HMS Leicester City (FY 223)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Launched||24 Nov 1934|
Completed in December 1934.
Returned to her owner in March 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Leicester City (FY 223)
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|1||Skr. William Alexander Cormack, RNR||24 Nov 1939||18 Mar 1940|
|2||T/Lt. Albert Richard Cornish, RNR||18 Mar 1940||Feb 1941|
|3||Lt. (retired) Robert Fletcher Turnbull, RNR||Feb 1941||1 May 1941|
|4||Lt. Francis Arthur Everett, RNR||1 May 1941||10 Mar 1942|
|5||T/Lt. Charles Edgar Irving, RNVR||10 Mar 1942||22 Mar 1943|
|6||Lt. Trevor Walton Lewis, DSC, RANVR||22 Mar 1943||1 Jun 1943|
|7||T/Lt. Charles Edgar Irving, RNVR||1 Jun 1943||29 Oct 1944|
|8||T/Lt. John Wells, RNVR||29 Oct 1944|
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Notable events involving Leicester City include:
4 May 1940
HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. A.R. Cornish, RNR) picks up 40 survivors from the British tanker San Tiburcio that was sunk 4 nautical miles south-east of Tarbett Ness, Moray Firth in position 57°46'N, 03°45'W after hitting a mine laid on 10 February 1940 by German U-boat U-9.
1 Jun 1940
Sinking of the transport Astronomer.
The transport Astronomer (8401 GRT, built 1917) was en-route from Rosyth to Scapa Flow with naval stores escorted by the auxiliary A/S trawlers HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. A.R. Cornish, RNR) and HMS Stoke City (Lt.Cdr. N.C.H. Scallan, RNR).
Late in the evening of June, 1st, the Astronomer was hit by one torpedo from the German submarine U-58 but she did not sink.
Early the next day two more torpedoes single torpedoes were fired by the German submarine and one hour after the last hit. The trawlers then picked up the survivors.
A report of the damage to the transport was received at 0100/2 and in response the destroyer HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Machin, RN) was sent out from Scapa Flow.
At 0215/2 the destroyer HMS Mashona (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN) departed Scapa Flow to assist HMS Kelvin in the A/S hunt.
The rescue tug St. Mellons departed Scapa Flow but returned after it became apparent that the transport had sunk.
A/S trawler HMS Leicester City obtained an A/S contact in the vicinity at about the time the transport was hit for the last time but she was also busy picking up survivors with together with HMS Stoke City. A total of 104 were picked up by the trawlers which then took them to Aberdeen. HMS Stoke City made a depth charge on a contact she obtained but without result. Apparently this was indeed an attack on U-58
At 0640/2, an aircraft attacked a submarine in position 57°25'N, 00°56'W, twenty five miles south of of the attack position. Destroyers HMS Mashona and HMS Kelvin were ordered to search the area of the aircraft attack but no contact was obtained.
At 1100/2, the destroyer HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) and escort destoyer HMS Atherstone (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, RN) departed Rosyth. HMS Atherstone arrived at Scapa Flow at 2200/2. HMS Encounter was was to join the search for the submarine.
At 1800/2, HMS Atherstone. while en-route to Scapa Flow, reported a line of mines near the sinking position of the Astronomer.
The boom defense vessel HMS Barbican (T/Boom Skr. J.F. Rendall, RNR), escorted by M/S trawler HMS Elm (T/Lt. J. Hutchinson, RNR), was ordered to the area. Barbican recovered the mooring buoys, covered by HMS Encounter and HMS Mashona.
HMS Kelvin returned to Scapa Flow at 0315/3.
HMS Encounter and HMS Mashona arrived at Scapa Flow at 1130/3. (2)
11 Aug 1942
HMS P 51 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Methill where she was to join convoy FS 80 for onward passage to Chatham.
During the passage from Scapa Flow to Methill P 51 was escorted by HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. C.E. Irving, RNVR). (5)
P 217 arrived at Lerwick at 2200 hours. (6)
6 Jan 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Dundee for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until 1135/7 when HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. C.E. Irving, RNVR) took over the escort until 0921/8 when HMS Parrsboro (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR) took over. (7)
18 Apr 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Methill with HMS Castleton (Lt. S.E. Jagger, RN), HMS Polka (T/Lt. I.A. Thorpe, MBE, RNVR), HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. C.E. Irving, RNVR), HMS Valse (T/Lt. E.J. Newell, RNVR) and HMS Spurs (A/Skr.Lt. E.J. Day, RNR). (8)
7 May 1945
HMS Valse (T/Lt. B.H.S. Arendt, RNVR) and HMS Leicester City together pick up 19 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Sneland I that was torpedoed and sunk near May Island in the Firth of Forth in position 56°10'N, 02°31'W by German U-boat U-2336.
- ADM 173/15805
- ADM 199/376
- ADM 199/400
- File 2.12.03.6388 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/424
- ADM 173/17548
- File 2.12.03.6381 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19315
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.