H.M.S. Cattistock

Commanded by Lieutenant Richard Keddie DSC

By Jim Devlin

H.M.S. Cattistock, the second ship bearing this name in the Royal Navy, was built at the Yarrow yard in Glasgow and commissioned into service in July 1940. She was a Type 1 Hunt class destroyer with the pennant number L35 and was eventually scrapped in 1957.

Photo:HMS Cattistock in 1941

HMS Cattistock in 1941

Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

For most of her wartime service she was an escort in the North Sea. She took part in the bombardment of Dieppe in July 1942  and was a member of Force G during the Normandy Landings on 6th June 1944 where she was deployed off Gold Beach to provide Covering gunfire for the troops.

On 29th August 1944, whilst patrolling off Cape D’Antifer with H.M.S. Retalick, she intercepted German craft fleeing from Le Havre. H.M.S. Cattistock received 26 hits including one on bridge which killed her Captain, Lt. Keddie, who is remembered on the Downham War Memorial.

Below is a photo of H.M.S. Cattistock's bell with its owner, John Hoey who lives in Queensland, Australia. The photograph in the silver frame over the bell is of H.M.S. Cattistock and the others are of John Hoey's father who was a gunnery officer on the ship. The reverse of the ship's crest has an engraved plaque from Cattistock's crew to the Keddie family in honour of their son and captain of the ship.

Photo:John Hoey with Cattistock's bell

John Hoey with Cattistock's bell

John Hoey


This page was added by Jim Devlin on 15/02/2017.
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