Allied Warships

HMS En Avant (FY 1743)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 1743 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched3 Apr 1911 
CommissionedJan 1944 
End service 

Completed in May 1911.
Taken over by the Admiralty in January 1944.
Displacement: 264 tons.

Returned to her owner in November 1945.


Commands listed for HMS En Avant (FY 1743)

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1T/Skr. William Bradshaw, RNR24 Jan 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving En Avant include:

18 Apr 1944
After a few days of trials off Sheerness HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) departed that port for Portland. She was escorted by HMS Pincher (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.B. Blake, RNVR) until 0915/19 when HMS En Avant (T/Skr. W. Bradshaw, RNR) took over the escort. (1)


  1. ADM 173/18697

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

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