HMS Westminster (L 40)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Ordered||9 Dec 1916|
|Laid down||Apr 1917|
|Launched||24 Feb 1918|
|Commissioned||18 Apr 1918|
Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Devonpost Dockyard was completed on 8 January 1940. Pennant was D 45 changed to L 40 upon completion of this reconstruction.
HMS Westminster is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Westminster (L 40)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Aymé Arthur Carrington Ouvry, RN||20 Dec 1939||10 Aug 1942|
|2||Lt. Gordon Thomas Seccombe Gray, DSC, RN||28 Jan 1941||Feb 1941 ?|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Harold Godfrey Bowerman, DSC, RN||10 Aug 1942||17 Jan 1945|
|4||Lt. John Edwin Dyer, DSC, RN||17 Jan 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Westminster include:
16 Jan 1940
HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN) and HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. A.A.C. Ouvry, RN) escorted the armed merchant cruiser HMS Carinthia (Capt.(Retd.) J.F.B. Barrett, RN) during her gunnery exercises off Portland.
In the afternoon the destroyers carried out gunnery exercises themselves. (1)
7 Feb 1940
The large convoy FS 90 (almost 50 ships) departed the Tyne for Southend where it arrived on 9 February. It was escorted by the AA destroyer HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. A.A.C. Ouvry, RN) and the sloop HMS Londonderry (Cdr. T.L. Beevor, RN). Additionally the destroyer HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) also escorted the convoy part of the way south. HMS Jaguar returned to Rosyth on the 9th.
9 Aug 1941
HMS Penelope (Capt. A.D. Nicholl, RN) shifted from the Tyne to Rosyth. She was escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. A.A.C. Ouvry, RN) and HMS Cattistock (Lt. R.M.W. MacFarlan, RN).
At Rosyth, HMS Penelope is immediately docked in No.1 dock. (3)
3 May 1942
The brand new battleship HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN) proceeded from the Tyne to Rosyth for further outfitting by the dockyard there. She is escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Wallace (Lt.Cdr.(Emy.) E.G. Heywood-Lonsdale, RN), HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, DSC, RN) and HMS Wolsey (Lt. T.F. Taylor, RN).
At the Rosyth Dockyard HMS Anson was immediately docked in No.1 Dock.
4 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, DSC, RN), HMS Brimness (Skr. A.E. Larner, RNR), HMS Vega (Lt. C.G. Forsberg, RN) and HMS Wallace (Lt. D. Carson, RN). (4)
15 Apr 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Methill with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, DSC, RN), HMS Valorous (Lt. M.G. Macleod, RN), HMS Preston North End (T/Lt. D.K. Bennett, DSC, RNVR), HMS Spurs (A/Skr.Lt. E.J. Day, RNR) and HMS Arab (T/Lt. J.S.H. Lloyd, RNVR). (5)
- ADM 53/112552
- ADM 173/16274
- ADM 53/114494 + ADM 53/114849
- File 2.12.03.6390 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19315
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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