HDML Boats 1151 to 1200

HDML 1151

Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 6/42

Known Crew

  • TSLt R C J Morton RNVR 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151
  • TSLt N A Irani RINVR 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151
  • TSLt R E Nicholas RINVR TSLt 17/5/43 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151 1944
  • TSLt C W D Winter RINVR TSLt 26/10/43 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151 ML 412
  • Mid A E Young RINVR Mid 29/8/43 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151 HMS Cheetah (Bombay)

Wartime Activities

  • 1944 Royal Indian Navy
  • 120th ML Flotilla
  • ML 1125, ML 1148, ML 1151

Post War History

  • 1947 Sold

HDML 1152

Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 2/7/42

Known Crew

  • TLt Ralph Morris Cole RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 4/7/41 TLt 27/3/42 HMS St Christopher for MLs 23/6/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1152 28/6/42) Operation Torch – Invasion of Algeria 60th MTB/MGB Flotilla Commanding Officer MGB 661 10/2/44 For a series of actions in the Mediterranean DSC For an attack on an enemy convoy off the Dalmatian coast 18/5/44 MID

Wartime Activities

  • Mediterranean
  • 11/42 Operation Torch – Invasion of Algeria
  • 1944 Free French = VP11
  • Transferred in Algeria

Post War History

  • French Navy = VP11

HDML 1153

Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 18/8/42

Wartime Activities

  • 9/42 ML 1124, ML 1135, ML 1153, ML 1243, ML 1245, ML 1256, ML 1282, ML 1294 and ML 1296 transferred to Turkish Navy.
  • ML 1153 lost on passage to Turkey

HDML 1154

Burn, Wroxham, Norfolk 30/1/43

Known Crew

  • SLt Leslie Robert Ward RNZNVR HDML 1154. Died 14/05/1943, aged 25, when HDML 1154 sank after striking a mine. Son of Robert Ainsworth and Henrietta Barbara Ward, of Dunedin, Otago
  • SLt Donald Graham Watts RNZNVR HDML 1154. Died 14/05/1943 when HDML 1154 sank after striking a mine. Son of Henry and Annie Catherine Watts, of Hataitai, Wellington City, New Zealand
  • LSea William Costello LT/JX 185969. Died 14/05/1943, aged 21, when HDML 1154 sank after striking a mine. Son of William and Norah Costello; husband of Sarah Costello, of Harrietsham, Kent
  • Sea Charles William Cox LT/JX 219617. Died 14/05/1943, aged 27, when HDML 1154 sank after striking a mine. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Cox; husband of Alice Cox, of Rotherhithe, London
  • Sea Andrew Hastie Dores LT/JX 190083. Died 14/05/1943, aged 32, when HDML 1154 sank after striking a mine. Son of Andrew Thomson Dores and Elizabeth Veitch Dores, of Dunbar, East Lothian; husband of Janet Dores, of Dunbar
  • Eng John Kennedy LT/KX 110659. Died 14/05/1943, aged 36, when HDML 1154 sank
    after striking a mine. Son of John and Susan Kennedy; husband of Veronica Theresa Kennedy, of Paisley, Renfrewshire

Wartime Activities

  • 14/5/43 Failed to return from a patrol off Bizerta having sunk after striking a mine laid by Third S Boat Flotilla on 6/5/43.

HDML 1155

Burn, Wroxham, Norfolk 2/4/43

Known Crew

  • TLt E M Gardiner RNVR TSLt 20/7/42 HMS St Christopher for MLs 12/10/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1230 26/11/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1155 4/12/44 TLt 10/1/45
  • TLt L M Evans RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 15/6/42 TLt 29/1/43 HDML 1155 20/10/44
  • TSLt Graham Wheldon Finch RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 17/5/41 Commanding Officer HDML 1155 27/5/43 TLt 6/9/43 Commanding Officer ML 577 28/10/44 MID
  • TSLt F H Dare RNVR TSLt 26/2/42 HMS St Christopher for MLs 4/5/42 ML 386 2/5/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1155 4/6/44 TLt 26/8/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1032 27/8/44 ML 500 61st RML Flotilla Based at HMS Aggressive, Newhaven

Post War History

  • 26/3/46 To Italy

HDML 1156

Bute Slip, Clyde, Scotland 10/11/42

Known Crew

  • TLt D M Connor RNVR TLt 14/8/42 HMS St Christopher Commanding Officer HDML 1156 19/10/42 Commanding Officer ML 387. Died in an explosion 5/3/44, aged 33. Son of H. Bertie and Maud Connor, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire; husband of Norah Marion Connor, of Trowbridge. Public Assistance Officer. Buried in Beirut War Cemetery, Lebanon 7 C. 1
  • TSLt D M Horne RNVR TSLt TSLt 26/7/42 HMS Mosquito (Alexandria) for MTBs 1/8/42 ML 384 17/7/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1156 12/2/44 TLt 7/11/44
  • TSLt F A Towl RNVR HDML 1373 8/43 TSLt 9/10/43 ML 861 10/5/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1156 9/3/45

