Allied Warships

HMS Malcolm (D 19)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Leader class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty Leader 
PennantD 19 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
OrderedApr 1917 
Laid down27 Mar 1918 
Launched29 May 1919 
Commissioned14 Dec 1919 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 25 July 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Malcolm (D 19)

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1Capt. Thomas Edgar Halsey, RN31 Jul 193925 Jun 1940
2Capt. Augustus Willington Shelton Agar, VC, DSO, RN25 Jun 194012 Aug 1940
3Capt. Thomas Edgar Halsey, DSO, RN12 Aug 194022 Oct 1940
4Lt.Cdr. Arthur Edward Tolfrey Christie, RN22 Oct 194028 Dec 1940
5Cdr. Clarence Dinsmore Howard-Johnston, RN28 Dec 1940Feb 1942
6Lt. Philip Arthur Jones, RNFeb 19426 May 1942
7A/Cdr. Archibald Boyd Russell, RN6 May 194221 Dec 1942
8Cdr. John Marston Money, RN21 Dec 1942Jun 1943
9Lt. Ian Mosley Clegg, RNJun 1943Oct 1943

10Cdr. Hugh Lloyd-Williams, DSO, RNVR7 Dec 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Malcolm include:

3 Apr 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) and HMS Malcolm (Capt. T.E. Halsey, RN). (1)

11 May 1940
HMS Malcolm (Capt. T.E. Halsey, RN) picks up 6 survivors from the British merchant Tringa that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-9 38 one and a half miles from the West Hinder buoy at the mouth of the river Scheldt in position 51°21'N, 02°55'E.

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.

2 Mar 1941
HMS Malcolm (Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSC, RN) picks up 5 survivors from the British merchant Cadillac that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-552 about 150 miles north-northeast of Rockall in position 60°06'N, 11°46'W.

10 May 1941
HMS Malcolm (Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSC, RN) picks up 11 survivors from the British merchant Empire Caribou that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-556 in the North Atlantic in position 59°28'N, 35°44'W.

21 Jun 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Vanquisher (Cdr. N.V. Dickinson, DSC, RN) and HMS Malcolm (Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSC, RN). (2)

29 Jun 1941
German U-boat U-651 was sunk south of Iceland, in position 59°52'N, 18°36'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Malcolm (Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSC, RN), HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, RN), the corvettes HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, RNR) and HMS Violet (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Nicholson, RNR) and the minesweeper HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Youngs, OBE, RNR).

8 Nov 1942
On D-day of Operation Torch, HMS Malcolm's mission was to disembark a party of US troops inside the harbour of Argel, along with HMS Broke. At 01.30 she set course to the harbour and, while searching for the boom, received fire from the French battery of Les Arcades. Illuminated by a searchlight, Malcolm kept on with her mission until a shell hit her engine room and disabled three of her four boilers, killing ten and wounding twenty seven of her crew and passengers. Malcolm had to abort the landing and withdrew. (3)

2 Sep 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP), HMS Malcolm (Lt. I.M. Clegg, RN), HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR) and HMS Cape Palliser (Lt. B.T. Wortley, RNR). (4)

20 Nov 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. J. Smallwood, RN) and HMS Malcolm (???). (5)

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  1. ADM 173/16286
  2. ADM 173/16761
  3. Personal communication
  4. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/18418

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

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