HMS Wrestler (D 35)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||9 Dec 1916|
|Laid down||Jul 1917|
|Launched||25 Feb 1918|
|Commissioned||15 May 1918|
Reconstruction to Long Range Escort at Sheerness Dockyard was finished in May 1943.
Mined off Normandy (Juno Beach), in position 49º36'N, 00º28'W, on 6 June 1944 and declared a constructive total loss.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 20 July 1944.
HMS Wrestler is not listed as active unit in the October 1944 Navy List
Commands listed for HMS Wrestler (D 35)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Edmund Neville Vincent Currey, RN||21 Aug 1939||Oct 1940|
|2||Lt. Eric Lister Jones, RN||Oct 1940||7 Dec 1941|
|3||Lt. Reginald William Beecroft Lacon, DSC, RN||7 Dec 1941||mid 1944|
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Notable events involving Wrestler include:
18 Oct 1940
The Italian submarine Durbo was sunk east of Gibraltar by the British destroyers HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSC, RN), HMS Wrestler (Lt. E.L. Jones, RN) and 2 London flying boats (RAF 202Sqn.)
12 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with the Dutch submarine O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) and the British destroyers HMS Wrestler (Lt. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN) and HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN) (1)
2 May 1942
German U-boat U-74 was sunk by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Wishart (Cdr. H.G. Scott, RN) and HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.W.B. Lacon, DSC, RN) east of Cartagena, Spain, in position 37°16'N, 00°01'E.
15 Nov 1942
German U-boat U-98 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Gibraltar in position 36°09'N, 07°42'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.G.B. Lacon, DSC, RN).
31 Oct 1943
HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.G.B. Lacon, DSC, RN) picks up 3 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Hallfried that was torpedoed and sunk north-east of the Azores in position 46°05'N, 20°26'W by German U-boat U-262.
- ADM 173/16983
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.