Pembroke Local Defence Flotilla

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The Pembroke Local Defence Flotilla was a formation of the Royal Navy which provided local defence to Pembroke.

Pembroke Defence Flotilla

A small force of four torpedo boats participated in the Test Mobilisation in July 1914.[1]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049

This little force would remain constant clear through May, 1917, when the flotilla expanded and took on the additional responsibility of Milford.[2]

Milford and Pembroke Local Defence Flotilla

In May, 1917, the flotilla was tasked with the additional burden of meeting Milford's needs.[3]

May, 1917

To meet its enlarged mission, four patrol boats were added, bringing the strength to four torpedo boats and four patrol boats.[4]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
  P35 P39 P46 P53

June, 1917

Submarine C 6 on "special duty" has arrived from XXX, bringing the strength to four torpedo boats, four patrol boats and one submarine.[5]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
  P35 P39 P46 P53
Submarines
C 6

July, 1917

Two patrol boats were added, bringing the strength to four torpedo boats, six patrol boats and one submarine.[6]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P35 P39 P46 P53 P 60 P 67
Submarines
C 6

August, 1917

P18 has joined from Lowestoft, P23 from the Dover Patrol, and P 44 and P 55 were added from undiscovered assignments, as P35 and P39 have left to join the Portsmouth Escort Flotilla, bringing the strength to four torpedo boats, eight patrol boats and one submarine.[7][8]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
  P18 P23 P 44 P46
  P53 P 55 P 60 P 67
Submarines
C 6

September, 1917

P18, P23, P46 and P53 have left to join the Portsmouth Escort Flotilla, being replaced by P 51, P 61, P 62 and P 68 which appear to be just entering service, maintaining the previous overall strength of four torpedo boats, eight patrol boats and one submarine.[9]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
  P 44 P 51 P 55 P 60
  P 61 P 62 P 67 P 68
Submarines
C 6

October, 1917

P 42 and P 56 have come over from the Devonport and Falmouth Defence Flotilla, increasing the strength to four torpedo boats, ten patrol boats and one submarine.[10][11]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 67 P 68
Submarines
C 6

November, 1917

P 43 has joined, seemingly new in service, and submarine C 6 has left, to an as-yet undiscovered assignment, making the strength four torpedo boats, and eleven patrol boats.[12]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 67 P 68

December, 1917

P 65 has joined, seemingly new in service, increasing the strength slightly to four torpedo boats, and twelve patrol boats.[13]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 65 P 67 P 68

January, 1918

P 63 has joined, seemingly new in service, increasing the strength slightly to four torpedo boats, and thirteen patrol boats.[14]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 63 P 65 P 67
P 68

February, 1918

A pair of sloops have joined from previous convoying service with the Grand Fleet, increasing the strength to four torpedo boats, thirteen patrol boats and two sloops.[15][16]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 63 P 65 P 67
P 68
Sloops
  Auricula Montbretia

March, 1918

The sloops have left, destined to join the Northern Patrol in May, reducing the strength to four torpedo boats and thirteen patrol boats.[17][18]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 63 P 65 P 67
P 68

April, 1918

P 66 has joined "temporarily", increasing the strength to four torpedo boats and fourteen patrol boats.[19]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 63 P 65 P 66
  P 67 P 68

May, 1918

P 70 and P 71 have joined "temporarily", increasing the strength to four torpedo boats and sixteen patrol boats.[20]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 033 T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 63 P 65 P 66
  P 67 P 68 P 70 P 71

June, 1918

For the first time in the entire war, the torpedo boat team has been changed: T.B. 033 has left.

P 69 has joined, making the strength three torpedo boats and seventeen patrol boats.[21]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 63 P 65 P 66
P 67 P 68 P 69 P 70 P 71

This roster would apply until sometime between September and November (no documents for September or October were found).[22][23]

November, 1918

P 72 and P 73 have joined, making the strength three torpedo boats and nineteen patrol boats.[24]

Torpedo Boats
  T.B. 041 T.B. 045 T.B. 049
Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 63 P 65 P 66
P 67 P 68 P 69 P 70 P 71 P 72
P 73

December, 1918

The destroyers have been removed, replaced by an ad-hoc submarine flotilla dubbed the "Platypus flotilla" in honor of its depot ship has joined, making the strength nineteen patrol boats and six submarines.[25]

Patrol Boats
P 42 P 43 P 44 P 51 P 55 P 56
P 60 P 61 P 62 P 63 P 65 P 66
P 67 P 68 P 69 P 70 P 71 P 72
P 73
Platypus Submarine Flotilla'
E 23 E 38 R 7 R 8 R 11 R 12

January, 1919

The patrol boats have all been pulled out, and the submarine flotilla has lost E 23 to the "periscope school" Cambeltown at the Clyde.[26]

Platypus Submarine Flotilla'
E 38 R 7 R 8 R 11 R 12

February, 1919

It appears The flotilla has been abolished. R 7 and R 8 have gone to the Portsmouth Defence Flotilla. R 11 has joined Fourteenth Submarine Flotilla. R 12 has gone to form "periscope school" Cambeltown at the Clyde. Platypus is labelled as a "miscellaneous ship in commission".[27]

Captains (D)

Dates of appointment given:

Footnotes

  1. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 109 of 10 July, 1914.
  2. A fairly complete set of Supplements to the Monthly Navy List.
  3. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1917). p. 17.
  4. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1917). p. 17.
  5. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1917). p. 17.
  6. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1917). p. 18.
  7. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (August, 1917). pp. 14, 18.
  8. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1917). pp. 14, 15.
  9. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1917). pp. 14, 18.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1917). p. 18.
  11. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1917). p. 18.
  12. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 18.
  13. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1917). p. 18.
  14. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1918). p. 18.
  15. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (February, 1918). p. 18.
  16. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1917). p. 12.
  17. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1918). p. 17.
  18. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1918). p. 13.
  19. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1918). p. 17.
  20. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1918). p. 17.
  21. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1918). p. 17.
  22. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1918). p. 17.
  23. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (August, 1918). p. 17.
  24. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1918). p. 17.
  25. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 17.
  26. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1918). p. 17.
  27. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (February, 1919). pp. 11, 16, 21.

Bibliography

  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.
  • March, Edgar J. (1966). British Destroyers: A History of Development, 1892-1953. London: Seeley Service & Co. Limited. (on Bookfinder.com).

See Also


British Destroyer Flotillas
First | Second | Third | Fourth | Fifth | Sixth | Seventh | Eighth | Ninth | Tenth
Eleventh | Twelfth | Thirteenth | Fourteenth | Fifteenth | Seventeenth | Nineteenth
Twentieth | Twenty-first
Local Defence Flotillas
Clyde | Devonport | Devonport & Falmouth | Falmouth | Firth of Forth | Gibraltar
Liverpool | Mersey | Newhaven | Nore | North Channel | Milford & Pembroke | Pembroke
Portland | Portsmouth | Queenstown