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outline for first hand accounts by the men who served on HMS Walker and for a more detailed chronolgy see www.naval-history.net
HMS Walker (D27) was built at Dumbarton on the north bank of the Clyde by William Denny and Brothers, launched on 29 November 1917 and completed and commissioned on the same day, the 12th February 1918. Walker took part in the British campaign against Bolshevik forces in the Baltic in 1919 and was shelled by the battleship Petropavlovsk during an attempted breakout of the Bolshevik fleet from Kronstadt.
At the outbreak of war HMS Walker was based at Plymouth with the 11DF. On 11 September 1939 while returning from escorting a convoy Walker and Vanquisher collided 200 miles southwest of Ireland,
killing 14 men, with both ships seriously damaged. The First Lieutenant
was compelled to shoot some of the injured trapped in the wreckage. Her
repairs took until mid-November while Vanquisher was not fully repaired until early January 1940.
resumed escorting convoys in the South Western Approaches until April
1940 when she transferred to the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow to support
operations during the Norwegian Campaign. She was attacked from the air
while evacuating troops from Andalsnes and Molde on the 30 April and 1
May and was the last Allied ship to leave the Narvik area when she
escorted the final Allied evacuation convoy from Norway on 8 June.
On 2 July she made an unsuccessful attack on U-47 after the sinking of the Blue Star passenger liner Arandora Star
carrying German and Italian internees from Liverpool to Canada (800
died out of the 1,647 aboard). U-47 was sunk on 7 March by HMS Wolverine and Verity and her CO Gunther Prien, who sank the Royal Oak, killed. HMS Walker was under repair until October and on 5
February 1941, became
part of the 5th Escort Group based at Liverpool as the flagship of its
senior officer, Donald Macintyre.
While escorting Convoy HX 112 HMS Vanoc assisted by Walker attacked and sunk U-100 (Joachim Schepke) and HMS Walker sank U-99 and captured her commander, U-Boat ace Otto Kretschmer. The defence of HX 112 and the loss of three ace u-boat commanders was a decisive victory for the 5th EG and a turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic.HMS Walker was converted into a Long Range Escort (LRE) between January and May 1943 and in July she was assigned to the 4th Escort Group for convoy defence duties in the Northwestern Approaches. Between January and May 1944, Walker escorted Arctic convoys as part of the Home Fleet as described by Albert Foulser and Bill Perks.
|Lt. Cdr Lawrence F.N. Ommanney RN (July 1922 - August 1923)
Lt. Cdr Guy B. Amery-Parkes RN (Dec 1928 - Oct 1930)
Lt. Aubrey St Clair-Ford, RN (1932)
Cdr. Leslie Swain Saunders, RN (1934)
Cdr. Wilfrid James Cameron Robertson, RN (Aug 1939 - Jan 1940)
Lt.Cdr. Arthur Andre Tait, RN (Jan 1940 - Feb 1941)
Cdr. Donald George Frederick Wyville MacIntyre, RN (Feb 1941 - Feb 1942)
Cdr. James Marjoribanks Rowland, RN (Feb 1942 - early 1943)
Lt.Cdr. Arthur Nichol Rowell, RN (Apr 1943 - June 1944)
Lt. Cdr. Antony Francis Trew, SANF(V) (29 Sep 1944 - May 1945]
Lt. Thomas William Lancaster, DSC, RN (June 1945 - July 1945)
This short list of officers who served on HMS Walker all have entries on the unithistories.com web site. Further names from the Navy List will be added later.
|Lt John H. Adams RN (August 1939 - Dec 1940)
Sub Lt Robert Boyd RN (Feb - April 1940)
Lt John "Jack" G.P. Brownrigg RN (Dec 1927 - August 1929)
Sub Lt John E.S. Bush RN (July - Sept 1932)
Lt Desmond L.C. Craig RN (Jan 1933 - Jan 1934)
Sub Lt Arthur Dodd RNVR (30 Jan 1944 - April 1945)
Lt George V.M. Dolphin RN (Nov 1927 - August 1929)
Gnr(T) Ernest G. Evans RN (June 1939 - April 1940)
Lt(E) Michael E. Evans RN (Dec 1930 - Jan 1932)
Lt Cdr Reginald G.C. Haines RN (1942)
Lt(E) Ernest C.E. Hughes SANF(V) (March 1944 - Jan 1945)
Lt Derek W. Napper RN (Sept 1944 - May 1945)
Sub Lt A.D. "Sandy" Powell RNVR (20 March 1944 - April 1945)
Mid John B. Rooper RN (May - Aug 1922)
Lt Peter W.F. Stubbs RN (Sept - Dec 1938)
Lt Arthur O. Watson RN (April 1924 - Jan 1925)
Former full members of the V & W Destroyer Association who servd in HMS Walker
J. Bardgett (Morecombe, Lancs), J. Begg (Ormskirk, Lancashire), J Clark (Braintree, Essex), G. Cook (Wells, Somerset), Albert Foulser (Loughton, Essex), David Napper (Woodbridge, Suffolk), J. Strickland (Port aux Basques (Newfoundland, Canada), K. Harnett (Stockport, Cheshire), J Hope (Blackburn, Lancs), J. Howard (East Preston, West Sussex), M. Jay (Gloucester), F. Lees (Rochford, Essex), H. Kidd (Didcot, Oxon), C. Parker (Freemantle, West Australia), Bill Perks (Leamington Spa), J. Perry (Southall, MIddx), J. Prior (West Moseley, Surrey), R.L. Sayer (York), S. Taylor (Burgess Hill, Sussex), L. Wadsworth (Menstrie, Clackmanshire), J. Whitmill (Liskeard, Cornwall).
Please get in touch if you knew these men or had a family member who served in HMS Walker
This short uncredited article was first published in Hard Lying, the magazine of the V & W Destroyer Association and republished in 2005 by the Chairman of the Association, Clifford ("Stormy") Fairweather, in the book of the same name which is now out of print. Paul Smith, the grandson of George Smith, the Wireless Operator in HMS Walker supplied the photograph of uboat ace Otto Kretschmer disembarking from Walker at Liverpool after Macintyre sunk U-99 and his grandfather kept in touch with his former CO long after the war ended. I hope to replace it with a more detailed description of the sinking of the three uboats based on accounts by the families of the men who served in HMS Walker.