Allied Warships

HMS Shikari (D 85)

Destroyer of the Admiralty S class


HMS Shikari before the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty S 
PennantD 85 
Built byDoxford Shipyard (Sunderland, U.K.) 
OrderedApr 1917 
Laid down15 Jan 1918 
Launched14 Jul 1919 
CommissionedApr 1924 
End service 
History

Completed by Chatham Dockyard (Chatham,U.K.)

In 1941, ST Wilfred`s School, Exeter, Devon, U.K. Adopted HMS Shikari.

Scrapped by Cashmore, Newport, U.K. on 4 November 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMS Shikari (D 85)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. John Hext Lewes, RN7 Jul 193927 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Hugh Nicholas Aubyn Richardson, RN27 Nov 193925 Sep 1941
3Lt.Cdr. George Herbert Derik Williams, RN25 Sep 194115 Mar 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVR15 Mar 1943Oct 1943

5Lt. Edward Harry Utten Cautley, RNVR21 Mar 194412 Mar 1945
6Lt. Edward Austin Tyrer, DSC, RN12 Mar 19452 Jun 1945
7J L Cautley, RN20 Jun 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Shikari include:


4 Sep 1939
After completing a refit at the Devonport Dockyard HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) carried out trials off Plymouth.

Upon completion of these trials course was set for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (1)

16 Sep 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Portsmouth. She is escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (2)

2 Oct 1939
HMS H 28 (Lt. D.E. Mansfield, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. H. Gartside-Tippinge, RN). Later the same day she departed Plymouth for Portland. She made that passage together with HMS Trident. (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (3)

17 Oct 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from her builders yard for Portsmouth. She is escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (4)

4 Jun 1940
HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. H.N.A. Richardson, RN) was the last ship to leave Dunkirk. (5)

27 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR), HMCS Collingwood (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Woods, RCNR), HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN) and HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN). (6)

3 Jan 1943
HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN) served as target. (7)

2 Feb 1943
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bach Kolling, RNN(R)) arrived at Falmouth. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day. During the passage north through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN). (8)

3 Apr 1943
HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR) picks up 7 survivors from the American merchant William Pierce Frye that was torpedoed and sunk on 29 March by German U-boat U-610 south of Iceland in position 56°57'N, 24°15'W.

17 Apr 1943
HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR). (9)

29 Apr 1943
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.W. McCoy, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Sealion (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR), HMS Saladin (Lt. A.A. Diggens, DSC, RN) and HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR). (10)

6 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR) and HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR). (11)

7 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR), HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR), HMS Lowestoft (A/Cdr.(Retd.) L.H. Phillips, RN) and HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR). (11)

29 May 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) shifted from Scapa Flow to Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR). (8)

21 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR), HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR), HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR or Lt. G.C. Potter, DSC, RN), HMS Duncan (Cdr. Sir P.W Gretton, DSO and Bar, DSC, OBE, RN) and HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN). (12)

22 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR), HMS Fame (Cdr. R.A. Currie, RN), HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR) and HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR or Lt. G.C. Potter, DSC, RN). (12)

30 Jun 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage north together with HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (13)

8 Jul 1944
HMS Shalimar (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 1st (work-up) war patrol. She was to patrol to the East of the Orkney Islands on an anti-uboat patrol.

She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) until 0830/10.

For the daily positions of HMS Shalimar during this patrol see the map below.


View HMS Shalimar 1st war patrol in a larger map (14)

10 Jul 1944
At 1000 hours, HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN), made rendez-vous with herescort, HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR), in position 59°00'N, 01°00'W. They then both proceeded to Holy Loch. (15)

25 Jul 1944
At 1600 hours, HMS Shalimar (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) made rendez-vouz with her escort HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) in position 59.00'N, 01.00'W.

