Allied Warships

HMS Venomous (D 75)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

Photograph with thanks to Brian Compston.

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 75 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
OrderedJan 1918 
Laid down31 May 1918 
Launched21 Dec 1918 
Commissioned24 Aug 1919 
End service 

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in January 1943.

HMS Venomous is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Venomous (D 75)

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1Lt.Cdr. Donald George Frederick Wyville MacIntyre, RN31 Jul 19398 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. John Edwin Home McBeath, RN8 Jan 194023 Dec 1940
3Cdr. Harold Pitcairn Henderson, RN23 Dec 19403 Jul 1941
4Cdr. Hugh William Falcon-Steward, RN3 Jul 194126 Mar 1942
5Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Lord Teynham, RN26 Mar 1942Apr 1942
6Cdr. Hugh William Falcon-Steward, RNApr 194218 Dec 1942
7Lt.Cdr. David Hugh Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, DSO, DSC, RN18 Dec 194218 Feb 1943
8Lt. Henry Dumaresq Durell, RN18 Feb 1943late 1943

9T/A/Lt.Cdr. Arnold Derek Arthur Lawson, RNVR1 Aug 19446 Feb 1945
10T/A/Lt.Cdr. Arthur Guyon Prideaux, RNVR6 Feb 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Venomous include:

13 Sep 1940
During the night of 13/14 September 1940, the British destroyers HMS Malcolm (Capt. T.E. Halsey, DSO, RN), HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN) and HMS Venomous (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, DSO, RN) bombard Boulogne in a sweep along the French coast.

3 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, OBE, RN) and HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN) and later with HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, RN), HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN) and HNoMS Acanthus. (1)

10 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR), HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN) and HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN). (1)

Media links

A Hard Fought Ship

Moore, Robert J. and Rodgaard, John A.

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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