Allied Warships

HMS Buxton (H 96)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 96 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., (Squantum, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down20 Apr 1918 
Launched10 Oct 1918 
Commissioned8 Oct 1940 
End service2 Jun 1945 

Commissioned in the Royal Navy 8 October 1940 as HMS Buxton, the overage destroyer served in Canadian waters briefly as the U-boat war intensified. She was then allocated to 6th Escort Group, Western Approaches Command, for dangerous and vital duty keeping the supply line open to Britain. In October 1943, when newer escorts were available, she was lent to the Royal Canadian Navy, and stationed at Digby, Nova Scotia, until the end of 1944. She was finally paid off on 2 June 1945. Sold for scrap on 21 March 1946 and broken up in Canada.

Former nameUSS Edwards (DD 265)

Commands listed for HMS Buxton (H 96)

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1Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Earl Beattie, RN9 Oct 19405 Nov 1941
2Lt.Cdr. William Wentworth Fitzroy, RN5 Nov 1941late 1941

3Lt.Cdr. (retired) William Anthony Moens, RN27 Jan 194225 Jul 1942
4A/Capt. Edward Murray Conrad Barraclough, RN23 Apr 194228 Apr 1942
5Lt.Cdr. (retired) George William Emil Castens, RN23 Apr 194228 Apr 1942

6Lt.Cdr. Ismay James Tyson, RD, RNR25 Jul 1942mid 1943
7Lt. Richard Scott Beveridge, RNmid 1943late 1943

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Notable events involving Buxton include:

30 Jun 1941
HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, DSO, RN) departed from Halifax with HMS Talisman (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) escorted by HMS Buxton (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) Earl Beattie, RN). They arrive at St. John's (Newfoundland) on 2 July. (1)

26 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Buxton (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Moens, RN), HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Chavasse, RN) and aircraft. (2)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/17039
  2. ADM 173/17248

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

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