Allied Warships

HMS Winchester (L 55)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 55 
ModFast escort 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid down12 Jun 1917 
Launched1 Feb 1918 
Commissioned29 Apr 1918 
End service 

Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Portsmouth Dockyard was completed on 9 April 1940.

HMS Winchester is not listed as active unit in the January 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 5 March 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Winchester (L 55)

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1Lt.Cdr. Stuart Erskine Crewe-Read, RN9 Mar 1940Jan 1941
2Lt. Robert Andrew Morgan, RNJan 19413 Feb 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Dermod James Boris Jewitt, RN3 Feb 194131 May 1942
4Lt. John Ronald Gower, RN31 May 194217 Aug 1943
5Lt. John Kenneth Lyon, RN17 Aug 1943late 1944

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Notable events involving Winchester include:

15 May 1940
HMS Winchester (Lt.Cdr. S.E. Crewe-Read, RN) was damaged during German air attacks while supporting Allied land forces off the Dutch coast. Repairs were completed ca. mid June.

25 Jun 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Rosyth for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. Before proceeding on patrol two practice attacks were made on HMS Winchester (Lt.Cdr. S.E. Crewe-Read, RN).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Sealion during this patrol see the map below.


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

6 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Lady Beryl, HMS Brimness (Skr. A.E. Larner, RNR) and HMS Winchester (Lt. J.R. Gower, RN). (2)

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 199/1835
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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