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HMS Achates - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Achates

Name : HMS Achates
Laid Down : 11th September 1928
Launched : 4th October 1929
Completed : 27th March 1930
Type : Destroyer
Class : A
Builder : Scotts
Country : UK
Pennants : H12
Fate : Sunk 31st December 1942.

She entered service in the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla in March 1930, operating in the Mediterranean until March 1937 when she returned to the United Kingdom, operating there until the outbreak of war. Then she joined the Portsmouth Command, and later operated in the North Sea and North Atlantic. On 25th July 1941 she hit a mine off the south-east coast of Iceland. The mine explosion blew off the bows of the ship as far back as the foremost gun, but she remained afloat. She was eventually towed back to the River Tyne where she was repaired, a process that took 8 months. When she rejoined the Fleet, she operated mainly in the Arctic, although she also took part in Operation TORCH, the invasion of North Africa in October 1942.

In December 1942 she formed part of the escort for a convoy to Russia. On 31st December, the convoy was well to the north of Norway when two German heavy cruisers, ADMIRAL HIPPER and LÜTZOW attacked it. The destroyers escorting the convoy fought off the cruisers and prevented them damaging the merchant ships of the convoy. The Germans were then driven off by two smaller British cruisers. This was known as the Battle of the Barents Sea. During this battle, ADMIRAL HIPPER hit ACHATES with several large shells, causing heavy damage, whilst ACHATES was protecting the convoy. Despite efforts by her crew to save her, the destroyer sank soon after midday.

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HMS Achates, May 1938.

Known Crew Details :

