HMS St. Elstan (FY 240)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.)|
|Launched||23 Sep 1937|
Completed on 16 November 1937.
Returned to her owner in December 1945.
Commands listed for HMS St. Elstan (FY 240)
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|1||Skr. Charles Alfred Grimmer, RNR||29 Oct 1939||13 Mar 1940|
|2||Lt. John Parker Stewart, RNR||13 Mar 1940||19 Nov 1940|
|3||T/Lt. Graham Butcher, RNVR||19 Nov 1940||8 May 1942|
|4||Lt. Roland Maurice Roberts, RNR||8 May 1942||Sep 1943|
|5||T/Lt. Frederick John Robb Storey, RNVR||Sep 1943||1 Aug 1944|
|6||T/S.Lt. William Kitchen, RNVR||1 Aug 1944|
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Notable events involving St. Elstan include:
23 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR), HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr. (retired) D.F. White, RNR), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR). (1)
9 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS St. Zeno (T/Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR). (1)
19 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Montgomery (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) W.L. Puxley, RN), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RD, RNR). (2)
7 Nov 1942
HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR) picks up 26 survivors from the American merchant William Clark that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-354 in the Greenland Sea in position 71°02'N, 13°05'W.
20 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR), HMS Fowey (Cdr.(Retd.) L.B.A. Majendie, RN), HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR) and HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR). (3)
22 Dec 1942
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) departed Holy Loch for the passage to Gibraltar. En-route Dolfijn was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay to intercept the German bockade runner Rhakotis making this passage her 2nd war patrol.
During her passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR).
For the daily positions of HrMs Dolfijn during this patrol see the map below.
5 Mar 1943
HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR) picks up 11 survivors from the American merchant Executive that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-255 in the Norwegian Sea in position 72°44'N, 11°27'E.
12 Mar 1943
HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR) picks up the sole survivor from the American merchant Puerto Rican that was torpedoed and sunk on 9 March 1943 by German U-boat U-586 about 100 nautical miles north-east of Iceland in position 66°44'N, 10°41'W.
- File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16793
- ADM 173/17244
- ADM 199/1855
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.