HMS Veteran (D 72)
Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty Modified W|
|Mod||Short range escort|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Laid down||30 Aug 1918|
|Launched||26 Aug 1919|
|Commissioned||13 Nov 1919|
|Lost||26 Sep 1942|
|Loss position||54° 34'N, 25° 44'W|
On 26 September 1942 HMS Veteran (Lt.Cdr Trevor Henry Garwood, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by U-404 in position 54º34'N, 25º44'W while escorting convoy RB-1. When torpedoed she was rescuing survivors of the American passenger ship New York. She was lost with all hands together with rescued survivors from the American passenger ships Boston and New York. The convoy was attacked by three wolf packs totalling 17 U-boats.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Veteran|
Commands listed for HMS Veteran (D 72)
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|1||Cdr. John Egerton Broome, RN||11 Oct 1939||4 Dec 1940|
|2||Cdr. Walter Thomas Couchman, RN||4 Dec 1940||6 Jul 1941|
|3||Cdr. William Edward James Eames, RN||6 Jul 1941||19 Aug 1942|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Trevor Henry Garwood, RN||19 Aug 1942||26 Sep 1942 (+)|
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Notable events involving Veteran include:
14 May 1940
Around 2100 hours, the aircraft carriers HMS Furious (Capt. T.H. Troubridge, RN) and HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D’Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde for operations off Norway. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Veteran (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN), HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, RN) and HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Palmer, RN). HMS Witherington was however soon replaced by HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN).
23 May 1940
The aircraft carriers HMS Furious (Capt. T.H. Troubridge, RN) and HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D’Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and their destroyer escort made up of HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN), HMS Veteran (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN) and HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.
4 Apr 1941
The British merchant Harbledown is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-94 south-south-west of Iceland in position 58°24'N, 23°20'W. HMS Veteran (Cdr. W.T. Couchman, OBE, RN) later picks up 25 survivors.
1 May 1941
HMS Veteran (Cdr. W.T. Couchman, OBE, RN) picks up 91 survivors from the British passenger ship Nerissa that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 south-east of Rockall in position 55°57'N, 10°08'W.
10 Jun 1941
HMS Veteran (Cdr. W.T. Couchman, OBE, RN) picks up 29 survivors from the British merchant Ainderby that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 130 nautical miles west by north of Bloody Foreland in position 55°30'N, 12°10'W.
11 Sep 1941
German U-boat U-207 was sunk in the Denmark Strait south-east of Angmassalik, Greenland, in position 63°59'N, 34°48'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) and HMS Veteran (Cdr. W.E.J. Eames, RN).
28 Feb 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Northern Spray (T/Lt. G.T. Gilbert, RNVR), HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR) and HMS Veteran (Cdr. W.E.J. Eames, DSC, RN). (4)
3 Jul 1942
HMS Veteran took over the attack on U-215 from the British ASW Trawler HMS Le Tiger with depth charges and Hedgehog. U-215 was sunk but credited to Le Tiger. (5)
- ADM 173/15781
- ADM 173/16291
- ADM 173/16793
- File 2.12.03.6378 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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