H.M.S. Morris (1914)

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H.M.S. Morris (1914)
Pendant Number: H.A3 (1914)
H.85 (Jan 1918)
D.35 (Sep 1918)[1]
Builder: John Brown[2]
Ordered: 1913 Programme[3]
Launched: 19 Nov, 1914[4]
Completed: Dec, 1914[5]
Sold:

H.M.S. Morris was one of one hundred and three destroyers of the "M" class built for the Royal Navy during the Great War.

Service

She fought at the Battle of Jutland with the Tenth Destroyer Flotilla under Lieutenant-Commander Edward S. Graham, one of six Harwich Force destroyers screening the Second Battle Cruiser Squadron.[6]

She also fought under Graham's direction at the Action of 23 July, 1916, a running night action where she, Melpomene and the Canterbury pursued a superior force of German destroyers.

Morris also participated in the Action of 21 March, 1918 under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Percy Ralph Passawer Percival. This was a night action against enemy destroyers off the Belgian Coast. Percival was awarded a bar to his D.S.O. for "[keeping] good station during the first stage of the action, opening fire with Botha, on the latter being disabled showed great initiative in continuing and pressing home the action, torpedoing and sinking an enemy torpedo boat. Showed great promptitude in taking Botha into tow and brought her safely into harbour."[7]

Reduced to C. & M. Party at Devonport, 15 October, 1919.[8]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Alterations

In 1915 or 1916, she was one of sixteen light cruisers and destroyers to trial a Wise Pressure Telegraphy System Type B for torpedo control.[18]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 64.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 77.
  3. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 64.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 77.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 308.
  6. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 10, 47.
  7. Percival Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/255. f. 303.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 814.
  9. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396c.
  10. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/442. f. 508.
  11. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396dd.
  12. Graham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 334.
  13. Graham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 334.
  14. Naval Operations. Vol. IV. p. 78.
  15. Percival Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/255. f. 303.
  16. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 849.
  17. Percival Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/255. f. 303.
  18. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1916. p. 30.

Bibliography


"M" Class Destroyer
Admiralty Design (Three Funnels)
Matchless Murray Myngs Milne Moorsom
Morris Mons Marne Mystic Maenad
Manners Mandate Magic Moresby Marmion
Martial Mary Rose Menace Mameluke Marvel
Mischief Mindful Nonsuch Negro Nessus
Noble Nizam Nomad Nonpareil Norman
Northesk North Star Nugent Obedient Obdurate
Onslaught Onslow Opal Ophelia Opportune
Oracle Orestes Orford Orpheus Octavia
Ossory Nestor Napier Narborough Narwhal
Nicator Norseman Oberon Observer Offa
Orcadia Oriana Oriole Osiris Paladin
Parthian Partridge Pasley Plucky Portia
Pheasant Phoebe Pigeon Plover Penn
Peregrine Pelican Pellew Petard Peyton
  Prince Pylades Medina Medway  
Thornycroft Specials (Three Funnels)
Mastiff Meteor Michael Milbrook Minion
Munster Nepean Nereus Patrician Patriot
  Rapid Ready  
Yarrow Specials (Two Funnels)
Miranda Minos Manly Moon Morning Star
Mounsey Musketeer Nerissa Relentless Rival
Hawthorn Leslie Specials (Four Funnels)
  Mansfield Mentor  
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