Allied Warships

HMS Middleton (L 74)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 74 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.): Parsons 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down10 Apr 1940 
Launched12 May 1941 
Commissioned10 Jan 1942 
End service 
History

Hulked in 1955.
Scrapped at Blyth on 4 October 1957.
The ships bell preserved in Birdsall Parish church, North Yorkshire.

 

Commands listed for HMS Middleton (L 74)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. David Charles Kinloch, RN12 Nov 1941Aug 1942
2Lt. Charles Shelly Battersby, RNAug 19423 Jan 1944
3Lt. Ian Nagle Douglas Cox, DSC, RN3 Jan 194410 Jun 1945
4Lt. Alfred Lee Harper, RN10 Jun 1945early 1946

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Notable events involving Middleton include:


30 Sep 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN). Also a practice attack was carried out on HMS Berwick (Capt. G.H. Faulkner, DSC, RN). (1)

9 Jan 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN), HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN), HMS Offa (Cdr. R.A. Ewing, DSC, RN) and HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN). (2)

11 Jan 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN), HMS Easton (Lt. C.W. Malins, DSC, RN) and HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN). (2)

8 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Trespasser (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN), HMS Offa (Capt. J. A. McCoy, DSO, RN) and HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN). (3)

19 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Intrepid (Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN), HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN), HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, DSO, RN). (3)

23 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN), HMS Salamander (Lt. W.R. Muttram, RN), HMS Halcyon (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, RN) and HMS Panther (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Jocelyn, RN). (3)

2 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Termagent (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Scatchard, DSC, RN), HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Williams, RD, RNR) and HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17241
  2. File 2.12.03.6397 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/18389
  4. ADM 173/18214

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


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