HMS Sardonyx (H 26)
Destroyer of the Admiralty S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Laid down||25 Mar 1918|
|Launched||27 May 1919|
|Commissioned||12 Jul 1919|
Scrapped in June 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Sardonyx (H 26)
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|1||Lt. William Alan Frank Hawkins, RN||17 Jan 1939||Dec 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Robert Basil Stewart Tennant, RN||9 May 1940||14 Apr 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Alfred Francis Colenso Gray, RNR||14 Apr 1942||Jul 1943|
|4||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Edward Playne, RNVR||Jul 1943||Feb 1944|
|5||A/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Aitken Easton, RNVR||Feb 1944||Nov 1944|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Leslie Frederick Lewis Hill, RNR||Nov 1944||19 Jun 1945|
|7||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Eric Robert Pate, DSC, RNR||19 Jun 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Sardonyx include:
22 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.C. Medley, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RD, RNR), HMS Leamington (Lt. B.M.D. I'Anson, RN), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR), HMS Columbine T/Lt. A.L. Turner, RNR) and HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, RN). (3)
28 Sep 1942
HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR) picks up 42 survivors from the American merchant Yorktown that was torpedoed and sunk on 26 September 1942 by German U-boat U-619 about 550 nautical miles west of Butt of Lewis in position 55°10'N, 18°50'W.
9 Nov 1943
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) that was to proceed to Scapa Flow.
They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR) took over the escort of K XIV near Scapa Flow. They then proceeded south through the Minches towards Holy Loch.
27 Nov 1943
HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, RN) departed Scapa Flow. The next morning she made rendez-vouz with HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) for passage to the Clyde. The submarines were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR). (5)
15 Dec 1943
HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Crosswell, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR). (7)
25 Nov 1944
HMS Solent (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 1st war patrol. She was made the passage North through the Miches together with HMS Volatile (Lt. F.R. Lawrence, RN) and HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. P.J.S. de Jong, RNN). They were escorted by escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR). (8)
29 Nov 1944
HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) ended her 24th war patrol at Holy Loch. Passage south through the Minches had been made together with HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN). They had been escorted by HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR). (9)
- ADM 173/16197
- ADM 173/16291
- ADM 173/17201
- ADM 173/17207
- ADM 173/18231
- ADM 173/18213
- ADM 199/627
- ADM 173/18769
- ADM 199/1868
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.