Allied Warships

HMS Laurel (T 29)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantT 29 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched15 May 1930 
Commissioned15 Jun 1939 
End service 

Completed on 12 June 1930.
Taken over by the Admiralty in November 1935.
Displacement: 590 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1946.
Renamed Strathyre in 1947.
Renamed Patricia Hague in 1951.
Scrapped at Troon on 23 May 1955.


Commands listed for HMS Laurel (T 29)

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1Lt. (retired) Idwal Griffiths, RN3 Jul 193918 May 1940
2Skr. Frederick George Blockwell, RNR18 May 194015 Jan 1941
3Lt. William George Pitcher, RNR15 Jan 1941early 1941
4T/Lt. John Webber Walton, RNVRearly 1941mid 1941

5T/Skr. Thomas Wilfred Morgan, RNR22 Jul 19416 Feb 1942
6T/S.Lt. Arthur Leonard Hughes, RNVR6 Feb 194227 Sep 1943
7T/A/S.Lt. William Peris Davies, RNVR27 Sep 194324 Jan 1944
8T/Lt. Donald Fraser, RNVR24 Jan 1944early 1944
9T/S.Lt. William Peris Davies, RNVRearly 194423 May 1944
10T/Lt. Charles Skipworth Holgate, RNVR23 May 19446 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Laurel include:

3 Nov 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Wishart (Cdr. H.G. Scott, RN). Clyde also conducted gunnery exercises on a target that was towed by HMS Laurel (T/Skr. T.W. Morgan, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/18711

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

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