Allied Warships

HMS Lord Wakefield (FY 170)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 170 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched4 Nov 1933 
CommissionedSep 1939 
Lost29 Jul 1944 

Completed in December 1933.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 418 tons.

HMT Lord Wakefield (Skr/Lt.(retired) Henry Edward Dodd, RD, RNR) was sunk by German aircraft off Omaha Beach, Normandy France.


Commands listed for HMS Lord Wakefield (FY 170)

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1Cdr. (retired) Richard Lionel Dearden, RN26 Sep 19397 Dec 1939
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Martyn Butt Sherwood, RN7 Dec 1939Feb 1940
3Ch.Skr. John Edward Harwood, RNRFeb 194024 Jun 1942
4Skr.Lt. Harry Leonard Lang, DSC, RD, RNR24 Jun 19422 Mar 1944
5Skr.Lt. Henry Edward Dodd, RNR2 Mar 194429 Jul 1944 (+)

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Notable events involving Lord Wakefield include:

25 Mar 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portsmouth with a French Chasseur and HMS Lord Wakefield (Skr.Lt. H.L. Lang, DSC, RD, RNR) (1)

11 May 1943
HMS Unsparing (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar. She was escorted until 2217/12 by HMS Lord Wakefield (Skr.Lt. H.L. Lang, DSC, RD, RNR).

For the daily positions of HMS Unsparing during this passage see the map below.


28 Apr 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Pearl (T/Lt. B.G. Barfoot, RNVR), HMS Gweal (T/Lt. P.E.C.R. Main, RNVR), HMS La Nantaise (Skr. S.G. Cory, RNR) and HMS Lord Wakefield (Skr.Lt. H.E. Dodd, RNR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/18172
  2. ADM 199/1818
  3. ADM 173/18697

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

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