HMS Beryl (T 34)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
Built in 1935.
Sold in 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Beryl (T 34)
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|1||Mid. Harold William du Boisson, RNR||28 Dec 1939||Apr 1940|
|2||Boatswain Henry Ernest Sellwood, RN||Apr 1940||mid 1940|
|3||Mid. Harold William du Boisson, RNR||mid 1940||7 Oct 1940|
|4||A/Cdr. (retired) James Collis Bird, DSC, RN||7 Oct 1940||mid 1941|
|5||Mid. Harold William du Boisson, RNR||mid 1941||11 Nov 1941|
|6||Boatswain Victor Pretoria Rhind, RN||11 Nov 1941||17 Dec 1941|
|7||A/S.Lt. Harold William du Boisson, RNR||17 Dec 1941||Dec 1942|
|8||T/S.Lt. Harold Olsberg, RNR||Dec 1942||Sep 1944|
|9||T/Skr. Joseph William Richmond, RNR||Sep 1944|
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Notable events involving Beryl include:
9 Sep 1939
HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. These exercises included an A/S exercise with HMS Coral and HMS Moonstone (Lt. W.J.H. Moorman, RN) and later with HMS Jade and HMS Beryl. (1)
21 Dec 1939
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. This included a practice attack on HMS Malaya (Capt. I.B.B. Tower, DSC, RN) and A/S exercises with HMS HMS Coral and HMS Beryl. (3)
29 Dec 1941
HMS Upholder, with Lt. C.P. Norman, RN temporary in command (to give Lt.Cdr. Wanklyn a rest during her next patrol) conducted exercises off Malta with HMS Urge (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Tomkinson, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Beryl.
When returning from the exercises around 1630 hours they were attacked by German Me 109 fighter aircraft of 6 JG/53. Urge dived in time but on Upholder the crew on the bridge were reading a signal from a shore signal station and did not notice the approaching aircraft (the message was to warn Upholder about the approaching aircraft). Lt. Norman was hit by gunfire from one of the German fighters and was wounded. Despite his wounds he managed to shut the top hatch as Upholder crash dived. When Upholder arrived back at Malta he was taken to hospital and Lt.Cdr. Wanklyn assumed command again, his rest during Upholders next patrol being cancelled.(6)
- ADM 173/16103
- ADM 173/16021
- ADM 173/15881
- ADM 173/17136
- ADM 173/17124
- ADM 173/17141
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.