HMS Garth (L 20)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type I)|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Ordered||21 Mar 1939|
|Laid down||8 Jun 1939|
|Launched||14 Feb 1940|
|Commissioned||1 Jul 1940|
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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|1||Lt.Cdr. Eric Hart Dyke, RN||7 May 1940||9 Sep 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Percival Scatchard, RN||9 Sep 1941||mid 1943|
|3||Lt. Anthony Edgar Anderson, RN||Jun 1943||Nov 1943|
|4||Capt. Cecil Ramsden Langworthy Parry, RN||Nov 1943||15 Aug 1944|
|5||Capt. William Gronow Davis, DSC, RN||15 Aug 1944||5 Sep 1945|
|6||Cdr. Archibald George Forman, DSC, RN||5 Sep 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Garth include:
18 Jul 1940
The destroyer HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Berkeley (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Walters, RN) and HMS Garth (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Dyke, RN) departed Scapa Flow at 0645/18 to assist in an A/S hunt off Cape Wrath. HMS Berkeley and HMS Garth returned to Scapa Flow at 0045/19 while HMS Diana remained on patrol in the area.
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.
- ADM 173/17049
- ADM 173/16754
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.