At 2045 hours they were joined by HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN). They then proceeded together to Holy Loch. (14)

6 Aug 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (16)

6 Aug 1944
HMS Trident (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included RD/F exercises with HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) and HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (17)

7 Aug 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (16)

7 Aug 1944
HMS Trident (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) conducted RD/F exercises with aircraft and HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (17)

11 Aug 1944
HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) and HMS Trusty (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (18)

13 Aug 1944
At 1150 hours, HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) made rendez-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). At 1845 hours they were joined by HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) that came from Scapa Flow. (19)

19 Aug 1944
At 1330 hours (zone -2), HMS Supreme (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN), made rendez-vous with her escort HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) in position 58°50'N, 01°00'W. HMS Upshot (Lt. M.H. Ferrar, RN) also joined company. They then proceeded to Holy Loch. (15)

29 Aug 1944
HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (20)

2 Sep 1944
HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) serving as target. These included night exercises. (21)

5 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (22)

9 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (22)

9 Sep 1944
HMS Trident (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) served as targets.

In the evening night exercises were carried out with HMS Bridgewater. (23)

18 Sep 1944
HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Trump (Cdr. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN), HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, DSC, RN) and HNoMS Utsira (Lt. S. Valvatne). The submarines were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (24)

23 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Lerwick.

Later the same day she departed for Holy Loch together with HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). The next moning HMS Scythian (T/Lt C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) joined them off Scapa Flow. (25)

12 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (26)

28 Dec 1944
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (27)

4 Jan 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed the Clyde for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (28)

20 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. She makes the passage with HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) and HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN). They are escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (29)

22 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) and HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) remained at Scapa Flow. HMS Taciturn and HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) departed later this day for Lerwick. They were now escorted by HMS Elm (T/Lt. B.W. Webb, RNVR). (29)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Elm (T/Lt. B.W. Webb, RNVR).

Early the next morning, off Scapa Flow, she was joined by HMS Unsparing. HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) then took over the escort. (28)

24 Jan 1945
HMS Unsparing (Lt. J.M.C. Fenton, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (30)

19 Feb 1945
HMS Taurus (A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Newstead, DSC, RN) departed from Rothesay for Scapa Flow. Here she is to conduct more exercises including A/S exercises with escort ships.

Taurus made the passage north through the Minches together with HMS Varangian (Lt. A.J. Sumption, DSC, RNVR), HMS Satyr (Lt. J.N. Elliot, RN) and HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer, DSC, RN). (31)

19 Feb 1945
HMS Varangian (Lt. A.J. Sumption, DSC, RNVR) departed the Clyde for Blyth. She made the passage North through the Minches together with HMS Taurus (Lt. P.E. Newstead, DSC, RN), HMS Satyr (Lt. J.N. Elliot, RN) and HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer, DSC, RN). (29)

21 Feb 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch via Loch Cairnbawn. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (32)

23 Feb 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) and HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) arrive at Loch Alsh on the West coast of Scotland. They have to wait for their escort to Holy Loch, HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (33)

26 Feb 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN), HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN), HMS Spearhead depart from Loch Alsh for Holy Loch. They are escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (33)

8 Mar 1945
After a period of trials and training in the Clyde area HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (34)

17 Mar 1945
During exercises in the Inchmarnock area, HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) performs dummy attacks on HMS Bridgewater and HMS Shikari. (35)

19 Mar 1945
HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR) departed Rothesay for Lerwick. She made (part of) the passage together with HMS Taurus (Lt. P.E. Newstead, DSC, RN), HMS Vagabond (Lt. I.M. Stoop, DSC, RN ) and HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer, DSC, RN). (36)

23 Mar 1945
HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) departed Lerwick for the Clyde. She made the passage together with HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN). Off Scapa Flow they were joined by HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR). (37)

1 Apr 1945
More exercises in the Inchmarnock area. HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) performs dummy attacks on HMS Shikari. She returns to Holy Loch upon completion. Late in the evening she departed from Holy Loch again for night exercises. She returns to Holy Loch around 0700 hours the next morning. (38)

4 Apr 1945
More exercises in the Inchmarnock area. HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) performs dummy attacks on HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer, DSC, RN) all through the day and night. She returns to Holy Loch early on the 5th. (38)

6 Apr 1945
HMS Scorcher (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) departed Rothesay for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer, DSC, RN). (39)

23 May 1945
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Norman, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Milford (Cdr.(Retd.) G.G. Slade, RN), HMS Westcott (A/Lt.Cdr. E.P. Reade, DSC, RN) and HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer, DSC, RN). serving as targets. These included night exercises during the night of 23/24 May. (40)

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Sources

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