H.M.S. Christopher (1912)

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H.M.S. Christopher (1912)
Pendant Number: H.51 (1914)
H.25 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie[2]
Launched: 29 Aug, 1912[3]
Completed: Nov, 1912[4]
Sold: May, 1921[5]

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

Service

In mid-1913, she was part of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla.[6] She was to remain with that formation through almost the entire war.

At the Battle of Jutland, she operated with the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Fairfax M. Kerr.[7]

From mid-1917 to the end of the war, she was busy with anti-submarine patrol and convoy escort work, most often with Cockatrice and Ambuscade, who were at her side almost continuously.[8]

On 19 June, 1918, her Captain Lawrence F. N. Ommanney was one of several man removed from the ship to hospital during a virulent outbreak that prompted a visit from a Fleet Surgeon from Apollo. Lieutenant Reginald W. English assumed command in his absence. The loss of personnel may have prompted the arrival that same day of fully 28 new sailors from H.M.S. Vivid.[9] Ommanney rejoined his ship on 10 August.[10]

In November, 1918, she left the 4DF to join the Northern Patrol Force with Cockatrice and Ambuscade.[11]

Christopher paid off at Chatham on 27 April, 1920.[12]

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. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 292.
  7. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
  8. Ship's logs at The National Archives. 53/37734. through ADM 53/37737.
  9. Ship's log at The National Archives. ADM 53/37734.
  10. Ship's log at The National Archives. ADM 53/37735.
  11. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1918). pp. 17, 19.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 745.
  13. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/172. f. 576.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392s.
  15. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/172. f. 576.
  16. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  17. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 392j.
  18. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 757.

Bibliography


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