HMS Eglinton (L 87)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type I)|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.): Parsons|
|Ordered||21 Mar 1939|
|Laid down||8 Jun 1939|
|Launched||28 Dec 1939|
|Commissioned||28 Aug 1940|
Scrapped at Blyth on 28 May 1956.
Named after a Hunt in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Commands listed for HMS Eglinton (L 87)
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|1||Cdr. Emile Frank Verlaine Dechaineux, RAN||20 May 1940||17 Aug 1941|
|2||Cdr. Charles Arthur de Winton Kitcat, RN||17 Aug 1941||16 May 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Joseph Mansergh Palmer, RN||16 May 1942||21 Feb 1944|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Frank Maclear Graves, RN||21 Feb 1944||Nov 1944|
|5||Capt. Jocelyn Stuart Cambridge Salter, DSO, OBE, RN||Nov 1944||26 Jun 1945|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Charles Douglas Theodore Williams, RN||26 Jun 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Eglinton include:
7 Jun 1944
Convoy EWP 1.
This convoy departed Portsmouth on 7 June 1944 and arrived on 8 June 1944 off the Normandy beaches.
It was made up of the transports; Batavier II (Dutch, 1573 GRT, built 1920), Biarritz (British, 2388 GRT, built 1915), Cameronia (British, 16297 GRT, built 1920), Devonshire (British, 11275 GRT, built 1939), Empire Arquebus (British, 7177 GRT, built 1944), Empire Crossbow (British, 7177 GRT, built 1944), Leopoldville (Belgian, 11509 GRT, built 1929), Neuralia (British, 9182 GRT, built 1912), New Bedford (British, 1595 GRT, built 1928) and Worcestershire (British, 11402 GRT, built 1931).
The depot / headquarters ships, HMS Adventure (A/Capt. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Despatch (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO, RN) and Southern Prince (Capt. (Retd.) R.H.F. de Salis, DSC, OBE, RN) were also with this convoy.
The convoy was escorted by the escort destroyer HMS Eglinton (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Graves, RN), sloops HMS Redpole (Lt.Cdr. I.M. Carrs, RN), HMS Stork (Cdr.(Retd.) G.W.E. Castens, DSO, RN) and the frigates HMS Duff (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Brock, RCNVR) and HMS Hotham (A/Lt.Cdr. S. Ayles, RNR).
28 Jun 1944
HMS Hotham (A/Lt.Cdr. S. Ayles, RNR) and HMS Eglinton (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Graves, RN) pick up survivors from the British landing ship infantry Maid of Orleans that had been sunk by the German U-boat U-988 southeast of St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight in position 50°06'N, 00°41'W.