H.M.S. Witch (1919)

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H.M.S. Witch (1919)
Pendant Number: G.A6 (1920)[1]
Builder: John I. Thornycroft & Company[2]
Ordered: Jan, 1918 (1st Order)[3]
Launched: 11 Nov, 1919[4]
Completed: Mar, 1924[5]
Sold: Jul, 1946[6]

H.M.S. Witch was one of fifteen destroyers of the Modified "W" class.

Service

Witch not enter service until March, 1924.

She was re-commissioned at Malta on 19 May, 1924 for service with the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla.[7]

She re-commissioned at Portsmouth on 27 April, 1926 for service with the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean.[8]

The ship re-commissioned on 21 August, 1928 for service with the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean.[9]

Witch was re-commissioned in Reserve at Portsmouth on 15 May, 1931,[10] and commissioned there again for service on the China Station on 22 November, 1931.[11]

She re-commissioned at Hong Kong on 2 April, 1934 for service with the Eighth Destroyer Flotilla on the China Station.[12] By October 1935, she was with the First Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean.[13]

In 1934, her bell was offered for sale to naval officers and others who might be interested, at the price of £5 or perhaps £1. Interested parties were to write the Director of Stores and were urged to include any special information which might convey the importance they attach to the bell, in light of the Admiralty's understanding that such items carry great sentimental value.[14]

She was commissioned at Devonport on 2 September, 1936.[15]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 77.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p.85.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p.85.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 77.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 313.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 77.
  7. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 289.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 290.
  9. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 290.
  10. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 290.
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 293.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 293.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 293.
  14. "Ships' Bells for Sale." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Apr 18, 1934; pg. 4; Issue 46731.
  15. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 293.
  16. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 289.
  17. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/137. f. 136.
  18. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/137. f. 136.
  19. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 290.
  20. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 290.
  21. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 290.
  22. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 293.
  23. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 293.
  24. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 293.
  25. Wikipedia.
  26. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 293.

Bibliography


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