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Destroyer histories. Royal naval I class destroyers. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Inglefield, HMS Icarus, HMS Ilex, HMS Imogen, HMS Imperial, HMS Impulsive, HMS Intrepid, HMS Isis and HMS Ivanhoe from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of I Class destroyers.

HMS Icarus  D.03

26th November 1936

Broken up 1946.

HMS Ilex  D.61

28th January 1937

Broken up 1948.

HMS Imogen   D.44

30th October 1936

Involved in a collision on 16th July 1940.

HMS Imperial   D.09

11th December 1936

Sunk on 29th May 1941.

HMS Impulsive   D.11

1st March 1936

Broken up 1946.

HMS Inglefield  D.02

15th October 1936

Sunk on 25th February 1944.

HMS Intrepid   D.10

17th December 1936

Sunk on 26th September 1943.

HMS Isis  D.87

12th December 1936

Sunk on 20th July 1944.

HMS Ivanhoe   D.16

11th February 1937

Sunk on 1st September 1940.

HMS Icarus

HMS Icarus.

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HMS Icarus, May 1937.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price £25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP1954

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HMS Icarus.  Sent in by Graham MacClean.

HMS Ilex

HMS Ilex at Malta, August 1937.

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HMS Imogen

HMS Imogen, 1937.

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HMS Imperial

HMS Imperial, 1937.

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HMS Impulsive

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HMS Impulsive 1938.

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HMS Impulsive, January 1938.

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HMS Inglefield

Edward Wacey (seated) and another member of the crew of HMS Inglefield. (see message board)

HMS Intrepid

HMS Intrepid, May 1937.

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HMS Isis

HMS Isis.   ©Walker Archive

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COMMANDER J. CAMPBELL CLOUSTON, ROYAL NAVY, CAPTAIN OF HMS ISIS AND PIERMASTER OF THE DUNKIRK MOLE, 1940

My father, Commander J. Campbell Clouston, Royal Navy was Captain of the Isis before the war and at the beginning of it.  I have in my possession quite a few letters written to my mother by people who were or had been in the Isis when he was killed on June 2nd 1940 at Dunkirk, where he was Piermaster of the Dunkirk Mole.  The Isis was in refit, having, according to my mother, hit an uncharted rock off Norway.  That is why he was able to go to Dunkirk.  Campbell was mentioned in last night's episode on BBC TWO as "Commander Clouston".  I was invited at the last minute to the Cast and Crew screening of the film last Sunday.  I was horrified to hear him referred to in the second episode, due to be screened tonight, as "Jack" Clouston, the name of his brother who was killed in the Royal Canadian Navy and to see him as "Commander J. Clouston" in the credits.  After a terrific struggle, which brought on the first (very mild) angina attack in my life,  I managed to make the BBC, between Sunday and Wednesday, delete the "Jack"s and change the credit to "Cdr. J. Campbell Clouston".  His full name was James Campbell Clouston, but he was always known by everyone as Campbell.  Apparently many books on Dunkirk are confused about him.  He died at 39 with a brilliant career apparently ahead of him, if the tributes to him are anything to go by.  However, one of the books describes him as "an elderly Naval Officer"!  I have recently been told about the books by Rick Munroe in Canada, to whom  I am copying this,who has taken an interest in my father at Dunkirk since a CBC film about him about ten years ago.  He is very kindly going to let me have details of all the errors that need to be pointed out to authors and publishers.  Campbell married my mother, Gwyn Vanderpump, in 1935 when he was Gunnery Commander at Whaley - HMS Excellent on Whale Island, Portsmouth.  When he became Captain of the Isis based in Malta, my mother followed him and therefore the Isis around the Mediterranean in merchant ships on her own in 1937, 1938 and 1939, during which time I was born in London in September 1938, brought out to Malta at six weeks, and then sent home with a Nanny at six months, where I remained with her and with my mother's sister in Rogate, near Petersfield, Hampshire, until the Abysyinnian crises caused my mother to return to the UK!  Campbell is commemorated on the Rogate war memorial.  I have therefore have records of aspects of the Isis' peacetime visits to Alexandria, Istanbul and Galatz, and maybe elsewhere - and various photos of H.M.S. Isis - as well as some information as to what they did off Norway very early in the war.   Hope some of this may be of interest to you and to others.  Dane Stewart Campbell Clouston

HMS Ivanhoe

HMS Ivanhoe.

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The following information regards the two photographs above.

My name is Maarten Noot and I am treasurer of the "Helderse Historische Vereniging",  a club, 15 years old, with about 900 members, that wants to preserve the history of Den Helder, the Dutch Navy town. Lately we received photo's of the Second World War, made by the Germans  in or around 1940, 1941, of damage to the Rijkswerf Willemsoord, or the Navy Dockyard in Den Helder. The photorolls were stolen by Dutch workers out of the office of the German head officers  on the Dockyard. Several photo's showed a gig, ashore on the Navy Dockyard, with one photograph showing details of a wooden plate on the stern of the gig. It said: "Gig des engl. zerstorer "Ivanhoe"    Stiftung U-jachtflotille "Hai"   After " Ivanhoe" was destroyed by a mine and later killed by  HMS Kelvin, the gig probably drifted around and was taken by the Germans.  Thanks to Maarten for these photos.

