Allied Warships

HMS Sturdy (i) (H 28)

Destroyer of the Admiralty S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty S 
PennantH 28 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
OrderedJun 1917 
Laid downMar 1918 
Launched25 Jun 1919 
Commissioned15 Oct 1919 
Lost30 Oct 1940 
Loss position56° 29'N, 6° 59'W
History

HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. George Tyndale Cooper, RN) was grounded and wrecked off Tiree Island, western Scotland in position 56º29'N, 06º59'W.

Five members of the crew drowned when they tried to reach the shore. They are buried at the Soroby burial ground.  

Commands listed for HMS Sturdy (i) (H 28)

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1Lt.Cdr. George Tyndale Cooper, RN31 Jul 193930 Oct 1940

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Notable events involving Sturdy (i) include:


31 Aug 1939
HMS Courageous (Capt. W.T. Makeig-Jones, RN) departed Portsmouth for Portland. She was escorted by HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN).

HMS Courageous had been commissioned with full completment from the Reserve Fleet on 31 July 1939. In late August 1939 it was decided that Courageous was to join forces with HMS Ramillies and that they would be sent to Freetown. On 3 September it was decided that the should join the Channel Force instead. (1)

1 Sep 1939
HMS Courageous (Capt. W.T. Makeig-Jones, RN), and her escort, HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN), arrived at Portland.

2 Sep 1939
HMS Courageous (Capt. W.T. Makeig-Jones, RN), still escorted by HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN), shifted from Portland to Plymouth.

9 Oct 1939
HMS Royal Oak (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.E.C. Blagrove, RN) departed Scapa Flow to patrol to the west of the Fair Isle Channel. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN).

10 Oct 1939
In very heavy seas, HMS Royal Oak (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.E.C. Blagrove, RN), had lost touch with her escorting destroyers HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN) and HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN). Course was therefore set to return to Scapa Flow.

20 Oct 1940
HMS Sturdy (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Cooper, RN) picks up three survivors from the British merchant Whitford Point that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-47 about 90 nautical miles south-west of Rockall.

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 199/2551

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


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