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Destroyer histories. Royal naval I class destroyers. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Inglefield, HMS Icarus, HMS Ilex, HMS Imogen, HMS Imperial, HMS Impulsive, HMS Intrepid, HMS Isis and HMS Ivanhoe from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of I Class destroyers.

HMS Icarus  D.03

26th November 1936

Broken up 1946.

HMS Ilex  D.61

28th January 1937

Broken up 1948.

HMS Imogen   D.44

30th October 1936

Involved in a collision on 16th July 1940.

HMS Imperial   D.09

11th December 1936

Sunk on 29th May 1941.

HMS Impulsive   D.11

1st March 1936

Broken up 1946.

HMS Inglefield  D.02

15th October 1936

Sunk on 25th February 1944.

HMS Intrepid   D.10

17th December 1936

Sunk on 26th September 1943.

HMS Isis  D.87

12th December 1936

Sunk on 20th July 1944.

HMS Ivanhoe   D.16

11th February 1937

Sunk on 1st September 1940.

HMS Icarus

HMS Icarus.

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D.03 HMS Icarus. 

HMS Icarus.  Sent in by Graham MacClean.

HMS Ilex

HMS Ilex at Malta, August 1937.

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HMS Impulsive

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HMS Impulsive 1938.

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HMS Inglefield

Edward Wacey (seated) and another member of the crew of HMS Inglefield. (see message board)

HMS Intrepid

HMS Intrepid.  1937. 

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HMS Isis

HMS Isis.   ?Walker Archive

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COMMANDER J. CAMPBELL CLOUSTON, ROYAL NAVY, CAPTAIN OF HMS ISIS AND PIERMASTER OF THE DUNKIRK MOLE, 1940

My father, Commander J. Campbell Clouston, Royal Navy was Captain of the Isis before the war and at the beginning of it.  I have in my possession quite a few letters written to my mother by people who were or had been in the Isis when he was killed on June 2nd 1940 at Dunkirk, where he was Piermaster of the Dunkirk Mole.  The Isis was in refit, having, according to my mother, hit an uncharted rock off Norway.  That is why he was able to go to Dunkirk.  Campbell was mentioned in last night's episode on BBC TWO as "Commander Clouston".  I was invited at the last minute to the Cast and Crew screening of the film last Sunday.  I was horrified to hear him referred to in the second episode, due to be screened tonight, as "Jack" Clouston, the name of his brother who was killed in the Royal Canadian Navy and to see him as "Commander J. Clouston" in the credits.  After a terrific struggle, which brought on the first (very mild) angina attack in my life,  I managed to make the BBC, between Sunday and Wednesday, delete the "Jack"s and change the credit to "Cdr. J. Campbell Clouston".  His full name was James Campbell Clouston, but he was always known by everyone as Campbell.  Apparently many books on Dunkirk are confused about him.  He died at 39 with a brilliant career apparently ahead of him, if the tributes to him are anything to go by.  However, one of the books describes him as "an elderly Naval Officer"!  I have recently been told about the books by Rick Munroe in Canada, to whom  I am copying this,who has taken an interest in my father at Dunkirk since a CBC film about him about ten years ago.  He is very kindly going to let me have details of all the errors that need to be pointed out to authors and publishers.  Campbell married my mother, Gwyn Vanderpump, in 1935 when he was Gunnery Commander at Whaley - HMS Excellent on Whale Island, Portsmouth.  When he became Captain of the Isis based in Malta, my mother followed him and therefore the Isis around the Mediterranean in merchant ships on her own in 1937, 1938 and 1939, during which time I was born in London in September 1938, brought out to Malta at six weeks, and then sent home with a Nanny at six months, where I remained with her and with my mother's sister in Rogate, near Petersfield, Hampshire, until the Abysyinnian crises caused my mother to return to the UK!  Campbell is commemorated on the Rogate war memorial.  I have therefore have records of aspects of the Isis' peacetime visits to Alexandria, Istanbul and Galatz, and maybe elsewhere - and various photos of H.M.S. Isis - as well as some information as to what they did off Norway very early in the war.   Hope some of this may be of interest to you and to others.  Dane Stewart Campbell Clouston

HMS Ivanhoe

HMS Ivanhoe.

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The following information regards the two photographs above.

My name is Maarten Noot and I am treasurer of the "Helderse Historische Vereniging",  a club, 15 years old, with about 900 members, that wants to preserve the history of Den Helder, the Dutch Navy town. Lately we received photo's of the Second World War, made by the Germans  in or around 1940, 1941, of damage to the Rijkswerf Willemsoord, or the Navy Dockyard in Den Helder. The photorolls were stolen by Dutch workers out of the office of the German head officers  on the Dockyard. Several photo's showed a gig, ashore on the Navy Dockyard, with one photograph showing details of a wooden plate on the stern of the gig. It said: "Gig des engl. zerstorer "Ivanhoe"    Stiftung U-jachtflotille "Hai"   After " Ivanhoe" was destroyed by a mine and later killed by  HMS Kelvin, the gig probably drifted around and was taken by the Germans.  Thanks to Maarten for these photos.

 

Specifications for HMS Inglefield.

 

Displacement: 1,530 tons.   Speed: 36kts    Complement: 175

Armament: Five 4.7 inch guns, eight 0.5 inch anti-aircraft guns in fours and ten 21 inch torpedo tubes in fives.

 

Specifications for HMS Icarus, HMS Ilex, HMS Imogen, HMS Imperial, HMS Impulsive, HMS Intrepid, HMS Isis and HMS Ivanhoe.

 

Displacement: 1,370 tons    Speed: 36kts    Complement: 145

Armament: Four 4.7 inch guns, eight 0.5 inch anti-aircraft guns in fours and ten 21 inch torpedo tubes in fives.