Allied Warships

HMS Cambridgeshire (FY 142)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 142 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched2 Jul 1935 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed in July 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 443 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1945.
Renamed Kingston Sapphire in 1947.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium on 17 October 1954.


Commands listed for HMS Cambridgeshire (FY 142)

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1Lt.Cdr. Arthur Blewett, RNR26 Sep 19397 Sep 1940
2T/Lt. George Stephen Woolley, RNVR7 Sep 1940mid 1942
3T/Lt. Herbert Frederick Bothwell Ashby, RNVRmid 194211 Aug 1943
4T/A/.Lt.Cdr. John Diack Craighead, RNR11 Aug 194330 Mar 1945
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Bruce Shanks Trueman, RNVR30 Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Cambridgeshire include:

28 Jan 1941
HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. These independent exercises were followed by A/S exercises with HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. G.S. Woolley, RNVR). (1)

15 Jul 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth where she conducted A/S exercises with HMS La Nantaise (Skr. S.J. Cory, RNR), HMS Kingston Chrysoberyl (A/Skr.Lt. M.A. Smith, RD, RNR), ORP Slazak (Lt.Cdr. R. Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP), HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR), HMS Olvina (Skr. J. Howson, RNR), HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. H.F.B. Ashby, RNVR) and HMS Grimsby Town (Skr. W.A. Cormack, RNR). (2)

20 Aug 1942
HMS H 33 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) shifted from Dartmouth to Yarmouth. She was escorted by HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. H.F.B. Ashby, RNVR). (3)

12 May 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) shifted from Dartmouth to Plymouth escorted by HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. H.F.B. Ashby, RNVR). (4)

1 Aug 1943
HMS Umbra (Lt. P.H. May, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMCS Athabascan (Cdr. G.R. Miles, DSO, OBE, RCN), HMS Cattistock (Lt. R.G.D. Keddie, DSC, RN), HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. H.F.B. Ashby, RNVR), HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR), HMS Victrix (T/Lt. J.D. Craighead, RNR) and HMS Kingston Andalusite (T/Lt. W.S. Lowe, RNVR). (5)


  1. ADM 173/17106
  2. ADM 173/17251
  3. ADM 173/17228
  4. ADM 173/17770
  5. ADM 173/18331

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

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