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70th Anniversaries

HMS Wager was launched on Monday 1st November 1943. Since then 70 years have passed.

The attached document lists this and other upcoming 70th anniversaries linked to HMS Wager.

HMS Wager – 70th anniversaries 2013 to 2016

D Day 70 – HMS Wager

While HMS Wager and the 27th Destroyer Flotilla were not awarded the Battle Honour NORMANDY 1944 the destroyer, with many other units of the Home Fleet, were at sea in home waters. The Home Fleet was required to be available to intercept any enemy ship interference during the allied landings in Normandy (Operation NEPTUNE).

Some 6,000 ships, from battleships to landing craft and fast patrol boats were involved on D Day, landing some 130,000 troops on the five beaches.

That maritime losses on that day, and in the ensuing weeks, were relatively light is, of course, in part owing to the outer screen provided tens and hundreds of miles away from the Normandy coast.

Let’s remember them today.

In July, HMS Wager sailed for the Far East to play a part in the war with Japan. She was at Gibraltar by early August.



The British Destroyer

The British Destroyer

A history of the British Destroyer, a type of warship in service with the Royal Navy from 1893 to the present day.

Written by Lt Cdr Lester May RN.

Explosion on HMS Kempenfelt

HMS Kempenfelt was the leader of the 27th Destroyer Flotilla, of which HMS Wager was part.  This album of photographs belonged to a member of her ship’s company and most were taken, it is thought, in 1944-45.  Many certainly enhance the HMS Wager story, and some show sailors at work in a destroyer that was almost exactly the same in size and fittings and operated with the various ships in her flotilla.

The two extracts in the document below are taken from newspapers in Sydney about an accident that happened on HMS Kempenfelt in November 1945.

Explosion on HMS Kempenfelt

More images from HMS Kempenfelt

HMS Wager – The Ship’s Company

The Ship’s Company

This article attempts to give an idea of how the ship’s company of a destroyer such as HMS Wager was made up during war time. Names of the men who served are added as we become aware of them, so it is very much a work in progress.

Written by LtCdr Lester May RN.

The British Pacific Fleet and the 27th Destroyer Flotilla

The British Pacific Fleet

Detailed information about the 27th Destroyer Flotilla, including the ships, officers and chain of command, and a gazetteer of key places and ports. Contains also a brief summary of the second world war along with an explanation of British and American involvement in the Pacific theatre.

Written by Lt Cdr Lester May RN.


Destroyer Deck Plans

HMS Wager Deck Plans

Q class destroyer deck plans with notes on the comparison with HMS Wager and the W class.

Written by Lt Cdr Lester May RN.