Allied Warships

HMS Huntley (J 56)

Minesweeper of the Hunt class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 56 
Built byJoseph T. Eltringham Ltd. (Willington, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched18 Jan 1919 
Commissioned22 May 1919 
Lost31 Jan 1941 
Loss position31° 25'N, 26° 48'E

HMS Huntley was laid up in reserve at Singapore when the Second World War started.

HMS Huntley (Lt.Cdr. Ernest Sprent Cotsell, RNR) was sunk by German aircraft about 30 nautical miles west of Mersa Matruh, Egypt in position 31º25'N, 26º48'E.


Commands listed for HMS Huntley (J 56)

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1Lt.Cdr. Harold Robert Austin King, RNR24 Sep 1939Jan 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Ernest Sprent Cotsell, RNRJan 194131 Jan 1941

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Notable events involving Huntley include:

18 Sep 1940
HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN) conducted gunnery exercises off Aden on a target that was being towed by HMS Huntley (Lt.Cdr. H.R.A. King, RNR).

She also fired a practice torpedo at HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) which acted as ' target '. (1)


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Hobart for September 1940

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