Allied Warships

HMS Kingston Onyx (4.54)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched18 Jun 1927 
Commissioned 1939 
End service 

Completed on 11 August 1927 for the Kingston Steam Trawling Co. Ltd. St. Andrews Dock.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 31 August 1939.
First served as armed boarding vessel, later as ASW trawler.
Displacement: 357 tons.

Returned to her owner in September 1944.
Renamed Moorsom in 1945.
Renamed Westhope in 1947.
Scrapped at Dunston on 24 April 1956.


Commands listed for HMS Kingston Onyx (4.54)

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1Lt. John Banks Wright, RNR5 Sep 193928 Nov 1940
2Lt. Richard Walgate, RNR28 Nov 194013 Jan 1941
3Skr. Edward James Day, RNR13 Jan 1941mid 1942

4T/Lt. William Cecil Morgans, RNRAug 194314 Jan 1944
5Skr. Harold Laking Gladwell, RNR14 Jan 1944

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Notable events involving Kingston Onyx include:

6 Jan 1941
HMS Kingston Onyx (Lt. R. Walgate, RNR) picks up 30 survivors from the British merchant Empire Thunder that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-124 about 100 nautical miles north-northeast of Rockall, in position 59°14'N, 12°43'W.

2 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Brimness (Skr. A.E. Larner, RNR), HMS Kingston Onyx, HMS Polka (T/Lt. I.A. Thorpe, MBE, RNVR) and HMS Berkshire (Skr. G. Bruce, RNR). (1)

6 Oct 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Dundee with HMS Kingston Onyx (T/Lt. W.C. Morgans, RNR) and HMS Kingston Topaz (Ch.Skr. J.E. Harwood, RD, RNR). (2)

7 Apr 1944
With the repairs completed, HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN), departed Liverpool for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Kingston Onyx (Skr. H.L. Gladwell, RNR). (3)

17 Jun 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Stornoway with HNoMS Farsund and HMS Kingston Onyx (A/Skr.Lt. H.L. Gladwell, RNR). (4)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18397
  3. ADM 173/18818
  4. ADM 173/19224

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

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