The vessel was built at Fairfield Shipyard on the Clyde and launched on 23 October 1916.
On the morning of 1 March 1917 the destroyer was taken part in a standard patrol of the Orkney areas. She departed Scapa Flow to patrol west of the anchorage and contacted a mine. The destroyer sank with the loss of 88 lives. The wreck lies roughly E-W, in 82m depth of water at N58 52.07 W3 27.41 and was found by divers from the Army Sub-Aqua Club on 13 May 1996.
- Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. Conway Maritime Press, 1997. p. 80.
- "HMS Pheasant". WreckSite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?10747.
- "HMS Pheasant". Canmore. https://canmore.org.uk/site/238204/hms-pheasant-hoy-atlantic.
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