Allied Warships

HMS Garth (L 20)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 20 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered21 Mar 1939 
Laid down8 Jun 1939 
Launched14 Feb 1940 
Commissioned1 Jul 1940 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 25 August 1958. Scrapped at Barrow.


Commands listed for HMS Garth (L 20)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eric Hart Dyke, RN7 May 19409 Sep 1941
2Lt.Cdr. John Percival Scatchard, RN9 Sep 1941mid 1943
3Lt. Anthony Edgar Anderson, RNJun 1943Nov 1943
4Capt. Cecil Ramsden Langworthy Parry, RNNov 194315 Aug 1944
5Capt. William Gronow Davis, DSC, RN15 Aug 19445 Sep 1945
6Cdr. Archibald George Forman, DSC, RN5 Sep 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Garth include:

21 Jan 1941
HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) shifted from the Sheerness to Harwich. She was escorted by HMS Garth (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Dyke, RN). (1)

22 Jan 1941
HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) shifted from Harwich to Rosyth. She was escorted by HMS Garth (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Dyke, RN). (1)

1 Sep 1941
HMS H 33 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Sheerness for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Garth (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Dyke, RN) until near Dungeness. Thence unescorted until she made rendez-vous near the Lizard at 1930/5 with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) for onward passage under escort to Rothesay. (2)

20 Nov 1941
Escorting convoy FS.50 off the east Coast and scouting 5 nautical miles ahead for S-boote. Due to unserviceable radar, she ran headlong into another anti-S-boote patrol and was taken under fire by destroyer Campbell, sustaining 2 dead and damage to the steam lines, which compelled her returning to port in tow.

17 Feb 1943
HMS Garth (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Scatchard, DSC, RN) sank the German motor torpedo boat (S-boat) S-71 93 tons with gunfire and ramming off Lowesoft.


  1. ADM 173/17049
  2. ADM 173/16754

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

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