Allied Warships

HMS Vanity (L 38)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 38 
ModFast escort 
Built byWilliam Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland) 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid down28 Jul 1917 
Launched3 May 1918 
Commissioned21 Jun 1918 
End service 

Reconstruction to Fast Escort completed on 12 August 1940. Pennant number was D 28 changed to L 38 upon completion of this reconstruction.

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.

HMS Vanity is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List


Commands listed for HMS Vanity (L 38)

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1Cdr. Herbert James Buchanan, RAN18 Jun 194024 Feb 1941
2Lt. Isaac William Trant Beloe, RN24 Feb 194117 Jun 1941
3Lt. William Brabazon Robert Morrison, RN17 Jun 19411 Jun 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Marcus Henry Reginald Crichton, RN1 Jun 194314 Feb 1944
5Lt. Douglas Ronald Wheeler, RN14 Feb 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Vanity include:

19 Jun 1942
HMS Manchester (Capt. H. Drew, DSC, RN), HMS Somali (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Ashanti (Cdr. R.G. Onslow, DSO, RN) and HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN) returned to Scapa Flow escorting HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN) after taking over the escort duties from the destroyers Verdun (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Donald, DSC, RN) and HMS Vanity (Lt.Cdr. W.B.R. Morrison, RN). (1)

28 May 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Vanity (Lt.Cdr. W.B.R. Morrison, RN) and local defence craft. (2)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 53/116227 + ADM 199/427
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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