Allied Warships

HMS Cattistock (L 35)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 35 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered21 Mar 1939 
Laid down9 Jun 1939 
Launched22 Feb 1940 
Commissioned1 Aug 1940 
End service 

Scrapped at Newport in June 1957.

This was the 2nd ship of the name.

Battle Honours;
North Sea 1941 - 1945
English Channel 1942 - 1944
Normandy 1944


Commands listed for HMS Cattistock (L 35)

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1Lt.Cdr. Robert Alastair Ewing, RN< Aug 4024 Jun 1941
2Lt. Robert Meryon William MacFarlan, RN24 Jun 1941Jun 1943
3Lt. Richard George Damyon Keddie, DSC, RNJun 194329 Aug 1944 (+)
4Lt. Thomas Stephen Sampson, RN29 Aug 19443 Sep 1944
5Lt. Phillip Graham Sharp, DSC, RNVR3 Sep 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Cattistock include:

1 Aug 1943
HMS Umbra (Lt. P.H. May, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMCS Athabascan (Cdr. G.R. Miles, DSO, OBE, RCN), HMS Cattistock (Lt. R.G.D. Keddie, DSC, RN), HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. H.F.B. Ashby, RNVR), HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR), HMS Victrix (T/Lt. J.D. Craighead, RNR) and HMS Kingston Andalusite (T/Lt. W.S. Lowe, RNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/18331

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

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