HMS Atherstone (L 05)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type I)|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Ordered||21 Mar 1939|
|Laid down||8 Jun 1939|
|Launched||12 Dec 1939|
|Commissioned||23 Mar 1940|
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 November 1957.
Commands listed for HMS Atherstone (L 05)
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|1||Cdr. Hugh Waters Shelley Browning, RN||12 Feb 1940||late 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Robert Fergus Jenks, RN||2 Dec 1940||Apr 1942|
|3||Lt. Ernest Norman Wood, DSC, RNVR||Apr 1942||20 Mar 1944|
|4||Lt. Eric Ian Pilditch, DSC, RN||20 Mar 1944||15 Feb 1946|
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Notable events involving Atherstone include:
1 Jul 1940
Heaving completed her repairs at Liverpool HMS Barham (Capt G.C. Cooke, RN) departed that place for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Imogen (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr. M.A.G. Child, RN), HMS Atherstone (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, RN) and HMS Fernie (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN). (1)
2 Jul 1940
HMS Barham (Capt G.C. Cooke, RN) and her escorts; HMS Imogen (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr. M.A.G. Child, RN), HMS Atherstone (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, RN) and HMS Fernie (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN), arrived at Scapa Flow. (1)
2 Apr 1941
Around 1900 hours, HMS Resolution (Capt. A.R. Halfhide, CBE, RN) departed Portsmouth for Greenock. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, DSO, RN), HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Atherstone (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Jenks, RN), HMS Blencathra (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, RN) and HMS Tynedale (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, RN). HMS Tynedale was an additional escort for the night, she was to part company at dawn the next day. (2)
- ADM 53/111548
- ADM 53/114987
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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