Allied Warships

HMS Topaze (T 40)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantT 40 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched20 Dec 1934 
CommissionedNov 1935 
Lost20 Apr 1941 
History

Completed in January 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in November 1935.
Displacement: 608 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

HMT Topaze (Chief Skipper George Richard Gale, RNR) was sunk after a collision with the British battleship HMS Rodney off the Clyde on 20 April 1941. The Commanding officer and 17 more members of the crew went down with the ship.

 

Commands listed for HMS Topaze (T 40)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. John Nicholas Hambly, RN3 Oct 193814 Jan 1941
2Ch.Skr. George Richard Gale, RNR14 Jan 194120 Apr 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Topaze include:


8 Feb 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN) and HMS Hertfordshire (Skr. A.H. Sandford, RNR). (1)

19 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland together with the British A/S yacht HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR) and A/S trawler HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (2)

26 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR) and HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (2)

19 Jul 1940
HMS Oberon (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) conducted exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (3)

22 Jul 1940
HMS H 33 (Lt. E.P. Tomkinson, RN) participated in / conducted exercises off Campbeltown. These included a practice attack on HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. John J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (4)

23 Jul 1940
HMS H 33 (Lt. E.P. Tomkinson, RN) participated in / conducted exercises off Campbeltown. These included a practice attack on HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. John J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 33 proceeded to Rothesay. (4)

17 Sep 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN) conducted A/S exercises of Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) and HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. John J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN).

Upon completion of these exercises Lt. Napier took command of HMS H 34 vice Lt. Collett. (5)

19 Sep 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises of Campbeltown with HMS Lady Sharazad (Cdr.(Retd.) A.G. Venables, RN) and HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. John J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (5)

21 Sep 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises of Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. John J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN) and HMS Carina (Cdr.(Retd.) T.St.V.F. Tyler, RN). (5)

28 Sep 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises of Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. John J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN) and HMS Terje 2 (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 34 proceeded to Rothesay. (5)

27 Oct 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. These also included practice attacks on HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (6)

1 Nov 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (7)

16 Nov 1940
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Terje 2 (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR) and HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (8)

22 Nov 1940
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. V.C.F. Clark, DSC, RN) and HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (8)

9 Dec 1940
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Lady Sharazad (Cdr.(Retd.) A.G. Venables, RN) and HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (9)

12 Dec 1940
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) and HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (9)

15 Jan 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (10)

17 Jan 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR) and HMS Terje 3 (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (10)

20 Feb 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (11)

4 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (12)

5 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (12)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16283
  2. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/16346
  4. ADM 173/16295
  5. ADM 173/16306
  6. ADM 173/16289
  7. ADM 173/16334
  8. ADM 173/16349
  9. ADM 173/16350
  10. ADM 173/16814
  11. File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  12. ADM 173/16727

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


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