HMT Aston Villa

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Built for Consolidated Fisheries Ltd at a cost of £29,352

Gross Tons 546

Nett Tons 196

Length 173.6ft (52.9m)

Breadth 28.6ft (8.7m)

Depth 15ft (4.6m)

Official No. 164431

HISTORY

Thursday 3rd June 1937

It was reported that work on the building of the Aston Villa had also been halted because of a delay in the delivery of the boilers for the vessel. This was also due to the pressure of work on armaments for the nation.

 

Wednesday 9th June 193

 

The name Aston Villa was secured today for the vessel being built in yard number 1029 at Smiths dock, Middlesbrough.

 

Tuesday 15th June 1937

The fishing number GY428 was allocated to the Aston Villa.

 

Friday 3rd September 1937

After completing a successful trial trip, the Aston Villa proceeded on to Grimsby.

Saturday 4th September 1937

 

The Aston Villa was delivered from the builders yard this morning at 0435hrs and hit the middle pier as she entered the dock. Damage to the pier was set at £3 16s 6d.


 Patrick Archibold Thomson, Chief Petty Officer, from Hull. In the crew image above he is in the second row, on the right wearing the scarf,

behind the crewman with the hood. He died in 1960

Tuesday 7th September 1937
 

The new trawler sailed on her maiden voyage to Bear Island under the command of Skipper W. Mogg.

 

September 1939

The Admiralty requisitioned the Aston Villa where she served as an anti-submarine vessel FY261.

 

Thursday 23rd November 1939

Arriving at Blyth for her On-Survey, the Aston Villa had her hull examined which was found to be in good condition as were her boilers. The survey report, however, showed 39 items that had to be examined and/or refitted. A satisfied engineer finally stamped the Aston Villa as cleared on Saturday 23rd February 1940.

 

The above information can be found on

htttp://www.royal-naval-reserve.co.uk/namsen-fjord/aston-villa.htm

and is reprinted with permission


HMT Aston Villa was heavily damaged on 30 April 1940 by German dive bombers in Kroken Bay near Namsos, Norway. Scuttled on 3 May 1940. 


 

In the London Gazette dated 16 August 1940 the award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal to: Stoker 1st Class  Joseph Henry Dyer, LT/KX 101710 HMT Aston Villa.

H.M.T. Aston Villa became part of the 16th A/S Striking Force. She was eventually lost in the Namsen Fjord immediately prior to the evacuation of Namsos on the 2-3 May 1940.

 

HMT Aston Villa was on patrol at Ornskaget on the morning of Monday 29th April. She came under fire at 0700 and at 1300 was examined alongside the wharf behind Hoo Island where it was found that most of her castings in the engine room had been fractured by near misses. Commander Congreve was busy, with the assistance of a group of Norwegians, in disguising the Aston Villa with fir trees.

On 30th April a call was made by HMT Aston Villa to the Arab to close and assist her. An inspection was undertaken of a number of vessels by Commander Congreve, including the Janus, the Gaul and the St Goran. A message was sent to Admiral CS20 stating that both the Gaul and the Aston Villa were disabled.

On Wednesday 1st May, Commander Congreve and his crew from HMT Aston Villa had changed over to the Angle in order to give the latter a rest. At 0530 HMT Aston Villa made fast around 100 yards south of the Arab. Continuous bombing and machine-gunning by high and dive bombers came over in flights of 6, 9 and 12 planes. At 1200 bombs were dropping all around and a conference was called for 1600 with the Captains of the Gaul and HMT Aston Villa. At 1700 the Aston Villa was set on fire by a direct hit from a dive bomber. Luckily, only a few of her crew were on board. At 2000 HMT Aston Villa was still on fire. It was considered that her magazine might blow up and damage the Arab. Permission was requested from Commander Congreve to board her but the answer was, “Keep away, it is too dangerous.” Shortly after this communication, HMT Aston Villa blew up.

 

On Thursday 2nd May at 0200 the surviving crew of the Aston Villa transferred to HMS Griffin. Shortly afterwards, HMT Aston Villa sank.

 

The precise location of the Aston Villa is well recorded. In the mid 1950s the bell from the trawler was raised by a team of private divers from the Namsos area and there it remained in private ownership until May 2001. This bell was then presented to the town of Namsos and is now being displayed in the Namsos Cultural house.

