Allied Warships

HMS Volunteer (D 71)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 71 
ModLong range escort 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
OrderedJan 1918 
Laid down16 Apr 1918 
Launched17 Apr 1919 
Commissioned7 Nov 1919 
End service 
History

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in January 1943.

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

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

 

Commands listed for HMS Volunteer (D 71)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Hugh Gartside-Tippinge, RN31 Jul 193930 Dec 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Norman Lanyon, RN30 Dec 193912 Jan 1942
3Lt. Arthur Shubrook Pomeroy, RN12 Jan 1942mid 1942

4Lt.Cdr. Gordon John Luther, RN3 Dec 19423 Feb 1944
5Lt.Cdr. James Edward Rickards Wilford, RNR3 Feb 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Volunteer include:


2 Oct 1939
HMS H 28 (Lt. D.E. Mansfield, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. H. Gartside-Tippinge, RN). Later the same day she departed Plymouth for Portland. She made that passage together with HMS Trident. (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (1)

7 Jun 1940
The British merchant Frances Massey is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 14 nautical miles north-west of Tory Island. The sole survivor, the master, was picked up by the British destroyer HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN).

14 Nov 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Broke (Cdr. W.T. Couchman, OBE, RN), HMS Wolverine (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rowland, RN), HMS Caldwell (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Mackay, RD, RNR) and HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN). (2)

14 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Volunteer (Lt. A.S. Pomeroy, RN), HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. D.H.P. Gardiner, DSC, RN), HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN), HMS Badsworth (Lt. G.T.S. Gray, DSC, RN) and aircraft. (3)

27 Mar 1942
On 27 March 1942 German U-boat U-587 was sunk in position 47°21'N, 21°39'W by depth charges by the British escort destroyers HMS Grove (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Rylands, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Volunteer (Lt. A.S. Pomeroy, RN) and HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) of the 2nd Escort Group, escorting the troop convoy WS-17. The U-boat was found after a HF/DF fix by the British destroyer HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN).

30 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN) and HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR). (4)

1 May 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN) and HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RD, RNR). (5)

29 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN). (6)

11 Jan 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN), HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR) and HMS Verity (Lt. C.G. Cowley, RN). (7)

12 Jan 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN), HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR) and HMS Havelock (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, DSC, RN). (7)

13 Jan 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Havelock (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, DSC, RN), HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN), HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. R.J. Jonckheere, RNR) and RHS Kriezis. (8)

22 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), RHS Tompazis, HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR), HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR) and HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. R.J. Jonckheere, RNR). (9)

22 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR), RHS Kriezis, HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR) and HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR). (10)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15679
  2. ADM 173/16795
  3. ADM 173/17271
  4. ADM 173/17827
  5. ADM 173/17828
  6. ADM 173/17782
  7. ADM 173/17812
  8. ADM 173/18491
  9. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  10. ADM 173/18492

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


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