Allied Warships

HMS Lavender (K 60)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 60 
Built byHall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down30 Apr 1940 
Launched27 Nov 1940 
Commissioned16 May 1941 
End service 
History

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

Sold on 9 August 1946.
. Became the merchantile Eugene Vinkle in 1948.

 

Commands listed for HMS Lavender (K 60)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Jackson Whayman, RNR25 Mar 19416 Jul 1942
2Lt. Leonard George Pilcher, RNR6 Jul 194225 Mar 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Graham Butcher, DSC, RNVR25 Mar 19445 Aug 1944
4Lt. Trevor Walton Lewis, DSC, RANVR5 Aug 19443 Mar 1945
5Lt. Hugh Dudley Hayes, RNR3 Mar 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Lavender include:


24 May 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) departed Sheerness for Holy Loch. For the fist days Osiris took passage in east coast convoys. On the 27th the brand new corvette HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR) joined her to escort her towards the Clyde area. (1)

15 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN), HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (2)

18 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (2)

17 Mar 1943
HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR) picks up 34 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Granville that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 52°50'N, 30°35'W by German U-boat U-338.

11 Jan 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN), HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR) and HMS Verity (Lt. C.G. Cowley, RN). (3)

12 Jan 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN), HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR) and HMS Havelock (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, DSC, RN). (3)

21 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with RHS Tompazis and HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR). (4)

22 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), RHS Tompazis, HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR), HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR) and HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. R.J. Jonckheere, RNR). (5)

22 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR), RHS Kriezis, HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR) and HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16837
  2. ADM 173/16988
  3. ADM 173/17812
  4. ADM 173/18513
  5. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. ADM 173/18492

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


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