HMS Kingston Topaz (4.31)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.)|
|Launched||1 Jun 1927|
|History||Completed on 20 July 1927.|
Taken over by the Admiralty on 30 August 1939.
Displacement: 352 tons.
Returned to her owner on 17 November 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Kingston Topaz (4.31)
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|1||Lt. Walter Lawrence Smith, RNR||5 Sep 1939||early 1941|
|2||Skr. William McKenzie Smith, RNR||5 Apr 1941||13 Feb 1942|
|3||Skr. Stanley Charles Larner, RNR||13 Feb 1942||8 Feb 1943|
|4||Skr. Alexander Flett, RNR||8 Feb 1943||17 Aug 1943|
|5||Ch.Skr. John Edward Harwood, RD, RNR||17 Aug 1943||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Kingston Topaz include:
27 Jul 1941
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) departed Portsmouth for Holy Loch. She was initially escorted by HMS Arctic Pioneer (Skr. G. Bryan, RNR) and HMS Kingston Topaz (Skr. W.M. Smith, RNR). (1)
19 Dec 1942
HMS P 221 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Sheerness. She made the passage together with HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Kingston Topaz (Skr. S.C. Larner, RNR). (2)
They then waited for HMS Unbending (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) which joined them at 1450 hours.
13 Jul 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow, first with HMS Stella Pegasi (T/Lt. C.D.M. Grierson, RNVR), HMS Kingston Topaz (Skr.Lt. J.E. Harwood, RD, RNR) and later with HMS Myngs (Capt. M.L. Power, CBE, RN). (6)
- ADM 173/16919
- ADM 199/424
- ADM 173/18397
- ADM 173/18456
- ADM 173/19127
- ADM 173/18719
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.