Allied Warships

HMS Weston (L 72 / U 72)

Sloop of the Falmouth class


HMS Weston at Portishead Dock in March 1933. Photo courtesy of Robin Craig Collection.

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassFalmouth 
PennantL 72 / U 72 
Built byDevonport dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered16 Mar 1931 
Laid down7 Sep 1931 
Launched23 Jul 1932 
Commissioned23 Feb 1933 
End service 
History

HMS Weston is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold 22 May 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Weston (L 72 / U 72)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Alastair Gordon Davidson, RN8 Sep 193912 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Seymour Charles Tuke, RN12 Jan 19406 Sep 1940
3Cdr. (retired) John Gilbert Sutton, RN6 Sep 194024 Aug 1942
4Cdr. Leonard Francis Durnford-Slater, RN24 Aug 1942Jun 1943
5Lt. Alan Hume Young, RNRJun 19437 Jul 1943
6Lt.Cdr. Ernest Gleave, RNR7 Jul 194322 Feb 1945
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Pennock Chipman, RCNVR22 Feb 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Weston include:


24 Sep 1939
HMS Thistle (Cdr. R.W. Stirling-Hamilton, RN) departed from Dover bound for Dundee. Escort is provided by HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN). Later Beagle is relieved by HMS Weston (Cdr. (retired) A.G. Davidson, RN). The next day Thistle is taken up in convoy FN 10 that is escorted by the above mentioned HMS Weston as well as HMS Pelican (Cdr. L.A.K Boswell, RN). (1)

24 Feb 1940
HMS Weston (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Tuke, RN) picks up 27 survivors from the British merchant Royal Archer that sank off the Firth of Forth in position 56°06'N, 02°55'W on a mine laid on 4 November 1939 by German U-boat U-21.

31 May 1940
On 31 May 1940 U-13 was lost in the North Sea about 12 nautical miles south-east of Lowestoft, in position 52°26'N, 02°02'E, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Weston (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Tuke, RN).

9 Oct 1940
HMS Weston (Cdr. J.G. Sutton, RN (retired)) picks up 5 survivors from the British merchant Confield that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-58 about 90 nautical miles west of Barra Head in position 56°48'N, 10°17'W.

6 Feb 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Egret (A/Capt. E.M. Haes, RN) and HMS Weston (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN). (2)

20 Sep 1941
German U-boat U-111 torpedoed and sank the British merchant Cingalese Prince east-south-east of St.Paul Rocks in position 02°00'S, 25°30'W.

HMS Weston (Cdr. J.G. Sutton, RN (retired)) later picks up 1 survivor.

23 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Weston (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN). (3)

17 Nov 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Folkestone (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN), HMS Weston (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN) and HMS Boadicea (Cdr. H.P. Henderson, RN). (4)

18 Nov 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Weston (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN), HMS Londonderry (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, RN) and HMS Man o' War (T/Lt. W.W. Creber, RNR). (4)

18 Jan 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Weston (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN) and HMS Folkestone (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN). (5)

13 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Weston (Cdr. (Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN). (6)

11 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Honeysuckle (Lt. H.H.D. MacKillican, DSC, RNR), ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. H. Eibel, ORP), HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) S.G.C. Rawson, RN) and HMS Weston (Cdr. (Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN). (7)

21 May 1942
HMS Weston (Cdr. J.G. Sutton, RN (retired)) picks up 7 survivors from the British merchant New Brunswick that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-159 about 140 nautical miles east-south-east of Santa Maria, Azores in position 36°53'N, 22°55'W.

9 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Weston (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN) and HMS Hyderabad (Lt. S.C.B. Hickman, DSC, RNR). (8)

23 Feb 1943
HMS Weston (Cdr L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN) picks up 50 survivors from the British tanker Athelprincess that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-522 south of the Azores in position 32°02'N, 24°38'W.

15 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Weston (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN), HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) and HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR). (9)

16 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Weston (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR) and HMS Northern Pride (T/Lt. A.L.F. Bell, RNR). (10)

28 Dec 1944
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Penetang (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hicks, RCNVR) and HMS Weston (Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR). (11)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16184
  2. ADM 173/16769
  3. ADM 173/16793
  4. ADM 173/16787
  5. ADM 173/17209
  6. ADM 173/17271
  7. ADM 173/17201
  8. ADM 173/17217
  9. ADM 173/17827
  10. ADM 173/17927
  11. ADM 173/19287

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


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