. Slayter, DSC, RN). (1)

3 Jan 1945
HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Mauritius (Capt. C.A.E. Stanfield, RN) and HMS Apollo (Capt. J.A. Grindle, CBE, RN). (2)

24 Jan 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) conducts exercises with HMS Mauritius (Capt. C.A.E. Stanfield, RN) and two destroyers. (3)


  1. ADM 173/17283
  2. (Dutch Archives, The Hague)
  3. ADM 173/20037

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

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