Allied Warships

HMS Shikari (D 85)

Destroyer of the Admiralty S class

HMS Shikari before the Second World War

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

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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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:

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). (1)

4 Jun 1940
HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. H.N.A. Richardson, RN) was the last ship to leave Dunkirk. (2)

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). (3)

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/15679
  2. Personal communication
  3. ADM 173/17926

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

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