Allied Warships

HMS Marigold (K 87)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 87 
Built byHall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down26 Jan 1940 
Launched4 Sep 1940 
Commissioned28 Feb 1941 
Lost9 Dec 1942 
Loss position36° 50'N, 3° 00'E

HMS Marigold (Lt. James Alexander Smith Halcrow, RD, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk by Italian aircraft off Algiers, Algeria in position 36º50'N, 03º00'E.

The corvette was escorting convoy KMS.3Y, which was attacked in the late evening by 3 S.79 VTBs of the 105º Gruppo AS (105th Torpedo group) led by Capt. Urbano Mancini. Hit by a torpedo about 2200 hrs and sank in a short time with 40 of the crew killed.


Commands listed for HMS Marigold (K 87)

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1Lt. William Sinclair MacDonald, RNVRJan 1941early 1942
2T/Lt. James Renwick, DSO, RNRearly 194225 Apr 1942
3Lt. James Alexander Smith Halcrow, RNR25 Apr 19429 Dec 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Marigold include:

7 May 1941
The British merchant Ixion is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-94 about 200 miles southwest of Reykjavik, Iceland in position 61°29'N, 22°40'W. HMS Marigold (Lt. W.S. Macdonald, RNVR) later picks up 19 survivors.

16 Nov 1941
German U-boat U-433 was sunk at 2155hrs on 16 November 1941 in the Mediterranean east of Gibraltar, in position 36°13'N, 04°42'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British corvette HMS Marigold (T/Lt. J. Renwick, RNR).

27 Jan 1942
HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for Malta. She carries some much needed stores and 10 passengers (2 for Malta and 8 for Alexandria) to Malta during this passage.

Before proceeding to Malta she conducts A/S exercises with HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.V. Gladstone, RN), HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR) and HMS Marigold (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR).

(As no log of HMS Turbulent is available for January 1942 it is not possible to display a map.) (1)

19 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Monkshood (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN) and HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR). (2)

15 Jun 1942
HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR) picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Etrib and 20 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Slemdal that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 west of Corunna, Spain in position 43°18'N, 17°38'W.

HMS Marigold also picks up 29 survivors from the British merchant Thurso that were torpedoed and sunk by the same German U-boat in position 43°41'N, 18°02'W.

11 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Stork (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN), HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR), HMS Samphire (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Renny, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Cowdray (Lt.Cdr. C.W. North, RN). (3)

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). (4)

13 Nov 1942
HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR) picks up 81 survivors from the British merchant Maron that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-81 north-west of Oran, Algeria in position 36°27'N, 00°55'W.


  1. ADM 199/1218
  2. ADM 173/17201
  3. ADM 173/17216
  4. ADM 173/17254

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

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