Allied Warships

HMS Southdown (L 25)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 25 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered11 Apr 1939 
Laid down22 Aug 1939 
Launched5 Jul 1940 
Commissioned8 Nov 1940 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 1 November 1956 and scrapped at Barrow.

 

Commands listed for HMS Southdown (L 25)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Edward Reignier Conder, DSO, DSC, RN10 Sep 19405 Feb 1941
2Cdr. Geoffrey Neame Loriston-Clarke, RN5 Feb 194115 Jan 1942
3Lt. James Bogue Marjoribanks, RN15 Jan 194222 Aug 1942
4Capt. Selwyn Victor Jephson, RN22 Aug 194229 Sep 1942
5Lt. James Bogue Marjoribanks, RN29 Sep 1942Aug 1943
6Lt. Timothy Claude Upton Fanshawe, RNAug 1943Feb 1945
7Lt.Cdr. Alfred Thomas Morgan, DSC, RNVRFeb 194511 Sep 1945
8Lt. Archibald Norman MacPherson, RN11 Sep 1945early 1946

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Notable events involving Southdown include:


12 Dec 1940
After a delay of 24 hours due to a reported enemy submarine the British battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. C.B. Barry, DSO, RN) departed Portsmouth for Rosyth where she was to complete her refit.

She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN), HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Cattistock (Lt.Cdr R.A. Ewing, RN), HMS Cleveland (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN), HMS Fernie (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) and HMS Holderness (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN).

Around 1600/13 the original escort was relieved by the destroyer HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Lampard, RN), HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN) and HMS Southdown (Cdr. E.R. Condor, DSO, DSC, RN).

At 1630/14 the light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, RN) and the AA cruiser HMS Curacoa (Capt. C.C. Hughes-Hallett, RN) joined the escort.

The battleship and her escort arrived at Rosyth around 1330/15.

16 Apr 1941
HMS Naiad (Capt. M.H.A. Kelsey, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E.L.S. King, CB, MVO, RN) departed the Tyne for Scapa Flow.

At the same time the new aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (Capt. H.C. Bovell, RN) departed the Tyne for Rosyth escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Liddesdale (Cdr. A.G. West, RN), HMS Quantock (Lt.Cdr. D.J.A. Heber-Percy, RN) and HMS Southdown (Cdr. G.N. Loriston-Clarke, RN). HMS Naiad proceeded with them until the Firth of Forth when she was detached to continue her passage to Scapa Flow where she arrived later the same day. (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/114749

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


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