Allied Warships

HMS Beverley (H 64)

Destroyer of the Town class

Photo courtesy of David Silk

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 64 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down25 Oct 1918 
Launched19 Apr 1919 
Commissioned9 Oct 1940 
Lost11 Apr 1943 
Loss position52° 19'N, 40° 28'W

On 9 April 1943 HMS Beverley had been seriously damaged in a collision with the British steam merchant Cairnvalona (4929 tons) and took station in the rear of the convoy, until she was torpedoed some 30 hours later.

At 05.49 hours on 11 April 1943 the German submarine U-188 fired a torpedo at the convoy ON-176 southwest of Iceland and observed a hit on a tanker after 1 minute 34 seconds, which finally sank after 45 miuntes with a broken back. At 05.50 hours, two torpedoes were fired and after 1 minute 58 seconds and 2 minutes 11 seconds hits on two ships were heard. At 05.52 hours again two torpedoes were fired, which hit a fourth ship after 1 minute 58 seconds and began to settle by the bow. However, Allied records indicate that only HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. Rodney Athelstan Price, RN) was hit and sunk at that time in position 52º19'N, 40º28'W. There were only 4 survivors out of a crew of 155.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 11 Apr 1943 by U-188 (Lüdden).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Beverley
Former nameUSS Branch (DD 197)

Commands listed for HMS Beverley (H 64)

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1Cdr. (retired) Edmund Francis Fitzgerald, RNOct 194028 Jan 1941
2Lt.Cdr. John Grant, RN28 Jan 19414 Jul 1942
3Lt. Rodney Athelstan Price, RN4 Jul 194211 Apr 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Beverley include:

28 Jul 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to escort convoy HG 69 for part of the way.

Before proceeding on patrol A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. J. Grant, RN). (1)

4 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-187 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 50°12'N, 36°35'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannart, VC, RNR) and HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. R.A Price, RN).

24 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) collided with HMS Beverley (Lt. R.A. Price, RN). (2)

7 Mar 1943
HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. R.A Price, RN) picks up 5 survivors from the British merchant Empire Light that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-638 southwest of Cape Farewell. The abandoned Empire light was finally sunk on 12 March by German U-boat U-468 in position 53°57'N, 46°14'W.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
($ 53.54)
(£ 45.00)
(EUR 38.73)

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 199/1878
  2. ADM 173/17755

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

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