HMS King Sol (FY 235)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.)|
|Launched||7 Jul 1936|
Completed in September 1936.
Returned to her owner in December 1945.
Commands listed for HMS King Sol (FY 235)
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|1||Ch.Skr. Magnus Andrew Smith, RNR||16 Oct 1939||24 Oct 1939|
|2||Cdr. (retired) Napier Robert Peploe, OBE, RN||24 Oct 1939||Feb 1940|
|3||Lt. Thomas Tod Euman, RN||14 Mar 1940||20 Sep 1940|
|4||T/Lt. Albert William James, RNR||20 Sep 1940||1 Jan 1941|
|5||T/Lt. Graham Frederick Shove, RCNVR||1 Jan 1941||15 Nov 1941|
|6||Lt. Phillips Almond Read, RNR||15 Nov 1941||Sep 1943|
|7||T/Lt. Kenneth Chris Martin, RNVR||Sep 1943||early 1945|
|8||T/Lt. Herbert Harold Russell, RNVR||early 1945|
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Notable events involving King Sol include:
8 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Llandudno (T/Lt. E.M. Betts, RNR), HMS King Sol (Lt. P.A. Read, RNR), HMS Lulworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO, RN), HMCS Prescott (Lt. W. McIsaac, RCNVR), HMCS Galt (T/Lt. A.D. Landles, RCNR) and HMCS Wetaskiwin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Kidston, RCNVR). (1)
24 May 1943
Convoy ET 21.
This convoy departed Bone / Philippeville on 24 May 1943 for Gibraltar where it arrived on 28 May 1943.
No full info on the composition of this convoy is currently known to us.
On departure from Bone / Philippeville the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Velox (Lt. G.B. Barstow, RN), HMS Venomous (Lt. H.D. Durell, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Liddesdale (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Mackenzie, RNR).
HMS Javelin and HM Kelvin were detached on the 26th to conduct an A/S hunt but rejoined later the same day.
The convoy made a short call at Algiers on 26 May and various ships were detached and other ships joined and the escort was reinforced with other vessels. On arrival at Gibraltar the following escorts had joined the convoy additional to the ones listed above; corvette HMS Pentstemon (T/Lt. D.C. Williams, RNVR), A/S trawlers HMS Gavotte (T/Lt. D. Bates, RNR), HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR) and the auxiliary A/S trawlers HMS King Sol (Lt. P.A. Read, RNR) and HMS Reighton Wyke (Skr. G.M. Sutherland, RNR).
Also the rescue tug HMRT Restive had joined the convoy (2)
- ADM 173/17244
- ADM 199/639
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.