Allied Warships

HMS Grimsby Town (FY 125)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 125 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched12 Jul 1934 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in July 1934.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 422 tons.

Returned to her owner in November 1945.
Wrecked on 23 April 1946 off the southern coast of Iceland in position 63º34'N, 18º38'W.

 

Commands listed for HMS Grimsby Town (FY 125)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. William Cecil Riley, RNR22 Sep 1939mid 1940
2Skr. George Main, RNRmid 1940mid 1941
3Skr. William Alexander Cormack, RNRmid 1941

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Notable events involving Grimsby Town include:


14 Jul 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS ML 344 until 2200 hours when HMS Grimsby Town (Skr. W.A. Cormack, RNR) took over. (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). (1)

25 Feb 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Grimsby Town (Skr. W.A. Cormack, RNR), HMS Kingston Chrysoberyl (Skr.Lt. M.A. Smith, RD, RNR) and HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR). (2)

7 Aug 1943
HMS Umbra (Lt. P.H. May, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Lord Stanhope (A/Skr.Lt. W.R.A. Hicks, DSC, RNR), HMS Olvina (A/Skr.Lt. J. Howson, RNR), HMS Grimsby Town (Skr. W.A. Cormack, DSC, RNR) and Notre Dame de France (A/Skr.Lt. J. Coxall, RNR). (3)

29 Jan 1944
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Falmouth for Portland where she arrived later the same day. She was escorted by HMS Grimsby Town (T/A/Skr.Lt. W.A. Cormack, RNR). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17251
  2. ADM 173/17921
  3. ADM 173/18331
  4. ADM 199/1824

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


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