HMS Wilton (L 128)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||4 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||7 Jun 1940|
|Launched||17 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||18 Feb 1942|
Scrapped at Faslane on 30 November 1959.
Commands listed for HMS Wilton (L 128)
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|1||Lt. Adrian Paul Northey, DSC, RN||Dec 1941||Nov 1943|
|2||Lt. George Gosselin Marten, DSC, RN||Nov 1943||5 Mar 1945|
|3||Lt. Shirley Elliston Jagger, RN||5 Mar 1945||early 1946|
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Notable events involving Wilton include:
1 Apr 1942
HMS P 511 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Liverpool (Capt. W.R. Slayter, DSC, RN), HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN), HMS Tetcott (Lt. R.H. Rycroft, RN) and later with A/S drifters of the local defence. (1)
29 May 1942
HMS Manchester (Capt. H. Drew, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. Upon completion of these exercises she departed together with the escort destroyer HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) to cover a minelaying force made up of the cruiser minelayer HMS Adventure (Capt. N.V. Grace, RN), the auxiliary minelayers HMS Southern Prince, HMS Agamemnon (Capt. (Retd.) F. Ratsey, RN), HMS Port Quebec (A/Capt. (Retd.) V. Hammersley-Heenan, RN) and HMS Menestheus (Capt.(Retd.) R.H.F. de Salis, DSC and Bar, OBE, RN) and their escorts the destroyers HMS St. Marys (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN), HMS Newark (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN) and HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR) that were to undertake minelaying operation SN 72. (2)
17 Jun 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Somali (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) and two A/S craft. (4)
28 Sep 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with vessels from the Local Defence and later with HMS Penylan (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN) and HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN). (5)
7 Oct 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with vessels from the Local Defence and later with HMS Lamerton (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Purse, DSC, RN) and HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN). (6)
- ADM 173/17493
- ADM 53/116226 + ADM 199/427
- ADM 53/116227 + ADM 199/427
- ADM 173/17407
- ADM 173/17241
- ADM 173/17242
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.