Allied Warships

HMS Lady Shirley

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched25 Feb 1937 
CommissionedMay 1940 
Lost11 Dec 1941 
Loss position35° 59'N, 5° 17'W

Completed on 19 April 1937.
Port Reg No H.464
Owners Jutland Amalgamated Trawlers, Hull
Requisitioned by the Royal Navy on 27 May 1940 as (APV) and converted for A/S use in January 1941. Served with the 31st A/S Group at Gibraltar. Displacement: 477 tons.
Armament: 1 12pdr.

HMS Lady Shirley (Lt.Cdr. Arthur Henry Callaway, DSO, RANVR) was hit by one torpedo from U-374 and sunk in the Staits of Gibraltar in position 35º59'N, 05º17'W. All 33 hands on board were lost with the ship.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 11 Dec 1941 by U-374 (Fischel).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Lady Shirley

Commands listed for HMS Lady Shirley

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1T/Skr. Robert James McCullogh, RNR17 Nov 193930 May 1940
2T/Lt. John Kenneth Shaw Downham, RNR30 May 1940Jun 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Arhur Henry Callaway, RANVRJun 194111 Dec 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Lady Shirley include:

4 Oct 1941
German U-boat U-111 was sunk south-west of Tenerife, in position 27°15'N, 20°27'W,Damaged by depth charges and then shelled by the British anti-submarine trawler HMS Lady Shirley (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Callaway, RANVR).

4 Oct 1941
LADY SHIRLEY did not sink U 111 by depth charges. After ping a four charge pattern the submarine surfaced and was sunk after a gun action. LADY SHIRLEY was armed with a four inch gun, not a 12 pdr. See A Cecil Hampshire 'Lilliput Fleet' pp 90-99. (1)


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