HMS Wakeful (i) (H 88)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Ordered||9 Dec 1916|
|Laid down||17 Jan 1917|
|Launched||6 Oct 1917|
|Commissioned||16 Nov 1917|
|Lost||29 May 1940|
|Loss position||51° 22'N, 2° 43'E|
On 29 May 1940 HMS Wakeful (Cdr. Ralph Lindsay Fisher, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by German motor torpedo boat S-30 while participating in the evacuation of French, English, and Belgian troops off Dunkirk.
Commands listed for HMS Wakeful (i) (H 88)
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|1||Cdr. Robert St. Vincent Sherbrooke, RN||31 Jul 1939||18 Dec 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Ralph Lindsay Fisher, RN||18 Dec 1939||29 May 1940|
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Notable events involving Wakeful (i) include:
4 Mar 1940
Shortly after 1900 hours, HMS Khartoum (Cdr. D.T. Dowler, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN), attacked a submarine contact in position off Trevose Head in 50°31'N, 05°24'W. This was later thought to be a wreck.
Later the same evening they were ordered to search for another uboat, together with HMS Wakeful (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, RN), that had been reported near the Scillies. (2)
5 Mar 1940
Shortly after noon this day, HMS Khartoum (Cdr. D.T. Dowler, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN) and HMS Wakeful (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, RN) were ordered to search for a uboat that had been reported off St. Ives Head. Wakeful was sent ahead as both 'K'-class destroyers could only make 15 knots due to their damaged hulls. (2)
- ADM 173/16283
- ADM 199/371
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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