Crest of the V&W Destroyer AssociationCrest of the V&W Destroyer AssociationHMS WINCHESTER

HMS WinchesterWho is this man?
OD Connonlly JX425954 (sic) joined in HMS Winchester in 1943 when she was escorting East Coast convoys but nothing more is known about him
This photograph was found in the papers of the V & W Destroyer Association

HMS Winchester was under conversion to a WAIR at Portsmouth from September 1939 to April 1940, replacing her standard 4.7 inch guns with dual High Altitude 4 inch guns for ant-aircraft defence. In May she reinforced Naval AA defence at Dunkirk.  She assisted in the evacuation from Flushing in the Netherlands and was damaged by enemy aircraft off the Scheldt but returned under her own power to Dover.

She spent the whole of her war as part of the Rosyth Force escorting convoys along the East Coast between Rosyth and London. In January 1945 when when Atlantic convoys were re-routed through Channel and the threat of air attack had been reduced
she was withdrawn from active service and reduced to Reserve status. She was deployed as an Accommodation Ship at Rosyth until she was sold to BISCO in March 1946 and broken up at Inverkeithing.

Commanding Officers

Lt Cdr Edward L. Berthon RN (Sept 1936 - July 1937)
Lt.Cdr. Stuart Erskine Crewe-Read, RN (9 Mar 1940  - Jan 1941)
Lt. Robert Andrew Morgan, RN (Jan - 3 Feb 1941)

Lt.Cdr. Dermod James Boris Jewitt, RN (3 Feb 1941 - 31 May 1942)
Lt. John Ronald Gower, RN  (31 May 1942 - 17 Aug 1943)
Lt. John Kenneth Lyon, RN (17 Aug 1943 - late 1944)


Former Full Members of the V & W Destroyer Assoociation who served in HMS Winchester
R. Blackwell (Neston), S. Claridge (Hook, Hants), F. Day (Rushden, Northants), J. Gower (Bath), R. Madden (Kings Lynn, Norfolk), D. Olley (Aldershot).
Please get in touch if you knew one of these men or have a family member who served in HMS Winchester

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