Allied Warships

HMS Betony (K 274)

Corvette of the Flower (rev.) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassFlower (rev.) 
PennantK 274 
Built byAlexander Hall & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen Scotland) 
Ordered8 Dec 1941 
Laid down26 Sep 1942 
Launched22 Apr 1943 
Commissioned31 Aug 1943 
End service24 Mar 1945 

Loaned to the Royal Indian Navy as HMIS Sind on 24 March 1945.
Returned to the Royal Navy on 17 May 1946.
Sold to the Thai Navy in 1947 being renamed Prasae.
Prasae was beached during a snowstorm on the Korean east coast on 7 January 1951. After attempts to pull her off the beach had failed she was scuttled on the 13th.

Career notesTo the Royal Indian Navy as HMIS Sind

Commands listed for HMS Betony (K 274)

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1Lt. Nicholas Bryan John Stapleton, RD, RNR6 Jul 194320 Oct 1944
2T/Lt. Percy Ellis Croisdale Pickles, RNVR20 Oct 194424 Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Betony include:

1 Jan 1944
Around 0800C/1, the destroyer tender HMS Woolwich (Capt.(Retd.) L.H. Bayley, RN) departed Aden for Trincomalee. She was escorted by the destroyers HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN), HMAS Nizam (Cdr. C.H. Brooks, RAN) and the corvette Betony (Lt. N.B.J. Stapleton, RD, RNR).

On 4 January 1944, the first HMAS Napier and HMAS Nizam fuelled from HMS Woolwich.

On 9 January 1944, HMS Betony parted company and proceeded to Colombo arriving there later the same day.

HMS Woolwich, HMAS Napier and HMAS Nizam arrived at Trincomalee around 1830FG/10. (1)


  1. ADM 53/120763

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

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