Allied Warships

HMS Leeds (G 27)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 27 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down16 Oct 1916 
Launched21 Aug 1917 
Commissioned23 Oct 1940 
End serviceApr 1945 

Built as USS Conner (DD 72) of the Caldwell-class, commissioned in US Navy on 12 Jan, 1918. On 4 Oct, 1919 decommissioned and placed in reserve fleet. In May 1921 recommissioned, but again decommissioned on 21 Jun, 1922. USS Conner was recommissioned 23 August 1940 and fitted out at Philadelphia. Designated for inclusion in the destroyer land bases exchange with Great Britain, she sailed to Halifax, N. S., where she was decommissioned 23 October 1940 and transferred to Britain and commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Leeds the same day, Lieutenant Commander W.M.I. Astwood, RN, in command.

Leeds cleared Halifax 1 November 1940 for Belfast, Northern Ireland arriving 10 November. Under the Rosyth Command she escorted convoys in the North Sea between the Thames and the Firth of Forth, successfully weathering many air attacks. On 20 April 1942, she went to the aid of mine-damaged destroyer HMS Cotswold, towing her into Harwich. She drove German E-boats away from her convoy on the night of 24-25 February 1944.

Decommissioned in April 1945 and sold for scrap on 4 March 1947 at Grays.

Former nameUSS Conner (DD 72)

Commands listed for HMS Leeds (G 27)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Lloyd Astwood, RN23 Oct 194027 Feb 1941
2Cdr. Charles Leigh de Hauteville Bell, RD, RNR27 Feb 1941early 1942
3Lt. Frank Maclear Graves, RNearly 194216 Apr 1942
4Lt. Evelyn Francis Hamilton-Meikle, RN16 Apr 194221 Feb 1943
5Lt. Bernard Henry Brown, RN21 Feb 194313 Mar 1944
6Lt. Ronald Cameron Henley, RN13 Mar 1944early 1945
7T/Lt. David Ian Lang, RNRearly 1945Apr 1945

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Notable events involving Leeds include:

1 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Leeds (Lt. B.H. Brown, RN), HMS Lady Beryl and HMS Stella Conopus (T/Skr. L. Ford, RNR). HMS Vivien (Lt. L.E. Blackmore, RN). (1)

5 Oct 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Dundee with HMS Wolsey (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Cuthbert, RN) and HMS Leeds (Lt. B.H. Brown, RN). (2)

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18397

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

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