HMS Walker (D 27)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Mod||Long range escort|
|Built by||William Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland)|
|Ordered||9 Dec 1916|
|Laid down||26 Mar 1917|
|Launched||29 Nov 1917|
|Commissioned||12 Feb 1918|
Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in May 1943.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 15 March 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Walker (D 27)
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|1||Cdr. Wilfrid James Cameron Robertson, RN||24 Aug 1939||6 Jan 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Arthur Andre Tait, RN||6 Jan 1940||Feb 1941|
|3||Cdr. Donald George Frederick Wyville MacIntyre, RN||Feb 1941||21 Feb 1942|
|4||Cdr. James Marjoribanks Rowland, RN||21 Feb 1942||early 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Arthur Nichol Rowell, RN||21 Apr 1943||Jun 1944|
|6||Lt. Thomas William Lancaster, DSC, RN||Jun 1944||early 1945|
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Notable events involving Walker include:
11 Sep 1939
HMS Walker (Cdr. W.J.C. Robertson, RN) and HMS Vanquisher (Lt.Cdr. K.H. Fraser, RN) collide with each other about 200 nautical miles south-west of Cape Clear while escorting convoy OB 2. Both ships were heavily damaged. Vanquisher even had to be towed back to port. Vanquisher was under repair until early January, Walker until mid-November.
14 Sep 1939
HMS Courageous (Capt. W.T. Makeig-Jones, RN) and her escort; the destroyers HMS Kempenfelt (Capt. C. Caslon, RN), HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN), HMS Echo (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, RAN) arrived at Plymouth from an anti-submarine patrol in the Western Approaches.
They had provided cover for the damaged destroyers HMS Vanquisher (Lt.Cdr. K.H. Fraser, RN) and HMS Walker (Cdr. W.J.C. Robertson, RN) which had collided late on the 11th and were both heavily damaged.
11 Jan 1940
HMS Walker (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Tait, RN) picks up 32 survivors from the British tanker El Oso that sank 6 nautical miles bearing 280 from the Bar Lightship, Liverpool in position 53°32'N, 03°25'W after hitting a mine laid on 6 January 1940 by German U-boat U-30.
16 Mar 1941
HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN) picks up 38 survivors from the Canadian merchant J.B. White that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 60°57'N, 12°27'W by German U-boat U-99.
17 Mar 1941
German U-boat U-99 was scuttled at 0343hrs on 17 March 1941 south-east of Iceland, in position 61°00'N, 11°48W', after being badly damaged by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN).
17 Mar 1941
German U-boat U-100 was sunk at 0318hrs on 17 March 1941 south-east of Iceland, in position 61°04'N, 11°30'W, after being rammed by the British destroyer HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. J.G.W. Deneys, RN) and depth charges from this destroyer and HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN).
5 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Geranium (T/Lt. G. Wallace, RNR), HMS Walker (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Rowell, RN) and HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN). (3)
- ADM 173/16767
- ADM 173/17762
- ADM 173/18492
- File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18535
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.