Allied Warships

HMS L 26 (N 26)

Submarine of the L class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantN 26 
Built byVickers (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
OrderedDec 1916 
Laid down 1917 
Launched29 May 1919 
Commissioned12 Oct 1926 
End service 

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

Expended as a target of the Canadian coast on 25 September 1945.


Commands listed for HMS L 26 (N 26)

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Charles Walderne St Clair Lambert, RN
1Lt.Cdr. John Hugh Lewes, RN5 Aug 1932Jun 1933 (1)

2Lt.Cdr. John Hugh Lewes, RN26 Oct 1933Nov 1934 (1)

3Lt.Cdr. Frank Woodgate Lipscomb, OBE, RN19 Apr 193811 Mar 1940
4Lt. Patrick Lainson Field, RN11 Mar 1940Jul 1940
5Lt. John Bertram de Betham Kershaw, RNJul 1940late 1940
6Lt. Richard Prendergast Raikes, RNlate 194021 Feb 1941
7Lt. Stephen Lynch Conway Maydon, RN21 Feb 194124 Apr 1941
8Lt. Michael Beauchamp St. John, RN24 Apr 19411 Oct 1941
9Lt. Geoffrey Deryck Nicholson Milner, RN1 Oct 19419 Jan 1942
10Lt. Henry Denys Verschoyle, DSC, RN9 Jan 19427 Jun 1942
11Lt. Cyril Astell Pardoe, RNR7 Jun 194229 Jul 1942
12Lt. Henry Denys Verschoyle, DSC, RN29 Jul 19422 Aug 1943
13Lt. Andrew George Prideaux, DSC, RN2 Aug 194314 Oct 1944
14Lt. Richard Thomas Sallis, DSC, RN14 Oct 194421 Dec 1944

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Notable events involving L 26 include:

Wreckage of L26 rediscovered during the 1998/1999 investigation of Swiss-air flight 111 crash. (2)

7 Nov 1939
At 1648 hours, HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS Seal (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Lonsdale, RN), HMS L 26 (Lt.Cdr. F.W. Lipscomb, OBE, RN) and their escort towards Portsmouth, HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) near the North Goodwin light vessel. (3)

28 Jul 1940
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) and her escort, the the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 6 (Lt.Cdr. A.C. Lunbeck, RNN) departs Stornoway for Rosyth.

Off Scapa Flow they were joined by the British submarine HMS L 26 (Lt. P.L. Field, RN). (4)

21 Mar 1941
During 21/22 March 1941, HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN), conducted exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) and HMS L 26 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN).

Upon completion of these exercises HMS Oberon proceeded to Rothesay. (5)

26 Aug 1942
HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). These included practice attacks on HMS L 26 (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN). (6)

4 Nov 1942
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR), HMS L 26 (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) and HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR). (7)


  2. Personal communication
  3. ADM 199/1827
  4. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/16816
  6. ADM 173/17705
  7. ADM 173/17342

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

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