Name

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Date

Roy Charles Allen

25th July 1941

Guy James Andrews

17th December 1940

Walter Thomas Angel

25th July 1941

James Temple Austin

25th July 1941

Denis Baird

17th December 1940

George Horace Baker

25th July 1941

Frank Barr

31st December 1941

Frederick Richard Barrett

31st December 1942

William Henry Leonard Bartrip

31st December 1942

Leonard Henry Batrick

31st December 1942

Frederick Bean

31st December 1942

Robert S Bell

31st December 1942

Arthur Edward Bennett

31st December 1942

John Arthur Bennett

31st December 1942

Montague Valentine Bennett

17th December 1940

Arthur Benyon

31st December 1942

Edward Birch

31st December 1942

Frederick William Boothby

25th July 1941

James Bowe

25th July 1941

Leslie George Bowles

31st December 1942

Cornelius Boyle

31st December 1942

John Bradley

25th July 1940

Percival Victor Brawn

31st December 1942

Ronald Broadley

31st December 1942

Harry Frederick Brook

17th December 1940

Jim Brown

25th July 1941

Tennyson George Brown

17th December 1940

Thomas Brown

31st December 1942

Frederick William Butler

25th July 1941

Edric Douglas Caine

25th July 1941

Douglas Callow

25th July 1942

Robert Cannon

31st December 1942

Leslie Leonard Capon

31st December 1942

William Victor Card

25th July 1941

Bernard Charles Carpenter

31st December 1942

Stephen Wilfred Chrismas

17th December 1940

Francis Frederick Clark

31st December 1942

Frank Clark

25th July 1941

Peter Clinch

25th July 1941

Charles William Cyril Coe

31st December 1942

James Robert Harold Cole

31st December 1942

John Alfred Cole

25th July 1941

John William Cole

31st December 1942

Lawrence Reginald Collins

31st December 1942

John Cookson

31st December 1942

Duncan Balfour Cooper

31st December 1942

George Corrigan

25th July 1941

John William Coster

31st December 1942

Frederick Cousins

31st December 1942

John Curtis

31st December 1942

Samuel George Curtis

31st December 1942

Stanley Arthur Davis

31st December 1942

Robert Dolman

31st December 1942

John William Dowling

25th July 1941

George Albert Drummond

31st December 1942

Samuel Douglas Erskine

25th July 1941

Eric Faulding

31st December 1942

John Meredith Finch

25th July 1941

Arthur James Fisher

25th July 1941

Thomas Flanagan

31st December 1942

Frederick Victor Flowers

31st December 1942

Leslie Robert Fogg

25th July 1941

John Foster

25th July 1941

Michael Joseph Fox

25th July 1941

Horace John Fripp

31st December 1942

Jack Douglas Fryers

25th July 1941

Kenneth Alfred Garwood

25th July 1941

Wilfred Gordon Godding

25th July 1941

John Gordon

31st December 1942

Charles James Graves

31st December 1942

Edward Graydon

31st December 1942

Charles Henry George Griffin

31st December 1942

Arthur Leslie Griffiths

31st December 1942

Frank Griffiths

25th July 1941

Ernest Groves

31st December 1942

Edward Charles Hales

31st December 1942

Daniel Hall

31st December 1942

Walter Edward Hallworth

25th July 1941

Robert Russell Hamilton

25th July 1941

Harry Arthur Walter Wicks

31st December 1942

Sidney Hanson

31st December 1942

Joseph Hartley

31st December 1942

Arthur James Hemmings

31st December 1942

Norman Henderson

31st December 1942

Gordon Henry Henke

31st December 1942

Joseph Frederick Hibble

31st December 1942

Kenneth Herbert Highfield

31st December 1942

John Fearon Holliday

25th July 1941

Frederick Hollins

25th July 1941

Raymond Arthur Horne

31st December 1942

Bertie Richard Horstead

31st December 1942

Arthur George James

25th July 1941

Ernest John Jennings

31st December 1942

Arthur Henry Tyndale Johns

31st December 1942

Allan Jones

31st December 1942

Thomas Emrys Jones

31st December 1942

Arthur Kendall

31st December 1942

James Nurse Kerr

31st December 1942

John Dryburgh Kidd

25th July 1941

Reginald Allison King

25th July 1941

Archibald Charles Knott

25th July 1941

Herbert Kitchener Lane

31st December 1942

James Lazarus

31st December 1942

Alexander Mackenzie

31st December 1942

Eric Butler Marland

31st December 1942

Charles Sidney Marsh

31st December 1942

Bertram Patrick McClintock

25th July 1941

David McDonald

31st December 1942

William George McDonald

25th July 1941

Leslie Richard McDonnell

31st December 1942

James Langford McFarlane

31st December 1942

William McGibbon

31st December 1942

Kenneth McIvor

31st December 1942

James McLagan

31st December 1942

James Augustas Henry Medhurst

31st December 1942

Walter Charles Merritt

25th July 1941

Charles Mills

13th September 1940

Edward Milner

31st December 1942

Thomas Mooney

31st December 1942

John Foster Morrison

31st December 1942

Thomas Muckian

31st December 1942

Vincent Charles Murphy

25th July 1941

John Nash

25th July 1941

Albert Edward Neve

25th July 1941

Edward Newman

25th July 1941

John Patrick Noon

31st December 1942

Andrew O'Brien

31st December 1942

Leonard John Paine

31st December 1942

George Arnold Palmer

31st December 1942

Charles William Perrin

31st December 1942

Rodger Hardnge Perry

31st December 1942

Ronald Charles Perry

25th July 1941

Eric Pilkington

31st December 1942

Albert John Powell

31st December 1942

William Charles Pritchard

25th July 1941

Leslie Harry James Ranson

31st December 1942

Sidney Ratcliffe

25th July 1941

Thomas William Rea

31st December 1942

Brian Joseph Reardon

31st December 1942

Joseph Reid

25th July 1941

Henry George Richards

25th July 1941

Ernest James Roberts

25th July 1941

Jack Lindsay Cunningham Douglas Robertson

25th July 1941

Frank Robins

25th July 1941

Harry Bean Robinson

31st December 1942

Ivor Harold Mitchell Roe

31st December 1942

Lionel Arthur Roome

31st December 1942

Wilfred Russell

31st December 1942

George Rust

31st December 1942

George Harry Sawyer

31st December 1942

Dennis Shaw

31st December 1942

Richard Victor Smith

25th July 1941

Walter Smith

31st December 1942

John Smithwhite

31st December 1942

Stanley David Smoker

31st December 1942

Augustus Sydney Starr

31st December 1942

Denis Gordon Starr

31st December 1942

George Charles Stratton

25th July 1941

Alfred Sturrock

31st December 1942

Harry Lewis Swale

31st December 1942

George Swindells

31st December 1942

Joseph Swinden

31st December 1942

Isaac Tampling

31st December 1942

Kenneth Roy Tarrant

31st December 1942

George Edward Taylor

31st December 1942

Joseph Taylor

25th July 1941

Frank Sydney Trayes

31st December 1942

Albert Edward John Waghorne

19th September 1940

Ralph Irving Waincoat

31st December 1942

Robert William Wakefield

31st December 1942

Jack Wallace

31st December 1942

Henry William Ward

31st December 1942

Donald Roderick Fraser Waters

25th July 1941

William Arthur Webb

31st December 1942

Jack Welbourne

25th July 1941

Thomas James Edward Werrell

31st December 1942

Alfred Wharton

31st December 1942

Harry Frederick White

31st December 1942

Edwin Dennis Wigley

31st December 1942

George Henry Wilks

31st December 1942

Frederick Henry Williams

31st December 1942

William Winstanley

31st December 1942

Percy Charles Wisby

25th July 1941

Peter Alfred Wright

31st December 1942

William Herbert Wynne

25th July 1941

Henry Yarwood

31st December 1942

Maurice Norman Youldon

25th July 1941

Timeline Entries :


