Allied Warships

HMS Keppel (D 84 / I 84)

Destroyer of the Shakespeare class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassShakespeare 
PennantD 84 / I 84 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
OrderedApr 1918 
Laid downOct 1918 
Launched23 Apr 1920 
Commissioned15 Apr 1925 
End service 
History

Completed by Portsmouth Dockyard (Portsmouth, U.K.)

HMS Keppel is not listed as Active unit as in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap in July 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMS Keppel (D 84 / I 84)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Francis Stephen Walter de Winton, RN31 May 19391 Dec 1939
2Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Edward Gavin Heywood-Lonsdale, RN1 Dec 19392 Aug 1940
3Capt. Donald Keppel Bain, RN2 Aug 19401 Oct 1940
4Lt. Ronald John Hanson, RN1 Oct 1940Feb 1941
5Cdr. Alan MacGregor Sheffield, RNFeb 194110 Sep 1941
6Cdr. John Egerton Broome, RN10 Sep 1941late 1942
7Lt. Peter Graham Lachlan, RN31 Dec 194225 Jan 1943
8Lt.Cdr. Robert Basil Stewart Tennant, RN25 Jan 194319 Apr 1943
9Cdr. Martin James Evans, OBE, RN19 Apr 194324 Jul 1943
10Lt.Cdr. (retired) John Byron, DSC, RNR24 Jul 19432 Dec 1943
11Cdr. Ismay James Tyson, RD, RNR2 Dec 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Keppel include:


24 Oct 1939
HMS Keppel (Capt. F.S.W. De Winton, RN) picks up 32 survivors from the British merchant Tafna that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-37 100 miles west-southwest of Gibraltar in position 35°44'N, 07°23'W.

22 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. She departed for Portsmouth later the same day. Upon leaving Gibraltar she was briefly escorted by HMS Keppel (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN). (1)

18 May 1940
HMS Cornwall (Capt. C.F. Hammill, RN) and HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) arrived at Gibraltar around 2000 hours (zone 0, GMT). Around 0830 hours the cruisers had been joined by the destroyers HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) E.G. Heywood-Lonsdale, RN) and HMS Vortigern (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Howlett, RN) for A/S escort in the approaches to Gibraltar. (2)

22 May 1940
HMS Cornwall (Capt. C.F. Hammill, RN) and HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) departed Gibraltar for Freetown and Plymouth respectively. In the approaches to Gibraltar they were escorted by the destroyers HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) E.G. Heywood-Lonsdale, RN) and HMS Wrestler (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, RN) until 2345 hours. Both cruisers then set course for their destinations. (2)

23 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR), HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr. (retired) D.F. White, RNR), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR). (3)

6 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR), HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN), HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) and HMS Lincoln (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN). (3)

13 Jul 1941
HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN) picks up 7 survivors in position 60°38'N, 23°15'W from the Norwegian merchant Vigrid that was torpedoed and sunk on 24 June 1941 about 400 nautical miles south-east of Cape Farewell in position 54°30'N, 41°30'W by German U-boat U-371.

12 Sep 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN), HMS Sabre (Lt. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSC, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and HMS Rockingham (Lt. A.H.T. Johns, RN). (4)

3 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, OBE, RN) and HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN) and later with HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, RN), HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN) and HNoMS Acanthus. (5)

10 Nov 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN), HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN) and HMS Rockingham (Lt. A.H.T. Johns, RN). (6)

12 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN) and HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN). (7)

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).

24 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) and HMS Clover (Lt. P.H. Grieves, RNR). (8)

25 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN), HMS Clover (Lt. P.H. Grieves, RNR), HMS Stonecrop (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RNR) and HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR). (8)

26 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Stonecrop (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RNR), HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR), HMS Mallow (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.T.S. Clouston, RNVR), HMS Myosotis (T/Lt. R. Lugg, RNR), HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN), HMS Clover (Lt. P.H. Grieves, RNR) and HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR). (8)

27 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN), HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR), HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. E.D.J. Abbot, DSC, RN) and HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR). (8)

28 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN), HMS Teviot (Lt.Cdr. A. Blewett, DSC, RNR), HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) and HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR). (9)

29 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS St. Croix (A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dobson, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Battleford (T/Lt. F.A. Beck, RCNVR), HMS Itchen (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR) and HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN). (8)

29 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Peake, RN), FFS Roselys, FFS Aconit, FFS Renoncule and HMS Keppel (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (10)

30 Apr 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Londonderry.

En-route A/S exercises had been carried out with HMS Keppel (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN) and FFS Roselys had taken over escort of Upstart upon completion of these exercises. (11)

22 Sep 1943
German U-boat U-229 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 54°36'N, 36°25'W, by depth charges, gunfire and ramming from the British destroyer HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. J. Byron, DSC, RNR). HMS Keppel then struggled to Newfoundland for repairs to her bows.

24 Feb 1944
The attack with depth charges carried out by the British destroyer HMS Keppel (Cdr. I.J. Tyson, DSC, RNR) in the Norwegian Sea north-west of Narvik, Norway, in position 69°27'N, 04°53'E, was directed against the German U-boat U-313 inflicting no damage and not responsible for the loss of the German U-boat U-713 as earlier thought.

2 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-360 was sunk in the Norwegian Sea south-west of Bear Island, in position 73°28'N, 13°04'E, by British destroyer HMS Keppel (Cdr. I.J. Tyson, DSC, RNR).

2 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-394 was sunk in the Norwegian Sea some nautical miles south-east of Jan Mayen island, Norway, in position 69°47'N, 04°10'E, by rockets and depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 825) from the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN), and the British destroyers HMS Keppel (Cdr. I.J. Tyson, DSO, DSC, RNR) and HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN) and the British sloops HMS Mermaid (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Mosse, RN) and HMS Peacock (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannard, VC, DSO, RNR).

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 53/109702
  2. ADM 53/112035
  3. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/16742
  5. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. ADM 173/16787
  7. ADM 173/17271
  8. ADM 173/17814
  9. ADM 173/17792
  10. ADM 173/17827
  11. ADM 173/18372

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


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