Post War History

  • 1946 Sold

HDML 1157

Bute Slip, Clyde, Scotland 30/12/42

Known Crew

  • TLt Basil Francis James Knight RNVR TLt 19/2/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1157 Commanding Officer HDML 1297 7/8/43 Operation Avalanche – Salerno Landings HMS Gregale (Malta) 5/4/45 Born 31/1/14 and died 5/1996 in Sutton district, Surrey
  • TLt Derric Armstrong Breen RNVR HMS Royal Arthur 5/40 HMS Egret (Sloop) HMS King Alfred TSLt 21/8/42 HMS St Christopher 30/11/42 First Lieutenant HDML 1157 HMS Aggressive (Newhaven) 61st RML Flotilla First Lieutenant RML 516 21/3/43 Coastal Forces Commanding Officer’s course at Ardrishaig Commanding Officer HDML 1388 19/11/43 – 24/12/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1391 1/44 – 4/44 First Lieutenant HMS Pict 3/4/44 – 7/45 TLt 7/12/44 Born 12/19 in Gateshead. Died 23/3/2004 Washington, Durham Published: Young Men at War (Online)

“The New Year brought my new CO, Sub-Lieutenant Basil Knight, avuncular in appearance, clear of skin, rather short, the epitome of the pre-war city business gent, a man to be remembered. . . We began the never-ending task of working up, slowly at first, meeting and dealing with the endless problems endemic in getting a small ship ready for war. In such a small ship, multi-role training was essential. Gunners must be able to start and run the engines and motor-mechanics at a pinch must be able to man a gun and fight it out. The telegraphist, like the rest, must be able to man a gun and steer a course. The Cox’n at least must be able to use a chart and lay off a course for home. There was no guarantee that Basil or I might always be in a state to do this”.

Wartime Activities

  • Delivered to Newport for shipment to Algiers
  • 4/43 Lost in transport aboard SS City of Melbourne when the ship sunk by FW200 aircraft in Bay of Biscay en route to Algiers

HDML 1158

Hillyard, Littlehampton, West Sussex 11/5/42

London Gazette 23/12/43 – For Operation Husky – Invasion of Sicily

  • DSC TLt Edward Digby Lee Lander RNVR

London Gazette 19/12/44 – For firefighting following an explosion in ML387 in Beirut 5/3/44

  • MID PO Leonard Abrams P/JX155834

London Gazette 14/8/45 – For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece

  • DSC TL t Gordon Martineau Toplis RNVR
  • DSM PO Leonard Abrams P/JX155834
  • DSM Sto1 Harold Simpson D/KX138065

London Gazette 1/1/46 – New Years Honours 1946

  • DSM LSea Charles Higgins LT/JX218243

London Gazette 1/1/47 – New Years Honours 1947

  • BEM LSea Charles Higgins LT/JX218243

Known Crew

  • TLt Edward Digby Lee Lander RNVR HMS St Christopher for MLs 2/2/42 TLt 6/2/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1158 4/5/43 Operation Husky – Invasion of Sicily DSC ML 358 10/10/43. Died in action 12/11/43, aged 32. Son of Edward Lee Lander and Alice Mary Lander; husband of Rachel Stuart Lander, of Worthing, Sussex
  • TLt A T Roberts RNVR TLt 28/3/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1158 25/9/43 Commanding Officer ML 860 20/5/44
  • TLt Gordon Martineau Toplis RNVR TSLt 23/4/42 31st ML Flotilla ML 562 3/2/43 Operation Avalanche Salerno Landings TLt 23/4/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1158 11/10/44 For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece DSC
  • TSLt T C Larkin RNZNVR TSLt 4/12/42 ML 359 Commanding Officer HDML 1158 16/5/44 HMNZS Cook (depot & training establishment, Wellington, NZ)
  • PO Leonard Abrams P/JX155834 HDML 1158 For firefighting following an explosion in ML387 in Beirut 5/3/44 MID For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece DSM
  • LSea Charles Higgins LT/JX218243 HDML 1386 Wind up of the war in Europe MID HDML 1158 New Years Honours 1946 DSM New Years Honours 1947 BEM
  • Sto1 Harold Simpson D/KX138065 HDML 1158 For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece DSM

Wartime Activities

  • 10/7/43 Operation Husky – Invasion of Sicily
  • 5/3/44 ML 1007, ML1143 (Free French), ML1158 and ML1164 (Free French) are engaged in fire fighting after an explosion in ML 387 at Beirut. Four men are mentioned in despatches. ML 387 is lost and her Commanding Officer is awarded an Albert Medal for fire fighting until the boat blew up

Post War History

  • 2/46 Palestine government

HDML 1159

Hillyard, Littlehampton, West Sussex 8/6/42

Known Crew

  • TLt David Robert Poole RNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 5/10/42 TLt 26/6/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1159 22/9/43 HMS Mosquito (Alexandria) ML 838 30/3/44 For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece 1945 MID Commanding Officer ML 131 11/7/45
  • TLt G F Gutteridge RNVR First Lieutenant ML 232 28/12/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1159 9/3/45 TLt 11/3/45

Wartime Activities

  • Mediterranean
  • 23/9/42 HDML 1126, HDML 1149 and HDML 1159 of the 113th ML Flotilla arrived at Suez for service on the Mediterranean Station

Post War Fate

  • 7/46 For disposal at Alexandria

HDML 1160

Sittingbourne Shipbuilding Company, Kent 4/6/42

London Gazette 1/1/44 – New Years Honours List 1944

  • MID TLt Gordon Thomas Holden RNVR

Known Crew

  • TLt Gordon Thomas Holden RNVR TLt 31/10/41 Commanding Officer HDML 1160 25/5/42 New Years Honours List 1944 MID HMS Edinburgh Castle (Freetown, Sierra Leone) for MLs 8/42 15th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer ML 212 19/4/44 For minesweeping from the Humber to Heligoland and from there to Cuxhaven, Hamburg and Bremerhaven MID
  • TSLt K D King RNVR TSLt 13/11/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1160 14/3/43 ML 279 1944 HMS Irwell
  • TSLt J H Harland RNVR TSLt 10/3/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1160 3/7/44 ML 274
  • TSLt H F Sutton RNVR TSLt 14/7/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1160 18/10/44

