Allied Warships

HMS Wrestler (D 35)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 35 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid downJul 1917 
Launched25 Feb 1918 
Commissioned15 May 1918 
End service 

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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1Lt.Cdr. Edmund Neville Vincent Currey, RN21 Aug 1939Oct 1940
2Lt. Eric Lister Jones, RNOct 19407 Dec 1941
3Lt. Reginald William Beecroft Lacon, DSC, RN7 Dec 1941mid 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.

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. ADM 173/16983

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

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