Allied Warships

HMS Westcott (D 47 / I 47)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 47 / I 47 
ModLong range escort 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid down30 Mar 1917 
Launched14 Feb 1918 
Commissioned12 Apr 1918 
End service 
History

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in July 1943.

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

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 8 January 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Westcott (D 47 / I 47)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. William Francis Roderick Segrave, RN21 Aug 1939Feb 1941
2Cdr. Ian Hamilton Bockett-Pugh, RNFeb 1941early 1943

3Lt.Cdr. (retired) Hedworth Lambton, RNMay 194319 Oct 1944
4Lt. Edward Perry Reade, DSC, RN19 Oct 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Westcott include:


14 Sep 1939
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN). (1)

26 Sep 1939
HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) conducted exercises off Singapore together with HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN). (2)

14 Jun 1940
Convoy US 3, made up of the troopships (liners) Andes (25689 GRT, built 1939), Aquitania (44786 GRT, built 1914), Empress of Britain (42348 GRT, built 1931), Empress of Canada (21517 GRT, built 1922), Mauretania (35739 GRT, built 1939) and Queen Mary (81235 GRT, built 1936) with troop from New Zealand and Australia on board and escorted by the British heavy cruisers HMS Shropshire (Capt. J.H. Edelsten, RN), HMS Cumberland (Capt. the Hon. G.H.E. Russell, RN) and HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) was joined around 0800 hours by HMS Argus (Capt. H.C. Bovell, RN), which came from Gibraltar, and joined around 1000 hours by the battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN) escorted by the Canadian destroyers HMCS Restigouche (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lay, RN), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. H.G. De Wolf, RCN), HMCS Fraser (Cdr. W.B. Creery, RCN) and HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) which came from the U.K. Shortly afterwards HMS Dorsetshire left the convoy to proceed to Gibraltar.

Later that day, around 1500 hours, the convoy was joined by the destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. J.H. Ruck-Keene, RN) and around 1600 hours by two more destroyers HMS Broke (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, RN) and HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN). (3)

5 Jul 1940
HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) picks up 57 survivors from the British destroyer HMS Whirlwind that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-34 about 120 nautical miles west of Lands End in position 50°17'N, 8°48'W.

16 Jan 1941
HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMRT Superman and HMRT Tenacity together pick up 143 survivors from the British passenger ship Oropasa that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 southeast of Rockall in position 56°28'N, 12°00'W.

May 1941
The destroyer was chosen for the first test installation of the new anti-submarine weapon called Hedgehog then in development. The trials took place in Liverpool Bay against a known wreck. 9 months later the weapon entered production. (4)

9 Sep 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Westcott (Cdr. I.H. Bockett-Pugh, RN). (5)

9 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Westcott (Cdr. I.H. Bockett-Pugh, RN). (6)

2 Feb 1942
German U-boat U-581 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Horta, Azores, in position 38°24'N, 28°30'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Westcott (Cdr. I.H. Bockett-Pugh, RN).

8 Nov 1942
During the Allied invasion off North Africa the Vichy-French submarine Actéon was sunk off Oran by the British destroyer HMS Westcott (Cdr. I.H. Bockett-Pugh, DSO, RN).

5 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H. Lambton, RN), HMS Pennywort (A/Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR) and HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, DSC, RNR). (7)

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Sources

  1. ADM 173/15873
  2. ADM 173/16009
  3. ADM 53/112036 + ADM 53/111885 + ADM 53/112448
  4. Pawle, Gerald (2009). Wheezers and Dodgers, The, Seaforth Publishing
  5. ADM 173/16742
  6. ADM 173/16793
  7. ADM 173/17786

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


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