HMS Gardenia (K 99)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Simons & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland)|
|Ordered||25 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||20 Sep 1939|
|Launched||10 Apr 1940|
|Commissioned||24 May 1940|
|Lost||9 Nov 1942|
|Loss position||35° 49'N, 1° 05'W|
HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. Maurice Murrowood Firth, RNVR) was sunk off Oran, Algeria in position 35º49'N, 01º05'W in a collision with the minesweeping trawler HMS Fluellen.
Commands listed for HMS Gardenia (K 99)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Trevor Allan Owen Ellis, RD, RNR||8 Apr 1940||4 Dec 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Harold Hill, RD, RNR||4 Dec 1940||Feb 1942|
|3||T/Lt. Christopher James Jackson, RNVR||Feb 1942||21 Aug 1942|
|4||T/Lt. Maurice Murrowood Firth, RNVR||21 Aug 1942||9 Nov 1942|
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Notable events involving Gardenia include:
2 Jul 1940
HMS Gardenia (Lt.Cdr. T.A.O. Ellis, RNR) picks up 13 survivors from the Estonian merchant Merkur that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-26 on 30 June about 232 miles west of Ushant in position 48°26'N, 10°58'W.
16 Jul 1940
The British tanker Scottish Minstrel is torpedoed and damaged about 130 nautical miles north-west of Bloody Foreland in position 56°10'N, 10°20'W by German U-boat U-61. HMS Gardenia (Lt.Cdr. T.A.O. Ellis, RNR) later picks up 32 survivors. The damaged tanker sank the next day.
23 Sep 1941
HMS Gardenia (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RNR) picks up 11 survivors from the British merchant Niceto de Larrinaga that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-103 south-west of the Canary Islands in position 27°32'N, 24°26'W.
The civil parish of Llangan, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, adopted HMS Gardenia during Warship Week. This was presented by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, February 1942 (2)
20 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR), HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, DSO, RN), HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR), HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. C.J. Jackson, RNVR), HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN) and HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR). (3)
21 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, DSO, RN), HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR), HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. C.J. Jackson, RNVR), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN), HMS Bradford (Lt.Cdr. J.N.K. Knight, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN) and HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RD, RNR). (3)
6 Oct 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Virginia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Dobson, RNR), HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSO, DSC, RNR), HMS Duncton (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR), HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RD, RNR), HMS Sapphire (T/Lt. E.G.le G. Berry, RNVR), HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR) and HMS Convolvulus (A/Lt.Cdr. R.F.R. Yarde-Buller, RNVR). (4)
- File 2.12.03.6374 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- Personal communication
- ADM 173/17201
- ADM 173/17254
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.