Allied Warships

HMS Despatch (D 30)

Light cruiser of the D class

HMS Despatch during the war

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
PennantD 30 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
OrderedMar 1918 
Laid downJul 1918 
Launched24 Sep 1919 
Commissioned2 Jun 1922 
End service 

HMS Despatch was completed by Chatham Dockyard.

HMS Despatch was not an active unit as of January 1945

Reduced to reserve in January 1945. Sold 5 April 1946 and arrived for scrapping at Arnott Young, Troon, Scotland on 5 May 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Despatch (D 30)

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1Capt. Allan Poland, DSO, RN31 Jul 193919 Feb 1940
2Capt. Cyril George Bucknill Coltart, RN10 Dec 193926 Feb 1940
3Capt. John Wentworth Farquhar, RN26 Feb 194021 Jun 1940
4Capt. Cyril Eustace Douglas-Pennant, DSC, RN25 Jun 19407 Apr 1942
5Cdr. (retired) Cyril Appleton, RN7 Apr 194228 Apr 1942
6Cdr. (retired) Sir Herbert Maurice Huntington-Whiteley, RN28 Apr 194223 Jun 1942
7Capt. William Ronald Christopher Leggatt, RN23 Jun 194225 Sep 1943

8Cdr. Richard Taylor White, DSO, RNApr 1944early 1945

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Notable events involving Despatch include:

5 Dec 1939
The German merchant D?sseldorf (4930 GRT) was captured by HMS Despatch (Capt. A. Poland, DSO, RN) off Punta Caldera in Chilean territorial waters.

1 Mar 1940
HMS Despatch (Capt. A. Poland, RN) intercepts the German merchant Troja (2390 GRT) off Aruba, Dutch West Indies. However before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her own crew.

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