Allied Warships

HMS Valorous (L 00)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 00 
ModFast escort 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
OrderedApr 1916 
Laid down25 May 1916 
Launched8 May 1917 
Commissioned21 Aug 1917 
End service 

Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Chatham Dockyard completed in June 1939.

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.

HMS Valorous is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List


Commands listed for HMS Valorous (L 00)

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1Lt. Edward Mack, RN22 Aug 19399 Jan 1942
2Lt.Cdr. William Wentworth Fitzroy, RN9 Jan 19423 Mar 1943
3Lt.Cdr. (retired) Hedworth Lambton, RN3 Mar 1943mid 1943

4Lt. Morice Grant Macleod, RN27 Sep 194312 Dec 1944
5Lt. John Alexander Jeffreys Dennis, DSC, RN12 Dec 1944May 1945

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Notable events involving Valorous include:

14 Oct 1939
ORP Orzel (Kpt.mar. (Lt.Cdr.) J. Grudzinski) arrived off the coast of the U.K. near the Firth of Forth. Contact was made and the escort destroyer HMS Valorous (Lt. E. Mack, RN) was sent out to escort her in. They met around 1115A/14.

They arrived at Rosyth around 1500A/14.

On arrival at Rosyth it was noted that ORP Orzel looked smart and clean and had only sustained some minor damage to her keel and the bow outer torpedo caps due the grounding twice.

11 Mar 1940
Convoy FS 119 (ca. 23 ships) departed the Tyne escorted by the AA destroyer HMS Valorous (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, RN) and the sloops HMS Hastings (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Alison, RN) and HMS Lowestoft (Cdr. A.M. Knapp, RN). The destroyers HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) covered the convoy for part of the way south. These two destroyers arrived in the Humber on 12 March. The convoy arrived at Southend on 13 March. (1)

28 Apr 1940
Around 1400A/28, the light cruisers HMS Galatea (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN), HMS Arethusa (Capt. Q.D. Graham, RN) departed Rosyth for Scapa Flow where they arrived around 0115A/29. At sea they were joined by the escort destroyers HMS Valorous (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, RN) and HMS Wallace (Cdr. B.I. Robertshaw, RN). (2)

25 Oct 1941
Around 0230A/25, HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN) departed Scapa Flow for North Shields, Tyne. HMS London was to refit at the Palmers Shipyard at Hebburn-on-Tyne.

Around 1030A/25, the destroyer HMS Valorous (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, RN) and the training vessel HMS Lairds Isle (Cdr. J. Lunnon, RD, RNR) joined company.

Around 1540A/25, HMS Lairds Isle parted company.

Around 1600A/25, HMS London entered the Tyne. (3)

15 Apr 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Methill with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, DSC, RN), HMS Valorous (Lt. M.G. Macleod, RN), HMS Preston North End (T/Lt. D.K. Bennett, DSC, RNVR), HMS Spurs (A/Skr.Lt. E.J. Day, RNR) and HMS Arab (T/Lt. J.S.H. Lloyd, RNVR). (4)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. ADM 199/362
  2. ADM 53/111410 + ADM 53/112280
  3. ADM 53/114560
  4. ADM 173/19315

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

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