Allied Warships

HMS Verbena (K 85)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 85 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down29 Jun 1940 
Launched1 Oct 1940 
Commissioned19 Dec 1940 
End service 
History

HMS Verbena is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold on 17 May 1947.
Scrapped at Blyth on 1 October 1951.

 

Commands listed for HMS Verbena (K 85)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVR14 Nov 1940Sep 1942
2Lt. James Robert Freeman, RNROct 194214 Jul 1943
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Harry Gordon George Greatorex Riches, RNVR14 Jul 194319 Jan 1944
4Lt. John Dudley Edward Lewis, RNR19 Jan 1944Mar 1945
5Lt. James Johnson, DSC, RNRMar 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Verbena include:


31 Dec 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Orchis (Lt. A.D. White, RNR) or HMS Verbena (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, RNVR). (1)

11 Feb 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Verbena (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR). (2)

24 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Egret (A/Capt. E.M. Haes, RN) and HMS Verbena (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, RNVR). (3)

27 Jul 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Violet (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Nicholson, RNR), HMS Verbena (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN). (4)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6366 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16780
  3. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/16741

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


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