Dedication and Thanks
Arnold Hague, born 1930, carried out his National Service from 1949 as a
Midshipman, Supply & Secretariat, then joined the Reserve Division in
London, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1979. In this time, his
appointments included command of two Reserve Communications Centres and the Sea
Cadet Corps in the West Midlands area. His published books include “The Towns,
Destroyers for Great Britain”, “Sloops 1926-1946”, “Convoy Rescue Ships”, “The
Allied Convoy System 1939-1945” and co-author of “Convoys to Russia”. He was
also as sub-editor of “Jane’s Fighting ships” in the late 1960’s and made
numerous contributions to naval publications over the last forty years. He died
in February 2006, and is much missed in naval history circles.
It is therefore with great pleasure that Naval-History.Net, through the
good offices of Arnold’s close friend and collaborator, Don Kindell and with
the kind permission of his wife, Gill Hague (also a former Reserve Officer),
hosts his unpublished and invaluable work on the WS convoys.
As with all of Arnold’s work, primary official sources were the key and
this work is no exception, relying as it does on
Official Admiralty War Diaries, narratives, and convoy reports, Lloyds
ship movement cards, etc.
Editor's Note: Some ship
positions in some convoys are duplicated. Unfortunately the original work notes
are no longer available and there is no easy was to know which of these ships belonged where.
Photographs are mainly courtesy of
Steve Johnson of
Michael Pocock of Maritime Quest (MQ),
Peter Swarbrick of
Ships Pictures (SP),
Historical Centre (US) and their contributors. (Each image is
acknowledged by the abbreviation for the main source and name of the
individual contributor if appropriate). My thanks to all of them.