Further Information

http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/6304.html

 
Trawler Losses in WW2 

from: htttp://www.royal-naval-reserve.co.uk

Date

Name

Action

Location

18 September 1939

Lord Minto

Sunk by U-boat gunfire

Off Flannan Islands

18 September 1939

Arlita

Sunk by U-boat gunfire

Off Flannan Islands

28 October 1939

St. Nidan

Submarine gunfire from U59

Off Shetlands

30 October 1939

Northern Rover

Sunk by torpedo from U59

Overdue at Kirkwall, Orkney

14 November 1939

Creswell

Sunk by U-boat gunfire

Hebrides

20 November 1939

Sea Sweeper

Sunk by U-boat

Off Tory Island

20 November 1939

Mastiff

Mined

Thames Estuary

22 November 1939

Aragonite

Mined

Deal

6 December 1939

Washington

Mined

North sea on passage toYarmouth

13 December 1939

William Hallett

Mined

5 miles north east of Tynenorth pier

14 December 1939

James Ludford

Mined

Tyne area, North Sea

16 December 1939

Evalina

Mined

Tyne area, North Sea

16 December 1939

Sedgefly

Mined

¾miles east of Souter Point, Tynemouth

22 December 1939

Dromio

Collision

1¼ miles north east of Whitby

23 December 1939

Barbara Robertson

German U-boat (U30) gunfire

North of Hebrides, West Scotland

25 December 1939

Loch Doon

Mined

5½ miles east of Blythnorth pier, North Sea

5 January 1940

Kingston Cornelian

Collision with French S.S. Chella

East of Gibraltar Straits

12 January 1940

Valdora

Believed sunk by German aircraft

Cromer area

9 February 1940

Fort Royal

Aircraft

Off Aberdeen

9 February 1940

Robert Bowen

Aircraft

Off Aberdeen

15 February 1940

Peridot

Mined

Off Dover

20 February 1940

Fifeshire

Aircraft

East of Copinsay, Orkneys

23 February 1940

Benvolio

Mined

8 miles north east from Spurnhead, Humber

19 March 1940

Lowdock

Rammed by trawler Lady Philomena

5 miles east of Todhead, Stonehaven

22 March 1940

Loch Assater

British mine

East coast of Scotland

20 April 1940

Rutlandshire

Attacked by aircraft and grounded

Namsos, Norway

25 April 1940

Bradman       

Sunk by aircraft

West coast of Norway

25 April 1940

Hammond

Sunk by aircraft

Aandalsnes, Norway

25 April 1940

Larwood

Sunk by aircraft

West coast of Norway

28 April 1940

Cape Siretoko

Sunk by aircraft

West coast of Norway

29 April 1940

Cape Chelyuskin

Sunk by aircraft

Off Norway

30 April 1940

Jardine

Sunk by own forces after damage by aircraft

West coast of Norway

30 April 1940

Warwickshire

