Allied Warships

HMS Wakeful (i) (H 88)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantH 88 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid down17 Jan 1917 
Launched6 Oct 1917 
Commissioned16 Nov 1917 
Lost29 May 1940 
Loss position51° 22'N, 2° 43'E

On 29 May 1940 HMS Wakeful (Cdr. Ralph Lindsay Fisher, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by German motor torpedo boat S-30 while participating in the evacuation of French, English, and Belgian troops off Dunkirk.
The wreck lies in position 51º22'44"N, 02º43'22"E.


Commands listed for HMS Wakeful (i) (H 88)

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1Cdr. Robert St. Vincent Sherbrooke, RN31 Jul 193918 Dec 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Ralph Lindsay Fisher, RN18 Dec 193929 May 1940

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Notable events involving Wakeful (i) include:

19 Feb 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Wakeful (Cdr.. R.L. Fisher, RN) and HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Younghusband, DSC, RN). (1)

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  1. ADM 173/16283

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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