HMS Thracian (D 86)
Destroyer of the Admiralty S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Laid down||10 Jan 1918|
|Launched||5 Mar 1920|
|Commissioned||21 Apr 1920|
Completed by Sheerness Dockyard (Sheerness, U.K.)
HMS Thracian (Cdr. Arthur Luard Pears, RN (retired)) ran aground and scuttled at Round Island, Hong Hong on 16 December 1941 and was captured by the Japanese. She was salvaged by the IJN, repaired and recommissioned on 25 November 1942 as Patrol Vessel No.101 (offsite link), then re-rated a training ship in March 1944, being attached to the torpedo school at Yokosuka. Recaptured in 1945, she was eventually broken up at Hong Kong post-war.
Commands listed for HMS Thracian (D 86)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Henry Graham Dudley de Chair, RN||14 Aug 1938||12 Nov 1940|
|2||Cdr. (retired) Arthur Luard Pears, RN||12 Nov 1940||Dec 1941|
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Notable events involving Thracian include:
12 Apr 1940
HMS Liverpool (Capt. A.D. Read, RN) is ordered to proceed to Aden as the political situation with Italy was deteriorating. She was to be relieved on the Manila patrol by HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) so at first she continued on the the Manila area. (7)
1 May 1940
HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Vladivostock, Russia to observe naval activity.
As no log is available for May 1940 no map can be displayed. (8)
7 Jun 1940
During the night of 7/8 June 1940, HMS Dauntless (Capt. G.D. Moore, RAN), HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN), HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (9)
10 Jun 1940
HMS Dauntless (Capt. G.D. Moore, RAN), HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN), HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN), HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) and MTB's all conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (9)
- ADM 173/15963
- ADM 173/15964
- ADM 173/16453
- ADM 173/16395
- ADM 173/16397
- ADM 173/16496
- ADM 199/374
- ADM 199/1832
- ADM 53/111937
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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