Allied Warships

HMS Diamond (H 22)

Destroyer of the D class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 22 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Feb 1931 
Laid down29 Sep 1931 
Launched8 Apr 1932 
Commissioned2 Nov 1932 
Lost27 Apr 1941 
Loss position36° 30'N, 23° 34'E

On 27 April 1941, during the evacutation of Greece, HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. Philip Alexis Cartwright, RN) was sunk by German aircraft about 20 nautical miles east of Cape Maleas, Greece in position 36º30'N, 23º34'E. Lost with 148 men, with very few survivors found.  

Commands listed for HMS Diamond (H 22)

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1Lt.Cdr. Philip Alexis Cartwright, RN10 Feb 193927 Apr 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Diamond include:

17 Aug 1940
In the early morning the British battleships HMS Warspite (Capt. D.B. Fisher, CBE, RN), HMS Malaya (Capt. A.F.E. Palliser, DSC, RN), HMS Ramillies (Capt. H.T. Baillie-Grohman, OBE, DSO, RN) the British heavy cruiser HMS Kent (Capt. D. Young-Jamieson, RN) escorted by the British destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), Hyperion (Cdr. H.St.L. Nicolson, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Hostile (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Cartwright, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN) and the Australian destroyers HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, RAN), HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, RAN) carried out a bombardment of Italian positions around the fortress of Bardia.

26 Apr 1941
Rescued 600 troops from Crete after transports had been sunk by air attack during the evacuation of Crete. (1)

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