 

Specifications for HMS Inglefield.

 

Displacement: 1,530 tons.   Speed: 36kts    Complement: 175

Armament: Five 4.7 inch guns, eight 0.5 inch anti-aircraft guns in fours and ten 21 inch torpedo tubes in fives.

 

Specifications for HMS Icarus, HMS Ilex, HMS Imogen, HMS Imperial, HMS Impulsive, HMS Intrepid, HMS Isis and HMS Ivanhoe.

 

Displacement: 1,370 tons    Speed: 36kts    Complement: 145

Armament: Four 4.7 inch guns, eight 0.5 inch anti-aircraft guns in fours and ten 21 inch torpedo tubes in fives.

 

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HMS INGLEFIELD

EDWARD MACEY..   My father Edward Wacey was on HMS Inglefield on 8/2/44 - Anyone have any information about him, as all I have is the photo above.  Contact Here

CHARLES "JOCK" COWAN..  My great uncle Charles Cowan known as "Jock" J96659, served on HMS Inglefield throughout the war and was involved in convoys including the Med and Arctic/Russian.  He subsequently retired from the Royal Navy and worked for the Post Office in Perthshire, Scotland.  He died in September 1980 and was survived by his beloved Margaret "Maggie" until her death last year a few days from her 99th birthday!  Charlie did not openly talk about his time during the war, but when the mood suited him and the company was right he would tell stories about his adventures and ports of call but most of all about his shipmates and the great comradeship between the. Their loss ate sea was the main reason he rarely talked about those dark days.  I would be most grateful for any information regarding the Inglefield and her crews and look forward to any communication, likewise if I can provide any fact please contact me.   Contact here 

 

 

Inspection possibly on Inglefield. Sent in by Adam Gordon.

Photo of a rather cold looking group I believe is on Inglefield. My father is on the left. Sent in by Adam Gordon.

GILBERT GORDON.. My father, Lieutenant Gilbert Gordon (RAN) served on HMS Inglefield from 27 May, 1941 to 15 February 1942.  His notes include the Russian convoy and raid into Norway. I believe they did some Atlantic convoys but these are not mentioned. I would be interested in any material you could provide on Inglefield, particularly in the period Ma 1941 - Feb 1942. Contact Adam at adam@catalystnt.com.au 

Edward Alfred Charles Mansbridge.. was serving on Inglefield in the torpedo area and he only was saved that day because there were some officers down below and they opened the hatch doors to let them come up and my father was with them, he suffered severe burns and was transferred to a burns hospital. My father was from Cardiff and the military hospital he was sent to was somewhere in Somerset. I am looking for more information on crew lists and survivors. Contact me at km_king@lineone.net

DAVID JESSON-DIBLEY... My uncle, David Jesson-Dibley served on HMS Inglefield during the war and was on board when she was sunk on 25 Feb 1944. He is shortly to be celebrating his 80th birthday and my parents would like to find any one still alive who remembers him from those days. Where on earth do we start!!   Pam Alexander (niece)     contact here  

HMS INTREPID

My late husband T B Cousins served as an ordinary seaman aged 18 on Intrepid. He survived the sinking and spending 14 hours in the water before being picked up and put ashore in Italy. I am looking for more information about the sinking of HMS Intrepid - we know the date and roughly the place. If you can help contact me at editors@bristolfashion.fsnet.co.uk 

HMS ICARUS  

LERAT.. I am writing on behalf of Maurice Lerat, who joined HMS Icarus as a Belgian radio operator/telegraphist on 6th June 1944 in Plymouth. If anyone has any pictures and history of the destroyer please contact me at paul.vanhoye@pandora.be 

JAKEMAN  - My father served on HMS Icarus. If anyone has information on him please contact Andrew Jakeman at andrewjakeman@hotmail.com 

DONALD (MAC) FIDDY:  Donald served on HMS Icarus during WW2. Any Info about him and the ship pr any photos. Please contact Paul Fiddy at paulfiddy@pnfservcies.freeserve.co.uk 

LOOKING FOR PHOTO'S.  My Grandfather served on HMS Icarus, I am looking for  lists of all the officers and men of the ship plus any photos. As I am very interested to find out more. Please contact me Shane White at 96mswhite@canterbury.kent.sch.uk 

HMS ISIS

CYRIL MARTIN.. My father served on HMS Isis until she was sunk in July 1944 off the coast of Normandy. He was one of the few fortunate survivors. I am interested in hearing from anyone who knows about HMS Isis or anybody who served on her. Contact Tony at dodecatone@yahoo.co.uk 

Cyril W Button.  I am researching a possible family link with Cyril W Button, from Ipswich who died in July 1944, whilst serving on HMS Isis, his  name was found listed in one of the cemeteries in Normandy. If anybody knew him or may have information on him. I would be very pleased to hear from them. Contact Tony Button at  tony.button@ntlworld.com

 

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