Allied Warships

HMS Burdock (K 126)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 126 
Built byJohn Crown & Sons Ltd. (Sunderland, U.K) : N.E. Marine 
Ordered15 Dec 1939 
Laid down13 Jun 1940 
Launched14 Dec 1940 
Commissioned27 Mar 1941 
End service 
History

HMS Burdock is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap in June 1946.
Scrapped at Hayle in August 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Burdock (K 126)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Harold Geeves Chesterman, RNR18 Mar 194114 May 1941
2T/Lt. Halford John Fellows, SANF(V)14 May 19414 Jun 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Eric Hope Lynes, RD, RNR4 Jun 194228 Aug 1943
4T/Lt. Frederick Robert Max Greasley, RNR28 Aug 19433 Mar 1944
5Lt. Harold Malcolm Collier, RNR3 Mar 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Burdock include:


27 Jun 1941
HMS Burdock (T/Lt. H.J. Fellows, SANFVR) picks up 6 survivors from the British merchant River Lugar that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-69 about 200 miles southeast of the Azores in position 24°00'N, 21°00'W.

20 Nov 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Burdock (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Lynes, RD, RNR) and HMS ML 290 (T/Lt. W. Barrie, RNVR). Later the same day A/S exercises were carried out with Wellington aircraft. (1)

22 Nov 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Burdock (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Lynes, RD, RNR), FFS Commandant Drogou, FFS Commandant Detroyat, HMS Morris Dance (T/Lt. S.A. MacKechnie, RNVR) and HMS Rumba (T/Lt. E.C.F.D. Jacquier, RNVR). (1)

6 Mar 1943
At 1700 hours of 5 March 1943, Burdock and sister ship Thyme sailed from Bissau to escort a freighter arriving from Freetown. At 2230 hours a sonar contact was depth charged then lost, but the corvettes believed a u-boot to be in the area.
Just after midnight of 6 March, a surface radar contact was registered ahead and Burdock increased speed and rammed. It was only after survivors were rescued that it was realized burdock had rammed and sunk HMS ML 251, on ASW patrol from Bissau to Freetown. Neither vessel had been aware of the other's presence in the area.

22 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR). (2)

28 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Bugloss (T/Lt. A.J. Anderson, RNVR), HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR) and HMS Pincher (Lt.Cdr. T. Fraser, DSC, RD, RNR). (2)

29 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR) and HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR). (2)

30 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Pimpernel (Lt. H.D. Hayes, RNR), HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR), HMS Helmsdale (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR). (2)

1 Dec 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Pimpernel (Lt. H.D. Hayes, RNR), HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR) and HMS Helmsdale (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.J. Simpson, RNR). (3)

4 Dec 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR). (3)

30 Dec 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Skate (Lt. J.C. Rushbrooke, DSC, RN), HMS Saladin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.G.C. King, RNVR), HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR) and HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR). (4)

2 Jan 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Verity (Lt. C.G. Cowley, RN) and HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR). (5)

15 Apr 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with FFS La Découverte and HMS Burdock (Lt. H.M. Collier, RNR). (6)

7 Jul 1944
BAY OF BISCAY. HMS Burdock picked up approx. 200 survivors from torpedoed Fighter Direction Tender 216.(FDT 216). FDT 216 was torpedoed by a Junkers 88,as it was sinking the order to abandon ship was given and the ship deliberately sunk to keep it out of enemy hands. Five crew were lost, 1565310 ACI J H Ferguson RAFVR. 1036266 LAC J Gaughan RAFVR. 1001089 Cpl. G Logan RAFVR. 1434174 LAC R J Peckham MID RAFVR.1681468 ACI T C Rolt. RAFVR. My father Alan Hamilton was a survivor and is still with us at the grand age of 89. (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17528
  2. ADM 173/17764
  3. ADM 173/17765
  4. File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/18512
  6. ADM 173/18494
  7. Personal communication

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


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