Sunk by aircraft

Trondheim area, Norway

1 May 1940

Aston Villa

Sunk by aircraft

Entrance to Namsfjord,Norway

1 May 1940

Gaul

Sunk by aircraft

Entrance to Namsfjord,Norway

1 May 1940

St. Goran

Sunk by aircraft

Entrance to Namsfjord,Norway

6 May 1940

Loch Naver

Sunk in collision

4½ miles east ofHartlepool

20 May 1940

Rifsnes

Sunk by aircraft

Off Ostend

21 May 1940

Cape Passaro

Sunk by aircraft

Narvik area, Norway

22 May 1940

Melbourne

Sunk by aircraft

Narvik area, Norway

25 May 1940

Charles Boyes

Sunk by mine

East coast of England

28 May 1940

Thomas Bartlett

Sunk by mine

Calais

28 May 1940

Thuringia

Sunk by mine

North Sea

29 May 1940

Calvi

Sunk by aircraft

Off Dunkirk

29 May 1940

Polly Johnson

Sunk by aircraft

Off Dunkirk

30 May 1940

Cambrian

Mined

Off Spithead

31 May 1940

St. Achilleus

Sunk by mine

Dunkirk area

1 June 1940

Argyllshire

Sunk by E-boat

Dunkirk

1 June 1940

Stella Dorado

Sunk by E-boat

Dunkirk

2 June 1940

Blackburn Rovers

Sunk by U-boat or mine

North Sea

2 June 1940

Westella

Torpedoed or mined

Off Dunkirk

8 June 1940

Juniper

Sunk by Admiral Hipper

Off Norway

12 June 1940

Sisapon

Mined

Off Harwich

14 June 1940

Myrtle

Sunk by mine

Thames Estuary

17 June 1940

Murmansk

Grounded

Brest

8 July 1940

Cayton Wyke

Sunk by surface craft torpedo

Goodwin Sands, Deal

19 July 1940

Crestflower

Foundered after damage by aircraft

Off St. Catherines Point, Isle of Wight

22 July 1940

Campina

Mined

Off Holyhead

24 July 1940

Fleming

Sunk by aircraft

Thames Estuary

24 July 1940

Kingston Galena

Sunk by aircraft

Off Dover

24 July 1940

Rodino

Sunk by aircraft

Off Dover

28 July 1940

Staunton

Presumed blown up by magnetic mine

Thames Estuary

2 August 1940

Cape Finisterre

Sunk by aircraft

Off Harwich

4 August 1940

Drummer

Mined

Off Brightlingsea, Essex

4 August 1940

Marsona

Mined

Off Cromarty

4 August 1940

Oswaldian

Mined

Bristol Channel

5 August 1940

River Clyde

Sunk by mine

Off Aldeburgh, Suffolk

12 August 1940

Pyrope

Sunk by aircraft

Thames Estuary

12 August 1940

Tamarisk

Sunk by aircraft

Thames Estuary

13 August 1940

Elizabeth Angela

Sunk by aircraft

Downs

20 August 1940

Resparko

Sunk by aircraft

Off Falmouth

1 September 1940

Royalo

Sunk by mine

Penzance Harbour, Cornwall

9 September 1940

Dervish

Mined

Off Spurn, Yorkshire

9 September 1940

Harvest Moon

Sunk as block ship

 

