Allied Warships

HMS Milford Countess (FY 564)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 564 
Built byJ.P. Rennoldson & Sons Ltd. (South Shields, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched19 Nov 1918 
CommissionedAug 1939 
End service 

Completed on 20 January 1919.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 275 tons.

Returned to her owner in April 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Milford Countess (FY 564)

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1Ch.Skr. Peter David Polson, RD, RNR25 Aug 193917 Feb 1940
2T/Skr. Edward Ward Oxborough, RNR17 Feb 194031 Dec 1940
3T/A/S.Lt. Raymond Henry Vallings, RNR31 Dec 1940Dec 1941
4T/Lt. Harry Leslie Watts, RNVRDec 1941early 1942
5T/S.Lt. Raymond Henry Vallings, RNRearly 1942Jul 1942
6E G Staples, RNRJul 194229 Jun 1943
7W H Porter, RNR29 Jun 1943late 1943
8T/Lt. Raymond Henry Vallings, RNRlate 194318 Feb 1944
9T/Lt. Donald Francis Fell, RNVR18 Feb 1944mid 1944
10T/S.Lt. Walter Eden-Smith, RNVRmid 1944Dec 1944
11W H Porter, RNRDec 1944early 1945
12T/S.Lt. Walter Eden-Smith, RNVRearly 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Milford Countess include:

11 Feb 1941
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) departed Tobruk for Benghazi escorting the auxiliary M/S trawlers HMS Arthur Cavanagh (Skr. T.W. Kirby, RNR) and HMS Milford Countess (T/A/S.Lt. R.H. Vallings, RNR). At Benghazi the harbour had to be cleared of mines.

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