Allied Warships

HMS Huddersfield Town (FY 197)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 197 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched21 Aug 1933 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in March 1933.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 399 tons.

Sold in 1945.
Renamed Leeds United in 1962.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium in September 1963.

 

Commands listed for HMS Huddersfield Town (FY 197)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (retired) James Geoffrey Clemons Gibson, RN2 Oct 1939late 1940

2Skr. John Henry Consadine, RNRmid 194112 Sep 1943
3Skr.Lt. Magnus Andrew Smith, RD, RNR12 Sep 1943early 1945
4Skr. Charles Barfoot Scott, RNRearly 1945

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Notable events involving Huddersfield Town include:


Sep 1939
Purchased by the Admiralty in September 1939 and converted to an A/S Trawler Escort. Armament:4.7in gun on bows, one 20mm Oerlikon gun either side of bridge, two 0.5 machine guns aft of bridge. Depth charge rails astern, port and starboard throwers. Also Asdic tracker and dome, plus radar. Anti magnetic degaussing gear. (1)

31 Dec 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Holyhead with HMS Huddersfield Town (Skr. R. Armstrong, RNR). (2)

28 Sep 1943
At 1630 hours (time zone -1), HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN), departed from Holy Loch for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Huddersfield Town (A/Skr.Lt. J.H. Consadine, DSC, RNR). (3)

6 Jun 1944
Took part in operation Neptune (D-Day landings)giving A.S support to the U.S Bach (Utah). Escorted tug towing earth moving equipment to beach. Escorted hospital ship carrying the wounded back to England. Then resumed escort work in the Western Approaches. (1)

9 Jan 1945
HMS Huddersfield Town picks up 62 men from the American merchant Jonas Lie that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-1055 at the entrance to the Bristol Channel in position 51°45'N, 05°27'W.

A salvage attempt was undertaken despite the fact that the vessel had drifted into a minefield. The Jonas Lie finally foundered on 14 January 1945 after the salvage attempts failed.

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/16335
  3. ADM 173/18192

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


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