H.M.S. Lawford (1913)

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H.M.S. Lawford (1913)
Pendant Number: H.06 (1914)
H.53 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company[2]
Launched: 30 Oct, 1913[3]
Completed: Mar, 1914[4]
Sold: Aug, 1922[5]

H.M.S. Lawford was one of twenty-two destroyers of the Laforey class.


In July 1914, it was decided not to supply portable fans to ventilate the Stokers' Mess Deck and the Chief and Petty Officers' Mess Deck.[6]


Upon her completion, Lawford left Plymouth for Sheerness on 8 April 1914 along with Llewellyn to join the Third Destroyer Flotilla,[7] one of the destroyer formations supporting the First Fleet. She took part in the Battle off Noordhinder Bank on 1 May, 1915, assisting in the sinking of two German coastal destroyers. In September, 1915, she moved to the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla, operating in the Mediterranean.

In April, 1916, she transferred into the Harwich Force's Ninth Destroyer Flotilla, rejoining many of her sisters and former 3 D.F. squadron-mates. Lawford played a belated role in the Battle of Jutland when she was one of eight Harwich destroyers which screened the torpedoed battleship Marlborough on June 1, joining her at 11 a.m..

On the night of October 26-27, 1916, she fought at the Battle of Dover Strait under the command of Arthur A. Scott.[8]

In March, 1917, she went to the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla, operating on the east coast of England. She and sisters Legion and Loyal were converted to minelayers and operated along with the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla. In January, 1918, she moved to join the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla and was replaced in 7 D.F. by Sandfly, which was also equipped for minelaying.

Upon the end of the war, Lawford was sent to The Nore to await disposal.

She was reduced to the care of a C. & M. Party at the Nore on 26 December, 1919.[9]


Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also


  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 63.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 76.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 76.
  4. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 307.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 76.
  6. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 79 of 3 July 1914.
  7. "Movements in Home Waters." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Apr 09, 1914; pg. 6; Issue 40493.
  8. Naval Operations. Vol. IV. p. 60.
  9. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 801.
  10. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395u.
  11. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395a.
  12. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.
  13. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 829.
  14. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/129. f. 485.


Laforey Class Destroyer
Admiralty Design
Llewellyn Lennox Loyal Legion Laforey
Lawford Louis Lydiard Laertes Lysander
  Lance Lookout  
White 2-Funnelled Type
  Laurel Liberty  
Yarrow 2-Funnelled Type
  Lark Landrail Laverock Linnet  
War Emergency Repeat "L" Class
  Lochinvar Lassoo Leonidas Lucifer  
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