Wartime Activities

  • 8/9/42 ML 1147 and ML 1160 joined West Africa Command from U.K. by freight
  • 28/12/42 ML 1076, ML 1077, ML 1160, and ML 1089 sailed from Freetown to carry out an A/S Sweep
  • 1/2/43 HMS Arran and ML 1160 sailed from Bathurst for Freetown escorting two merchant ships
  • 26/1/43 HMS Arran arrived Bathurst with ML 1089 and ML 1160
  • 3/2/43 HMS Arran and ML 1160 and ML 1089 arrived Freetown from Bathurst, escorting 2 merchant ships

Post War History

  • 22/12/45 Sold at Freetown, Sierra Leone

HDML 1161

Sittingbourne Shipbuilding Company, Kent 8/42

Known Crew

  • SLt A B Clough RANR HDML 1161 1/43 HDML 1343 6/44 129th Flotilla based Darwin. HDML 1323 9/44 ML 824 12/44
  • SLt G S Grace RANVR HDML 1161 1/43 ML 813 2/43 ML 811 First Lieutenant HDML
    1323 7/44
  • ASLt G P Russell RANR SLt 22/2/43 HDML 1140 HDML 1161 2/43 HDML 1129 3/45
  • Lt D H McDonald RANR SLt 9/11/42 ML 801 5/43 127th Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1338 5/44 ML 1161 3/45
  • Lt D McA Cameron RANVR SLt 13/11/42 HMS Philoctetes II (Freetown, Sierra Leone) HDML 1147 24/3/43 Lt 13/11/43 HDML 1161 15/3/45

Wartime Activities

  • 9/1/43 Royal Australian Navy
  • Training duties on the East Coast

Post War History

  • 10/12/47 Sold – Los Negros

HDML 1162

Ekins, Christchurch, Dorset 14/5/42

1162 in the Adriatic, May 1945
Photo courtesy Andrew Hill, son of K F Hill

Known Crew

  • TLt C D Burrows RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 13/4/42 TLt 25/1/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1162 25/1/43
  • TLt Bertram John Green RNZNVR TLt 5/3/43 HDML 1146 5/3/43 Salvage of a Catalina aircraft at Gibraltar MID Commanding Officer HDML 1162 15/1/44 HMNZS Cook (depot & training establishment, Wellington, NZ)
  • TLt R W Ollis RNVR TSLt 17th MGB Flotilla Based at Great Yarmouth MGB 609 8/6/42 HMS Midge (Great Yarmouth) for minelayers 5/10/42 17th MGB Flotilla Commanding Officer MGB 610 1/3/43 Lt 2/4/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1395 6/10/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1162 10/10/44
  • TSLt K F Hill RNVR HDML 1162 15/6/44 TSLt 20/8/44

Wartime Activities

  • Mediterranean
  • 11/42 Operation Torch – Invasion of Algeria
  • 14/12/44 Destroyer HMS Aldenham hits a mine 50 nautical miles southeast of Pola and sank. 63 of the crew, including the commander, are saved by destroyer HMS Atherstone, ML 238 and HDML 1162, the death toll is 126

Post War History

  • 1946 Sold

HDML 1163

Ekins, Christchurch, Dorset 31/12/41

Known Crew

  • TLt J Hutton RNVR TLt 27/2/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1163 18/8/43 Commanding Officer ML 569 19/9/44
  • TLt W Martin RNVR TSLt 11/9/42 HDML 1163 1/4/44 Commanding Officer ML 240 30/11/44
  • TSLt Louis Holway TSLt 28/8/42 19th MGB Flotilla MGB 643 30/11/42 Operation Husky – Invasion of Sicily HDML 1163 22/11/44 HMS Gregale (Malta.) Died in action 04/01/1945, aged 23. Son of Ernest and Rachel N. Holway, of Hornsey, Middlesex. Scholar of Stationers School. Buried in Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 8. B. 7-10.
  • SLt Russell Kenyon Howden SANF(V) SLt 19/11/44 HMS Gregale (Malta) HDML 1163. Died in action 04/01/1945, aged 20. Son of Francis J. and Annie L. L. Howden, of Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • LSea Christopher Mordey LT/JX 222943 HDML 116. Died in action on 04/01/1945, aged 25. Son of Christopher and Ruth Alice Mordey; husband of L. M. Mordey, of Washington, Co. Durham
  • LSea John Samuel Le Noury LT/JX 202293 HDML 1163 Died in action 04/01/1945, aged 31. Son of John Hubert Vaudin Le Noury and Edith Maud Le Noury, of Vale, Guernsey, Channel Islands.
  • Ord Alfred George Bunker LT/JX 360121 Died in action 04/01/1945. Buried in Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 8. B. 7-10
  • Ord Alexander Gordon Gardyne LT/JX 640852 HDML 1163. Died in action 04/01/1945, aged 21. Son of Alexander and Isabella Gardyne, of Ballogie, Aberdeenshire
  • Sea Albert Henry Cox LT/JX 281089. Died in action 04/01/ 1945, aged 22. Son of Alonzo Bernard Cox, and of Annie Louisa Cox, of Southwark, London
  • Sea Alan Michael Mains LT/JX 400070 HDML 1163. Died in action 04/01/1945.
  • Engmn William Henry Hawksfield LT/KX 131150. Died in action on 04/01/ 1945, aged 33. Son of William and Jane Elizabeth Hawksfield, of Whitby Yorkshire; husband of Rose Hawksfield, of Whitby. Buried in Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 8. B. 7-10
  • Sto Martin Clarence Bailey LT/KX 153050. Died in action on 04/01/J1945. Son of Leonard and Elsie May Bailey, of French, Wellington, Shropshire
  • Ck Douglas John Lewis LT/MX109628 HDML 1163. Died in action on 04/01/1945, aged 22. Son of Ernest William and Ethel Mary Lewis, of Margate, Kent

