HMS Buxton (H 96)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., (Squantum, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||20 Apr 1918|
|Launched||10 Oct 1918|
|Commissioned||8 Oct 1940|
|End service||2 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 name||USS Edwards (DD 265)|
Commands listed for HMS Buxton (H 96)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Earl Beattie, RN||9 Oct 1940||5 Nov 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. William Wentworth Fitzroy, RN||5 Nov 1941||late 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. (retired) William Anthony Moens, RN||27 Jan 1942||25 Jul 1942|
|4||A/Capt. Edward Murray Conrad Barraclough, RN||23 Apr 1942||28 Apr 1942|
|5||Lt.Cdr. (retired) George William Emil Castens, RN||23 Apr 1942||28 Apr 1942|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Ismay James Tyson, RD, RNR||25 Jul 1942||mid 1943|
|7||Lt. Richard Scott Beveridge, RN||mid 1943||late 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)
- ADM 173/17039
- ADM 173/17248
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.