Destroyer Flotilla Leader ordered
from Cammell Laird of Birkenhead in April
1917. The ship was laid down as Yard No.
849 on I0th November 1917 and launched on
21st September 1918. She was the 2nd
RN ship to carry this
name, introduced in 1796. Build was
completed on 21st December 1918 and she
served in the Atlantic Fleet until
1925 when laid up in Reserve. She was
brought forward from Reserve when the
Reserve Fleet was mobilised in 1939
and in May 1942 was adopted by the civil
community of Caithness following a
successful WARSHIP WEEK
National Savings campaign in May 1942.
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19th Destroyer Flotilla at Harwich for
convoy escort in
details of naval activities in
North Sea in 1939 see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
FOR THE EAST COAST
by J Foynes
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Coast convoy escort in continuation.
for service in Western Approaches.
in SW Approaches
Joined Convoy OG23 on assembly as escort
during initial stage of passage to
Detached from OG23 and took passage to
join inward Convoy HG23 as escort during
passage to Liverpool from Gibraltar.
Detached from HG23 and returned to
details of OG and HG convoys see THE
ALLIED CONVOY SYSTEM by A Hague.)
from escort of routine convoys as
required by CinC Home Fleet to support
recorded in Naval Staff History (HMSO -
permanently deployed with
Home Fleet during
Embarked 60 troops and stores for
landings at Molde and Andalsnes and
with HM Destroyers VANSITTART, IVANHOE,
as screen for
HM Cruisers GALATEA,
during passage to
Landed troops and stores at Andalsnes.
Returned to UK
Part of escort for evacuation convoy
North convoy defence duties
defence duty and anti-invasion patrols
In action with
E-Boats off Southwold,
and sank E-Boat S23. 19 of the crew were
rescued and became PoW.
was the first confirmed sinking of an
the N. Sea.
THE BATTLE OF THE EAST
by JP Foynes)
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for convoy defence and patrol.
details of East Coast convoy activities
see THREE CORVETTES by
and THE BATTLE
OF THE NARROW
by P Scott).
Convoy FS50 with HM Destroyers
VESPER, WOLSEY, GARTH,
HAMBLEDON, QUORN, HM
Corvettes KITTIWAKE and WIDGEON.
During defence of
FS50 opened fire on HMS GARTH in error
causing serious damage.
See FRIEND OR
by P Kemp).
During these attacks tanker WAR MEHTAR,
Colliers WALDINGE and ARUBA
.Three E-Boats were also sunk, See
BATTLE OF THE EAST
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re-designated 21st Destroyer Flotilla.
convoy defence and patrol with HM
Destroyers VIVACIOUS and
convoy defence and patrol in
Took part in Flotilla exercises with HM
Destroyers VIVACIOUS and
and HM Destroyers MACKAY, WHITSHED and
to intercept German warships
SCHARNHORST, GNEISENAU and PRINZ EUGEN
English Channel from
out unsuccessful torpedo attacks and
under heavy fire from enemy ships and
details see THE CHANNEL DASH by T
Robertson .ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
Naval Staff History).
Resumed East coast
duties after return to Harwich.
Coast convoy escort and patrol in
RAF radar (Naval Type 286M fitted in
details of development and use of radar
in RN see RADAR AT
by D Howse)
for duty in Home Fleet at
Deployed as Local Escort from Loch Ewe
for Russian Convoy PQ18 during passage
Iceland with HM Destroyers ESKDALE, FARNDALE and MALCOLM.
PQ18 on arrival of Ocean Escort.
details of all Russian Convoy operations
see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R A
by P Kemp and
ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman.
duties at Harwich with 21st Flotilla.
In action against
E-Boats in defence of
HM Destroyer GARTH.
German S38 sunk in this engagement.
East coast duties in continuation.
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defence and patrol In North Sea in
Type 271) fitted for detection of
submarines and E-Boats.
See above reference and SEEK
During escort of Convoy FN1160 with H M
Destroyers PYTCHLEY, WORCESTER,
and MACKAY in action with E-Boats
details see THE BATTLE OF THE NARROW
coast duties In
(Note: By this date the ship had been
converted for use as a Short Range
details see V4W DESTROYERS 1917-45 by A
Preston and BRITISH
by E. March which outline the extent of
the changes made) .
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East coast duties in continuation.
equipment for intercepting enemy radio
Nominated for duty with Force S
during planned allied landings in Normandy.
for convoy escort from Thames to beach head area as Escort Group 113 with
escort of military convoys during duty
phase in a
pre-planned cycle of convoys (Operation
details of naval activities prior to and
during allied landings see OPERATION
NEPTUNE by K
Edwards and LANDINGS IN
JUNE 1944 (HMSO)
Passage to Sheerness to Join Group.
Joined escort for Convoy S13 with HMS
VIVACIOUS, HM Trawlers NORTHERN
comprised 4 Landing Ships and 4 RHINO
Passage to Spithead.
delayed 24 hours
Escort Convoy S13 through swept
After arrival in SWORD area returned
escort duties in pre-arranged cycle.
release from NEPTUNE
resumed convoy escort and patrol in
coast convoy escort and patrol on
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defence requirement extended to include
(Note: Atlantic convoys were re-routed
through Channel after threat of air
been removed by allied advance into Low
countries. In this period there
significant increase in enemy activity
concentrating attacks on convoy focal
Channel and SW
Increased surface minelaying in Thames
patrol by destroyers and other escorts.
HOLD THE NARROW
by P Smith ).
for interception patrol and for convoy
and support of military re-occupation
his son Patrick Holland, Perth, WA.
have a web site of HMS CAMPBELL in memory of
my dad which has some material on it which
is not mentioned in the above service
history list - see
http://home.it.net.au/~lambeth/campbell.html. This includes a photo of the
ship's Crest (now added above, with
thanks to Patrick) as well as
details of her as one of the escort ships
which took Crown Prince Olaf back to
Norway in May 1945. I am in
touch with John Beeley who was a P.O.
Telegraphist on CAMPBELL during her
encounter with SCHARNHORST during the
Channel Dash in February 1942. John
was i/c the Radar on the bridge during the
battle and awarded the MID for his exemplary
services. He has recently received his
Arctic Emblem badge for the time CAMPBELL
was with the escort of Russian Convoy PQ 18.