Allied Warships

HMS Sardonyx (H 26)

Destroyer of the Admiralty S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty S 
PennantH 26 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
OrderedJun 1917 
Laid down25 Mar 1918 
Launched27 May 1919 
Commissioned12 Jul 1919 
End service 

Scrapped in June 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Sardonyx (H 26)

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1Lt. William Alan Frank Hawkins, RN17 Jan 1939Dec 1939

2Lt.Cdr. Robert Basil Stewart Tennant, RN9 May 194014 Apr 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Alfred Francis Colenso Gray, RNR14 Apr 1942Jul 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Edward Playne, RNVRJul 1943Feb 1944
5A/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Aitken Easton, RNVRFeb 1944Nov 1944
6Lt.Cdr. Leslie Frederick Lewis Hill, RNRNov 194419 Jun 1945
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. Eric Robert Pate, DSC, RNR19 Jun 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Sardonyx include:

28 Sep 1942
HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR) picks up 42 survivors from the American merchant Yorktown that was torpedoed and sunk on 26 September 1942 by German U-boat U-619 about 550 nautical miles west of Butt of Lewis in position 55°10'N, 18°50'W.

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