Allied Warships

HMS Lydiard (FY 177)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 177 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched4 Feb 1935 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 

Completed in February 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 440 tons.

Sold in January or February 1946.
Renamed Matabele in 1946.
Renamed Kingston Galena 1947.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium on 10 January 1959.


Commands listed for HMS Lydiard (FY 177)

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1Skr. Alexander Robertson Milne, RNR23 Oct 19399 Feb 1940
2Skr. William Richard Alward Hicks, RNR9 Feb 19402 Apr 1940
3T/Lt. Kenneth Currie, RNR2 Apr 19405 Oct 1940
4Lt. David Mirylees Gibb, RNR5 Oct 1940Sep 1941
5T/Lt. Francis Albert Seward, RNRSep 1941mid 1944 ?
6T/Lt. Ronald Charles Jordan, RNVRmid 1944Nov 1944
7A/Ch.Skr. (A/Skr.Lt.) Alfred Walter Craig, DSC, RNRNov 1944early 1945
8T/Skr. Alexander Gordon Wignall, RNRearly 1945

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Notable events involving Lydiard include:

2 Oct 1941
The destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) and corvette HMS Hyacinth (T/Lt. F.C. Hopkins, DSC, RNR) departed Haifa for an A/S search as the A/S trawler HMS Lydiard (T/Lt. F.A. Seward, RNR) had attacked an A/S contact earlier in the day with possible success.

No further A/S contact was obtained and the hunt was abandoned the following day with HMAS Vendetta and HMS Hyacinth returning to Haifa. (1)


  1. ADM 199/415 + ADM 199/2546 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for November 1941

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

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