Allied Warships

HMS Milford Countess (FY 564)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 564 
Built byJ.P. Rennoldson & Sons Ltd. (South Shields, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched19 Nov 1918 
CommissionedAug 1939 
End service 
History

Completed on 20 January 1919.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 275 tons.

Returned to her owner in April 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Milford Countess (FY 564)

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CommanderFromTo
1Ch.Skr. Peter David Polson, RD, RNR25 Aug 193917 Feb 1940
2T/Skr. Edward Ward Oxborough, RNR17 Feb 194031 Dec 1940
3T/A/S.Lt. Raymond Henry Vallings, RNR31 Dec 1940Dec 1941
4T/Lt. Harry Leslie Watts, RNVRDec 1941early 1942
5T/S.Lt. Raymond Henry Vallings, RNRearly 1942Jul 1942
6E G Staples, RNRJul 194229 Jun 1943
7W H Porter, RNR29 Jun 1943late 1943
8T/Lt. Raymond Henry Vallings, RNRlate 194318 Feb 1944
9T/Lt. Donald Francis Fell, RNVR18 Feb 1944mid 1944
10T/S.Lt. Walter Eden-Smith, RNVRmid 1944Dec 1944
11W H Porter, RNRDec 1944early 1945
12T/S.Lt. Walter Eden-Smith, RNVRearly 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Milford Countess include:


11 Feb 1941
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) departed Tobruk for Benghazi escorting the auxiliary M/S trawlers HMS Arthur Cavanagh (Skr. T.W. Kirby, RNR) and HMS Milford Countess (T/A/S.Lt. R.H. Vallings, RNR). At Benghazi the harbour had to be cleared of mines.

19 Feb 1941
A convoy made up of the transports Palermo (British, 2928 GRT, built 1938) and Escaut (Belgian, 1087 GRT, built 1938) departed Benghazi for Tobruk.

They were escorted by the AA cruiser HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN), destroyer HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN), corvettes HMS Gloxinia (Lt.Cdr. A.J.C. Pomeroy, RNVR), HMS Hyacinth (T/Lt. F.C. Hopkins, RNR), HMS Peony (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO, RN) and the auxiliary M/S trawlers HMS Arthur Cavanagh (Skr. T.W. Kirby, RNR) and HMS Milford Countess (T/A/S.Lt. R.H. Vallings, RNR).

Shortly after departure the destroyer HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) joined coming from patrol.

A.M. on the 20th, HMS Coventry parted company.

P.M. on the 20th, HMS Gloxinia, Hyacinth, HMS Arthur Cavenagh and HMS Milford Countess parted company with the convoy to proceed to Alexandria.

The remaining ships arrived at Tobruk on 21 February 1941. (1)

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla for February 1941 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for February 1941

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