Allied Warships

HMS Berkeley (L 17)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 17 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered21 Mar 1939 
Laid down8 Jun 1939 
Launched29 Jan 1940 
Commissioned6 Jun 1940 
Lost19 Aug 1942 
Loss position49° 57'N, 1° 04'E

HMS Berkeley (Lt. James John Simon Yorke, RN) was badly damaged by German aircraft bombs while taking part in operation 'Jubilee', the raid on Dieppe, France. Her keel was broken and she had to be sunk in position 49º57'N, 01º04'E by HMS Albrighton.
The wreck lies in 20 meters of water in position 49º59'43N, 01º02'25E.

Was named after a 'Hunt' in Gloucestershire, England.
First ship of the name.

Battle Honours;
North Sea 1942
English Channel 1942
Dieppe 1942.


Commands listed for HMS Berkeley (L 17)

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1Lt.Cdr. Hugh Greaves Walters, RN26 Feb 1940Dec 1941
2Lt. Henry Alexander Stuart-Menteth, RNDec 194127 Mar 1942
3Lt. James John Simon Yorke, RN27 Mar 194219 Aug 1942

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Notable events involving Berkeley include:

18 Jul 1940
The destroyer HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Berkeley (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Walters, RN) and HMS Garth (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Dyke, RN) departed Scapa Flow at 0645/18 to assist in an A/S hunt off Cape Wrath. HMS Berkeley and HMS Garth returned to Scapa Flow at 0045/19 while HMS Diana remained on patrol in the area.

22 Jan 1941
HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portsmouth with HMS Berkeley (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Walters, RN) and HMS Cleveland (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN). These A/S exercises were followed by independent exercises. (1)


  1. ADM 173/17106

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

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