A number of Royal Navy service records for ratings administered by the Depot ship
identified in the table below show two destroyer names across the
dates of the Battle of Jutland.
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Original research conducted by Gerry Costello
In general what seems to have happened is that the older Acorn-class destroyers were progressively
replaced by the new M-class destroyers as they emerged from build. The Acorns had formed the 2nd
Destroyer Flotilla (DF), while the new Ms became the 11th DF but both flotillas used HMS Blake as
depot ship. Once the Acorns had reached Devonport, they stayed there for a variable time before
deploying to the Mediterranean, typically joining the 5th DF based on HMS Blenheim, although some
are indicated as joining ‘the Adriatic squadron’. Records indicate that the 2nd and 11th flotillas were
with the Grand Fleet, so presumably HMS Blake was based at Scapa Flow. In each case, sailors’ records
show continuity of the depot ship, so it is deduced from this that men changed from old to new destroyers
at Scapa, and spent little or no time at Devonport.
HMS Nemesis was attached to the 2nd DF from July 1914 to Feb 1916,
at which point she disappears from records, but reappears in Devonport
as a tender to HMS Vivid in March 1916.
HMS Magic was completed and joined the 11th DF in Jan 1916.
Lieutenant-Commander Gerald C. Wynter, was captain of HMS Nemesis from 7 September, 1911 to mid December, 1915
Lieutenant-Commander Gerald C. Wynter, was captain of HMS Magic from December, 1915 to 1 January, 1918 (in command at Battle of Jutland)