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HMS Acasta - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Acasta

Name : HMS Acasta
Laid Down : 13th August 1928
Launched : 8th August 1929
Completed : 14th February 1930
Type : Destroyer
Class : A
Builder : John Brown
Country : UK
Pennants : H09
Fate : Sunk 8th June 1940.

HMS Acasta, the third ship to bear that name, launched in 1929, was an A-class destroyer built for the Royal Navy. She served in the Second World War and was sunk on 8 June 1940 in action against the German warships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, while escorting the aircraft carrier Glorious. Glorious and her other escort — Ardent — were also sunk. Acasta proved to be a tough opponent for the larger German ships, laying smoke to hide Glorious and making repeated torpedo and gun attacks. She scored several gun hits and one torpedo hit on Scharnhorst, causing moderate damage to the much larger German vessel. Acasta was finally sunk after roughly two hours of fighting; the battle flag of the Gneisenau was lowered to half mast and her crew brought to attention to honour the brave fight of Acasta and her crew. The damage to the German vessels inflicted by Ardent and Acasta caused them to retire to Trondheim, allowing the safe passage of convoys carrying Allied troops from Norway. Although many of her crew survived to abandon the ship, communication errors meant the British were initially unaware of the sinking. In the end, there was only a single survivor from Acasta; estimates place the number of sailors from Ardent, Acasta and Glorious lost to exposure (rather than direct enemy action) at up to 800. The single survivor from Acasta, Ldg. Seaman Cyril Carter, was rescued by the Norwegian steam merchant Borgund which also saved 38 men from one of Glorious' lifeboats. All 39 men saved by Borgund were set ashore at Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands on 14 June

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HMS Acasta, July 1935.

Known Crew Details :

