Allied Warships

HMS Halcyon (J 42)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

HMS Halcyon (Wright & Logan 10323)

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 42 
ModFirst group 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered3 Nov 1932 
Laid down27 Mar 1933 
Launched20 Dec 1933 
Commissioned18 Apr 1934 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 19 April 1950.


Commands listed for HMS Halcyon (J 42)

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1Cdr. (retired) Lionel Vavasseur Lloyd, RN15 Jun 193912 Oct 1939
2Cdr. St. John Cronyn, RN12 Oct 19398 Apr 1940
3Lt.Cdr. John Mark Symonds Cox, DSC, RN8 Apr 194030 May 1940
4Cdr. Eric Percival Hinton, RN30 May 194015 Oct 1940
5T/Lt. Harold Harding, RNR15 Oct 194018 Jun 1942
6Lt.Cdr. Colin Henry Corbet-Singleton, DSC, RN18 Jun 19422 Feb 1943
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. Harry Layland Dudley Hoare, RNR2 Feb 194312 Jul 1943
8T/A/Lt.Cdr. Leonard Jack Martin, RNVR12 Jul 194320 Mar 1945
9T/A/Lt.Cdr. Edwin Alfred Charles Phillips, RNR20 Mar 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Halcyon include:

19 Jun 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Catterick (Lt. A. Tyson, RN), HNoMS Glaisdale, HMS Halcyon (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H. Harding, RNR) and HMS Salamander (Lt. W.R. Muttram, RN). (1)

23 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN), HMS Salamander (Lt. W.R. Muttram, RN), HMS Halcyon (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, RN) and HMS Panther (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Jocelyn, RN). (2)

19 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Kempenfelt (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Marjoribanks, RN) and HMS Halcyon (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.J. Martin, RNVR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/17407
  2. ADM 173/18389
  3. ADM 173/18180

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

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