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Destroyer histories. Royal naval short range escort destroyer V and W class. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Vortigern, HMS Walpole, HMS Windsor, HMS Veteran, HMS Whitshed, HMS Wild Swan, HMS Witherington, HMS Wivern, HMS Wolverine, HMS Wishart and HMS Witch from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of V and W Class short range escort destroyers.

HMS Vansittart 17th April 1919 Sold for scrap in February 1946.
HMS Volunteer 17th April 1919 Broken up for scrap in 1948 at Granton.
HMS Venomous 21st December 1918 Sold for scrap in March 1947.
HMS Verity 19th March 1919 Sold for scrap in March 1947.
HMS Wanderer 7th August 1918 Sold for scrap in January 1946.
HMS Whitehall 11th September 1919 Sold for scrap in October 1945.
HMS Wren 11th November 1919 Bombed and sunk on 27th July 1940.
HMS Wishart 18th July 1919 Sold for scrap in March 1945.
HMS Witch 11th November 1919 Sold for scrap in July 1946.
HMS Veteran 26th April 1919 Torpedoed and sunk on 26th September 1942.
HMS Whitshed 31st January 1919 Sold for scrap in February 1947.
HMS Wild Swan 17th May 1919 Bombed and sunk on 17th June 1942.
HMS Witherington 18th April 1919 Sold for scrap in March 1947.
HMS Wivern 16th April 1919 Scrapped in 1947.
HMS Wolverine 17th July 1919 Broken up for scrap in 1946 at Troon.
HMS Worcester 20th April 1919 Sold for scrap in September 1946.

HMS Vansittart

HMS Vansittart, 1920.

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HMS Vansittart crew with Silver ware

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HMS Vasittart and Venomous in dock at Gibraltar

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HMS Volunteer

HMS Volunteer, 1920.

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HMS Volunteer, 1921.

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HMS Volunteer rescuing a biplane from HMS Glorious after the collision in 1931.  ©Walker Archive

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HMS Verity

HMS Verity, 1937.

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HMS Wanderer

HMS Wanderer  ©Walker Archive

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HMS Wanderer, May 1937.

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HMS Whitehall

HMS Whitehall, 1919.

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HMS Wren

HMS Wren, May 1937.

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HMS Wren, May 1937.

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HMS Wren.

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Looking forward from the stern of HMS Wren.

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HMS Wren.

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HMS Wishart

HMS Wishart, May 1937.

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HMS Wishart, May 1937.

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HMS Wishart pictured c.1937. 

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HMS Wishart.  

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HMS Witch

HMS Witch, 1920.

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P.O. Mess, HMS Witch, 1929.

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HMS Veteran

HMS Veteran.

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HMS Veteran, 1920.

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HMS Whitshed

Crew of HMS Whitshed.

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HMS Whitshed, May 1937.

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HMS Whitshed.

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HMS Whitshed.

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HMS Wild Swan

HMS Wild Swan, May 1937.

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The crew of HMS Wild Swan at Hong Kong c.1920. Wild Swan was bombed and sunk on17th June 1942.   

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HMS Wild Swan pictured c.1936 

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HMS Witherington

HMS Witherington, 1938.

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Postcard picture of HMS Witherington  

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Crew of HMS Witherington.

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HMS Witherington with HMS Victory to her right pictured c.1930.

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HMS Witherington.  Sent in by Terence Malone

HMS Wivern

D66 HMS Wivern alongside depot ship HMS Sandhurst.

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HMS Wivern in dock at Gibraltar in November 1923. 

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HMS Wivern, 1919.

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HMS Wolverine

HMS Wolverine, 1919.

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HMS Wolverine, 1920.

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HMS Wolverine, escorting HMS Exeter, February 1940.

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HMS Wolverine, with HMS Renown, February 1940.

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HMS Wolverine was launched on 17th July 1919 and was sold for scrapping in 1946.

HMS Wolverine in drydock at Malta.    

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HMS Wolverine.

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HMS Worcester

HMS Worcester, 1919.

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HMS Worcester shown entering Malta harbour.  

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HMS Worcester at Malta, 1937

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Specifications for HMS Vortigern

Displacement: 1,090     Speed: 34kts    Complement: 125

Armament: Three 4 inch guns.   One 3 inch anti-aircraft gun, two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns and three 21 inch torpedo tubes.

 

 

Specifications for HMS Walpole and HMS Windsor

 

Displacement: 1,100 tons      Speed: 34kts    Complement: 125

Armament: Two 4 inch guns.   One 3 inch anti-aircraft gun, two 6pdr anti-aircraft guns, three 2 pdr anti-aircraft guns,  two 20mm anti-aircraft guns and three 21 inch torpedo tubes.

 

 

Specifications for Modified W class - HMS , HMS Whitshed, HMS Wild Swan, HMS Witherington, HMS Wivern and HMS Wolverine

 

Displacement: 1,120 tons   Speed: 35kts    Complement: 125

Armament: Three 4.7 inch guns.  One 3 inch anti-aircraft gun. Two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns (except Wolverine which had four 20mm anti-aircraft guns) and three 21 inch torpedo tubes.

HMS Whitshed had the following armament: Two 4.7 inch guns.   One 3 inch anti-aircraft gun, two 6pdr anti-aircraft guns, three 2 pdr anti-aircraft guns,  two 20mm anti-aircraft guns and three 21 inch torpedo tubes.

HMS Veteran. Built at Clydebank and launched 26th April 1919.  she was torpedoed by U-404 in the North Atlantic. 26th September 1942 

 

 

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HMS WHITSHED

STANLEY LIVINGSTONE NICOL..  I am trying to get information o H.M.S Whitshed, My great uncle Stanley Livingstone Nicol served on her and was killed on the 10/5/40 aged 20 i would be pleased to hear from anyone who was on the ship at this time with any information on how he was killed or if anyone knew him i would be so pleased to hear from you contact me maxine at maxinebrown@supanet.com

HMS WITHERINGTON

ROBERT MANSFIELD.. My father served on HMS Witherington and I am interested in discovering more about the ship's movements etc at the time of his service. Any information contact me at GnomeCountry@aol.com 

IAN HALLSWORTH..  My Granpa served on two ships during the war, HMS Brecon and HMS Witherington.  We are desperate to find out his adventures.   Contact Here 

HMS WISHART.

ABS SAMUEL DAVID MORRELL. My father served on HMS Wishart during WW2. he was also a boxer in the navy and played Hockey for them against China. If anyone has any photos or information on The crew and the ship. My brother and I would love to see them. please contact Belinda at Belasartmagic@aol.com 

HMS WITCH

I am trying to get information on HMS Witch, My Father served in her during WW2. I would be pleased to hear form anyone who was on the ship or who's father was. contact me Linda at jim@jstoneleigh.freeserve.co.uk 

HMS WOLVERINE

Hello i believe that my late father Joseph Jordan Mclean served on the wolverine in the 2nd world war . How can i find out more information please.   Peter Mclean   contact here  

  HMS VETERAN 

GORDON HOOK. My uncle was killed when HMS Veteran went down on 26th September 1942. the family have known very little about the circumstances of his death, but I understand there were definitely no survivors from the ship and that it went down south of Iceland. if you have any useful contact points i.e if families of the crew might be contacted. Please contact me. Tina Hook at THook@bemrose.co.uk 

 

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