Allied Warships

HMS Clacton (J 151)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 151 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byAilsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down12 Nov 1940 
Launched19 Dec 1941 
Commissioned4 Jun 1942 
Lost31 Dec 1943 

HMS Clacton (A/Lt.Cdr. (retired) Leonard Seymour Shaw, DSC, RNR) was mined off east of Corsica, France on 31 December 1943. Three officers and 29 ratings were killed.  

Commands listed for HMS Clacton (J 151)

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1A/Lt.Cdr. (retired) Leonard Seymour Shaw, RNR1 May 194231 Dec 1943

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Notable events involving Clacton include:

4 Aug 1943
After emergency repairs, HMS Unison (Lt. J.E.E.D. Haward, RN) departed Bizerta for diving trials. After these had been completed she and HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) departed Bizerta for passage to Malta escorted by HMS Clacton (A/Lt.Cdr. (retired) L.S. Shaw, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 199/1822

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

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