Allied Warships

HMS Worcester (D 96)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 96 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
OrderedApr 1918 
Laid down20 Dec 1918 
Launched24 Oct 1919 
Commissioned20 Sep 1922 
End service 

Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard.

On 23 December 1943, HMS Worcester (Lt. John Anthony Hodnot Hamer, RN) was damaged after hitting a mine off Smith's Koll in the North Sea. She was declared a constructive total loss since she was beyond econimical repair. She became an accomodation ship in May 1944 and was renamed Yeoman in June 1945. Sold to be broken up for scrap on 17 September 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Worcester (D 96)

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1Cdr. John Hamilton Allison, RN12 Mar 194022 Jun 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Ernest Colin Coats, RN22 Jun 194025 Jan 1941
3Capt. Thomas Edgar Halsey, DSO, RN25 Jan 194115 May 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Ernest Colin Coats, RN15 May 19419 Jul 1942
5Lt.Cdr. William Anthony Juniper, RN9 Jul 194212 Feb 1943
6Lt. John Anthony Hodnot Hamer, RN12 Feb 1943Feb 1944

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Notable events involving Worcester include:

7 Aug 1942
HMS Upright (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) carried out exercises with HMS Panther (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Jocelyn, RN), HMS Worcester (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Juniper, RN), HMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Ragan, USN). (1)

11 Aug 1942
HMS Upright (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) carried out A/S exercises withHMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN), HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN), HMS Worcester (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Juniper, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, OBE, RN). (1)

12 Dec 1942
The British destroyers HMS Whitshed, HMS Worcester and HMS Vesper, the British escort destroyers HMS Brocklesby and HMS Albrighton, and the Norwegian escort destroyer Eskdale attacked German shipping in the English Channel. Eskdale torpedoed and sank Sperrbrecher 144/Beijerland (387 BRT) west of Le Treport, France in position 50°05'N, 01°09'E and Whitshed torpedoed and sank Sperrbecher 178/Gauss (1236 BRT) north-east of Dieppe, France in position 50°04'N, 01°09'E.

29 Dec 1942
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Quadrant (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Farrington, RN) and HMS Worcester (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Juniper, RN). (2)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/17714
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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