Allied Warships

HMS L 23 (N 23)

Submarine of the L class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantN 23 
Built byVickers (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
OrderedDec 1916 
Laid down29 Aug 1917 
Launched1 Jul 1919 
Commissioned5 Aug 1924 
End service 

Completed at Chatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.).

Sold to be broken up for scrap in 1946. Foundered off Nova Scotia in May 1946 while on the way to the shipbreakers.


Commands listed for HMS L 23 (N 23)

Please note that we're still working on this section.

1Lt. Francis John Brooks, RN24 Jul 193926 Mar 1940
2Lt. Charles Gordon Walker, RN26 Mar 194014 Jul 1940
3Lt. Robert Malcolm Galloway, RN14 Jul 194026 Aug 1940
4Lt. Michael Lindsay Coulton Crawford, RN26 Aug 1940Dec 1940
5Lt. Leslie Frederick Lewis Hill, RNRDec 194023 Apr 1941
6Lt. Thomas Noel Catlow, RN23 Apr 194113 Aug 1941
7Lt. Thomas Erasmus Barlow, RN13 Aug 194110 Jan 1942
8Lt. Robert Julian Clutterbuck, RN10 Jan 19425 Mar 1942
9Lt. Michael Geoffrey Rawson Lumby, RN5 Mar 194220 Apr 1942
10Lt. Ernest John Donaldson Turner, DSC, RN20 Apr 194222 Jun 1942
11Lt. Leslie Frederick Lewis Hill, RNR22 Jun 194222 Jun 1942
12Lt. Richard Molyneux Favell, RN22 Jun 194226 Jun 1942
13Lt. Leslie Frederick Lewis Hill, RNR26 Jun 194227 Jul 1942
14Lt. John Stirling Bridger, RN27 Jul 194219 Nov 1942
15Lt. Robert Boyd, DSC, RN19 Nov 194228 Nov 1942
16Lt. John Stirling Bridger, RN28 Nov 19421 Dec 1942
17Lt. Arthur Anthony Duff, RN1 Dec 194222 Dec 1942
18Lt. Alan Hamilton Barnett Anderson, DSC, RNR22 Dec 1942May 1943
19Lt. Huston Roe Murray, RNMay 1943Feb 44 ?
20Lt. Hugh Seaburne May, RNFeb 44 ?Dec 1944
21Lt. Richard Thomas Sallis, DSC, RNDec 1944mid 1945

You can help improve our commands section
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.

Notable events involving L 23 include:

5 Apr 1941
HMS Urge (Lt. E.P. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS L 23 (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. They were escorted by Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt.Cdr. P.A. de Boer, RNN). (1)

6 Apr 1941
HMS Urge (Lt. E.P. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS L 23 (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) arrived Dundee. (1)

21 Aug 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made (part of) the passage together with HMS L 23 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) (proceeding to Stornoway) and FFS Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot) (proceeding to Dundee). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (2)

22 Feb 1943
While serving as A/S training target ship on Canada's east coast, HMS L 23 was sent to Philadelphia, USA for a refit.

26 Sep 1943
HMS L 23 (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from New York, USA.

8 Oct 1943
HMS L 23 (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Digby, Canada. She was escorted by HMCS Hamilton (T/Lt.Cdr. D.G. Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR).


  1. ADM 199/400
  2. ADM 199/1834

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

Return to the Allied Warships section