Allied Warships

HMS Cricket (T 75)

River gunboat of the Insect class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRiver gunboat
PennantT 75 
Built byBarclay, Curle & Co. Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)  
Ordered9 Feb 1915 
Laid downMar 1915 
Launched17 Dec 1915 
CommissionedFeb 1916 
End service 

Heavily damaged on 30 June 1941 off Mersa Matruh by an air attack. Towed to Port Said but declared a total loss.
Sunk as target off Cyprus in August 1944.


Commands listed for HMS Cricket (T 75)

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1Cdr. Harold Thomas Armstrong, RN28 Oct 1938mid 1939

2Cdr. (emergency) Herbert Victor Creer, RANAug 19405 Oct 1940
3Lt. John Lane Goatley, RN5 Oct 194011 Jan 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Edwin Beadnell Carnduff, RN11 Jan 1941mid 1941

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Notable events involving Cricket include:

7 Dec 1940
The light cruiser HMS Dauntless (Capt. G.D. Moore, RAN), river gunboat Taranantula (Cdr.(Emgy.) R.C.F. Creer, RAN) and the the merchant vessel Gurna (British, 5248 GRT, built 1919) arrived at Penang.

They departed later the same day to continue their passage to Colombo. The river gunboat Cricket (Lt. J.L. Goatley, RN) had joined them at Penang for the passage to Colombo.

On the 9th, shortly after noon, they briefly stopped off Nancowry Island. Both river gunboats then secured alongside HMS Dauntless and then were supllied with oil, stores and water before the passage was continued. (1)


  1. ADM 53/111943 + ADM 199/374

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

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