Name

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Date

William Ernest Allen

9th June 1940

George Ernest Andrews

9th June 1940

William Harold Aplin

9th June 1940

Percival George Stanley Barnes

9th June 1940

Walter James Barnes

9th June 1940

Fred John Barnett

9th June 1940

Harry John Beck

9th June 1940

Stanley Walter James Bell

9th June 1940

Gilbert Blackah

9th June 1940

John Charles Blackshaw

9th June 1940

Richard Blaker

9th June 1940

Richard John Bonsey

9th June 1940

Frank James Boyland

9th June 1940

Charles Fredrick Brookes

9th June 1940

Henry Brown

9th June 1940

Norman Brown

9th June 1940

William Brown

9th June 1940

Leslie James William Bryant

9th June 1940

Robert Lees Burke

9th June 1940

Donald Brian Burnett

9th June 1940

Charles Fredrick Burt

9th June 1940

William Arthur Chard

9th June 1940

Edwin James Clark

9th June 1940

Henry Edward Clarke

9th June 1940

Walter Clarke

9th June 1940

William Edward Collins

9th June 1940

James Aubrey Cook

9th June 1940

Leslie James Cornish

9th June 1940

George Coull

9th June 1940

William Cowie

9th June 1940

Alva Crabtree

9th June 1940

Harold Albert Joseph Daniels

9th June 1940

Kenneth Henry James Davidson

9th June 1940

Geoffrey Dew

9th June 1940

Jack Dobson

9th June 1940

William Donovan

9th June 1940

Cecil George Dyer

9th June 1940

George Fredrick Edwards

9th June 1940

Walter Thomas Edwards

9th June 1940

Archibald Fredrick Edwin Elsey

9th June 1940

Leonard Emery

9th June 1940

Harry David Joseph Farr

9th June 1940

George Francis Felton

9th June 1940

Fredrick George Fennell

9th June 1940

John Fleming

9th June 1940

James Daniel Fryer

9th June 1940

Reginald Walter Gardiner

9th June 1940

George Edward Gatland

9th June 1940

William Alfred Gitsham

9th June 1940

Charles Bernard Glanvill

9th June 1940

Charles Eric Glasfurd

9th June 1940

William Vernon Gorsuch

9th June 1940

Harold Green

9th June 1940

Harry Walter Green

9th June 1940

Terence Edward William Grey

9th June 1940

John Francis Grice

9th June 1940

William Terry Winter Guy

9th June 1940

John Alfred Hansford

9th June 1940

George Butler Hawkins

9th June 1940

Arthur Ernest Hedley

9th June 1940

Charles Thomas Helbren

9th June 1940

Fredrick George Helyer

9th June 1940

Stanley Learmonth Heydock

9th June 1940

Clifford Hibbert

9th June 1940

John Henderson Hide

9th June 1940

Albert John Hoare

9th June 1940

William Charles Hobbs

9th June 1940

Fredrick Ineson

9th June 1940

Frank Isherwood

9th June 1940

Thomas Percival Johnson

9th June 1940

Edward Christopher Jones

9th June 1940

John Anderson Kelly

9th June 1940

Francis Augustin Kiernan

9th June 1940

Harold Augustus Knipe

9th June 1940

Patrick John Koyce

9th June 1940

Reginald James Duncan Law

9th June 1940

Stanley Leah

9th June 1940

George Thomas Legge

9th June 1940

William Murray Lewis

9th June 1940

Albert David Lewry

9th June 1940

Thomas Lightwood

9th June 1940

Charles Fredrick John Linford

9th June 1940

Robinson Routledge Mallam

9th June 1940

Rupert Edgar Marshall

9th June 1940

Thomas Martin

9th June 1940

Vincent McCullen

9th June 1940

John Edward McCullough

9th June 1940

John Alexander McKee

9th June 1940

Albert Meek

9th June 1940

John Thomas Merriken

9th June 1940

Reginald Cecil Miles

9th June 1940

Laurence Victor Miller

9th June 1940

Fredrick Richard Mills

9th June 1940

Stanley Millwater

9th June 1940

Leslie Mooney

9th June 1940

David Gardiner Moore

9th June 1940

Hugh Moran

9th June 1940

Herbert David Mouatt

9th June 1940

Alan Mullins

9th June 1940

Kenneth Alan Nattrass

9th June 1940

Fernely Edward Nicholls

9th June 1940

Walter Ernest Johnson Old

9th June 1940

Archibald Smith Oliver

9th June 1940

William Fredrick Oliver

9th June 1940

George Charles Orchard

9th June 1940

William Henry Paffett

9th June 1940

Harry Redford Parsons

9th June 1940

Fredrick Ernest Partridge

9th June 1940

Sidney Herbert Passells

9th June 1940

Daniel Coull Paton

9th June 1940

Reginald Charles Payne

9th June 1940

John Hamilton Peel

9th June 1940

Bruce Young Pert

9th June 1940

Herbert George Poore

9th June 1940

Herbert Henry Pratt

9th June 1940

Dennis Hilton Pride

9th June 1940

Fredrick Charles James Pritchard

9th June 1940

Charles Roberts

9th June 1940

Ernest George Roberts

9th June 1940

Charles Francis Surtees Robinson

9th June 1940

Ernest Robinson

9th June 1940

Arthur Rusling

9th June 1940

Robert Samson

9th June 1940

Cyril William Scowen

9th June 1940

Albert William Scroxton

9th June 1940

Alec Victor Seamer

9th June 1940

Matthew Samuel Sentence

9th June 1940

Alexander Sharpe

9th June 1940

Thomas Shields

9th June 1940

Fredrick Simpson (MID)

9th June 1940

Nathan William Smith

9th June 1940

Stanley Reginald Smith

9th June 1940

William Craig Smith

9th June 1940

George Smyth

9th June 1940

Herbert John Stammers

9th June 1940

Alexander Stewart

9th June 1940

George Duncan Stewart

9th June 1940

William Stubbings

9th June 1940

Fredrick Rowland Sutton

9th June 1940

Philip Tavender

9th June 1940

John Thirtle

9th June 1940

Thomas Thompson

9th June 1940

Percy Archibald Walker

9th June 1940

Douglas Wallace

9th June 1940

George Benjamin Watson

9th June 1940

John Clark Longmuir Watson

9th June 1940

William Watson

9th June 1940

Jack Mystol Heyes Whitbread

9th June 1940

Alfred Gerald White

9th June 1940

Alec George Wildin

9th June 1940

Thomas Williams

9th June 1940

William Williams

9th June 1940

Ernest William Wood

9th June 1940

Ronald Wren

9th June 1940

Walter James Wilfred Wrigglesworth

9th June 1940

Charles Herbert Young

9th June 1940

George Young

9th June 1940

Timeline Entries :


