Allied Warships

HMS Convolvulus (K 45)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 45 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Richardson, Westgarth & Clark 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down17 Jan 1940 
Launched22 Sep 1940 
Commissioned26 Feb 1941 
End service 
History

HMS Convolvulus is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap to J. Cashmore on 21 August 1947.
Scrapped at Newport on 5 October 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Convolvulus (K 45)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Richard Sinclair Connell, RNR21 Jan 19417 Aug 1942
2A/Lt.Cdr. Richard Francis Roger Yarde-Buller, RNVR7 Aug 19425 Feb 1945
3Lt. George Lachlan Fraser, RNR5 Feb 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Convolvulus include:


6 Feb 1942
HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Boadicea (Cdr. H.P. Henderson, RN) and HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR) and later with HMS Wivern (Cdr. M.D.C. Meyrick, RN) and HMS Coltsfoot (T/Lt. the Hon. W.K. Rous, RNVR). (1)

18 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN), HMS Ithuriel (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, DSC, RN), HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR) and aircraft. (2)

19 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR). (2)

22 Mar 1942
HMS P 511 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Scapa Flow. Passage north through the Minches was made together with HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR). (3)

20 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR), HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, DSO, RN), HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR), HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. C.J. Jackson, RNVR), HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN) and HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR). (4)

21 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, DSO, RN), HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR), HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. C.J. Jackson, RNVR), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN), HMS Bradford (Lt.Cdr. J.N.K. Knight, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN) and HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RD, RNR). (4)

6 Oct 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Virginia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Dobson, RNR), HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSO, DSC, RNR), HMS Duncton (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR), HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RD, RNR), HMS Sapphire (T/Lt. E.G.le G. Berry, RNVR), HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR) and HMS Convolvulus (A/Lt.Cdr. R.F.R. Yarde-Buller, RNVR). (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17319
  2. ADM 173/17271
  3. ADM 173/17492
  4. ADM 173/17201
  5. ADM 173/17254

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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