Allied Warships

HMS Jasper (i) (T 14)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantT 14 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched29 Dec 1931 
CommissionedNov 1935 
Lost1 Dec 1942 
Loss position50° 10'N, 3° 48'W

Completed on 21 January 1932.
Taken over by the Admiralty in November 1935.
Displacement: 581 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

HMT Jasper (T/Lt. William Thomason Hodson, RNVR) was torpedoed and sunk by the German motor torpedo boat S-81 in the English Channel south of Bolt Head in position 50º10'N, 03º48'W on 1 December 1942.11 died in the sinking and there were 8 survivors which included the Commanding officer.


Commands listed for HMS Jasper (i) (T 14)

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1John Chrisp, RN15 Jun 193928 Feb 1940
2Lt. Arthur Johnson, RNVR28 Feb 194019 Jun 1940
3T/Lt. Eric Robert Pate, RNR19 Jun 1940Aug 1940
4T/Lt. George Thomas Sidney Clampitt, RNRAug 194018 Jun 1941
5T/Lt. William Thomason Hodson, RNVR18 Jun 19411 Dec 1942

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Notable events involving Jasper (i) include:

3 Oct 1940
At 0720 hours, HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) is machine gunned by a German Dornier 215 aircraft near position 49°55'N, 04°53'W. The Officer of the Watch T/S.Lt. P.S. Thirsk , RNR was wounded by a bullet in his left foot. At 1050 hours he was transferred to an MA/SB to be taken to hospital.

At 1140 hours HMS Talisman made rendes-vous with HMS Jasper (T/Lt. G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR) which escorted her north through the Irish Sea. (1)

6 Oct 1940
HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During her passage south through the Irish Sea Porpoise was escorted by HMS Jasper (T/Lt. G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Porpoise during this patrol see the map below.


3 Jan 1941
HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Dartmouth with HMS Ruby (T/Lt. R.P. Chapman, RNR) and HMS Jasper (T/Lt. G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR). The exercises were soon abandoned due to bad weather. (3)

23 May 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Jasper (T/Lt. W.T. Hodson, RNVR). (4)


  1. ADM 173/16585
  2. ADM 199/1877
  3. ADM 173/17106
  4. ADM 173/17237

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

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