HMS Topaze (T 40)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Launched||20 Dec 1934|
|Lost||20 Apr 1941|
Completed in January 1935.
HMT Topaze (Chief Skipper George Richard Gale, RNR) was sunk after a collision with the British battleship HMS Rodney off the Clyde on 20 April 1941. The Commanding officer and 17 more members of the crew went down with the ship.
Commands listed for HMS Topaze (T 40)
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|1||Lt. John Nicholas Hambly, RN||3 Oct 1938||14 Jan 1941|
|2||Ch.Skr. George Richard Gale, RNR||14 Jan 1941||20 Apr 1941 (+)|
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Notable events involving Topaze include:
19 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland together with the British A/S yacht HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR) and A/S trawler HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (2)
23 Jul 1940
HMS H 33 (Lt. E.P. Tomkinson, RN) participated in / conducted exercises off Campbeltown. These included a practice attack on HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. John J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 33 proceeded to Rothesay. (3)
Upon completion of these exercises Lt. Napier took command of HMS H 34 vice Lt. Collett. (4)
28 Sep 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises of Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. John J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN) and HMS Terje 2 (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 34 proceeded to Rothesay. (4)
- ADM 173/16283
- File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16295
- ADM 173/16306
- ADM 173/16289
- ADM 173/16334
- ADM 173/16727
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.