9 3 9
August Commissioned with Reservists
for attendance at Royal Review of Reserve Fleet
in Weymouth Bay.
September Remained in commission for war
service when Fleet mobilised. and took up war station
with 19th Destroyer Flotilla at Plymouth
3rd Deployed with Flotilla for convoy
escort and patrol in SW Approaches and Channel.
duties in Western Approaches Command in continuation.
1 9 4 0
January Transferred to 16th Destroyer
Flotilla at Harwich for convoy defence in North Sea.
February North Sea
convoy defence with Flotilla in continuation
to Transferred to
Western Approaches Command for Atlantic convoy defence.
April Deployed in SW Approaches
3rd Joined outward Convoy OG24 with HM Destroyers VELOX, VERDUN, WAKEFUL, HM
Trawlers LEEDS UNITED
and two French destroyers as escort during passage to Gibraltar
(Note: HMS VELOX remained with OG24 until arrival at Gibraltar and
returned with inward
Convoy HG26F and
it is assumed this ship detached fromOGV24 during Atlantic passage.
This ship may
have been detached from Harwich duties to replace another Western
and was required to return to North
May Pennant Number for
visual signalling purposes changed to I01.
26th Detached for duty at Dover in support of evacuation of allied troops from Dunkirk
DYNAMO –For details see Naval Staff History, and NINE DAYS AT DUNKIRK
by S D Divine)
28th Embarked 925 troops and took passage to Dover to disembark.
June Resumed Flotilla duties
at Harwich for North Sea convoy defence.
27th Deployed off Aldeburgh to provide cover
for minesweeping operation.
Under air attack
and sustained serious damage which disabled ship.
(Note: Bow structure blown off and major damage in remaining
WREN was sunk in these attacks.)
Taken to Harwich
August Under repair
1 9 4 1
January On completion of repair
carried out post repair trials.
at Harwich and resumed North Sea convoy defence and patrol duties.
deployment in North Sea in continuation.
1 9 4 2
January North Sea duties with Flotilla in continuation.
to Nominated for
detached service with Home Fleet.
September Passage with HM Destroyer WALPOLE
to join escort for Russian convoy.
6th Joined escort for Russian Convoy PQ18 during passage from
Loch Ewe to meet other
mercantiles off Iceland for onward passage to Kola Inlet.
(Note: Escort comprised HM Destroyers CAMPBELL, ESKDALE,
7th Detached from PQ14 and joined HM Destroyers KEPPEL, MACKAY
as escort for HM Battleships ANSON, DUKE OF YORK
and HM Cruiser JAMAICA to
provide Distant Cover for transit of PQ18 to Kola Inlet and
passage from Kola Inlet of return
25th Return passage to Scapa
Flow with Home Fleet units
(Note ; For details of all Russian Convoy operations see
CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg,
by R Woodman, THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield and
CONVOY ! by P Kemp
October On release from Home Fleet
service took passage to Harwich to resume Flotilla duties.
November Nominated for further detached
service with Home Fleet,.
December Passage to Scapa Flow
for Russian Convoy defence.
1 9 4 3
5th Deployed with HM Destroyers MUSKETEER, QUEENBOROUGH,
and Polish ORP PIORUN as screen for HM Battleships KING
GEORGE V, HOWE and HM
Cruiser JAMAICA to provide Distant Cover for passage of return Convoy RA51
Inlet to Loch Ewe.
(Note: RA 51 had an unscathed passage as enemy attention had
been diverted to inward Convoy
23rd Deployed with HM Destroyers ECHO,
ECLIPSE, FAULKNOR, INGLEFIELD, RAIDER
ORP PIORUN as screen for same Home Fleet major units providing
cover for passage of inward Convoy JW52 to Kola Inlet.
26th Took return passage with Home Fleet units to Scapa Flow.
February On release from Home Fleet
duties took passage to Harwich to resume North Sea
Resumed Flotilla deployment at Harwich. for
convoy defence and patrol.
18th In action against E-Boats carrying out
minelaying operations SE of Lowestoft.
March Flotilla duties at Harwich
1 9 4 4
January North Sea
deployment based at Harwich in continuation.
May Nominated for support of
planned allied landings in Normandy
Destroyer WHITSHED, HM Corvettes BORAGE, LOOSESTRIFE and
HM Motor Launch
119 to form Escort Group 104 of Force L:.
(Note: Exercises were carried out in Home waters in
preparation for NEPTUNE including
assembly of mercantiles and
defence of convoys.)
5th Passage to Harwich to join Convoy L4
(Note: Convoy comprised 12 Landing Ships (Tank), 27 Landing
Craft (Tank) carrying
military units to Western Task Force landing beaches.)
delayed 24 hors.
6th Sailed from Harwich with Group as escort for re-designated
passage to Harwich on arrival off beach head.
For details of
activities prior to and during execution of NEPTUNE see
NEPTUNE by K Edwards and LANDINGS IN NORMANDY, June 1944 (HMSO).
7th Deployed with Group in accordance with planned movements. for escort of Build-up convoys
Sustained serious structural damage in collision with US
July Awaiting survey prior
to arrangements for repair
to (Note: Repair
priorities were given to modern ships.)
December Survey carried out.
1 9 4 5
January Ship declared Constructive
February Placed on Disposal List
March Laid-up and awaiting Sale.