24 September 1940

Loch Inver

Mined

Harwich area

25 September 1940

Stella Sirius

Sunk by bombs during air raid

Gibraltar

28 September 1940

Recoil

Lost on patrol, presumed mined

English Channel

30 September 1940

Comet

Sunk by mine

Off Falmouth

5 October 1940

Kingston Sapphire

Sunk by Italian submarine Nani

Off Gibraltar

9 October 1940

Sea King

Sunk by underwater explosion

Grimsby

12 October 1940

Resolvo

Sunk by mine

Thames Estuary

12 October 1940

Warwick Deeping

Sunk by surface craft torpedo

English Channel

14 October 1940

Lord Stamp

Sunk by mine

Off Dorset

18 October 1940

Kingston Cairngorm

Sunk by mine

English Channel

19 October 1940

Velia

Mined

Harwich area

21 October 1940

Hickory

Sunk by mine

English Channel

21 October 1940

Waveflower

Sunk by mine

Off Aldeburgh, Suffolk

22 October 1940

Joseph Button

Sunk by mine

Off Aldeburgh, Suffolk

25 October 1940

Lord Inchcape

Sunk by mine - later salvaged

Off Plymouth

1 November 1940

Rinova

Sunk by mine

Off Falmouth

1 November 1940

Tilbury Ness

Sunk by aircraft

Thames Estuary

7 November 1940

William Wesney

Sunk by mine

Off Orfordness

10 November 1940

Kingston Alalite

Sunk by mine

Off Plymouth

11 November 1940

Stella Orion

Mined

Thames Estuary

15 November 1940

Dungeness

Bombed and total loss

Off Haisborough, Norfolk

16 November 1940

Arsenal

Sunk in collision

Clyde, Scotland

19 November 1940

Fontenoy

Sunk by aircraft

Off Lowestoft

22 November 1940

Ethel Taylor

Mined

1 mile off Tyne north pier

24 November 1940

Amethyst

Sunk by mine

Thames Estuary

25 November 1940

Conquistador

Sunk in collision

Thames Estuary

25 November 1940

Kennymore

Mined

Thames Estuary

27 November 1940

Elk

Mined

Plymouth

28 November 1940

Manx Prince

Mined

Entrance to Humber

29 November 1940

Calverton

Mined

Entrance to Humber

30 November 1940

Chestnut

Sunk by mine

Off North Foreland, Kent

7 December 1940

Capricornus

Sunk by mine

Off South East England

7 December 1940

Cortina

Sunk in collision

Off Humber

18 December 1940

Refundo

Sunk by mine

Off Harwich

24 December 1940

Pelton

Sunk by E-boat

Off Yarmouth

30 December 1940

Bandelerno

Sunk in collision

Gulf of Sollum, Egypt/Libya border

16 January 1941

Desiree

Mined

Thames Estuary

20 January 1941

Relonzo

Mined

Crosby Channel, Liverpool

22 January 1941

Luda Lady

Mined

Humber area

27 January 1941

Darogah

Mined

Thames Estuary

2 February 1941

Almond

Mined

Off Falmouth

3 February 1941

Artic Trapper

Sunk by aircraft

Off Ramsgate

5 February 1941

Tourmaline

Sunk by aircraft

Off North Foreland, Kent

6 February 1941

Thomas Deas

Mined

Spurnhead, Humber Estuary

13 February 1941

Rubens

Sunk by aircraft

Western approaches

16 February 1941

Ormonde

Sunk by aircraft

East coast, Scotland

20 February 1941

Ouse

Mined

Tobruk, Libya

21 February 1941

Lincoln City

Sunk by aircraft

Faroe Islands

27 February 1941

Remillo

Mined

Humber

1 March 1941

St. Donats

Collision

Off Spurn, Yorkshire

6 March 1941

Keryado

Mined

English Channel

9 March 1941

Gullfoss

Mined

English Channel

16 March 1941

Lady Lilian

Sunk by aircraft

West of Ireland

20 March 1941

Bianca

Sunk by aircraft

Irish sea

20 March 1941

Dox

Sunk by enemy action

Plymouth

21 March 1941

Asama

Sunk by aircraft

Plymouth

31 March 1941

Lord Selborne

Mined

Humber

2 April 1941

Crammond Island

Sunk by aircraft

Off St. Abb's Head, East Scotland

3 April 1941

Fortuna

Sunk by aircraft

Off St. Abb's Head, East Scotland

7 April 1941

Roche Bonne

Sunk by aircraft

Off the Lizard, Cornwall

19 April 1941

Kopanes

Sunk by aircraft

