Naval General Service 1915-62, clasp, Palestine 1936-1939, (JX.127850 C. R. H. Ferris. A.B. R.N.) 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; War Medal 1939-45; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R, 1st issue. (JX.127850 C. R. H. Ferris. L.S. H.M.S. Despatch.JX.127850. C. R. H. Ferris. L.S. H.M.S. Despatch. Royal Navy. Light contacting GVF

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Despatch had a relatively quiet wartime career, compared to her sisters. She was operating in the South Atlantic for the early part of the war, where she captured the German freighter SS Düsseldorf and intercepted the German merchant ship Troja.

The crew of Troja scuttled her, however, before the ship could be captured. She was in the Mediterranean, escorting convoys in late 1940, and became involved in Operation White and the Battle of Cape Spartivento.

By the battle of Cape Spartivento as part of Force “B”, a sub-unit of Force “H”, Gibraltar.
18.2.43. – At 13.45hrs HMS Despatch intercepted Spanish ship Monte Naranco in position 14-42N, 23-01W and placed an armed guard aboard and ordered the Greek destroyer H.M.S Adrias to escort her for one day towards Gibraltar.
Despatch was present at the Normandy landings in June 1944