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Destroyer histories. Royal naval long range escort destroyer V and W class. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Vimy, HMS Vanessa, HMS Vanoc, HMS Vanquisher, HMS Velox, HMS Vesper, HMS Versatile, HMS Vivacious, HMS Viscount, HMS Walpole, HMS Whitley, HMS Walker, HMS Warwick, HMS Westcott, HMS Winchelsea, HMS Wrestler, HMS Vansittart, HMS Venomous, HMS Verity, HMS Volunteer, HMS Wanderer and HMS Whitehall from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of V and W Class long range escort destroyers.

HMS Wakeful 6th October 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 29th May 1940.
HMS Watchman 2nd November 1918 Completed as a minelayer. Sold for scrap in July 1945.
HMS Walpole 13th April 1918 Sold for scrap in February 1945.
HMS Whitley (D61) 13th April 1918 Severe bomb damage forced her to beach herself on 19th May 1940.
HMS Walker 29th November 1917 Completed as a minelayer. Sold for scrap in March 1946.
HMS Westcott 14th February 1918 Sold for scrap in January 1946.
HMS Walrus 27th December 1917 Completed as a minelayer. Wrecked on 12th February 1938.
HMS Wolfhound 14th March 1918 Sold for scrap in February 1948.
HMS Warwick 28th December 1917 Completed as a minelayer. She was Vice-Admiral Keyes' flagship on the Zeebrugge raid but when took part in the blocking of Ostend she was hit by a mine which broke her back. HMS Velox towed her back to Dover for repairs. Torpedoed and sunk on 20th February 1944.
HMS Wessex 12th March 1917 Bombed on 24th May 1940.
HMS Voyager 8th May 1916 Transferred to Australia in 1933 she was wrecked and scuttled n 23rd September 1942.
HMS Whirlwind 15th December 1917 Completed as a minelayer. Torpedoed and sunk on 5th July 1940.
HMS Wrestler (D35) 25th February 1918 Sold for scrap in  July 1944.
HMS Winchelsea  (D.46) 15th December 1917 Sold for scrap in March 1945.
HMS Winchester 1st February 1918 Sold for scrap in March 1946.
HMS Westminster 24th February 1918 Sold for scrap in March 1947.
HMS Windsor    (D.42) 21st June 1918 Sold for scrap in March 1947
HMS Wryneck 13th May 1918 Bombed and sunk on 27th April 1941.
HMS Waterhen 26th March 1918 Transferred to Australia in 1933, she was bombed and sunk on 30th June 1941.
HMS Wolsey 16th March 1918 She was one of two Thornycroft specials. Sold for scrap in March 1947.
HMS Woolston 27th April 1918 She was one of two Thornycroft specials. Sold for scrap in February 1947.

HMS Wakeful

HMS Wakeful, 1918.

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HMS Wakeful, July 1935.

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HMS Wakeful.

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HMS Watchman

HMS Watchman, 1920s.

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HMS Watchman    ?Walker Archive

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HMS Watchman.  Manchester Ship Canal, June 1932.

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HMS Walpole

HMS Walpole, May 1937.

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HMS Walpole, 1938.

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HMS Whitley

HMS Whitley, 1939.

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HMS Whitley.

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HMS Whitley pictured c.1920.

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HMS Whitley.

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HMS Walker

HMS Walker, 1920s.

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HMS Walker. 1933.  ?Walker Archive

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HMS Walker

This picture was taken in 1917 and shows the minelaying rails aboard her (60 mines). The ship was part of the special mine laying flotilla created in 1917 to mine the Heligoland Bight and the flanders coast as a counter to the U-Boats.    Thanks to Carl Proctor for the photo and information

HMS Westcott

HMS Westcott pictured c.1930    ?Walker Archive

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HMS Westcott, 1930.

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HMS Westcott.

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HMS Walrus

The football team of HMS Walrus, 1912-13.

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HMS Walrus.

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HMS Walrus.

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HMS Walrus, aground, February 1938.

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HMS Wolfhound

HMS Wolfhound, 1925.

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HMS Wolfhound, 1927.

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HMS Wolfhound, May 1937.

