HMS Verdun (L 93)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||30 Jun 1916|
|Laid down||13 Jan 1917|
|Launched||21 Aug 1917|
|Commissioned||3 Nov 1917|
Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Chatham Dockyard completed on 11 July 1940. Pennant number was D 93 changed to L 93 upon completion of this reconstruction.
Scrapped in 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Verdun (L 93)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Francis Jack Cartwright, RN||20 May 1940||Nov 1940|
|2||Cdr. Alfred Charles Behague, RN||Nov 1940||12 Jul 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. William Spooner Donald, DSC, RN||12 Jul 1941||4 May 1943|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Derry Parsons, RD, RNR||4 May 1943||Mar 1945|
|5||Lt. Ronald Cameron Henley, RN||Mar 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Verdun include:
19 Jun 1942
HMS Manchester (Capt. H. Drew, DSC, RN), HMS Somali (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Ashanti (Cdr. R.G. Onslow, DSO, RN) and HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN) returned to Scapa Flow escorting HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN) after taking over the escort duties from the destroyers Verdun (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Donald, DSC, RN) and HMS Vanity (Lt.Cdr. W.B.R. Morrison, RN). (1)
3 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with Verdun (Lt.Cdr. D. Parsons, RD, RNR), HMS Lady Beryl, HMS Polka (T/Lt. I.A. Thorpe, MBE, RNVR) and HMS Berkshire (Skr. G. Bruce, RNR). (2)
22 Sep 1944
HMS Malaya (Cdr. D.H. Fuller, RN) departed Plymouth for Rosyth. She was being escorted by HMS Hart (Cdr. (retired) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Lark (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Skate (Lt. J.H. Macalister, RNVR).
At 1325/24, HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Cambrian (Lt.Cdr. H.T. Harrel, RN) took over from HMS Hart and HMS Lark. [The other escorts apparently had been detached by this time.]
Around 0945/25, HMS Malaya arrived off Rosyth. (3)
- ADM 53/116227 + ADM 199/427
- File 2.12.03.6390 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 53/119848
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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