6th March 1928 - Ordered
13th August 1928 - Laid down at John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)
8th August 1929 - Pennant Number H09
8th August 1929 - Launched
11th February 1930 - Commissioned
11th February 1930 -
1st May 1930 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla. Mediterranean Fleet
29th January 1932 - Arrived Malta
22nd April 1932 - Arrived Malta
22nd April 1932 - Lt. Cmdr. W. J. Phipps in Command
1st October 1932 - Lt. Cmdr. W. J. Phipps in Command
14th January 1933 - Arrived Port Drepano
25th January 1933 - Sailed Port Drepano
25th January 1933 - Arrived Gulf of Patras
1st February 1933 - Arrived Malta
7th March 1933 - Sailed Malta for Pollensa Bay
10th March 1933 - Arrived Palma
28th March 1933 - Sailed Pollensa for Bormes Roads
30th March 1933 - Arrived Bormes Roads
12th April 1933 - Arrived Antibes
24th April 1933 - Sailed Antibes
27th April 1933 - Arrived Malta
19th July 1933 - Arrived Porto Rose
5th August 1933 - Arrived Kotor
21st November 1933 - Arrived Gibraltar
9th January 1934 - Sailed Malta for cruise
10th January 1934 - Sailed Malta for short winter cruise
10th January 1934 - Arrived Bizerta
25th January 1934 - Arrived Malta
3rd March 1934 - Sailed Malta
3rd March 1934 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
7th March 1934 - Arrived Gibraltar
11th March 1934 - In the Atlantic Ocean
11th March 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar
16th March 1934 - Arrived Gibraltar
23rd March 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar
24th March 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar
27th March 1934 - Arrived Leghorn
27th March 1934 - Arrived Leghorn
9th April 1934 - Sailed Leghorn
10th April 1934 - Arrived St. Raphael
23rd April 1934 - Arrived St. Raphael
24th April 1934 - Sailed St/ Raphael
24th April 1934 - Sailed St. Raphael for Malta
27th April 1934 - Arrived Malta
19th June 1934 - Arrived Patras
27th June 1934 - Sailed Malta
7th July 1934 - Arrived Argostoli
7th July 1934 - Sailed Patras
16th July 1934 - Sailed Argostoli
18th July 1934 - Arrived Alexandria
29th July 1934 - Sailed Alexandria
30th July 1934 - Arrived Milo
August 1934 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla. Mediterranean Fleet
5th August 1934 - Sailed Milo
6th August 1934 - Arrived Navarin
13th August 1934 - Sailed Navarin
15th August 1934 - Arrived Malta
15th August 1934 - Arrived Malta
1st September 1934 - Arrived Trieste
10th September 1934 - Arrived Brieni
29th December 1934 - Arrived Malta
15th January 1935 - Arrived Gibraltar
22nd April 1935 - Sailed Gibraltar for Home Ports
22nd April 1935 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla
25th April 1935 - Arrived Plymouth
26th August 1936 - Arrived Barcelona
8th September 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
27th September 1936 - Arrived Cartagena
27th September 1936 - Arrived Cartegena
9th October 1936 - Arrived Malaga
14th January 1937 - Sailed Barcelona
5th March 1937 - Arrived Valencia
24th March 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
24th April 1937 - Sailed Huclva on patrol
1st January 1939 - 18th Destroyer Flotilla
17th January 1939 - Sailed Plymouth for Penzance
19th January 1939 - Arrived St. Ives
20th January 1939 - Arrived Plymouth
20th January 1939 - Arrived Plymouth
11th April 1939 - Arrived Portland
11th April 1939 - Sailed Portsmouth for Portland
13th April 1939 - Arrived Portsmouth
August 1939 - Cdr. Percy James Oliver, RN in Command
August 1939 - Cdr. Percy James Oliver in Command
5th August 1939 - Arrived Portland
8th August 1939 - Arrived Weymouth Bay
9th August 1939 - Attended Review of the British Reserve Fleet
27th August 1939 - Sailed Portland to carry out a reconnaissance in the Western Approaches
