Allied Warships

HMS Aldenham (L 22)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type III) 
PennantL 22 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered4 Jul 1940 
Laid down22 Aug 1940 
Launched27 Aug 1941 
Commissioned5 Feb 1942 
Lost14 Dec 1944 
Loss position44° 30'N, 14° 45'E

HMS Aldenham (Cdr. James Gerald Farrant, RN) was mined and sunk in the northeastern Adriatic Sea about 30 nautical miles north west of Zara in approximate position 44º30'N, 14º45'E. Five officers and 121 ratings were killed. Five officers (including the CO) and 58 ratings were picked up by HMS Atherstone.


Commands listed for HMS Aldenham (L 22)

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1Lt. Joseph Mansergh Palmer, RN18 Nov 194123 Mar 1942
2Lt. Henry Alexander Stuart-Menteth, RN23 Mar 19427 Oct 1943
3A/Lt.Cdr. John Ivor Jones, DSO, DSC, RNR7 Oct 194316 Dec 1943
4Cdr. James Gerald Farrant, RN16 Dec 194314 Dec 1944

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Notable events involving Aldenham include:

27 Mar 1942
On 27 March 1942 German U-boat U-587 was sunk in position 47°21'N, 21°39'W by depth charges by the British escort destroyers HMS Grove (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Rylands, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Volunteer (Lt. A.S. Pomeroy, RN) and HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) of the 2nd Escort Group, escorting the troop convoy WS-17. The U-boat was found after a HF/DF fix by the British destroyer HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN).

27 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN).

No logs are available for HMS Otus from June 1942 to April 1943 so her exact movements (on a day to day basis) are currently unknown to us). (1)


  1. ADM 173/17331

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

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