Wartime Activities

  • 4-5/1/45 First Group, Third S Boat Flotilla (Oblt.z.S. Milbradt) (S 33, S 60, S 58 and S 61) sortie from Pola to attack the Island of Molat. In the Bregulie Bight, S 33 sanksHDML 1163. S 61 fired 2 torpedoes into Porto Nuccina harbour, without success.
  • At 2130, ML 1163 was last heard of making an enemy contact report and was torpedoed and sunk by the German S 33 in the Adriatic in position 44.15n 14.49w. All hands were killed, although one officer, the engineman and one seaman were recovered and subsequently buried in Belgrade

HDML 1164

Watercraft, West Molesey 18/9/42

Ungazetted award for Fire fighting following an explosion in ML 387 at Beirut 15/3/44

  • MID SMtre Rene Martinolle FNR

Known Crew

  • SMtre Rene Martinolle FNR HDML 1164 Ungazetted award for Fire fighting following an explosion in ML 387 at Beirut 15/3/44 MID

Wartime Activities

  • 04/02/43 Free French = Baalbek = VP32 – Transferred at Port Said
  • 15/3/44 ML 1007, ML1143 (Free French), ML1158 and ML1164 (Free French) engaged in fire fighting after an explosion in ML 387 at Beirut. Four men mentioned in despatches. ML 387 lost and Commanding Officer awarded Albert Medal for fire fighting until the boat blew up

Post War History

  • French Navy VP 32

HDML 1165

Watercraft, West Molesey 16/10/42

Known Crew

  • TSLt G S Cooper RNVR HMS St Christopher for MLs 12/10/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1165 12/10/42 TLt 15/1/43

Post War History

  • 1946 Sold

HDML 1166

Watercraft, West Molesey 2/2/43

Wartime Activities

  • 1944 French = VP 5
  • Transferred in Algeria

Post War History

  • French Navy VP5
  • 1952 = La Belle Brise

HDML 1167

Thornycroft, Singapore

  • 1/42 Lost on stocks at the fall of Singapore

HDML 1168

Thornycroft, Singapore

  • 1/42 Lost on stocks at the fall of Singapore

HDML 1169

Thornycroft, Singapore

  • 1/42 Lost on stocks at the fall of Singapore

HDML 1170

Thornycroft, Singapore

  • 1/42 Lost on stocks at the fall of Singapore

HDML 1171

Dodge, Newport News, USA 11/12/42

Known Crew

  • TLt M I Campbell TRNVR TASLt 1/8/42 TLt 1/8/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1177 10/8/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1171 13/9/44
  • TASLt C S Durant TRNVR TASLt 2/9/41 Commanding Officer HDML 1171 8/8/44
    Arthur Layer LT/MX101439

Wartime Activities

  • Caribbean

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1172

Dodge, Newport News, USA 16/12/42

Known Crew

  • TSLt P S Hutchinson RNZNVR TSLt 14/7/41 HMS St Christopher for MLs 8/9/41 TLt 24/1/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1172 3/44 HMNZS Philomel (Auckland) 1944
  • TSLt J A Hemmings RNVR TSLt 26/12/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1172 12/5/44

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1173

Dodge, Newport News, USA 7/1/43

Known Crew

  • TLt W M Morten RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 23/2/42 19th MTB Flotilla Based at HMS Benbow, Trinidad MTB 337 1/4/42 19th MTB Flotilla Based at HMS Benbow, Trinidad MTB 340 10/42 TLt 18/12/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1173 and Senior Officer of 118th ML Flotilla 3/10/43 HMNZS Cook (depot & training establishment, Wellington, NZ) 1944
  • TLt HA Bartle RNVR TSLt 26/6/42 HMS Saker (USA) TLt 26/6/43 ML 423 HMS Morgan, ML Base Port Royal 118th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1173 12/5/44 29th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer ML 479 13/12/44
  • TSLt W L T Ibister Commanding Officer HDML 1173 17/12/44
    Sto James Roy Hocking LT/KX 155231. Died in an explosion, 14/11/1944, aged 20. Son of William and Jessie Hocking, of Hull. Buried in Gravesend Military Cemetery Barbados

Wartime Activities

  • Caribbean
  • 118th ML Flotilla
  • ML 1173

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1174

Dodge, Newport News, USA 16/1/43

Known Crew

  • TLt R H Sanders RNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 29/9/41 HMS Beaver II (Immingham) 24th ML Flotilla 1/2/42 TLt 14/8/42 HMS Asbury for HDMLs 1/5/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1174 7/4/44
  • Sea Samuel H Tolley LT/JX240830 HDML 1174 Based at HMS Benbow (Trinidad). Died 06/06/1943, aged 26. Cause unknown. Son of Samuel and Mary Ellen Tolley, husband of Daisy Tolley, of Tantany, West Bromwich, W Midlands. Buried in Port of Spain (St James) Military Cemetery, Trinidad and Tobago Western Portion. Grave 71 CWGC states serving in HMS Benbow