7 miles east of Beadnell Point, Northumberland

20 April 1941

Topaze

Collision with HMS Rodney

Off Clyde

26 April 1941

Commander Horton

Sunk by torpedo from U552

Off Iceland

28 April 1941

Caroline

Mined

Off Milford Haven

1 May 1941

Jean Frederic

Sunk by aircraft

Off Start Point, English Channel

3 May 1941

Alberic

Collision

Off Scapa, Orkneys

4 May 1941

Ben Gairn

Sunk by parachute mine

Lowestoft

4 May 1941

Van Orley

Sunk by aircraft

Liverpool

7 May 1941

Susarion

Sunk by aircraft

Off Humber

8 May 1941

Silicia

Mined

Off Humber

27 May 1941

Evesham

Sunk by aircraft

Yarmouth, Norfolk

29 May 1941

Sindonis

Sunk by aircraft

Tobruk, Libya

5 June 1941

Ash

Mined

Thames Estuary

20 June 1941

Resmilo

Sunk by aircraft

Peterhead, East Scotland

21 June 1941

Beech

Sunk by aircraft

Scrabster, North Scotland

23 June 1941

Nogi

Sunk by aircraft

Off Norfolk

26 June 1941

Tranio

In tow and sunk by aircraft

North Sea

27 June 1941

Force

Sunk by aircraft

Off Yarmouth, Norfolk

4 July 1941

Akranes

Sunk by aircraft

Bridlington Bay, Yorkshire

6 August 1941

Agate

Grounded

Cromer, Norfolk

20 August 1941

Juliet

Sunk by aircraft

Old Head of Kinsale, Co. Cork

20 August 1941

Lorinda

Engine problems and fire

Off Freetown, West Africa

8 September 1941

Lady Love

Sunk by U-boat

Iceland

8 September 1941

King Erik

Sunk by U-boat

Iceland

9 September 1941

Brora

Grounded

Hebrides, West Scotland

9 September 1941

Strathborne

Mined

Off Humber

20 September 1941

Marconi

Collision

Off Harwich

30 September 1941

Eileen Duncan

Sunk by aircraft

North Shields

30 September 1941

Star of Deveron

Sunk by aircraft

North Shields

17 October 1941

Nubia

Collision

6 miles off Tynemouth

22 October 1941

Alder

Grounded

East Scotland

24 October 1941

Emilion

Mined

Thames Estuary

6 November 1941

Flotta

Grounded

Off Buchan Ness, East Scotland

12 November 1941

Francolin

Sunk by aircraft

Off Cromer, Norfolk

22 November 1941

St. Apollo

Collision

Hebrides, West Scotland

8 December 1941

Milford Earl

Sunk by aircraft

East Scotland

8 December 1941

Phineas Beard

Sunk by aircraft

East Scotland

11 December 1941

Lady Shirley

Sunk by torpedo from U374

Gibraltar Straits

 

26 December 1941

Henriette

Mined

Off Humber

16 January 1942

Irvana

Sunk by aircraft

Off Yarmouth, Norfolk

18 January 1942

Erin

Explosion

Gibraltar harbour

18 January 1942

Honjo

Explosion

Gibraltar harbour

22 January 1942

Rosemonde

Probably torpedoed by U-boat

Atlantic

29 January 1942

Braconbush

Mined

Off Duncansby Head

30 January 1942

Loch Alsh

Sunk by aircraft

Humber area

2 February 1942

Cape Spartel

Sunk by aircraft

Humber area

2 February 1942

Cloughton Wyke

Sunk by aircraft

Humber area

18 February 1942

Botanic

Sunk by aircraft

North sea

18 February 1942

Warland

Sunk by aircraft

North sea

8 March 1942

Northern Princess

Sunk by torpedo from U587

Off Newfoundland

8 March 1942

Notts County

Sunk by U-boat

South of Iceland

19 March 1942

Stella Capella

Sunk by torpedo from U701

Iceland area

1 April 1942

Solomon

Mined

North of Cromer

11 April 1942

St. Cathan

Sunk in collision with Dutch freighter Hebe

Little River, South Carolina

13 April 1942

Lord Snowdon

Sunk in collision

Off Falmouth

13 April 1942

Coral

Sunk by aircraft

Malta no. 3 dock

21 April 1942

Jade

Sunk by aircraft

Malta, Dockyard Creek

6 May 1942

Senateur Duhamel

Sunk in collision

Morehead City, North Carolina, USA

12 May 1942

Ben Ardna

Sunk in collision

½ mile east of Souter Point, Tynemouth

8 June 1942

Aghios Georgis

Unknown

Mozambique Channel

15 June 1942

Kingston Ceylonite

Mined (laid by U701)

