Allied Warships

HMS Leicester City (FY 223)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 223 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched24 Nov 1934 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 

Completed in December 1934.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 19 September 1939.
Displacement: 422 tons.

Returned to her owner in March 1946.
Wrecked off Breibuster Head, Hoy Sound on 22 Marh 1953.


Commands listed for HMS Leicester City (FY 223)

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1Skr. William Alexander Cormack, RNR24 Nov 193918 Mar 1940
2T/Lt. Albert Richard Cornish, RNR18 Mar 1940Feb 1941
3Lt. (retired) Robert Fletcher Turnbull, RNRFeb 19411 May 1941
4Lt. Francis Arthur Everett, RNR1 May 194110 Mar 1942
5T/Lt. Charles Edgar Irving, RNVR10 Mar 194222 Mar 1943
6Lt. Trevor Walton Lewis, DSC, RANVR22 Mar 19431 Jun 1943
7T/Lt. Charles Edgar Irving, RNVR1 Jun 194329 Oct 1944
8T/Lt. John Wells, RNVR29 Oct 1944

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Notable events involving Leicester City include:

14 Dec 1939
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.A.S. Wise, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Leicester City (Skr. W.A. Cormack, RNR). (1)

4 May 1940
HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. A.R. Cornish, RNR) picks up 40 survivors from the British tanker San Tiburcio that was sunk 4 nautical miles south-east of Tarbett Ness, Moray Firth in position 57°46'N, 03°45'W after hitting a mine laid on 10 February 1940 by German U-boat U-9.

28 Oct 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Leicester City (Lt. F.A. Everett, RNR). (2)

1 Dec 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. She was escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Leicester City (Lt. F.A. Everett, RNR). (3)

11 Aug 1942
HMS P 51 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Methill where she was to join convoy FS 80 for onward passage to Chatham.

During the passage from Scapa Flow to Methill P 51 was escorted by HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. C.E. Irving, RNVR). (4)

6 Jan 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Dundee for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until 1135/7 when HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. C.E. Irving, RNVR) took over the escort until 0921/8 when HMS Parrsboro (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR) took over. (5)

7 May 1945
HMS Valse (T/Lt. B.H.S. Arendt, RNVR) and HMS Leicester City together pick up 19 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Sneland I that was torpedoed and sunk near May Island in the Firth of Forth in position 56°10'N, 02°31'W by German U-boat U-2336.


  1. ADM 173/15805
  2. ADM 199/400
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 199/424
  5. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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