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)
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). (3)
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). (4)
- ADM 53/112552
- ADM 173/16274
- 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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