Allied Warships

HMS Montrose (D 01)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Leader class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty Leader 
PennantD 01 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
OrderedApr 1917 
Laid down4 Oct 1917 
Launched10 Jun 1918 
Commissioned14 Sep 1918 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 31 January 1946.

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Commands listed for HMS Montrose (D 01)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Henry Thurston Wake Pawsey, OBE, RN31 Jul 19396 Sep 1939
2Capt. Alfred Jerome Lucian Phillips, RN6 Sep 193927 Sep 1939
3Cdr. Cecil Ramsden Langworthy Parry, RN27 Sep 19399 Sep 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Walter John Phipps, OBE, RN9 Sep 194116 Oct 1943
5A/Cdr. Guy Neville Rolfe, DSC, RN16 Oct 1943Ca. Aug 44

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Notable events involving Montrose include:


3 Oct 1939

Convoy OA 14.

This convoy departed Southend on 3 October 1939. It was dissolved at sea on 6 October 1939.

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Baron Ailsa (British, 3656 GRT, built 1936), City of Windsor (British, 7218 GRT, built 1923), Clan Lamont (British, 7250 GRT, built 1939), Corfell (British, 1802 GRT, built 1934) (to Porstmouth only), Flimston (British, 4674 GRT, built 1925), Fulham II (British, 1596 GRT, built 1936), Ousebridge (British, 5601 GRT, built 1920) and Troutpool (British, 4886 GRT, built 1927).

Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) which sailed from Plymouth early in the day and then joined the convoy off the Downs. The next day the convoy was joined by HMS Montrose (Cdr. C.R.L. Parry, RN) coming from Portsmouth.

31 Oct 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Lowestoft (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Proudfoot, RN), HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. L.W.L. Argles, RN), HMS Montrose (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN) and HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Sinclair, RN). (1)

4 Nov 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.M. Burrell, RAN), HMS Montrose (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN) and HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN). (1)

7 Nov 1941
Around 0800A/7, HMS Montrose (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN), departed Scapa Flow for Port Z.A. (Loch Alsh), where she arrived around 1700A/7. (2)

8 Nov 1941

Minelaying operation SN 83B.

Minelaying operation by the 1st Minelaying Squadron.

At 0810A/8, the auxiliary minelayers HMS Menestheus (Capt. J.S. Crawford, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.L. Burnett, OBE, RN), HMS Port Quebec (Capt.(Retd.) E.C. Watson, RN) and the destroyers HMS Brighton (Cdr. (Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN), HMS Charlestown (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN), HMS Newark (Lt.Cdr. R.H.W. Atkins, RN) and HMS Montrose (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN) departed Port Z.A. (Loch Alsh) to lay minefield SN 83B.

Cover for this minelaying operation was provided by the light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.M. Burrough, CB, RN) and the destroyers HMS Bedouin (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, OBE, RN) and HMS Intrepid (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Lewes, DSC, RN) which departed from Seidisfjord, Iceland around 1315Z/8.

The minefield made up of 933 mines, was laid between 1320Z/9 and 1408Z/9, along a line joining positions, 62°49'8"N, 09°52'5"W and 63°02'8"N, 10°37'0"W.

The minelayers laid as follows; HMS Menestheus 410 mines and HMS Port Quebec 550 mines.

Very bad weather was experienced. During the night from 9/10 November the weather got even worse and as a result of it the force split up. HMS Brighton experienced two temporary engine breakdowns and HMS Newark had to steer by hand for two days.

HMS Port Quebec and HMS Charlestown arrived at Port Z.A. at 0430A/12. HMS Menestheus followed at 0700A/12 and finally HMS Brighton and HMS Newark arrived at 1145A/12.

HMS Montrose had been ordered to return to Scapa Flow where she arrived around 0800A/12.

HMS Kenya, HMS Bedouin and HMS Intrepid remained at sea, patrolling in the Iceland - Faeroer gap until returning to Seidisfiord around 1100Z/12. (3)

24 Nov 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Montrose (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN), HMS Wheatland (Lt. R.deL. Brooke, RN) and HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. L.W.L. Argles, RN). (1)

20 Dec 1941
Around 1500/20, HMS Renown (Capt. C.S. Daniel, CBE, DSO, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Hvalfjord, Iceland. She is escorted by HMS Montrose (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN), HMS Worcester (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Coats, RN) and HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Huddart, RN).

At 1600/21, rendezvous was made with HMS Rodney (Capt. J.W. Rivett-Carnac, DSC, RN) coming from Hvalfjord bound for Scapa Flow. escorted by HMS Verity (Cdr. R.H. Mills, RN), HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO, RN) and HMS Witherington (Lt. R. Horncastle, RN). They had departed from Hvalfjord at 1230/20. Destroyers were then swapped.

HMS Renown, HMS Verity, HMS Walker and HMS Witherington arrived at Hvalfjord around 1330/22.

HMS Rodney, HMS Montrose, HMS Worcester and HMS Forester arrived at Scapa Flow around 1230/22. (4)

7 Aug 1942
HMS Renown (Capt. C.S. Daniel, CBE, DSO, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Montrose (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN), HMS Windsor (Lt.Cdr. D.H.F. Hetherington, DSC, RN) and HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN).

14 Aug 1942
HMS Renown (Capt. C.S. Daniel, CBE, DSO, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Montrose (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN), HMS Walpole (Lt. A.S. Pomeroy, RN) and HMS Windsor (Lt.Cdr. D.H.F. Hetherington, DSC, RN). (5)

14 Jan 1943
In the second half of the morning, HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, AM, RN), conducted radar calibration exercises off Scapa Flow.

The were followed by a rangefinding and inclination exercises with HMS Howe (Capt. C.H.L. Woodhouse, CB, RN) which was being escorted by three destroyers, two of which might have been HMS Montrose (A/Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN) and HMS Walpole (Lt. A.S. Pomeroy, DSC, RN). Later in the afternoon HMS Howe had three other destroyers with her during an rangefinding and inclination exercise with HMS Belfast (Capt. F.R. Parham, RN). These destroyers were HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN), HMCS Iroquois (Cdr. W.B.L. Holms, RCN) and HMS Raider (Lt.Cdr. K.W. Michell, RN).

And finally HMS Penelope conducted gunnery exercises for the 6" armamant. (6)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6388 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 199/399
  3. ADM 53/114497 + ADM 199/396 + ADM 199/399 + ADM 234/560 + ADM 234/561
  4. ADM 53/114974 + ADM 53/115033
  5. ADM 53/116526
  6. ADM 53/118335

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


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