Allied Warships

HMS Exmoor (i) (L 61)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 61 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.): Parsons 
Ordered21 Mar 1939 
Laid down8 Jun 1939 
Launched25 Jan 1940 
Commissioned18 Oct 1940 
Lost25 Feb 1941 
Loss position52° 32'N, 2° 05'E

HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. Robert Tindle Lampard, RN) was sunk about 12 nautical miles east-north-east of Lowestoft, Sussex, England in position 52º32'N 02º05'E while escorting convoy FN 417. She was hit aft by a torpedo fired by the German motor torpedo boat S-30, she caught fire and sank quickly. 4 officers, including her Commanding Officer and 100 men were lost with the ship.  

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1Lt.Cdr. Robert Tindle Lampard, RN5 Jun 194025 Feb 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Exmoor (i) include:

6 Nov 1940
Around 0840A/6, the aircraft carrier HMS Furious (Capt. T.H. Troubridge, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Liverpool for repairs to her rudders. She was escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Cleveland (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN), HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Lampard, RN) and HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN).

HMS Furious, HMS Exmoor and HMS Pytchley arrived at Liverpool around 1800A/7.

HMS Cleveland then proceeded onwards to Plymouth arriving there around 0900A/9. (1)

12 Dec 1940
After a delay of 24 hours due to a reported enemy submarine the British battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. C.B. Barry, DSO, RN) departed Portsmouth for Rosyth where she was to complete her reconstruction.

She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN), HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Cattistock (Lt.Cdr R.A. Ewing, RN), HMS Cleveland (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN), HMS Fernie (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) and HMS Holderness (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN).

Around 1600A/13 the original escort was relieved by the destroyer HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Lampard, RN), HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN) and HMS Southdown (Cdr. E.R. Condor, DSO, DSC, RN).

At 1630A/14 the light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, RN) and the AA cruiser HMS Curacoa (Capt. C.C. Hughes-Hallett, RN) joined the escort coming from Scapa Flow.

The battleship and her escort arrived at Rosyth around 1330A/15. HMS Nigeria had parted company around 1115A/15 and arrived back at Scapa Flow later the same day.


  1. ADM 53/112275 + ADM 199/376

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

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