HMS Medway (1916)

HMS Medway (1916) was a repeat M class destroyer that served with the Thirteenth then Third Flotillas of the Grand Fleet in 1916-1918 then with the Northern Division on the Irish Station.

The Medway was an Admiralty type repeat M class destroyer that was ordered under the Fifth War Programme of May 1915. She was laid down at White on 2 November 1915, launched on 19 April 1916 and completed on 2 August 1916.

She was originally going to be named HMS Redwing, which fits in better with the P and R names used for other repeat M class ships from the fifth war programme. She was renamed twice – first to HMS Medora and then to Medway.


From August 1916 to February 1918 she served with the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla of the Grand Fleet

On 25 August the Medway collided with the trawler Seahawk.


On 20 May 1917 the Medway collided with the oiler Erivan.

During the brief action in the Heligoland Bight of 16-17 November the Medway and Vendetta were the destroyer screen for the four cruisers of the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron.

In June 1917 the Thirteenth Flotilla was part of the Battlecruiser Force.


In January 1917 she was still with the Thirteenth Flotilla in the Battlecruiser Force but was under repair at Scapa Flow.

From March-April 1918 she served with the Third Flotilla of the Grand Fleet

From May to December 1918 she served with the Second Destroyer Flotilla, part of the North Division of the Coast of Ireland Station, based at Buncrana

On 11 November 1918 the Marne, Medway, Michael, Mystic, Nicator and Pelican were all temporarily attached to the 15th Destroyer Flotilla of the Grand Fleet.


In November 1919 she was in the hands of a care and maintenance party in the Portsmouth reserve.

She was sold to be broken up in May 1921.

Service Record
August 1916-February 1918: 13th Destroyer Flotilla, Grand Fleet
March-April 1918: 3rd Flotilla, Grand Fleet
May-December 1918: 2nd Destroyer Flotilla, North Division Coast of Ireland, Buncrana

Displacement (standard)

1,025t (Admiralty design)
985t (Thornycroft)
895t (Yarrow)

Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

34 knots


3-shaft Brown-Curtis or Parsons geared turbines
3 White-Forster boilers




273ft 4in (Admiralty)
274ft 3in (Thornycroft)
270ft 6in (Yarrow)


26ft 8ft (Admiralty)
27ft 3in (Thornycroft)
24ft 7.5in (Yarrow)


Three 4in/ 45cal QF Mk IV
Two 1-pounder pom pom
One 2-pounder pom pom
Four 21-in torpedo tubes

Crew complement


Laid down

2 November 1915


19 April 1916


2 August 1916

Sold for break up

May 1921

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