Allied Warships

HMS Walker (D 27)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

Photograph taken by Charles James Sadler, RCNVR. First Class Stoker, Official number V-4963.

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 27 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid down26 Mar 1917 
Launched29 Nov 1917 
Commissioned12 Feb 1918 
End service 

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in May 1943.

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 15 March 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Walker (D 27)

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1Cdr. Wilfrid James Cameron Robertson, RN24 Aug 19396 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Arthur Andre Tait, RN6 Jan 1940Feb 1941
3Cdr. Donald George Frederick Wyville MacIntyre, RNFeb 194121 Feb 1942
4Cdr. James Marjoribanks Rowland, RN21 Feb 1942early 1943

5Lt.Cdr. Arthur Nichol Rowell, RN21 Apr 1943Jun 1944
6Lt. Thomas William Lancaster, DSC, RNJun 1944early 1945

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Notable events involving Walker include:

11 Sep 1939
HMS Walker (Cdr. W.J.C. Robertson, RN) and HMS Vanquisher (Lt.Cdr. K.H. Fraser, RN) collide with each other about 200 nautical miles south-west of Cape Clear while escorting convoy OB 2. Both ships were heavily damaged. Vanquisher even had to be towed back to port. Vanquisher was under repair until early January, Walker until mid-November.

11 Jan 1940
the HMS Walker (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Tait, RN) picks up 32 survivors from the British tanker El Oso that sank 6 nautical miles bearing 280 from the Bar Lightship, Liverpool in position 53°32'N, 03°25'W after hitting a mine laid on 6 January 1940 by German U-boat U-30.

16 Mar 1941
HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN) picks up 38 survivors from the Canadian merchant J.B. White that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 60°57'N, 12°27'W by German U-boat U-99.

17 Mar 1941
German U-boat U-99 was scuttled at 0343hrs on 17 March 1941 south-east of Iceland, in position 61°00'N, 11°48W', after being badly damaged by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN).

17 Mar 1941
German U-boat U-100 was sunk at 0318hrs on 17 March 1941 south-east of Iceland, in position 61°04'N, 11°30'W, after being rammed by the British destroyer HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. J.G.W. Deneys, RN) and depth charges from this destroyer and HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN).

5 Sep 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Walker (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Rowell, RN) and HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR). (1)

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  1. ADM 173/17762

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

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