Allied Warships

HMS King Sol (FY 235)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 235 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched7 Jul 1936 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 

Completed in September 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 468 or 486 tons.

Returned to her owner in December 1945.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium in 1961.


Commands listed for HMS King Sol (FY 235)

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1Ch.Skr. Magnus Andrew Smith, RNR16 Oct 193924 Oct 1939
2Cdr. (retired) Napier Robert Peploe, OBE, RN24 Oct 1939Feb 1940

3Lt. Thomas Tod Euman, RN14 Mar 194020 Sep 1940
4T/Lt. Albert William James, RNR20 Sep 19401 Jan 1941
5T/Lt. Graham Frederick Shove, RCNVR1 Jan 194115 Nov 1941
6Lt. Phillips Almond Read, RNR15 Nov 1941Sep 1943
7T/Lt. Kenneth Chris Martin, RNVRSep 1943early 1945
8T/Lt. Herbert Harold Russell, RNVRearly 1945

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Notable events involving King Sol include:

8 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Llandudno (T/Lt. E.M. Betts, RNR), HMS King Sol (Lt. P.A. Read, RNR), HMS Lulworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO, RN), HMCS Prescott (Lt. W. McIsaac, RCNVR), HMCS Galt (T/Lt. A.D. Landles, RCNR) and HMCS Wetaskiwin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Kidston, RCNVR). (1)

24 May 1943

Convoy ET 21.

This convoy departed Bone / Philippeville on 24 May 1943 for Gibraltar where it arrived on 28 May 1943.

No full info on the composition of this convoy is currently known to us.

On departure from Bone / Philippeville the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Velox (Lt. G.B. Barstow, RN), HMS Venomous (Lt. H.D. Durell, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Liddesdale (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Mackenzie, RNR).

HMS Javelin and HM Kelvin were detached on the 26th to conduct an A/S hunt but rejoined later the same day.

The convoy made a short call at Algiers on 26 May and various ships were detached and other ships joined and the escort was reinforced with other vessels. On arrival at Gibraltar the following escorts had joined the convoy additional to the ones listed above; corvette HMS Pentstemon (T/Lt. D.C. Williams, RNVR), A/S trawlers HMS Gavotte (T/Lt. D. Bates, RNR), HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR) and the auxiliary A/S trawlers HMS King Sol (Lt. P.A. Read, RNR) and HMS Reighton Wyke (Skr. G.M. Sutherland, RNR).

Also the rescue tug HMRT Restive had joined the convoy (2)


  1. ADM 173/17244
  2. ADM 199/639

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

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