HDML Archive

The HDML Archive

HDML Story

A look at the story and history of the HDML’s between 1941-1947.

HDML Design

The design of the HDML was by W. J. Holt, Chief Constructor of the Naval Construction Department, Admiralty.

HDML Roll of Honour

A database of HDML personnel who died in World War 2.

Surviving Vessels

There are currently believed to be around 20 HDML hulls still surviving around the world.

SEE ALSO HDML Vessel Archive

Details of the HDML boats, including their known crew, medals bestowed upon the crew, wartime activities and post war fate.


The archive is the work of Brian Holmes, the cox’n of ML1387, and is the result of many years research by him. Sadly Brian passed away in July 2017. We miss him but continue researching and publishing the story of the HDMLs.¬†We are always keen to add to the archive and welcome any documents (copies or original), photographs or recollections. All information will be added to the website.

Pictures in the archive that are credited to the Imperial War Museum are published with their permission. Prints can be obtained from the IWM at https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections

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