HMS Derby (J 90)
Minesweeper of the Hunt class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Clyde Shipbuilding Co. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Launched||9 Aug 1918|
|Commissioned||21 Oct 1918|
HMS Derby was laid up in reserve at Singapore when the Second World War started
HMS Denby is not listed as active unit in the January 1945 Navy List
Scrapped 4 July 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Derby (J 90)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Napier Petch, RN||29 Aug 1939||6 Dec 1939|
|2||Lt. Francis Charles Victor Brightman, RN||6 Dec 1939||Jun 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Archibald Frederick MacFie, OBE, RNR||Jun 1941||mid 1942|
|4||Lt. Charles David Sampson, RNVR||mid 1942||Oct 1942|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Sidney Lord Bannister Maybury, RN||Oct 1942||10 May 1944|
|6||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Daniel Walter Scholes, RNVR||10 May 1944||late 1944|
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Notable events involving Derby include:
16 Aug 1940
From 16 to 19 August 1940, Allied troops from Berbera, Italian Somaliland, were evacuated to Aden.
The troops were evacatuated by the transports Akbar (4043 GRT, built 1924), Laomedon (6491 GRT, built 1912), the hospital ship Vita (4691 GRT, built 1914) as well as the armed boarding vessels HMS Chakdina (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) and HMS Chantala (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E.I. Gibbs, RN).
Cover for the evacuation was provided by the light cruisers HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN), HMS Caledon (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN), HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN), AA -cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN), sloops HMS Auckland (Cdr. J.G. Hewitt, DSO, RN), HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN), HMAS Parramatta (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Walker, MVO, RAN), HMS Indus (Cdr. Cdr. E.G.G. Hunt, RIN), HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN), minesweeper HMS Derby (Lt.Cdr. F.C.V. Brightman, RN) and the netlayer HMS Protector (Capt. W.Y la L. Beverley, RN).
On 17 August, HMS Ceres bombarded Italian Army targets which temporarily halted the Italian advance.
On 18 August, HMS Caledon and HMS Kandahar bombarded enemy units on the Bulhar-Berbera road.
The evacuation was completed on the 18th. Over 7000 men had been evacuated.
The last men were taken off by HMAS Hobart which Berbera early on the 19th for Aden with the last of the Army personnel and the demolition parties which had demolished the harbour facilities. HMS Indus proceeded along the coast to pick up stragglers. (1)
- ADM 199/383
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.