HMS Sturdy (i) (H 28)
Destroyer of the Admiralty S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Laid down||Mar 1918|
|Launched||25 Jun 1919|
|Commissioned||15 Oct 1919|
|Lost||30 Oct 1940|
|Loss position||56° 29'N, 6° 59'W|
HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. George Tyndale Cooper, RN) was grounded and wrecked off Tiree Island, western Scotland in position 56º29'N, 06º59'W.
Five members of the crew drowned when they tried to reach the shore. They are buried at the Soroby burial ground.
Commands listed for HMS Sturdy (i) (H 28)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. George Tyndale Cooper, RN||31 Jul 1939||30 Oct 1940|
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Notable events involving Sturdy (i) include:
HMS Courageous had been commissioned with full completment from the Reserve Fleet on 31 July 1939. In late August 1939 it was decided that Courageous was to join forces with HMS Ramillies and that they would be sent to Freetown. On 3 September it was decided that the should join the Channel Force instead. (1)
2 Oct 1939
The aircraft carrier HMS Furious (Capt. M.L. Clarke, DSC, RN) departed Rosyth for Loch Ewe where she was to join the Home Fleet. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN). (3)
3 Oct 1939
HMS Furious (Capt. M.L. Clarke, DSC, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN) arrived at Loch Ewe.
The 'J'-class destroyers departed later the same day to return to Rosyth. (3)
9 Oct 1939
HMS Royal Oak (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.E.C. Blagrove, RN) departed Scapa Flow to patrol to the west of the Fair Isle Channel. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN).
10 Oct 1939
In very heavy seas, HMS Royal Oak (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.E.C. Blagrove, RN), had lost touch with her escorting destroyers HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN). Course was therefore set to return to Scapa Flow.
21 Apr 1940
HMAS Stuart (Cdr. H.M.L. Waller, RAN) departed Malta for gunnery and A/S exercises but she was recalled and the exercises were cancelled.
HMAS Stuart then embarked ammunition for the aircraft carrier HMS Argus (Capt. H.C. Bovell, RN) which was operating of southern France on flying training duties.
In the evening HMAS Stuart departed Malta to escort the transports Dilwara (British, 11080 GRT, built 1936) and Lancashire (British, 9557 GRT, built 1917). These transports were approaching Malta coming from the east (Alexandria and Port Said respectively).
On joining the transports course was set for Marseilles where they arrived on the 25th.
HMAS Stuart then made rendezvous with HMS Argus and her attendant destroyer HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN) near Hyères to transfer the supplies.
Orders for HMS Argus had meanwhile been changed and she set course for Malta escorted by HMAS Stuart and HMS Sturdy. They arrived at Malta on the 27th. (4)
20 Oct 1940
HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN) picks up three survivors from the British merchant Whitford Point that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-47 about 90 nautical miles south-west of Rockall.
- ADM 199/2551
- Personal communication
- ADM 53/108819
- Report of proceedings of the Australian Destroyer Flotilla
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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