H.M.S. Ambuscade (1913)

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H.M.S. Ambuscade (1913)
Pendant Number: H.62 (1914)
H.05 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: John Brown[2]
Launched: 25 Jan, 1913[3]
Completed: Jun, 1913[4]
Sold: Sep, 1921[5]

H.M.S. Ambuscade was one of twenty destroyers of the Acasta class.

Service

Under the command of Gordon Alston Coles, Ambuscade was one of seven Acasta class destroyers of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla that saw action during the Scarborough Raid on 16 December 1914, acting as a member of the four-ship first division.[6]

At the Battle of Jutland, she operated with the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Coles.[7] The divisional commander spoke highly of Cole's performance in the battle, firing three torpedoes thanks to his crew's rapid reloading under fire.[8]

From mid-1917 to late 1918, she was busy with anti-submarine patrol and convoy escort work, most often with Cockatrice and Christopher, who were at her side almost continuously.[9]

In November, 1918, the three destroyers left the 4 D.F. to join the Northern Patrol Force.[10]

Reduced to C. & M. Party at Devonport 15 October, 1919.[11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 63.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 75.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 75.
  4. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 307.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 75.
  6. Naval Operations. Volume II. pp. 26-30.
  7. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
  8. Coles Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/167. f. 168.
  9. Christopher's logs at The National Archives. 53/37734. through ADM 53/37737.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1918). pp. 17, 19.
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 726.
  12. Coles Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/167. f. 168.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392a.
  14. Coles Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/167. f. 168.
  15. Scott Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/82. f. ?.
  16. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 392b.
  17. Scott Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/82. f. ?.
  18. Nash Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/183. f. 551.
  19. Nash Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/183. f. 551.
  20. Ritter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/36. f. 36.
  21. Ritter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/36. f. 36.
  22. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 729.

Bibliography


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