6th March 1928 - Ordered at John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)
11th September 1928 - Laid down
4th October 1929 - Pennant Number H12
4th October 1929 - Pennant H12
4th October 1929 - Launched
27th March 1930 - Commissioned
1st May 1930 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla
1st May 1930 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla
1st May 1930 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet
29th January 1932 - Arrived Malta
22nd April 1932 - Arrived Malta
22nd April 1932 - Lt. Cmdr. C. J. L. Bittleston, DSO in Command
1st October 1932 - Lt. Cmdr. C. J. L. Bittleston, DSO in Command
1st October 1932 - Captain (D). Captain R. B. T. Miles
1st October 1932 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla. Mediterranean Fleet
14th January 1933 - Arrived Port Drepano
14th 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 Rimini
5th August 1933 - Arrived Kotor
2nd December 1933 - Sailed Gibraltar for Malta
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 for Gibraltar
23rd March 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar
27th March 1934 - Arrived Leghorn
23rd April 1934 - Arrived St. Raphael
24th April 1934 - Sailed St. Raphael for Malta
15th August 1934 - Arrived Malta
1st September 1934 - Arrived Trieste
10th September 1934 - Arrived Brieni
15th January 1935 - Arrived Gibraltar
22nd April 1935 - Sailed Gibraltar for Home Ports
22nd April 1935 - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla
25th April 1935 - Arrived Plymouth
17th November 1935 - Arrived Port Said
3rd April 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar and sailed for the UK
24th September 1936 - Sailed Plymouth for Gibraltar
24th September 1936 - Sailed Gibralta for Plymouth
6th October 1936 - Sailed Marseilles
10th October 1936 - Sailed Marseilles
13th January 1937 - Arrived Malaga
13th January 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar for Malaga
5th March 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar for Plymouth
26th October 1937 - Parent ship of the 1st Anti-Submarine Flotilla, Portland
26th October 1937 - Cdr. H.J. Haynes in Command
10th June 1938 - 1st Anti Submarine Flotilla
10th June 1938 - Cdr. H.J. Haynes in Command
10th June 1938 - Arrived Torbay
14th June 1938 - Arrived Dartmouth
14th June 1938 - Sailed Torbay
18th June 1938 - Sailed Dartmouth
27th June 1938 - Cdr. G.F. Stevens-Guille in Command
1st January 1939 - 18th Destroyer Flotilla
1st January 1939 - 18th Destroyer Flotilla
1st January 1939 - 18th Destroyer Flotilla
1st April 1939 - Arrived Sheerness
26th April 1939 - Arrived Portland
26th May 1939 - Cdr. Robert James Gardner in Command
26th May 1939 - Lt.Cdr. Robert James Gardner, RN
26th May 1939 - Lt.Cdr. Robert James Gardner, RN in Command
8th June 1939 - Arrived Portland
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
3rd September 1939 - 16th Destroyer Flotilla, Division 36 Portsmouth Command
3rd September 1939 - At Portland
12th October 1939 - Submarine hunting off Newhaven
16th October 1939 - Sailed Southampton escorting Convoy SA.13
1st December 1939 - Searched for two Submarines East of 50-17N, 4-35W
3rd December 1939 - Searched for a submarine contact 9 miles SW of St Catherines
3rd December 1939 - Withdrew from Submarine search
29th December 1939 - Lt. Cmdr. A.H.T. Johns in Command
14th January 1940 - Sailed Plymouth Escorting HMS Royal Sovereign
16th January 1940 - Detached from HMS Royal Sovereign
9th February 1940 - Stood by damaged steamer Cree
21st February 1940 - Sailed Portsmouth to search for a submarine ten miles south of Beachy Head
2nd March 1940 - Went to assist steamer Domala, being attacked by aircraft
10th August 1940 - Lt.Cdr. Robert William Jocelyn in Command
10th August 1940 - Lt.Cdr. Viscount Jocelyn, RN in Command
10th August 1940 - Lt.Cdr. Robert William Jocelyn, RN (aka the Viscount Jocelyn) in Command
10th March 1942 - Lt.Cdr. Arthur Andre Tait, RN in Command
10th March 1942 - Lt.Cdr. Arthur Andre Tait, RN in Command
10th May 1942 - Lt.Cdr. Arthur Andre Tait in Command
30th June 1942 - Lt.Cdr. Arthur Henry Tyndall Johns, DSO, RN in Command
21st July 1942 - Lt.Cdr. Arthur Henry Tyndall Johns, DSO, RN in Command
31st December 1942 - Sunk

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