HMS Milford Countess (FY 564)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||J.P. Rennoldson & Sons Ltd. (South Shields, U.K.)|
|Launched||19 Nov 1918|
Completed on 20 January 1919.
Returned to her owner in April 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Milford Countess (FY 564)
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|1||Ch.Skr. Peter David Polson, RD, RNR||25 Aug 1939||17 Feb 1940|
|2||T/Skr. Edward Ward Oxborough, RNR||17 Feb 1940||31 Dec 1940|
|3||T/A/S.Lt. Raymond Henry Vallings, RNR||31 Dec 1940||Dec 1941|
|4||T/Lt. Harry Leslie Watts, RNVR||Dec 1941||early 1942|
|5||T/S.Lt. Raymond Henry Vallings, RNR||early 1942||Jul 1942|
|6||E G Staples, RNR||Jul 1942||29 Jun 1943|
|7||W H Porter, RNR||29 Jun 1943||late 1943|
|8||T/Lt. Raymond Henry Vallings, RNR||late 1943||18 Feb 1944|
|9||T/Lt. Donald Francis Fell, RNVR||18 Feb 1944||mid 1944|
|10||T/S.Lt. Walter Eden-Smith, RNVR||mid 1944||Dec 1944|
|11||W H Porter, RNR||Dec 1944||early 1945|
|12||T/S.Lt. Walter Eden-Smith, RNVR||early 1945||late 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)
- Report of proceedings of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla for February 1941 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for February 1941