Allied Warships

HMS Holderness (L 48)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 48 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered21 Mar 1939 
Laid down29 Jun 1939 
Launched8 Feb 1940 
Commissioned10 Aug 1940 
End service 

Scrapped at Preston on 20 November 1956.


Commands listed for HMS Holderness (L 48)

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George Pepys Huddart, RN30 Jan 1941
1Lt.Cdr. Douglas Eric Holland-Martin, DSC, RN15 May 194030 Jan 1941
2Cdr. Frederick John Crosby Halahan, DSC, RN30 Jan 194113 Jan 1942
3Lt. Archibald John Ramsay White, RN13 Jan 194224 Aug 1943
4Lt. Richard George Ralph Clay, RN24 Aug 1943early 1944

5Lt. Philip Frederick Cole, DSC, RN2 Apr 19448 Sep 1945
6Lt. Derek George Smeeton, RN8 Sep 1945early 1946

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Notable events involving Holderness include:

4 Sep 1940
Around 1230/4, HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN) and HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral M.L. Clarke, DSC, RN) and HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN) departed Rosyth for Sheerness. They were escorted by the escort destroyer HMS Holderness (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN).

The escort was reinforced around 2000/4 by the destroyers HMS Jupiter (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN) and HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) which had come from Immingham to rendez-vous with the cruisers and escort them in.

All ships, minus HMS Holderness which was detached shortly before arriving, arrived at Immingham, where they had been diverted to, shortly before midnight.

The cruisers were sent to Immingham for anti-invasion duty. (1)

12 Dec 1940
After a delay of 24 hours due to a reported enemy submarine the British battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. C.B. Barry, DSO, RN) departed Portsmouth for Rosyth where she was to complete her refit.

She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN), HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Cattistock (Lt.Cdr R.A. Ewing, RN), HMS Cleveland (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN), HMS Fernie (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) and HMS Holderness (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN).

Around 1600/13 the original escort was relieved by the destroyer HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Lampard, RN), HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN) and HMS Southdown (Cdr. E.R. Condor, DSO, DSC, RN).

At 1630/14 the light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, RN) and the AA cruiser HMS Curacoa (Capt. C.C. Hughes-Hallett, RN) joined the escort.

The battleship and her escort arrived at Rosyth around 1330/15.

13 Nov 1941
HMS Sunfish departed Sheerness for Portsmouth still in tow of HMS Stalwart. They were escorted by HMS Holderness (Cdr. F.J.C. Halahan, DSC, RN). (2)


  1. ADM 53/112668
  2. ADM 199/400

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

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