Allied Warships

HMS Ellesmere (FY 204)

ASW Whaler of the Lake class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
PennantFY 204 
Built bySmith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down28 Apr 1939 
Launched17 Jun 1939 
Commissioned12 Oct 1939 
Lost24 Feb 1945 
Loss position49° 04'N, 5° 31'W

HMS Ellesmere was torpedoed and sunk by U-1203 north west of Brest, France in position 49º04'N, 05º31'W.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 24 Feb 1945 by U-1203 (Seeger).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Ellesmere
Former nameKos XXIV

Commands listed for HMS Ellesmere (FY 204)

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1Skr. Robert Trueman, RNR5 Oct 193920 Dec 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Charles Bettesworth Sanders, RNVR20 Dec 19392 Apr 1940
3T/Lt. John Thompson Donaldson, RNR2 Apr 194019 Jul 1940
4Lt. Henry Roach, RNR19 Jul 194017 Feb 1941
5T/Lt. Alastair Cameron Munro, RNVR17 Feb 1941early 1945
6Thomas Henry Lloyd Jones, RNVRearly 194524 Feb 1945 (+)

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Notable events involving Ellesmere include:

15 Jan 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Ellesmere (Lt. H. Roach, RNR). (1)

2 Mar 1943
Around 1805A/2, HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) ended her 21th war patrol at Plymouth.

She was escorted in by HMS Ellesmere (T/Lt. A.C. Munro, RNVR) which had joined her around 1110A/2. (2)

24 Apr 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Grassholm (T/Lt. J.A. Antonsen, RNR), HMS Minalto (A/Skr.Lt. A.S.H. Robb, RD, RNR), HMS Asie (A/Ch.Skr. F. Oldman, RNR) and HMS Ellesmere (T/Lt. A.C. Munro, RNVR). (3)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 199/1846
  3. ADM 173/18697

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

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