HMS Dulverton (L 63)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Ordered||4 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||16 Jul 1940|
|Launched||1 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||28 Sep 1941|
|Lost||13 Nov 1943|
|Loss position||36.50N, 27.30E|
Sunk by a glider bomb from a German Do.217 aircraft off Kos, Dodecanese in position 36º50'N, 27º30'E. The glider bomb struck HMS Dulverton (Cdr. Stuart Austen Buss, MVO, DSC, RN) abreast the bridge, inflicting serious damage and starting extensive fires. The destroyer sustained heavy casualties, but her consorts took off six officers and 114 ratings before she was scuttled two hours later by HMS Belvoir. Three officers, including Captain (D) of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla, and 75 ratings were lost with HMS Dulverton.
Commands listed for HMS Dulverton (L 63)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Napier Petch, OBE, RN||12 Aug 1941||Jan 1943|
|2||Cdr. Stuart Austen Buss, RN||Jan 1943||13 Nov 1943 (+)|
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Noteable events involving Dulverton include:
One of the surviving officers was Lt Paul Woolley RNVR. He and others were picked up some hours after the disaster by a Turkish fishing vessel and taken to the island of Kos, from whence they eventually made their way by merchant vessels to Alexandria.
My father was a Lt Cmdr on the HMS Dulverton when it was hit and sank on this date-Lt Cmdr G H D Laggard. He saved another officer's life, (not sure what rank, but name was Anthony Evans) for which he was awarded an OBE on 31 March, 1944 "for undaunted courage, for saving the life of a fellow officer". Commander Buss's widow wrote my mother a very kind letter, despite her own grief. (Lt.Cdr. Laggard subsequently married Eve Lilian Howard, daughter of Captain Frances Howard RN and had three children he was invalided out of the Navy in 1953, which distressed him dreadfully. He died suddenly in 1966.)
30 Oct 1942
German U-boat U-559 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Port Said, in position 32°30'N, 33°00'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Lt. W. Scott, DSC, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, DSO, OBE, RN), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN) and a British Short Sunderland aircraft from RAF 47 Sqn. (see map)