Allied Warships

HMS Leyland (FY 103)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 103 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched11 Nov 1935 
CommissionedSep 1939 
Lost25 Nov 1942 
History

Completed in January 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 452 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

HMT Leyland (T/Lt. Arthur Kennedy Nears, RNR) was sunk in a collision off Gibraltar on 25 November 1942.

 

Commands listed for HMS Leyland (FY 103)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Archibald Wilkinson, RNR18 Sep 1939Nov 1940
2Skr. Hugh Crighton, RNRNov 194015 Aug 1941
3Lt. George Manley Dixon, RANVR15 Aug 194127 Oct 1941
4T/Lt. Arthur Kennedy Nears, RNR27 Oct 194125 Nov 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Leyland include:


12 Oct 1939
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) conducted exercises off Portland with HMS Leyland (Lt.Cdr. A. Wilkinson, RNR). (1)

27 Mar 1941
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) carries out exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Alouette (Lt. R.F.R. Yarde-Buller, RNVR), HMS Erin (A/Cdr. J.O. Davies, RNR), HMS Lord Hotham (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR) and HMS Leyland (Skr. H. Crighton, RNR). (2)

23 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMCS Rosthern (Cdr. P.B. Cross, RCNVR) and HMS Leyland (Lt. G.M. Dixon, RANVR). (3)

25 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Leyland (Lt. G.M. Dixon, RANVR) and HMS Newark (Lt.Cdr. R.H.W. Atkins, RN). (3)

11 May 1942
HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. She was escorted in by HMS Leyland (T/Lt. A.K. Nears, RNR). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15740
  2. File 2.12.03.6404 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 199/1222

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


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