Wartime Activities

  • 1943 Based at HMS Benbow (Trinidad)

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1175

Dodge, Newport News, USA 12/2/43

Known Crew

  • TSLt P G B Allen RNVR TSLt 13/11/41 HMS Saker (Washington DC) Commanding Officer HDML 1175 3/10/43 Commanding Officer ML 378 9/5/44 HMS Morgan, ML Base Port Royal TLt 13/5/44
  • TLt W L Moore RNVR TLt 4/4/43 ML 496 8/4/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1175 1/2/44 Commanding Officer ML 484 17/12/44 HMS Benbow (Trinidad)
  • TASLt P R Baines RNVR 17/12/43 HDML 1175 TASLt 18/8/44 HMS Benbow TSLt 18/2/45

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1176

Dodge, Newport News, USA 12/2/43

Known Crew

  • TSLt M V D Champness RNVR TSLt 28/11/43 HDML 1307 12/9/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1176 15/9/44

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1177

Dodge, Newport News, USA 12/2/43

Known Crew

  • TLt M I Campbell RNVR TASLt 1/8/42 TLt 1/8/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1177 10/8/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1171 13/9/44

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1178

Dodge, Newport News, USA 4/3/43

Known Crew

  • TSLt R N P Aspion RNVR TSLt 15/2/42 MTB 342 1/4/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1178 29/3/43 HMS Benbow (Trinidad) TLt 15/7/44

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1179

Dodge, Newport News, USA 4/3/43

Known Crew

  • TSLt J B Spaven RNVR TSLt 12/3/42 50th ML Flotilla ML 103 24/5/42 Sunk by mine in Straits of Dover 24/8/42 HDML 1179 1/9/43 HMS Asbury
  • TLt 12/9/44 Arthur James Wannell (Gunlayer – Died in 1977)

Wartime Activities

  • 21/8/44 Beached in a hurricane at Rio Bueno, Jamaica. Boat driven further up the beach by the storm. Subsequently declared a Constructive Total Loss.

HDML 1180

Dodge, Newport News, USA 4/3/43

Known Crew

  • TLt E Conde RNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 17/10/41 HMS Beaver II 24th ML Flotilla 1/2/42 TLt 28/9/42 HMS Asbury for HDMLs 1/5/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1180 1/9/43

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1181

Dodge, Newport News, USA 23/3/43

Known Crew

  • Lt R E Sanders RNR Lt 21/7/41 Commanding Officer HDML 1181 5/43
  • Lt Harry Jeffreys Tippets RNR Lt 14/10/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1181 11/44 HDML 1107 Former cadet of HMS Conway – Chief Cadet Captain Summer Term 1940
  • TSLt Paul H Kern RNVR TSLt 19th MTB Flotilla Based at HMS Benbow, Trinidad MTB 336 3/4/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1181 9/4/44 TLt 15/7/44 Commanding Officer ML 237 6/4/45
  • TSLt J S Hepworth RNVR HMS Asbury for HDMLs 10/6/43 TSLt 18/6/43 HMS Morgan Commanding Officer HDML 1181 19/1/45

Wartime Activities

  • Convoy escort between Jamaica and Barbados
  • 21/8/44 Successfully rode out the hurricane that wrote off HDML 1179

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1182

Dodge, Newport News, USA 23/3/43

Known Crew

  • TLt J F A Johnson RNVR TLt 7/11/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1182 1/7/43

Post War History

  • 3/47 Returned to United States Navy at Bombay

HDML 1183

Madden & Lewis, Sausalito, California, USA 3/43

Known Crew

  • TLt S D Kusabs RNZNVR TLt 30/12/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1183 26/6/43
  • TLt I H Curd RNZNVR TLt 2/4/43 HMS Malabar (Bermuda) 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1183 23/5/44
  • TSLt R A Parlane RNZNVR TSLt 3/12/41 124th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1183 9/3/43

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy
  • 124th ML Flotilla
  • 6/3/43 Commissioned
  • Based at Auckland
  • 7/44 Detached duty at Dunedin
  • 11/44 Planned deployment to Manus Island is cancelled
  • Returned to Dunedin
  • 30/6/45 Paid off in Auckland
  • 7/45 Based at HMNZS Philomel

Post War History

  • 1945 Laid up
  • 15/7/46 Commissioned for Fishery Protection duties
  • 1948 SDML = Cook
  • 1949 P3551 = Maori
  • 7/56 = Mako ( For Fishery Protection)
  • 1962 Whale survey around New Zealand
  • 1970 Mako and Maroro were guard boats for HMY Britannia during the Royal Tour
  • 1972-76 Survey Wellington.
  • 1976 Sold
  • Based at Adelaide
  • 2017 Pleasure craft, in private ownership, in Queensland, Australia.

