Allied Warships

HMS Kingston Crystal (FY 216)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 216 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched22 Mar 1936 
Commissioned3 Jan 1940 
End service 

Completed on 6 May 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 19 September 1939.
Displacement: 433 tons.

Returned to her owner in March 1945.
Scrapped at Ghent, Belgium on 31 December 1958.


Commands listed for HMS Kingston Crystal (FY 216)

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1Skr. George Henry Oliver, RNR3 Jan 19402 Apr 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Gwynne Howell Price James, RNR2 Apr 194022 Nov 1940
3Lt.Cdr. (retired) John Francis Hall, RNR22 Nov 194014 Jul 1941
4Skr. Walter Kirman, RNR14 Jul 194129 Oct 1941
5S.Lt John Eric Johnson, RNVR29 Oct 19413 Mar 1942
6Skr. Robert Armstrong, RNR3 Mar 1942

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Notable events involving Kingston Crystal include:

25 May 1940
HMS Oswald (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Fraser, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria togther with HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) and HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) and later together with HMS Kingston Crystal (Lt.Cdr. G.H.P. James, RNR) and HMS Sindonis (Ch.Skr. G. Rawding, RNR). (1)

15 Nov 1940
HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) departed Alexandria for her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.

Before proceeding on patrol attack and A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Wolborough (Lt.Cdr. (retired) F.A.W. Ramsay, DSC, RN) and HMS Kingston Crystal (Lt.Cdr. G.H.P. James, RNR).

For the daily positions of HMS Parthian during this patrol see the map below.


10 Mar 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Kingston Coral (Ch.Skr. I. Mackintosh, MBE, RNR) and HMS Kingston Crystal (Skr. R. Armstrong, RNR). (3)

28 Apr 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) shifted from Plymouth Dartmouth for special trials and exercises. She was escorted by HMS Kingston Chrysoberyl (Skr.Lt. M.A. Smith, RD, RNR). (4)


  1. ADM 173/16374
  2. ADM 199/283
  3. ADM 173/17329
  4. ADM 173/17769

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

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