Allied Warships

HMS Widnes (J 55)

Minesweeper of the Hunt class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 55 
Built byNapier & Miller (Old Kirkpatrick, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched28 Jun 1918 
Commissioned17 Sep 1918 
Lost20 May 1941 

HMS Widnes was laid up in reserve at Singapore when the Second World War started

HMS Widnes (Lt.Cdr. Robert Bruce Chandler, RN) was sunk by German aircraft in Suda Bay, Crete on 20 May 1941.

Raised and repaired by the Germans and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine as UJ 2109.

Sunk off Kalymnos by the British destroyers HMS Jervis and HMS Penn on 17 October 1943.


Commands listed for HMS Widnes (J 55)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Passmore, RNOct 19399 Dec 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Robert Bruce Chandler, RN9 Dec 193920 May 1941

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Notable events involving Widnes include:

15 Feb 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) conducted exercises off Colombo together with aircraft and HMS Widnes (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Chandler, RN). (1)

23 Feb 1940
HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) conducted exercises off Colombo together with HMS Widnes (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Chandler, RN). (2)

15 Mar 1940
HMS Orpheus (Cdr. C.J. Blake, RN) departed Colombo for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to proceed to Diego Suarez, Madagascar. En-route she was to inspect several anchorages. Upon departing Colombo exercises were carried out with HMS Widnes (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Chandler, RN). (3)


  1. ADM 173/16368
  2. ADM 173/16356
  3. ADM 173/16369

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

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