Allied Warships

HMS Hadleigh Castle (K 355)

Corvette of the Castle class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassCastle 
PennantK 355 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered19 Dec 1942 
Laid down4 Apr 1943 
Launched21 Jun 1943 
Commissioned18 Sep 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Sunderland in January 1959.

 

Commands listed for HMS Hadleigh Castle (K 355)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Walter Smith Thomson, RNR12 Jul 19432 Nov 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Vincent Gordon, DSC, RNVR2 Nov 1943Dec 1943
3Lt. Condie Sandeman, RNDec 194322 Nov 1944
4T/Lt. Charles Clifford Kuper, RNVR22 Nov 194419 May 1945
5A/Lt.Cdr. Bernard Theodore Wortley, RNR19 May 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Hadleigh Castle include:


11 Oct 1943
HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for special A/S trials to the west of the Hebrides with HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR). (1)

8 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Avon (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR), HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN) and HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR). (2)

9 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR), HMS Avon (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR) and HMS Herschell (T/Lt. J.E. Freestone, RNR). (2)

10 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR). (2)

18 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Mallow. (2)

19 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. E.J. Powell, RNR) and HMS Burnet (Lt. D.S. Charles, RNR).

Upon completion of these exercises O 9 departed Tobermory for Campbeltown. She was escorted by HMS Avon (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR). (2)

30 Jun 1944
HMS Upshot (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Hadleigh Castle (Lt. C. Sandeman, RN) and HMS Berkeley Castle (T/Lt. F.A. Darrah, RNVR). (3)

10 Aug 1944
HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Ascension (Lt.Cdr. A. Wilkinson, RNR) and HMS Hadleigh Castle (Lt. C. Sandeman, RN). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18454
  2. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/19296
  4. ADM 173/19028

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


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