Allied Warships

HMS Elm (T 105)

MS Trawler of the Tree class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 105 
Built byA & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) : Aitchison Blair 
Ordered5 Jun 1939 
Laid down13 Jul 1939 
Launched12 Dec 1939 
Commissioned10 Mar 1940 
End service 
HistorySold in 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Elm (T 105)

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1T/Lt. John Hutchinson, RNR5 Mar 1940mid 1940
2T/Lt. Edward William Charles Dempster, RNVRmid 194013 Mar 1942
3T/Lt. Cecil William Hancock, RNR13 Mar 1942early 1943

4T/Lt. Kenneth Alexander Grant, RNVR6 May 194317 Jan 1945
5T/Lt. Bernard Wallace Webb, RNVR17 Jan 194511 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Elm include:

5 Jan 1944
HMS Elm (T/Lt. K.A. Grant, RNVR) and HMRT Earner together pick up 45 survivors from the British merchant Empire Housman.

22 Jan 1945
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN), HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) and their escort, HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR), all arrived at Scapa Flow. HMS Trusty and HMS Shikari remained at Scapa Flow while HMS Taciturn and HMS Viking departed later this day for Lerwick where they arrived later the same day. These last two submarines were now escorted by HMS Elm (T/Lt. B.W. Webb, RNVR). (1)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Elm (T/Lt. B.W. Webb, RNVR).

Early the next morning, off Scapa Flow, she was joined by HMS Unsparing. HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR) then took over the escort. (2)


  1. ADM 199/1444
  2. ADM 173/19605

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

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