28th August 1939 - Arrived Portland
1st September 1939 - Arrived Portland
1st September 1939 - Sailed Portland
3rd September 1939 - Based at Portland
3rd September 1939 - At Portsmouth repairing complete
3rd September 1939 - Completed repairs
7th September 1939 - 18th Flotilla transferred to Western Approaches Command
9th October 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.17
11th October 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.17
20th October 1939 - Joined Convoy HG.3
21st October 1939 - Detached Convoy HG.3
21st October 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.23
23rd October 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.23
23rd October 1939 - Assisted Attacking a submarine contact 90° off the Lizard
23rd October 1939 - Missed by a torpedo in 49-48N, 5-22W
24th October 1939 - Searched for a reported submarine in 49-30N, 4-45W
31st October 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.28G
31st October 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.28G
2nd November 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.28G
5th November 1939 - Searched for suspected submarine 150 miles SW of Ushant
15th November 1939 - Joined Convoy OA.35
18th November 1939 - Conducted a submarine search 150 miles SW of Berehaven.
19th November 1939 - Detached from ConvoyOA.35
19th November 1939 - Joined Convoy HXF.8 from Convoy OA.35
20th November 1939 - Detached from Convoy HXF.8
28th November 1939 - Cdr. Charles Eric Glasfurd, RN in Command
28th November 1939 - Lt.Cdr. Charles Eric Glasfurd in Command
2nd December 1939 - Joined Convoy SL.9
6th December 1939 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.48
8th December 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.48
11th December 1939 - Sailed Plymouth escorting HMS Valiant
12th December 1939 - Arrived Portland escorting HMS Valiant
18th December 1939 - Escorted Convoy OA.55G
21st December 1939 - Detached from Convoy OA.55G
31st December 1939 - At Plymouth repairing
4th January 1940 - Joined Convoy SLF.14
8th January 1940 - Detached from Convoy SLF.14
9th January 1940 - Searched for a submarine contact Southwest of Eddystone in 49-57.8N, 04-32.2W
12th January 1940 - Sailed Southend escorting Convoy OA.71
14th January 1940 - Detached from Convoy OA.71
21st January 1940 - Joined Convoy OA.77
24th January 1940 - Detached from Convoy OA.77
27th January 1940 - Sailed Plymouth to escort battleship HMS Revenge
28th January 1940 - Detached from HMS Revenge and met up with HMS Ajax
30th January 1940 - Escorting HMS Ajax to Plymouth
31st January 1940 - Arrived Plymouth after escorting HMS Ajax
11th February 1940 - Sailed Plymouth to search for the German ships which had escaped from Vigo
14th February 1940 - Off southwest of Ireland in screening HMS Exeter
15th February 1940 - Arrived Plymouth
19th February 1940 - Joined Convoy OA.94
20th February 1940 - Detached Convoy OA.94
22nd February 1940 - Joined Convoy HXF.20
22nd February 1940 - Attacked a submarine contact west of Scilly Isle
24th February 1940 - Carried out a search off Cape Clear for U Boat
3rd March 1940 - Sailed Plymouth for the Clyde
3rd March 1940 - Sailed Plymouth for the Clyde
4th March 1940 - Arrived the Clyde
4th March 1940 - Sailed the Clyde, after refuelling for Plymouth
4th March 1940 - Sailed the Clyde after refuelling for Plymouth
4th March 1940 - Arrived in the Clyde
5th March 1940 - Arrived Plymouth
14th March 1940 - Joined Convoy OA.109
16th March 1940 - Left Convoy OA.109 after it dispersed
19th March 1940 - Joined Convoy HG.22
21st March 1940 - Arrived Liverpool with Convoy HG.22
8th June 1940 - Sunk by German battle cruisers west of Narvik

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