HDML 1184

Madden & Lewis, Sausalito, California, USA 3/43

Known Crew

  • TLt R L R Davidson RNZNVR TSLt 12/2/42 TLt 12/5/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1184 19/1/43 HMNZS Philomel ML 264 3/9/43 HMS Guardsman (Trawler)
  • TLt J Gifford RNZNVR TLt 24/6/41 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1184 27/1/44 Gale
  • TSLt P C Bull RNZNVR TSLt 22/4/42 ML 411 124th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1184 9/3/43 – 7/45
  • TSLt T H Leys RNZNVR 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1184 31/1/44 TSLt 2/1/44

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy
  • 124th ML Flotilla
  • 9/3/43 Commissioned
  • 11/44 Sailed to Fiji for duties in Suva
  • 12/44 Planned deployment to Manus Island was cancelled
  • Returned to Auckland
  • 8/45 Paid off into reserve
  • 7/45 Based at HMS Philomel

Post War History

  • 1946 The ‘Tamaki’ runs to Motuihe began and Q1184 transferred to this service and at times stood in for Q1183 on fishery patrols. 1946-72. Survey
  • 1948 SDML = Philomel
  • 1950 P3552
  • 22/9/54 = Paea (Fishery Protection)
  • 1975-77 Survey work – Wellington Reserves
  • 1978 Survey work – Auckland. Reserves
  • 4/1985 Paid off and sold
  • 2008 Acquired by Keith & Heather Nicholson.
  • 2016 Recently refurbished, was included in the INR Review as part of the RNZN’s 75th celebrations in November 2016.
  • Berthed in Whangarei, New Zealand

HDML 1185

Madden & Lewis, Sausalito, California, USA 4/43

Known Crew

  • TLt G R Curtis RNZNVR TLt 5/10/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1185 27/7/43
  • TSLt P B Austin RNZNVR First Lieutenant 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1185 12/4/43 TLt 15/12/44
  • TLt C E H Stocker RNZNVR TLt 2/1/44 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1185 31/1/44

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy
  • 124th ML Flotilla
  • Based at Auckland
  • 6/4/43 Commissioned
  • 7/45 Based at HMS Philomel

Post War History

  • 11/10/45 Paid off in Auckland and placed in reserve
  • 3/46 Army = Bombardier
    Towed targets and carried personnel and stores between Waiheke Island, Motutapu Island and Bay wharf, Devonport for 9 Coast Regiment Auckland
  • 11/53 Delivered to Wellington where carried out target towing duties for 10 Coast Regiment. Visit lasted 7 weeks. Bombardier made three more visits to Wellington, to assist with CMT training, in 11/1954, 03/1956 and 03/1957. RNZAF and RNZN crews delivered Bombardier to and from Wellington, these crews having necessary out-of-harbour qualifications.
  • 11/59 Transferred back to the RNZN
  • 1960 Commissioned as HMNZS Manga and joined fishery squadron
  • 1967 After refit, was assigned to Wellington RNZNVR
  • 1973 Rejoined fishery squadron
  • 1974 Returned to Wellington RNZNVR
  • 1977 Withdrawn from service and dismantled for disposal
  • 3/81 Sold to Takapuna Contractors Ltd. Later sold again and transported to Helensville for rebuilding.
    = Olphert
    = Haimona
  • 2005 Helensville, New Zealand
  • 2008 Broken up

Haku, Koura, Manga, Parore and Tamure entering Wellington Harbour Jan 1968
Photography courtesy Tony Skilton

Manga, Koura and Kuparu, Tennyson Inlet 1971 Photograph courtesy Tony Skilton

HDML 1186

Madden & Lewis, Sausalito, California, USA 5/4

Known Crew

  • TLt A R Joughin RNZNVR TLt 13/10/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1186 22/4/43
  • TLt F A Bamford RNZNVR TSLt 30/10/42 FS Paris (Plymouth) 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1186 23/2/44 HMNZS Philomel
  • TSLt D C Oram RNZNVR 124th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1186 14/5/43 TLt 22/8/44

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy
  • 124th ML Flotilla
  • 6/9/43 Made an asdic contact while on patrol off Cape Brett and dropped depth-charges, but search revealed no sign of any submarine.
  • 7/45 Based at HMS Philomel

Post War History

  • 5/47 Sold

HDML 1187

Everett, Washington, USA 5/43

Known Crew

  • TLt F G Gresham RNZNVR TLt 1/9/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1187 15/5/43
  • TLt W R G Reid RNZNVR TSLt 1/4/41 TLt 1/7/43 81st ML Flotilla ML 409 22/7/43 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1187 1/3/44 Prins Albert
  • TSLt E S Green RNZNVR TSLt 14/1/43 124th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1187 13/5/43
  • TSLt M G Spencer RNZNVR TASLt 22/10/43 TSLt 22/4/44 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1187 22/6/44 HMNZS Philomel (RNZN depot, Auckland)

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy
  • 124th ML Flotilla
  • Based in Auckland
  • 13/5/43 Commissioned
  • 11/43 Transferred to the 125th ML Flotilla in Wellington
  • 3/45 Planned move to Manus Island is cancelled
  • 3/45 Transfer to Manus Island is cancelled
  • 7/45 Arrived in Auckland
  • 7/45 Based at HMS Philomel

Post War History

  • 9/45 Paid off for disposal
  • 12/46 Taken over by a charity trust, partly overhauled but handed back two months later, was then taken up by NZ Coastguard on hire purchase charter for emergency work in Hauraki Gulf
  • 1948 SDML
  • 5/50 Reverted to Navy to be second survey ML to assist HMNZS Lachlan.
  • 21/3/51 Commissioned as P3566 and sailed for Wellington to assist P3556 in surveying Cook Strait. In accordance with custom, was painted white. Remained white until retired from surveying in 1979
  • 1955 Briefly named Maori
  • 10/55 Commissioned as HMNZS Takapu.
  • 6/79 Tarapunga paid off from surveying and renamed HMNZS Mako (ii).
    Painted black and, with radar fitted, was assigned to RNZNVR Division in Wellington until August 1983. Then withdrawn and dismantled for disposal
  • 1984 Sold and renamed Tarapunga for private use in Auckland

