|Builder||Hawthorn, Leslie & Co., Ltd., Newcastle|
|History||Ghurka was present at the Coronation Fleet Review for King George V, June 1911 as part of the 1st Destroyer Flotilla.|
Ghurka deployed to Dover on 31 July 1914, becoming a member of the 6th D. F. (Dover Patrol). From then on Ghurka’s life was continuous patrols of the Dover Straits interspersed with escorting troop transports across to France interrupted by a period in dry dock after a collision with Cossack on 23 August. After October 1915 there was also escorting monitors to the Belgian coast for bombardment of German positions. On 4 March 1915 Ghurka, Maori and Nubian took part in the sinking of U 8 in the Straits of Dover. Also there was now the added danger of attacks by German destroyers and air attacks especially when off the Belgian coast.
On 8 February 1917 Ghurka was on patrol off Dungeness when she struck a mine laid by UC47 and sank.
U-boat attacks on Destroyer Ghurka
|1||8 Feb 1917||UC 47 (Paul Hundius)||Sunk||Mined 4 miles SE of Dungeness 50°51’10”N 00°55’20”E||50.51N, 00.55E||74|
|The senior survivor, Lt. Commander Francis Lewin was awarded the Stanhope Gold Medal for bravery in helping to rescuing four other survivors.|
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