Allied Warships

HMS Warwick (D 25)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 25 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid down10 Mar 1917 
Launched28 Dec 1917 
Commissioned18 Mar 1918 
Lost20 Feb 1944 
Loss position50° 27'N, 5° 23'W

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in May 1943.

On 20 February 1944 HMS Warwick (Cdr. Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVR) was torpedoed and sunk off Trevose Head, north Cornwall, south west England in position 50º27'N, 05º23'W by the German submarine U-413.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 20 Feb 1944 by U-413 (Poel).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Warwick

Commands listed for HMS Warwick (D 25)

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1Lt.Cdr. Miles Ambrose Gregory Child, RN14 Jul 193914 Jan 1942
2Cdr. York McLeod Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR14 Jan 194230 Oct 1943
3Cdr. Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVR30 Oct 194320 Jan 1944

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Notable events involving Warwick include:

16 Sep 1939
At 08.15 hours German U-boat U-31 torpedoed and sank the British merchant Aviemore about 220 nautical miles south-west of Cape Clear in position 49°11'N, 13°38'W. The master and 22 crew members were lost. Eleven crew members were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr. M.A.G. Child, RN) and landed at Liverpool on the 18th. This was the first attack on a convoy in World War II.

1 Aug 1940
HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr. M.A.G. Child, RN) picks up 23 survivors from the Swedish merchant Sigyn, which had been sunk by German U-boat U-59 earlier that day about 70 nautical miles north-west of Tory Island in position 56°10'N, 09°25'W.

18 Aug 1940
HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr M.A.G. Child, RN) picks up 11 survivors from the British merchant Empire Merchant, which had been sunk by German U-boat U-100 two days earlier 186 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°23'N, 13°24'W.

19 Aug 1940
Just before 0200 hours on 19 August 1940 the British merchant ship Ampleforth, a straggler from convoy OA-199, was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-101 west of the Hebrides in position 56°10'N, 10°40'W. Nine crew members were lost. The master and 28 crew members were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr. M.A.G. Child, RN) and landed at Liverpool.

3 Jul 1942
HMS Warwick (Cdr. Y. McCleves, DSO, DSC, RNR) picks up men from the American tanker Gulfbelle that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-126 21 nautical miles north of Tobago in position 11°40'N, 60°39'W. HMS Warwick towed the damaged tanker to Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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