HDML 1188

Everett, Washington, USA 5/43

Known Crew

  • TLt P C Stannard RNZNVR TLt 21/8/42 80th ML Flotilla ML 410 Commanding Officer HDML 1188 15/5/43- 7/45 HMNZS Killegray (Trawler)
  • TLt A N Burt RNZNVR TLt 27/2/43 HMS Philoctetes II (Freetown, Sierra Leone) HDML 1188 24/4/44
  • TSLt F W T Rooke RNZNVR TSLt 1/2/43 First Lieutenant HDML 1188 22/5/43 80th ML Flotilla ML 410 Tronda
  • TSLt G B Brown RNZNVR HDML 1188 26/1/44 TSLt 29/9/44 HMS Pembroke

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy
  • 124th ML Flotilla
  • 125th ML Flotilla
  • Based at Wellington
  • 3/45 Deployment to Manus Island cancelled
  • 7/45 Based HMS Cook, Wellington

Post War Fate

  • 10/45 Paid off
  • 1948 SDML
  • 1949 Refitted for survey duties
  • 1950 P 3556A
  • 1955 = Philomel
  • 21/7/55 = Takupu
  • 11/79 Paid off from surveying. HMNZS Kahawai (ii). Painted black, fitted with radar, assigned to RNZNVR Division in Dunedin
  • 10/83 Withdrawn from service
  • 1984 Sold for charter cruises in Whakatane.
  • 2017 Operating as charter boat in Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand

HDML 1189

Everett, Washington, USA 5/43

Photo courtesy Linus Fleming

Known Crew

  • TLt R P W Wills RNZNVR TLt 8/1/42 125th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1189 15/5/43 80th ML Flotilla ML 408
  • TLt G A B Walker RNZNVR HMS Minos II (Lowestoft) 6th ML Flotilla 4/5/42 TLt 26/2/43 125th ML Flotilla HDML 1189 18/2/44
  • TSlt I W Down RNZNVR TSLt 14/1/43 125th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1189 13/5/43 80th ML Flotilla ML 407

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy Q1189
  • 125th ML Flotilla
  • 7/45 Based HMS Cook, Wellington

Post War History

  • 1946 Sold. Named Alert
  • 2017 Based Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand

Photograph courtesy Linus Fleming

Alert alongside Queens Wharf, Wellington. January 1957

Alert fishing in Brigham Creek, May 2017. Photograph courtesy Linus Fleming

HDML 1190

Everett, Washington, USA 6/43

London Gazette 1/1/51 – New Years Honours 1951

  • BEM CPO Gordon Keith Alexander NZ102053 RNZNVR

Known Crew

  • Lt W H Heath RNZNVR Lt 30/5/42 125th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1190 23/6/43 ML 411 HMS Kilmelford (Submarine Chaser)
  • TLt D F Davis RNZNVR TSLt 19/2/42 HMS St Christopher for MLs 20/4/42 TLt 11/10/43 29th ML Flotilla ML 480 11/10/43 125th ML Flotilla HDML 1190 23/2/44 HMS Philomel 1944
  • TLt J E Bruton RNZNVR 125th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1190 28/5/43 TLt 8/7/43 Commanding Officer ML 839 12/4/45
  • SLt D Dykes RNZNVR 125th ML Flotilla HDML 1190 23/5/44
  • CPO Gordon Keith Alexander NZ102053 RNZNVR 125th ML Flotilla HDML 1190 New Years Honours 1951 BEM

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy
  • 125th ML Flotilla
  • 7/45 Based HMS Cook, Wellington

Post War History

  • 3562
  • 1956 = Olphert
  • 1967 = Parore
  • 2017 In private ownership in Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand.

Haku, Koura, Manga, Parore and Tamure entering Wellington Harbour Jan 1968
Photography courtesy Tony Skilton

HDML 1191

Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, Washington, USA 8/43

Known Crew

  • TLt L J Henley RNZNVR TSLt 3/10/41 TLt 3/10/42 80th ML Flotilla ML 406 22/7/43 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1191 28/9/43 HMNZS Philomel
  • SLt J B Barry RNZNVR 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1191 22/5/44

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy
  • 28/9/43 Commissioned
  • 124th ML Flotilla
  • Based at Auckland
  • 22/5/44 Transferred to Wellington
  • 30/6/45 Returned to Auckland

Post War History

  • 30/8/46 Commenced duties as a Tamaki ‘tram’ running between Motuihe Island and the Naval Base through to the closure of the service in August 1963
  • 1948 SDML
  • 1950 3553 = Tarnaki
  • 4/4/66 Recommissioned = Kahawai (Fishery Protection duties)
  • 1972 RNZNVR Divisions
  • 8/82 Dismantled for disposal
  • Last known to be at Kopu in Coromandel

HDML 1192

Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, Washington, USA 8/43

Known Crew

  • TLt J R Mills RNZNVR TLt 9/4/43 126th ML Flotilla HDML 1192 15/6/44 HMS Gregale?