Cape Henry, Chesapeake Bay, USA

16 June 1942

Tranquil

Sunk in collision

Off Deal, Kent

2 July 1942

Whinnyfold

Sunk by aircraft

North East Iceland

5 July 1942

Sword Dance

Sunk in collision

Moray Firth, Scotland

9 July 1942

Manor

Sunk during E-boat attack

English Channel

25 July 1942

Laertes

Sunk by U-boat torpedo

Freetown area, West Africa

17 September 1942

Waterfly

Sunk by aircraft

Dungeness

19 September 1942

Alouette

Sunk by U-boat torpedo

Off Portugal

19 September 1942

Pentland Firth

Sunk in collision

Off New York, USA

2 October 1942

Lord Stonehaven

Sunk during E-boat attack

Off Eddystone, English Channel

16 October 1942

Inverclyde

Sank in tow

Off Beachy Head

25 November 1942

Leyland

Sunk in collision

Gibraltar Bay

29 November 1942

Ben Rossal

Sank at moorings

Unknown

29 November 1942

Ullswater

Sunk by E-boat

English Channel

1 December 1942

Jasper

Sunk by E-boat (S.81) torpedo

English Channel

5 December 1942

Bengali

Explosion

Lagos, Nigeria

5 December 1942

Canna

Explosion

Lagos, Nigeria

5 December 1942

Spaniard

Explosion

Lagos, Nigeria

7 January 1943

Jura

Sunk by U-boat from 29th flotilla

Western Mediterranean

7 January 1943

Horatio

Sunk by Italian E-boat (MAS.5) torpedo

Western Mediterranean

12 January 1943

Kingston Jacinth

Mined

Off Portsmouth

5 February 1943

Stronsay

Sunk by explosion, probably mined

Phillipeville, Western Mediterranean

7 February 1943

Tervani

Sunk by U-boat

Off Cape Bougaroni, Algeria

8 February 1943

Bredon

Sunk by U521

North Atlantic

27 February 1943

Lord Hailsham

Sunk by E-boat torpedo

English Channel

14 March 1943

Moravia

Mined

North Sea

16 March 1943

Campobello

Badly damaged atQuebec, Canada

Sunk by depth charges from HMS Goderia on passage to UK

31 March 1943

Caulonia

Ran aground and foundered

Rye Bay, Sussex

15 April 1943

Adonis

Sunk by E-boat torpedo

Off Lowestoft

22 April 1943

Herring

Sunk in collision

7 miles east of Creswell,North Sea

8 May 1943

Daneman

Scuttled after striking submerged ice

Abandoned after being taken in tow, North Atlantic

26 May 1943

Hong Lam

Foundered

Off Adams Bridge, between India and Ceylon

5 August 1943

Red Gauntlet

Sunk by E-boat (S86)

Off Felixstowe

1 September 1943

Strathlyon

Mined

Off Iceland

21 September 1943

Zee Meeuw

Sunk in collision

Gravesend Reach, Thames

25 September 1943

Donna Nook

Sunk in collision with Stella Rigel

Off Harwich

25 September 1943

Franc Tireur

Sunk by E-boat (S96)

Off Harwich

3 October 1943

Aracari

Grounded, total loss

Filicudi Island, North of Sicily

3 October 1943

Meror

Mined

Humber area

22 October 1943

Orfasy

Sunk U-boat (U68) torpedo

Off West Africa

25 October 1943

William Stephen

Sunk by E-boat

Off Cromer

1 December 1943

Avanturine

Sunk by E-boats

Off Beachy Head

8 December 1943

Rysa

Mined

Off Maddalena, Sardinia

25 December 1943

Kingston Beryl

Mined

North of Ireland

6 January 1944

Wallasea

Sunk by surface craft torpedo

Off Mounts Bay, Cornwall

31 January 1944

Pine

Sunk by E-boat torpedo

Off Selsey Bill, Sussex

13 February 1944

Cap D’antifer

Sunk by E-boat

Off Humber

20 May 1944

Wyoming

Mined

Off Harwich

13 June 1944

Birdlip

Sunk by U-boat (U547)

Off West Africa

24 June 1944

Lord Austin

Mined

Seine Bay, Normandy

5 July 1944

Ganilly

Sunk by U-boat torpedo or mine

English Channel

19 July 1944

Texas

Sunk in collision

Jamacia area

29 July 1944

Lord Wakefield

Sunk by aircraft

Off Normandy

3 August 1944

Gairsay

Sunk by human torpedo

Off Normandy

25 August 1944

Choice

Foundered

Arromanches, Normandy

17 September 1944

Mirabelle

Rammed and sunk by accident

Unknown

6 October 1944

Vidonia

Sunk in collision

English Channel

2 November 1944

Colsay

Sunk by human torpedo

Off Ostend

18 November 1944

Transvaal

Foundered in gale

English Channel

2 December 1944

Northcoates

Sank in tow

Off Littlehampton

2 January 1945

Haybourne Wyke

Sunk by midget submarine (Seehand)

At anchor off Ostend

19 January 1945

Northern Isles

Grounded

Durban, South Africa

21 January 1945

Computator

Sunk in collision with HMS Vanoc

Seine Bay, Normandy

3 February 1945

Arley

Damaged by mine and sank in tow

North Sea

24 February 1945

Ellesmere

Sunk by U-boat (U1203)

English Channel

25 February 1945

Aquarius

Mined

15 miles from outer Dowsing light vessel

2 May 1945

Ebor Wyke

Sunk by torpedo from U979

Hrafneyri light, Iceland

5 May 1945

Coriolanus

Mined

North Adriatic

 


 

 

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