HMS Elfreda

Living History

This thread is going to contain everything I find out about HMS Elfreda, which is the ship that my grandfather served on between 4th November 1943 and 4th May 1945. I would be very grateful if you knowledgable people would comment on/explain anything I find out, as I am very new to this.

She began life as HMS Elfreda (BAM 16) on 7/9/1942 in the U.S. but was renamed, reclassified and launched as USS Overseer (AM321) in Jan 1943. In June 1943 she reverted back to her original name and class.

On 22nd Dec 1943 she was completed, delivered and transferred to Great Britain as HMS Elfreda (J.402), a Catherine Class Minesweeper. She had a crew of 105.

She was struck from the Naval Register in Dec 1946, returned to the U.S. in June 1947, sold to Turkey in Nov 1947 and renamed TCG Cesme (M505). In 1974 she was struck from the Turkish Navy List and her fate is sadly unknown.

Commander between 21st Dec1943 – 21st Sep 1946 was T/A/Lt.Cdr. Leonard Jolly, RNVR.

Other crew:
Charles E. Phillips – On board 10/2/1944-15/03/1944

Ken Worthy – A Sonar Operator on board 20/4/1944-25/11/44
My Grandfather, William Gedge – an Ordinary Telegrapher.

Attached is her movement log for 1944-1945. Any explanations and comments on this would be gratefully received.

Attached File
Elfreda movement sheets.pdf 1.93MB
3 downloads

I have also ordered the log for April, May, June & July of 1944 from the National Archives (Very expensive!!)

I have also attached a picture of her between 1947-1974, when she was in the Turkish Navy – I don’t know if there would have been many changes made to her.

Elfreda (1947-1974).jpg

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