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy
  • 28/9/43 Commissioned
  • 126th ML Flotilla
  • Based at Auckland
  • 3/45 Ready to be deployed to Manus Island but cancelled and transferred to Wellington.
  • 10/45 Paid off into reserve

Post War History

  • 1948 Returned to service, commenced duties on the ‘Tamaki’ run to Motuihe Isand
  • 1950 P3554 = Irirangi
  • 4/8/64 = Maroro (Fishery Protection duties)
  • 1970 With Mako, was guard-boat for HMY Britannia during the Royal Tour.
  • 7/72 Sold, to Fiji as a tourist launch.
  • 27/8/82 Wrecked on a reef and became a total loss

HDML 1193

Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, Washington, USA 8/43

Known Crew

  • TLt I A Harvey RNZNVR TSLt 12/2/42 TLt 12/2/43 80th ML Flotilla ML 404 10/3/43 HDML 1193 28/9/43 HMNZS Killegray 1944

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy

Post War History

  • 3555
  • 1955 = Viti
  • 1959 = Ngapona
  • 1967 = Tamure
  • 1973 Sold into private ownership
  • 2017 On a mooring at Greenhithe, Auckland, New Zealand

Haku, Koura, Manga, Parore and Tamure entering Wellington Harbour Jan 1968
Photography courtesy Tony Skilton

Tamure, Wellington 1969 Photograph courtesy Tony Skilton

Tamure ashore 2020 Photographs courtesy Scott Perry

Tamure ashore 2020 Photographs courtesy Scott Perry

HDML 1194

Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, Washington, USA 8/43

Known Crew

  • TLt R A Duder RNZNVR 2nd MGB Flotilla MGB 7 15/12/41 Commanding Officer MGB 7 22/9/42 TLt 9/10/42 MGB 6 1/4/43 HDML 1194 23/4/44

Wartime Activities

  • Royal New Zealand Navy

Post War History

  • 1948 Ngapona
  • 1950 = 3561
  • 8/11/57 Stranded and broken up

HDML 1195

Africa Mirine, Mombasa, Kenya 12/44

Post War History

  • 1945 For disposal

HDML 1196

Africa Mirine, Mombasa, Kenya (Launched 9/45)

Post War History

  • Cancelled

HDML 1197

Nichol, Durban, South Africa 24/7/43

Known Crew

  • SLt J S Gleave RNVR SLt 21/1/42 HDML 1197
  • Mid W P Goodwin SANF(V) Mid 24/8/42 HDML 1197 Turfontein 1944
  • Mid P D Fuller SANF(V) Mid 24/8/43 HDML 1197

Wartime Activities

  • South African Navy

Post War History

  • South African Navy = ML 1197
  • Listed to 1961

HDML 1198

Nichol, Durban, South Africa 26/7/43

Known Crew

  • TLt Reginald Norman Harris SANF Served in HMS Cornwall (Cruiser) before commissioning. Commanding Officer HDML 1019 1/9/41 – 5/3/43 based Lagos. Commanding Officer of HDML 1198 based Durban South Africa 4/43 – 8/43 and ML 854 based Simonstown, South Africa 8/43 – 2/44. Then Ceylon until 5/45. HMAS Whang Pu (Repair Ship in New Guinea) and HMS Adamant (Submarine Depot Ship at Freemantle, Australia) in 7/45. DSC in ML 854 for operations off the Arakan coast 11/44 – 3/45. Born 18/5/19 in Port Elizabeth. Died 20/03/1973, Capetown
  • TLt J A Beyers SANF(V) TSLt 16/1/41 HMSAS Protea (Escort) HDML 1199 TLt 1/1/45 HDML 1198
  • SLt D R Burton SANF(V) SLt 8/5/41 HMSAS Sonneblom (Escort) Lt 1/1/45 HDML 1198 or 1199
  • Mid P W Fletcher SANF(V) Mid 1/12/42 HDML 1198 or 1199
  • Mid R D Kingon SANF(V) Mid 24/8/43 HDML 1198 HDML 1203

Wartime Activities

  • South African Navy

Post War History

  • South African Navy = ML 1198
  • Listed to 1961

HDML 1199

Nichol, Durban, South Africa 20/7/43

Known Crew

  • TLt Charles William John Hatt SANF(V) TLt 16/10/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1199 20/3/43 Commanding Officer ML 865 6/5/44 For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece DSC HMS Afrikander (Simonstown)
  • SLt D R Burton SANF(V) SLt 8/5/41 HMSAS Sonneblom (Escort) Lt 1/1/45 HDML 1198 or 1199
  • SLt J A Beyers SANF(V) TSLt 16/1/41 HMSAS Protea (Escort) HDML 1199 TLt 1/1/45 HDML 1198
  • Mid E J Ahrens SANF(V) Mid HDML 1199 SLt 17/7/44
  • Mid P W Fletcher SANF(V) Mid 1/12/42 HDML 1198 or 1199

Wartime Activities

  • South African Navy

Post War History

  • South African Navy = ML 1199
  • Listed to 1961

HDML 1200

Nichol, Durban, South Africa 4/8/43

Known Crew

  • TLt C Hamer RNVR Commanding Officer HDML 1200 12/4/43 TLt 13/7/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1032 15/12/43 Commanding Officer ML 250 and Senior Officer 20th ML Flotilla 5/2/45
  • TLt B D Pickles SANF(V) TLt 1/4/44 HDML 1200
  • SLt S A Thorpe SANF(V) SLt 15/9/41 HDML 1200
  • Mid P Hare SANF(V) Mid 24/8/43 HDML 1200

Wartime Activities

  • South African Navy = ML 1200

Post War History

  • Listed to 1961
  • 2005 In South Africa + Venture II

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