Allied Warships

HMS Veteran (D 72)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 72 
ModShort range escort 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
OrderedApr 1918 
Laid down30 Aug 1918 
Launched26 Aug 1919 
Commissioned13 Nov 1919 
Lost26 Sep 1942 
Loss position54° 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
Sunk on 26 Sep 1942 by U-404 (Bülow).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Veteran

Commands listed for HMS Veteran (D 72)

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1Cdr. John Egerton Broome, RN11 Oct 19394 Dec 1940
2Cdr. Walter Thomas Couchman, RN4 Dec 19406 Jul 1941
3Cdr. William Edward James Eames, RN6 Jul 194119 Aug 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Trevor Henry Garwood, RN19 Aug 194226 Sep 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Veteran include:

7 Feb 1940
HMS H 43 collided wit HMS Veteran (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN) off Plymouth.

3 Dec 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Veteran (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN). (1)

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.

6 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Veteran (Cdr. W.E.J. Eames, RN) and HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). (2)

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). (3)

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. (4)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/16291
  2. ADM 173/16793
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. Personal communication

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

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