Allied Warships

HMS Drummer

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Commissioned28 Aug 1939 
Lost4 Aug 1940 

Built in 1915.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 28 August 1939.
Displacement: 297 tons.
Armament: 1 6pdr AA gun.

Became an Auxilliary Patrol Trawler in July 1940.
Mined off Brightlingsea on 4 August 1940. (Skipper Harry Cecil Hall,RNR) Survived the sinking.


Commands listed for HMS Drummer

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1Harry Cecil Hall, RNRmid 19404 Aug 1940

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Notable events involving Drummer include:

16 Sep 1939
In the morning HMS H 34 (Lt. B.T. Simons, RN) arrived at Harwich. During the afternoon she conducted exercises off Harwich with HMS Drummer. During these exercises H 34 was attacked, in error, by a British aicraft of RAF 206 squadron. (1)


  1. ADM 173/15717

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

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