Allied Warships

HMS Bagshot (J 57)

Minesweeper of the Hunt class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 57 
Built byArdrossan Dockyard (Ardrossan, Scotland) : Allen 
Laid down6 Nov 1917 
Launched23 May 1918 
Commissioned1 May 1919 
End service 

HMS Bagshot is not listed as active unit in the April 1945 Navy List

Became a depot ship on 1 April 1945 being renamed Medway II.
Reverted back to her original name on 28 February 1946.
Sold and became merchantile (with the same name) in 1949.
Mined, while in tow, off Corfu on 1 September 1951.


Commands listed for HMS Bagshot (J 57)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Fitzhardinge Berkeley Gage, RNVR19 Aug 19394 Sep 1941
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Dennis Noel Venables, RN4 Sep 1941Oct 1942
3A/Lt.Cdr. Edgar Asquith Vittle, RNROct 1942May 1943
4Lt. Charles Laurence Carroll, DSC, RNRMay 194325 Aug 1943
5T/Lt. Reginald Michael Thorne, RNR25 Aug 1943early 1945

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Notable events involving Bagshot include:

20 Mar 1940
Around 1223Z/20, HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN) departed Colombo to make rendezvous with the 2nd Minesweeper Flotilla coming from Singapore. HMAS Hobart was to escort them to Colombo. The 2nd Minesweeper Flottila was made up of the following ships; HMS Abingdon (Capt. (Retd.) A.R. Farquhar, DSC, RN), HMS Bagshot (Lt.Cdr. J.F.B. Gage, RNVR), HMS Derby (Lt.Cdr. F.C.V. Brightman, RN), HMS Fareham (Lt. W.J.P. Church, RN) and HMS Stoke (Cdr.(Retd.) C.J.P. Hill, RN).

Rendezvous was effected around 0721Z/22.

They arrived at Colombo around 1330Z/23. (1)

22 Dec 1940
HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RN) made rendezvous with the armed boarding vessel HMS Chakla (Cdr. L.C. Bach, RD, RNR) which had departed Alexandria at 1700C/21 escorted by the minesweeper HMS Bagshot (Lt.Cdr. J.F.B. Gage, RNVR). On HMAS Waterhen joining HMS Bagshot parted company to return to Alexandria where she arrived around 1215C/22.

HMS Chakla arrived at Sollum later on 22 December. HMAS Waterhen then set course to return to Alexandria. (2)


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Hobart from 1 October 1939 to 31 March 1940
  2. ADM 53/113482 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Waterhen for December 1940

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