HMS Warwick (D 25)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Mod||Long range escort|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||9 Dec 1916|
|Laid down||10 Mar 1917|
|Launched||28 Dec 1917|
|Commissioned||18 Mar 1918|
|Lost||20 Feb 1944|
|Loss position||50° 27'N, 5° 23'W|
Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in May 1943.
On 20 February 1944 HMS Warwick (Cdr. Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVR) was torpedoed and sunk off Trevose Head, north Cornwall, south west England in position 50º27'N, 05º23'W by the German submarine U-413.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Warwick|
Commands listed for HMS Warwick (D 25)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Miles Ambrose Gregory Child, RN||14 Jul 1939||14 Jan 1942|
|2||Cdr. York McLeod Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR||14 Jan 1942||30 Oct 1943|
|3||Cdr. Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVR||30 Oct 1943||20 Jan 1944|
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Notable events involving Warwick include:
16 Sep 1939
At 08.15 hours German U-boat U-31 torpedoed and sank the British merchant Aviemore about 220 nautical miles south-west of Cape Clear in position 49°11'N, 13°38'W. The master and 22 crew members were lost. Eleven crew members were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr. M.A.G. Child, RN) and landed at Liverpool on the 18th. This was the first attack on a convoy in World War II.
1 Aug 1940
HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr. M.A.G. Child, RN) picks up 23 survivors from the Swedish merchant Sigyn, which had been sunk by German U-boat U-59 earlier that day about 70 nautical miles north-west of Tory Island in position 56°10'N, 09°25'W.
18 Aug 1940
HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr M.A.G. Child, RN) picks up 11 survivors from the British merchant Empire Merchant, which had been sunk by German U-boat U-100 two days earlier 186 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°23'N, 13°24'W.
19 Aug 1940
Just before 0200 hours on 19 August 1940 the British merchant ship Ampleforth, a straggler from convoy OA-199, was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-101 west of the Hebrides in position 56°10'N, 10°40'W. Nine crew members were lost. The master and 28 crew members were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr. M.A.G. Child, RN) and landed at Liverpool.
3 Jul 1942
HMS Warwick (Cdr. Y. McCleves, DSO, DSC, RNR) picks up men from the American tanker Gulfbelle that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-126 21 nautical miles north of Tobago in position 11°40'N, 60°39'W. HMS Warwick towed the damaged tanker to Port of Spain, Trinidad.
8 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fame (Cdr. R. Heathcote, DSO, RN), HMS Warwick (Cdr. Y.M. Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Landguard (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) T.S.L. Fox-Pitt, RN), HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR) and HMCS La Malbaie (T/Lt. J.S. Davis, RCNVR). (2)
8 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fame (Capt. R. Heathcote, DSO, RN), HMS Warwick (Cdr. Y.M. Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Burnham (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN). (3)
9 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fame (Capt. R. Heathcote, DSO, RN), HMS Warwick (Cdr. Y.M. Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Landguard (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) T.S.L. Fox-Pitt, RN). (3)
14 Jul 1943
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN), HMS Clematis (T/Lt. R.H. Farrands, DSC, RNR) and later with HMS Warwick (Cdr. Y.M. Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Godetia (T/Lt. M.A.F. Larose, RNR). (4)
- ADM 173/16335
- ADM 173/17772
- ADM 173/17796
- ADM 173/18285
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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