Allied Warships

HMS Primula (K 14)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 14 
Built byWilliam Simons & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down23 Sep 1939 
Launched22 Jun 1940 
Commissioned27 Aug 1940 
End service 

Sold on 22 July 1946.
Became the merchantile Marylock in 1947.
Scrapped in Hong Kong in 1953.


Commands listed for HMS Primula (K 14)

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1Lt.Cdr. Kenneth McMillan Drake, RNR21 May 1940Dec 1940
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) John Henry Fuller, RNRDec 1940late 1941
3T/Lt. John Paterson, RNRlate 194110 Oct 1942 (+)
4T/Lt. Allan Cooper Wanless, RNVR10 Oct 194215 Oct 1942
5Lt. John Ivor Jones, DSC, RNR15 Oct 19429 Sep 1943
6Lt. Gordon Herbert Taylor, RNR9 Sep 194315 Jan 1944
7T/Lt. Edwin Noel Wilding, RNVR15 Jan 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Primula include:

18 Sep 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. A.R. Cheyne, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Primula (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Drake, RNR) and HMS Heliotrope (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/16332

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

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