Allied Warships

HMS Wallace (L 64)

Destroyer of the Shakespeare class

HMS Wallace as Fast Escort armed with 4-inch Anti Aircaft guns

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantL 64 
ModFast escort 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
OrderedApr 1917 
Laid downAug 1917 
Launched26 Oct 1918 
Commissioned29 Jan 1919 
End service20 Mar 1945 

Reconstructed as Fast Escort, reconstruction completed on 14 June 1939.

HMS Wallace served mainly on British east coast escorting coastal convoy's except for a brief period in 1943 when she went to the Mediterranean for the invasion of Sicily. On 16 March 1945 she collided with HMS Farndale off the Humber and considered not worth repairing she was paid off. Being sold to be broken up for scrap 4 days later.


Commands listed for HMS Wallace (L 64)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Lloyd Astwood, RN22 Aug 193917 Jan 1940
2Lt. Edward Anthony Savile Bailey, RN17 Jan 194021 Jan 1940
3Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Lloyd Astwood, RN21 Jan 194020 Feb 1940
4Cdr. Ballin Illingworth Robertshaw, RN20 Feb 194011 Sep 1940
5Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Edward Gavin Heywood-Lonsdale, RN11 Sep 194016 Feb 1943
6Lt. Denis Guy Douglas Hall-Wright, RN16 Feb 194318 May 1943
7Lt. Duncan Carson, RN18 May 1943late 1943

8Cdr. Jackson Whayman, RD, RNR4 Jan 194420 Jan 1944
9Lt.Cdr. Robert Sydney Hopper, DSC, RN20 Jan 1944Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Wallace include:

1 Sep 1939
The Polish destroyers Burza (Komandor Podporucznik Stanislaw Michal Nahorski, ORP), Grom (Komandor Podporucznik Aleksander Hulewicz, ORP) and Blyskawica (Komandor Podporucznik Wlodzimierz Andrzey Kodrebski-Poraj, ORP) were met in the North Sea by British aircraft and the British destroyers HMS Wallace (Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Lloyd Astwood, RN) and HMS Wanderer (Cdr Reginald Francis Morice, RN). They were escorted to Leith.

13 Sep 1939
HMS Wallace (Lt.Cdr. W.M.L. Astwood, RN) is damaged in a in a collision off Lowestoft with the British merchant Redriff (1577 GRT). Wallace is under repair until 23 October.

26 Feb 1940
Convoy MT 18 proceeded from Methil Roads to the Tyne. It was being escorted by the sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) and the AA destroyer HMS Wallace (Lt. E.A.S. Bailey, RN, RN). The escort was reinforced by the destroyer HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN). (1)

28 Apr 1940
Around 1400A/28, the light cruisers HMS Galatea (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN), HMS Arethusa (Capt. Q.D. Graham, RN) departed Rosyth for Scapa Flow where they arrived around 0115A/29. At sea they were joined by the escort destroyers HMS Valorous (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, RN) and HMS Wallace (Cdr. B.I. Robertshaw, RN). (2)

21 Nov 1941
With her refit completed HMS Renown (Capt. C.S. Daniel, CBE, DSO, RN) conducted D/G trials off Rosyth. On completion of these trials she departed for Scapa Flow escorted by the destroyers HMS Arrow (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN), HMS Vimiera (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Mackenzie, RNR) and HMS Wallace (Lt.Cdr.(Emy.) E.G. Heywood-Lonsdale, RN). (3)

22 Nov 1941
HMS Renown (Capt. C.S. Daniel, CBE, DSO, RN), HMS Arrow (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN), HMS Vimiera (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Mackenzie, RNR) and HMS Wallace (Lt.Cdr.(Emy.) E.G. Heywood-Lonsdale, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (3)

4 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, DSC, RN), HMS Brimness (Skr. A.E. Larner, RNR), HMS Vega (Lt. C.G. Forsberg, RN) and HMS Wallace (Lt. D. Carson, RN). (4)

13 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Wallace (Lt. D. Carson, RN), and HMS Viceroy (Lt. T.F. Hallifax, RN) and HMS Woolston (Lt. F.W. Hawkins, RN). (5)

16 Mar 1945
HMS Wallace (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Hopper, DSC, RN) collided with HMS Farndale (Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSO, DSC, RN) off the Humber and considered not worth repairing she was paid off. Being sold to be broken up for scrap four days later.

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  1. ADM 53/112488 + ADM 199/362
  2. ADM 53/111410 + ADM 53/112280
  3. ADM 53/114973
  4. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/18004

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

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