HMS Bramble (i) (J 11)
Minesweeper of the Halcyon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Barclay Curle|
|Ordered||1 Aug 1937|
|Laid down||22 Nov 1937|
|Launched||12 Jul 1938|
|Commissioned||22 Jun 1939|
|Lost||31 Dec 1942|
HMS Bramble (Cdr. Henry Thew Rust, DSO, RN) was sunk by the German destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt in the Barents Sea on 31 December 1942 while escorting convoy JW-51B to Russia. 121 men drowned onboard her.
Commands listed for HMS Bramble (i) (J 11)
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|1||Capt. Robert Oliver Fitzroy, RN||22 Aug 1939||27 Mar 1940|
|2||Capt. Markham Henry Evelegh, RN||27 Mar 1940||30 Jun 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. John Cecil Benson, DSC, RNVR||30 Jun 1941||22 Jul 1941|
|4||Capt. John Harvey Forbes Crombie, RN||22 Jul 1941||15 Nov 1942|
|5||Cdr. Henry Thew Rust, DSO, RN||15 Nov 1942||31 Dec 1942 (+)|
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Notable events involving Bramble (i) include:
30 Dec 1942
On 30 December 1942 the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper attacked convoy JW.51B and was held at bay by the British destroyers HMS Onslow, HMS Obedient, HMS Obdurate and HMS Orwell. When renewing her attack she was engaged by the British cruisers HMS Sheffield and HMS Jamaica and was badly damaged them. The only success of the operation was the sinking of the destroyer HMS Achates and the minesweeper HMS Bramble, the destroyers HMS Onslow, HMS Obedient, HMS Obdurate and HMS Orwell were damaged in the action.