Allied Warships

HMS Notts County (FY 250)

ASW Trawler

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-923

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 250 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched18 Nov 1937 
CommissionedNov 1939 
Lost9 Mar 1942 
Loss position63° 10'N, 13° 16'W

Completed in January 1938.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 19 September 1939.
Displacement: 541 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

HMT Notts County (T/Lt. Ronald Hartley Hampton, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk by U-701 southeast of Iceland in position 63º10'N, 13º16'W on 9 March 1942.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 9 Mar 1942 by U-701 (Degen).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Notts County

Commands listed for HMS Notts County (FY 250)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) John King Pollock, RN9 Nov 193914 Sep 1940
2T/Lt. Rex Thorne, RNVR14 Sep 194011 Feb 1941
3T/S.Lt. Ronald Hartley Hampton, RNR11 Feb 19419 Mar 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Notts County include:

11 Apr 1940
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. V.J.H. Van der Byl, RN) departed from the Clyde area for her 1st war patrol. She is to patrol off Central Norway. She was escorted until 2145/12 by HMS Notts County (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.K. Pollock, RN). (1)

27 Aug 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Rothesay for her 2nd war patrol. She made the passage together with cable ship HMS Lasso (Capt.(Retd.) H.C.P. Pipon, RN). They were escorted by HMS Notts County (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.K. Pollock, RN) until 2130/29. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (2)

2 Sep 1940
HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Falmouth. After a few hours she departed for Rothesay escorted by HMS Notts County (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.K. Pollock, RN). (3)

26 Dec 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Notts County (T/Lt. R. Thorne, RNVR). (4)


  1. ADM 199/1846
  2. ADM 199/1845
  3. ADM 199/1827
  4. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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