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HMS Westminster (1942)

HMS Westminster

In the Wardroom
Veterans who served on V & W destroyers in the wardroom of HMS Westminster in 2000
Lt. Cdr Derek Tolfree (Westminster), Seaman Ted Dawson (Witherington) Eric Brett (Westminster) and Seaman Freebourne (Vega)

Eric Brett 1944Eric Brett presents Derek Tolfree's Diary to HMS WestminsterDerek Tolfree

Three years ago HMS Westminster (F237) visited London and moored alongside HMS Belfast and Eric Brett, a steward on the old Westminster in 1944 (left), presented the ship with a copy of the diary kept by Derek Tolfree (right) while serving as a Midshipman on Westminter (L40) from 1942-4 when she was escorting East Coast Convoys from Rosyth to Sheerness on the Thames estuary.
Derek Tolfree's Diary has now been published on this web site and can be read online.

The first HMS Westminster was tweny one years old at the outbreak of war in 1939 and thirty years old when she was broken up at Charlestown in August 1948.
The present HMS Westminster is 24 years old - the same age as HMS Verminous!

If you want to find out more about the wartime service of a member of your family who served on HMS Westminster you should first obtain a copy of their service record
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If you have stories or photographs of HMS Westminster - old or new - you would like to contribute to the web site please contact Bill Forster

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