Allied Warships

HMS La Cordeliere

Torpedo boat of the La Melpoméne class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeTorpedo boat
ClassLa Melpoméne 
Pennant 
Built byCh Augustin Normand (Le Havre, France) 
Ordered 
Laid down16 Aug 1934 
Launched9 Sep 1936 
Commissioned6 Jul 1940 
End service9 Sep 1945 
HistoryCaptured by the British at Portsmouth on 3 July 1940.
Paid off on 9 September 1945.
Returned to Cherbourgh on 23 September 1945.
Stricken 17 February 1950. 

Commands listed for HMS La Cordeliere

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Robert William Stirling-Hamilton, RN6 Jul 1940mid 1941
2Lt. Arthur John Goodeve Barff, RNRmid 194116 Feb 1945
3T/Lt. Frank Alexander Haworth, RNVR16 Feb 19459 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving La Cordeliere include:


12 May 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere. (1)

15 May 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Carina (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.C.G. Jolly, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere. (1)

20 May 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere and HMS L' Atlantique. (2)

1 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR). (3)

3 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere. (3)

17 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

19 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

20 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

24 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

9 Jul 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Mistral (Lt.Cdr. G.D. Anderson, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere. (4)

27 Jul 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt. (retired) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (5)

5 Dec 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Carina (Cdr. (retired) T.St.V.F. Tyler, RN), HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR), HMS La Cordeliere (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR). (6)

7 Jul 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (7)

29 Jul 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (8)

30 Jul 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (7)

31 Jul 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (8)

3 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (9)

5 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (9)

5 Oct 1942
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr. (retired) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (10)

28 Oct 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (11)

29 Oct 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR), HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR), HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR). (11)

2 Nov 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (12)

5 Nov 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel, HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (12)

14 Jan 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (13)

15 Jan 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (13)

18 Jan 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (14)

31 Jan 1943
HMS H 43 (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (15)

23 Mar 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (16)

3 Apr 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr. (retired) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (17)

8 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR).

12 Apr 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr. (retired) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (17)

19 Apr 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (18)

29 Apr 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Tuscarora (Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) (18)

4 Aug 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (19)

26 Aug 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (19)

30 Aug 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 34 proceeded to Rothesay. (19)

1 Oct 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (20)

11 Oct 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (20)

3 Nov 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (21)

16 Nov 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR), HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR), HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (21)

17 Nov 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (21)

18 Nov 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (21)

21 Dec 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (22)

22 Dec 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (23)

27 Dec 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN). (24)

30 Dec 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (22)

4 Jan 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (25)

16 Jan 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (23)

26 Jan 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(retired) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (23)

1 Feb 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR), HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (A/Ch.Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (26)

2 Feb 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN), HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (A/Ch.Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (26)

3 Feb 1944
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (27)

8 Feb 1944
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (28)

9 Feb 1944
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (28)

17 Feb 1944
HMS H 33 (Lt. F.R. Lawrence, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (28)

21 Feb 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (26)

22 Feb 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Borage (Lt. W.S. MacDonald, DSC, RNVR), HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (26)

1 Mar 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (29)

7 Mar 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Borage (Lt. W.S. MacDonald, DSC, RNVR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (29)

10 Mar 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (29)

4 Apr 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, DSC, RNR). (30)

31 May 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Spaniel. (23)

16 Jun 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (31)

19 Apr 1945
HMS H 34 (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (T/Lt. F.A. Haworth, RNVR). (32)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16760
  2. ADM 173/16739
  3. ADM 173/16740
  4. ADM 173/16741
  5. ADM 173/16762
  6. File 2.12.03.6378 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  7. File 2.12.03.6380 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  8. ADM 173/17251
  9. ADM 173/17252
  10. ADM 173/17499
  11. ADM 173/17242
  12. ADM 173/17243
  13. ADM 173/17778
  14. ADM 173/17754
  15. ADM 173/17802
  16. ADM 173/17780
  17. File 2.12.03.6370 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  18. ADM 173/17793
  19. ADM 173/17797
  20. ADM 173/17775
  21. ADM 173/17930
  22. ADM 173/17789
  23. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  24. ADM 173/17801
  25. ADM 173/18491
  26. ADM 173/18477
  27. ADM 173/18486
  28. ADM 173/18487
  29. ADM 173/18478
  30. ADM 173/18494
  31. ADM 173/18481
  32. ADM 173/19491

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


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