Allied Warships

HMS Wolsey (L 02)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 02 
ModFast escort 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid down28 Mar 1917 
Launched16 Mar 1918 
Commissioned14 May 1918 
End service 

Reconstruction to Fast Escort completed at Malta Dockyard on 21 January 1940. Pennant was D 98 changed to L 02 upon completion of this reconstruction.

HMS Wolsey is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Wolsey (L 02)

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1Cdr. Cecil Athos Newcome Chatwin, RNDec 193916 Feb 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Colin Henry Campbell, RN16 Feb 194012 Jan 1942
3Lt. Thomas Frederick Taylor, RN12 Jan 1942Jul 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Sydney Alexander Cuthbert, RNJul 194331 Dec 1943
5Lt. Frederick William Hayden, RN31 Dec 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Wolsey include:

20 Jan 1940
HMS Oswald (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Malta together with HMS Wolsey (Cdr. C.A.N. Chatwin, RN). (1)

5 Oct 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Dundee with HMS Wolsey (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Cuthbert, RN) and HMS Leeds (Lt. B.H. Brown, RN). (2)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. ADM 173/16373
  2. ADM 173/18397

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

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