Allied Warships

HMS Gloxinia (K 22)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 22 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down21 Mar 1940 
Launched2 Jul 1940 
Commissioned22 Aug 1940 
End service 

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

Scrapped at Purfleet on 15 July 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Gloxinia (K 22)

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1Lt.Cdr. Arthur John Cinnamond Pomeroy, RNVR17 Jul 19405 Apr 1942
2Lt. Archibald Ferguson Harkness, DSC, RNR5 Apr 1942Oct 1943
3Lt. Malcolm Christopher English, RNROct 1943Jan 1944
4Lt. David Perry, DSC, RNRJan 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Gloxinia include:

26 Sep 1940
HMS Gloxinia (Lt.Cdr. A.J.C. Pomeroy, RNVR) picks up 15 survivors from the British tanker Stratford that was torpedoed and sunk 85 nautical miles west-south-west of Bloody Foreland in position 54°50'N, 10°40'W by German U-boat U-137.

26 Aug 1942
HMS Gloxinia (Lt. A.F. Harkness, OBE, DSC, RNR) picks up 89 men from the British merchant Empire Kumari that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-375 north-east of Port Said in position 31°58'N, 34°21'E.

4 Oct 1943
HMS Gloxinia (Lt. A.F. Harkness, OBE, DSC, RNR) carried out four depth charge attacks on U-596 after it had carried out a successful attack on convoy XT-4 about 75 miles west of Derna in position 32°36'N, 20°24'E. The U-boat was damaged but managed to escape the A/S sweep in the area when she surfaced during the night without being detected.

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