Allied Warships

HMS Lord Ashfield (FY 694)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 694 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched11 May 1929 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed in July 1929.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 346 tons.
Armament: 1 12pdr AA gun.

Returned to her owner in December 1945.
Renamed Calvi in 1948.
Scrapped at Zelzate, Belgium on 10 July 1956.


Commands listed for HMS Lord Ashfield (FY 694)

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1Ch.Skr. Charles William Penrose, RD, RNR13 Nov 193926 Sep 1940
2C H Grimmer, RNR26 Sep 1940Jan 1941
3Skr. James Ralph, RNRJan 1941Aug 1941
4T/Lt. Samuel Herriot Martin, RNVRAug 19419 Apr 1942
5T/Lt. Charles James Yeaman Lawson, RNVR9 Apr 19427 Oct 1942
6T/Lt. John Burton Morpeth, RNR7 Oct 19425 Oct 1944
7T/Lt. Alexander Morrice, RNVR5 Oct 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Lord Ashfield include:

23 Dec 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (1)

29 Dec 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) and HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. They were escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (2)

20 Jan 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage with HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars).

The submarines were escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR).

At 0315/21 Ula proceeded to Scapa Flow. O 15 and Lord Ashfield continued on to Lerwick. (2)


  1. ADM 199/627
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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