Allied Warships

HMS Lord Grey (FY 1593)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 1593 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched15 Sep 1928 
Commissioned 1939 
End service 

Completed in November 1928.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August or December 1939.
Displacement: 346 tons.

Returned to her owner in March or May 1946.
Renamed Rapier in 1948.
Scrapped at Gateshead in 1954.


Commands listed for HMS Lord Grey (FY 1593)

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1Skr. Henry Bowman, RNR28 Aug 1939early 1940

2Skr. William Francis Somers, RNR8 Mar 19403 May 1940
3T/Skr. William John Kaye, RNR3 May 194027 Oct 1940
4Lt. Richard Henry Austin, RNVR27 Oct 19405 Dec 1941
5T/Lt. Meadley Richard Bell, RNR5 Dec 1941early 1942
6T/Lt. Maurice William Hampson, RNVRearly 1942mid 1943
7T/Lt. John Joshua Challis, RNVRmid 1943Oct 1944
8T/Lt. Stanley Caselton, RNVROct 1944Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Lord Grey include:

17 Feb 1941
Crewman William Henry Palmer LTJX180056 RNPS, drowned in Falmouth Harbour, Devon. (1)

3 Apr 1944
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted gunnery exercises off Trincomalee on a target that was being towed by HMS Lord Grey (T/Lt. J.J. Challis, RNVR). These were followed by attack exercises during which HMS Maid Marion (T/Lt. F.R. Crawford, RNVR) served as target. (2)


  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/18832

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

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