Allied Warships

HMS Stockham (K 562)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 562 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down25 Aug 1943 
Launched31 Oct 1943 
Commissioned28 Dec 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 97 but had not been named.

Returned to the USN on 5 January 1946. Stricken on 25 February 1946.

Former nameDE 97

Commands listed for HMS Stockham (K 562)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Benjamin Charles Hamilton, RNR28 Dec 194325 May 1945
2Lt. Anthony Richard Taudevin, DSC, RNVR25 May 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Stockham include:

5 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Spragge (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RD, RNR) and HMS Stockham (T/A/Lt.Cdr. B.C. Hamilton, RNR). (1)

25 Apr 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Spragge (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RD, RNR), HMS Stockham (T/A/Lt.Cdr. B.C. Hamilton, RNR), HMS Rupert (Lt. P.C.S. Black, RN) and HMS Waldegrave (Lt. T. Hay, RN). (2)

12 Mar 1945
Around 1330A/12, the light aircraft carriers HMS Venerable (Capt. W.A. Dallmeyer, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.J.H. Harcourt, CB, CBE, RN), HMS Vengeance (Capt. D.M.L. Neame, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Colossus (Capt. G.H. Stokes,CB, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde for Malta. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Tartar (Capt. B. Jones, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Ulysses (Lt.Cdr. B.G.B. Bordes, DSC, RN), HMCS Assiniboine (Cdr.(Retd.) E.L. Armstrong, RCN) and the frigates HMS Cotton (Lt.Cdr. I.W.T. Beloe, RN), HMS Inman (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.E. Petre, RNR) and HMS Stockham (T/A/Lt.Cdr. B.C. Hamilton, RNR).

Around 0830A/15, HMS Cotton, HMS Inman and HMS Stockham parted company.

Around 1130A/15, the escort destroyer HMS Croome (A/Lt.Cdr. B.C. Ward, DSC, RN) joined company.

Around 1300A/16, the destroyers HMS Malcolm (Cdr. H. Lloyd-Williams, DSO, RNVR), HMS Verity (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cowley, RN) and HMS Wolverine (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J.M. Miller, DSC, RNVR) joined company.

Around 1330A/17, the light aircraft carriers anchored in Gibraltar Bay.

Around 1500A/17, the light aircraft carriers weighed anchor to continue their passage to Malta. They were now escorted by HMS Ulysses. To the east of Gibraltar RDF exercises were carried out with the destroyer HMS Barfleur (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, DSO, DSC and Bar, OBE, RN).

Around 2215A/17, HMS Tartar rejoined company apparently having been delayed at Gibraltar.

Around 1000A/20, the fleet arrived at Malta. (3)

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19218
  2. ADM 173/18697
  3. ADM 53/121137 + ADM 53/122446 + ADM 53/122458

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

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