Allied Warships

HMS Brixham (J 105)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 105 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byBlyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.) : Whites M.E. 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down6 Nov 1940 
Launched21 Oct 1941 
Commissioned19 Aug 1942 
End service 

HMS Brixham is not listed as active unit in the April 1945 Navy List

Sold 7 July 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Brixham (J 105)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Donald I'Anson Leake, RNVR17 Jul 19426 Oct 1942
2Lt. Graham Allen Simmers, RNR6 Oct 1942May 1943
3T/Lt. Charles Henry Walton, RNR1 May 1943mid/late44
4T/Lt. William Kenneth Lewis, RNVRmid/late44early 1945
5T/Lt. William Kenneth Lewis, RNVRmid/late 41 Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Brixham include:

6 Nov 1942
Around 0520 hours, HMS Nelson (Capt. H.B. Jacomb, RN), HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN) and HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Gibraltar.

While taking up her berth HMS Nelson fouled the merchant vessel Empire Gawain and the minesweepers HMS Bude (Lt. F.A.J. Andrew, RN) and HMS Brixham (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR). HMS Nelson sustained some minor damage. (1)

20 Jan 1943
HMS P 211 (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for her 8th war patrol (also 8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Naples, Italy.

Before proceeding on patrol A/S exercises were carried out with the British M/S trawlers HMS Juliet (Lt. L.B. Moffatt, RNR) and HMS Cava (T/Lt. R.L. Petty-Major, RNVR) and later with HMS Polruan (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.S. Landers, RNR) and HMS Brixham (Lt. G.A. Simmers, DSC, RNR). (2)

24 Feb 1943
HMS Brixham (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNVR) picks up 53 men from the American merchant Nathanael Greene that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-565 about 40 nautical miles northeast of Oran in position 35°56'N, 00°05'E. Brixham took the Nathanael Greene in tow until the British rescue tug HMRT Restive took over at 21.00 hours and beached the vessel at Salamanda, four miles west of Mostaganem at 06.30 hours the next day.


  1. ADM 199/662
  2. ADM 199/1839

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

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