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.
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). (4)
P 217 arrived at Lerwick at 2200 hours. (5)
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. (6)
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). (7)
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 199/400
- 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.