Allied Warships

HMS Watchman (D 26)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 26 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid down17 Jan 1917 
Launched2 Dec 1917 
Commissioned26 Jan 1918 
End service 
History

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in August 1943.

Scrapped in July 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMS Watchman (D 26)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Vernon Hammersley-Heenan, RN17 Jun 19395 Feb 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Edward Campbell Lacy Day, RN5 Feb 19404 Jul 1942
3Lt.Cdr. John Malcolm Rodgers, RN4 Jul 1942mid 1943

4Lt.Cdr. George Herbert Derik Williams, RNAug 194314 Mar 1944
5Lt. Charles Edward Sheen, DSC, RN14 Mar 194427 May 1944
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Richard Clarke, DSC, RNVR27 May 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Watchman include:


1 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Black Swan (Lt.Cdr. (retired) R.C.V. Thomson, RN) and HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN). (1)

2 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Vervain (T/Lt. R.A. Howell, RNVR), HMS Rosebay (Lt. R.J. Tadhunter, RNR) and HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN). (1)

3 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN), HMS Vervain (T/Lt. R.A. Howell, RNVR) and HMS Rosebay (Lt. R.J. Tadhunter, RNR). (1)

7 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Avon (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR) and HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN). (1)

8 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Avon (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR), HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN) and HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR). (1)

13 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Avon (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR) and HMS Mallow, HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN) and HMS Windrush. (1)

12 Jan 1945
After trials and exercises with the new radar equipment HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Portsmouth bound for Portland where she arrived later this day. Passage was made with HMS Trump (Cdr. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Watchman (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Clarke, DSC, RNVR). (2)

7 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-1195 was sunk in the English Channel in position 50°33'17N, 00°56'09"W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Watchman (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Clarke, DSC, RNVR).

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/19916

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


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