HMS Sturdy (i) (H 28)
Destroyer of the Admiralty S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Laid down||Mar 1918|
|Launched||25 Jun 1919|
|Commissioned||15 Oct 1919|
|Lost||30 Oct 1940|
|Loss position||56° 29'N, 6° 59'W|
The British destroyer HMS Sturdy (i) (H 28) lost on 30 Oct 1940 in position 56° 29'N, 6° 59'W.
HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. George Tyndale Cooper, RN) was grounded and wrecked off Tiree Island, western Scotland in position 56º29'N, 06º59'W.
Five members of the crew drowned when they tried to reach the shore. They are buried at the Soroby burial ground.
Commands listed for HMS Sturdy (i) (H 28)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. George Tyndale Cooper, RN||31 Jul 1939||30 Oct 1940|
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Notable events involving Sturdy (i) include:
HMS Courageous had been commissioned with full completment from the Reserve Fleet on 31 July 1939. In late August 1939 it was decided that Courageous was to join forces with HMS Ramillies and that they would be sent to Freetown. On 3 September it was decided that the should join the Channel Force instead. (1)
9 Oct 1939
HMS Royal Oak (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.E.C. Blagrove, RN) departed Scapa Flow to patrol to the west of the Fair Isle Channel. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN).
10 Oct 1939
In very heavy seas, HMS Royal Oak (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.E.C. Blagrove, RN), had lost touch with her escorting destroyers HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN). Course was therefore set to return to Scapa Flow.
20 Oct 1940
HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN) picks up three survivors from the British merchant Whitford Point that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-47 about 90 nautical miles south-west of Rockall.
- ADM 199/2551
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.