Allied Warships

HMS Loch Tarbert (K 431)

Frigate of the Loch class

Photograph taken from HMCS Joliette by Charles James Sadler, RCNVR, first class stoker, official number V-4963.

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 431 
Built byAilsa Shipbuilding Company Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jan 1943 
Laid down30 Nov 1943 
Launched19 Oct 1944 
Commissioned22 Feb 1945 
End service 

Scrapped 18 September 1959.


Commands listed for HMS Loch Tarbert (K 431)

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1Lt. David Grant Matthews, RN8 Jan 194521 Mar 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Graham Butcher, DSC, RNVR21 Mar 1945mid 1945
3Lt. David Grant Matthews, RNmid 194523 Jul 1945
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Walter Smith Thomson, OBE, RNR23 Jul 1945Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Loch Tarbert include:

15 Apr 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN), HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) and HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) departed Tobermory for Loch Alsh. They were escorted by HMS Loch Tarbert (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G. Butcher, DSC, RNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/20127

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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