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HMS Wolfhound c.1920. 

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HMS Wolfhound. 

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HMS Warwick

HMS Warwick, 1930.

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HMS Warwick, 1933.

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HMS Warwick.

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HMS Warwick, 1933.

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HMS Warwick.

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HMS Warwick 1933. 

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HMS Wessex

HMS Wessex, July 1935.

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HMS Wessex.

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HMS Wessex. Contributed by email.

HMS Voyager

The Rugby team of HMS Voyager at Malta, 1925.

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HMS Whirlwind

HMS Whirlwind, 1930.

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HMS Whirlwind, 1934.

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HMS Whirlwind  ?Walker Archive

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Crew members of HMS Whirlwind  ?Walker Archive

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HMS Whirlwind (front) and another similar destroyer en route to Germany. 

HMS Wrestler

HMS Wrestler, 1938.

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HMS Wrestler, 1938.

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The crew of HMS Wrestler photographed 1939 / 1940.

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HMS Winchelsea

HMS Winchelsea, July 1935.

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HMS Winchelseea, May 1937.

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HMS Winchelsea.

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HMS Winchelsea, May 1937.

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Some crew from HMS Winchelsea.    ?Walker Archive

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HMS Winchelsea   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Winchester

HMS Winchester, 1934.

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HMS Winchester, January 1938.

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HMS Winchester.

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The crew of HMS Winchester   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Winchester.

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HMS Westminster

HMS Westminster pictured c.1920   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Westminster, with HMS Wivern and HMS Venomous ready for scrapping, March 1948.

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HMS Windsor

HMS Windsor, 1938.

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HMS Windsor. Contributed by email.

HMS Windsor c.1920.   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Wryneck

D21 HMS Wryneck

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HMS Waterhen

HMS Waterhen, 1930s.

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HMS Waterhen, 1930s.

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HMAS Waterhen pictured c.1935.   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Waterhen, 1930s.

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HMS Wolsey

HMS Wolsey.

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HMS Wolsey.   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Wolsey.   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Wolsey at Malta c.1930s    ?Walker Archive

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HMS Wolsey, 1920.

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HMS Woolston

HMS Woolston, May 1937.

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HMS Woolston, 1938.

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HMS Woolston.

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Specifications for HMS Vimy, HMS Vanessa, HMS Vanoc, HMS Vanquisher, HMS Velox, HMS Vesper, HMS Versatile, HMS Vidette and HMS Vivacious, 

Displacement: 1,090     Speed: 24.5kts    Complement: 125

Armament: two 4 inch guns.   One 3 inch anti-aircraft gun in Vimy & Vanessa, two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in Vanessa & Vanquisher, two 20mm anti-aircraft guns or four 20mm anti-aircraft guns.

Specifications for HMS Walker, HMS Warwick, HMS Watchman, HMS Westcott, HMS Winchelsea and HMS Wrestler

 

Displacement: 1,100 tons      Speed: 24.5kts    Complement: 125

Armament: Two 4 inch guns.   One 3 inch anti-aircraft gun in Winchelsea, two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in Watchman, two 20mm anti-aircraft guns or four 20mm anti-aircraft guns.

 

HMS Warwick. Built by Hawthorn Leslie and launched 28th December 1917. During World war two served in Home waters until being sunk by U.413 off North Cornwall on 20th February 1944.

 

Specifications for Modified W class - HMS Vansittart, HMS Venomous, HMS Verity, HMS Volunteer, HMS Wanderer and HMS Whitehall

 

Displacement: 1,120 tons   Speed: 24.5kts    Complement: 125

Armament: Two 4.7 inch guns.   One 3 inch anti-aircraft gun in Volunteer, two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in Vansittart & Whitehall, two 20mm anti-aircraft guns or four Verity had 6) 20mm anti-aircraft guns.

 

Specifications for HMS Viscount

 

Displacement: 1,120 tons   Speed: 25kts    Complement: 125

Armament: Two 4 inch guns.   One 3 inch anti-aircraft gun, two 20mm anti-aircraft guns or four 20mm anti-aircraft guns plus three 21 inch torpedo tubes.