HMS Castleton (I 23)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||1 Aug 1918|
|Launched||10 Apr 1919|
|Commissioned||9 Sep 1940|
|End service||13 Mar 1945|
During World War II HMS Castleton saw active duty in the North Atlantic as a convoy escort. In November 1940 she picked up all the survivors of two torpedoed steamships, Daydawn and Victoria. She was damaged by an explosion 19 November 1941 and was out of action, under. going repairs, until 20 April 1942. On 20 August 1942 she and HMS Newark captured 51 survivors of the German submarine U-464 who had taken refuge in an Icelandic trawler. HMS Castleton was reduced to reserve at Grangemouth, Scotland, 13 March 1945 until sold for scrap on 4 Mar, 1947 at Bo'ness.
|Former name||USS Aaron Ward (DD 132)|
Commands listed for HMS Castleton (I 23)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) Frank Harold Elcho Skyrme, RN||9 Sep 1940||25 Sep 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Cuthbert Richard Purse, DSC, RN||25 Sep 1941||31 Jan 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Robert Henry Bristowe, DSO, RN||31 Jan 1942||late 1942|
|4||T/Lt. John Richard Clarke, DSC, RNVR||late 1942||6 Mar 1943|
|5||Cdr. (retired) Charles William Vane Tempest Stewart Lepper, RN||6 Mar 1943||1 Jan 1944|
|6||Lt. Shirley Elliston Jagger, RN||1 Jan 1944||early 1945|
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Notable events involving Castleton include:
30 Jul 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. C.H.J. Harcourt, RN) conducted exercises to the west of Scapa Flow. During these exercises she was escorted by the destroyers HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, DSO, RN), HMS Charlestown (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN) and HMS Castleton (Cdr. (Retd.) F.H.E. Skyrme, RN). (1)
15 Sep 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) and light cruiser HMS Euryalus departed Scapa Flow for Greenock. She was escorted by HMS Eskimo (Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Castleton (Cdr. (Retd.) F.H.E. Skyrme, RN). Later HMS Laforey (Capt. R.M.J. Hutton, DSO, RN) also joined the screen. (2)
9 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with FFS Commandant Detroyant and HMS Promise (T/Lt. S.A. Sargent, RNVR), HMS Castleton (Cdr.(Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN) and HMS Sapper (T/Lt. R.C. Lees, RNR). (5)
- ADM 53/114890
- ADM 53/114892
- ADM 173/16764
- ADM 173/17407
- ADM 173/17923
- ADM 173/18446
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.