Allied Warships

HMS Roberts (F 40)

Monitor of the Roberts class

HMS Roberts postwar

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantF 40 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered16 Mar 1940 
Laid down30 Apr 1940 
Launched1 Feb 1941 
Commissioned27 Oct 1941 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap in June 1965.


Commands listed for HMS Roberts (F 40)

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1Capt. John Gerald Yerburgh Loveband, RN19 Aug 194117 May 1943
2Capt. Hugh Meynell Cyril Ionides, RN17 May 19436 Jun 1943
3A/Capt. (retired) Ronald Ernest Cotton Dunbar, RN6 Jun 194318 Jun 1945
4Capt. Cyril Bristowe Tidd, RN18 Jun 1945Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Roberts include:

26 Jun 1944
HMS Rodney (Capt. R.O. Fitzroy, RN) started a bombardment with her 16" main battery at 0819B/26. Fire was ceased at 0954B/26.

HMS Roberts (A/Capt.(Retd.) R.E.C. Dunbar, RN) apparently also participated in this bombardment. [No log for this ship is available, so more details can be given.]

HMS Diadem (Capt. E.G.A. Clifford, RN) also participated in this bombardment. She opened fire around 0800B/26.

The targets were the 1st, 9th and 12th SS Panzer Divisions.

At 1232B/26, HMS Rodney opened fire with her 16" main battery. Target was Carpiquet airfield. Fire was ceased at 1326B/26.

Around 1615B/26, HMS Belfast (Capt. F.R. Parham, RN) and HMS Diadem opened fire on a shore battery. (1)


  1. ADM 53/120411

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

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