HMS Roxborough ( I 07)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fore River Shipbuilding Co. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||7 Aug 1918|
|Launched||14 Dec 1918|
|Commissioned||23 Sep 1940|
|End service||1 Aug 1944|
Commissioned as HMS Roxborough 23 September 1940, the destroyer crossed the Atlantic to join the Western Approaches Command, guarding convoys during the dangerous last leg of their voyages into British ports. In March 1942, Roxborough took up western Atlantic escort duty out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Returning to the Tyne 10 January 1944, Roxborough lay in reserve there until transferred to Russia 1 August 1944. She was returned to Great Britain 7 February. She was scrapped in 1952.
|Former name||USS Foote (DD 169)|
|Career notes||to Soviet Union as USSR Doblestnyj|
Commands listed for HMS Roxborough ( I 07)
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|1||Lt. Vere Alison Wight-Boycott, RN||23 Sep 1940||May 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Alfred Christopher Price, RN||May 1942||15 Jan 1943 (+)|
|3||T/Lt. Gerald Maurice Greenwood, RCNVR||15 Jan 1943||20 Jan 1943|
|4||Lt. Michael Charles Morris, RN||Jan 1943||Sep 1943|
|5||Lt. Francis Louis Boyer, RN||Sep 1943||27 Dec 1943|
|6||Cdr. Edgar George Skinner, DSC, RD, RCNR||27 Dec 1943||Jan 1944|
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Notable events involving Roxborough include:
23 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR), HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr. (retired) D.F. White, RNR), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR). (1)
9 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS St. Zeno (T/Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR). (1)
1 Jul 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Boadicea (A/Cdr. E.C.L. Turner, RN), HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS Orchis (T/Lt. H. Vernon, RNR) and aircraft. (2)
15 Jan 1943
The Commanding Officer of HMS Roxborough, Lt.Cdr. Alfred Christopher Price, RN dies when a huge wave crushed the ships bridge. 2 other crewmembers were also killed in this incident.
- File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16762
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.