Allied Warships

HMS Verdun (L 93)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 93 
ModFast escort 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid down13 Jan 1917 
Launched21 Aug 1917 
Commissioned3 Nov 1917 
End service 

Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Chatham Dockyard completed on 11 July 1940. Pennant number was D 93 changed to L 93 upon completion of this reconstruction.

Scrapped in 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Verdun (L 93)

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1Lt.Cdr. Francis Jack Cartwright, RN20 May 1940Nov 1940
2Cdr. Alfred Charles Behague, RNNov 194012 Jul 1941
3Lt.Cdr. William Spooner Donald, DSC, RN12 Jul 19414 May 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Derry Parsons, RD, RNR4 May 1943Mar 1945
5Lt. Ronald Cameron Henley, RNMar 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Verdun include:

19 Jun 1942
HMS Manchester (Capt. H. Drew, DSC, RN), HMS Somali (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Ashanti (Cdr. R.G. Onslow, DSO, RN) and HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN) returned to Scapa Flow escorting HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN) after taking over the escort duties from the destroyers Verdun (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Donald, DSC, RN) and HMS Vanity (Lt.Cdr. W.B.R. Morrison, RN). (1)

3 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with Verdun (Lt.Cdr. D. Parsons, RD, RNR), HMS Lady Beryl, HMS Polka (T/Lt. I.A. Thorpe, MBE, RNVR) and HMS Berkshire (Skr. G. Bruce, RNR). (2)

22 Sep 1944
HMS Malaya (Cdr. D.H. Fuller, RN) departed Plymouth for Rosyth. She was being escorted by HMS Hart (Cdr. (retired) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Lark (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Skate (Lt. J.H. Macalister, RNVR).

At 1145/22 they were joined by HMS Affleck (Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Garlies (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Calpe, DSC, RN) and HMS Gore (Lt. J.V. Reeves-Brown, DSC, RN).

At 1325/24, HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Cambrian (Lt.Cdr. H.T. Harrel, RN) took over from HMS Hart and HMS Lark. [The other escorts apparently had been detached by this time.]

At 1650/24, Verdun (Cdr. D. Parsons, RD, RNR) and HMS Vega (Lt. C.G. Forsberg, RN) took over from HMS Cassandra and HMS Cambrian.

Around 0945/25, HMS Malaya arrived off Rosyth. (3)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. ADM 53/116227 + ADM 199/427
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 53/119848

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

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