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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2
by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2005

HMS, later HMCS BUXTON (H 96) -  ex-US Destroyer
including Convoy Escort Movements 

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HMS Broadway, Type A sister-ship (Photo Ships, click to enlarge)

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Ex USS EDWARDS (Type A - BURNHAM-Class) built by Bethlehem Steel at Squantum and launched on 10th October 1918. Transferred under UK/US Lease Land Agreement and commissioned at Halifax, Nova Scotia into the RN service as HMS BUXTON on 8 October 1940. She was the first RN warship having this name, which like other TOWN Class, is shared by towns In the UK and USA.

 

B a t t l e†† H o n o u r

 

ATLANTIC† 1941-43

 

H e r a l d i c†† D a t a

Badge: On a Field Blue, a stag's head caboahed,

between the the antlers a mullet white.

 

 

D e t a i l s†† o f†† W a r†† S e r v i c e

 

(for more ship information,  go to Naval History Homepage and type name in Site Search)

 

 

1 9 4 0

 

October

 

3rd - Commissioned as HMS BUXTON at Halifax and prepared for Atlantic.

 

18th - Arrived at St. John's, Newfoundland with defects. Returned to Halifax for repair.

 

November to December

 

Under repair at Halifax

 

 

1 9 4 1

 

January to February

 

Under repair. Completion of work delayed by other priority work.

 

March

 

Nominated for local convoy escort on completion.

 

3rd - Escorted convoy from Halifax to Bermuda.

 

7th - On arrival taken in hand for further defect repair.

 

15th - Passage to Halifax.

 

April to July

 

Deployed on escort duty with local Canadian convoys based at Halifax.

 

August

 

Taken in hand for refit at Boston, Mass., USA.

 

September

 

On completion resumed local convoy escort.

 

October

 

Nominated for duty with 6th Escort Group based at Liverpool for escort of North Atlantic convoys. Took passage as part of escort for Troop Convoy TC14. On arrival withdrawn from service for refit and modification

 

November to December

 

Under refit by HM Dockyard Chatham. (Note: Surface Warning Radar Type 271 and Aircraft warning Type 286 installed. For details of development and use of RN radar see RADAR AT SEA by D Howse.)

 

 

1 9 4 2

 

January

 

Under refit

 

February

 

Carried out post refit trials.

 

March

 

Worked-up at Tobermory for convoy defence service. Sustained structural damage during work-up and taken in hand for repair.

 

April

 

Under repair prior to service with 6th British Escort Group.

 

May

 

Joined Group at Liverpool for Atlantic convoy escort.

 

June to July

 

Deployed in NW Approaches with Group. Nominated for service with Royal Canadian Navy in western Atlantic.

 

 

S e r v i c e   a s   H M C S   B U X T O N

 

August

 

Transferred to RCN Western Local Escort Force based at Halifax.

 

September to November

 

Deployed In astern Atlantic for convoy defence

 

December

 

Under refit at Boston.

 

 

1 9 4 3

 

January to February

 

Under refit

 

March

 

On completion rejoined Western Local Escort Force.

 

April to July

 

Deployed on escort duty between New York, Halifax and Western Ocean Meeting Point.

 

August

 

Withdrawn from service and paid off. Ship's Company transferred to a Canadian frigate.

 

September

 

Used as static training ship for RN personnel at Halifax.

 

1 9 4 4

 

January to December

 

Training role in continuation and transferred to Digby, Nova Scotia.

 

 

1 9 4 5

 

January

 

Withdrawn from training duties.

.

16th - Placed on Disposal List by RCN.

 

   

P o s t†† W a r†† N o t e s

 

HMS BUXTON was sold far breaking up in† Baltimore on 21st March 1946 and taken in tow to the breakerís yard later that year. This ship had an undistinguished war record with bot RN and RCN, punctuated by frequent periods under repair.

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS BUXTON

by Don Kindell

 

These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above

 

 

 

 

 

Date Convoy Sailed

Joined Convoy as Escort

Convoy No.

Left convoy

Date Convoy Arrived

 

 

 

 

 

30/03/41

30/03/41

SC 027

31/03/41

18/04/41

27/05/41

27/05/41

HX 129

28/05/41

12/06/41

21/06/41

21/06/41

TC 011

30/06/41

30/06/41

21/07/41

21/07/41

TC 012

23/07/41

29/07/41

09/10/41

11/10/41

TC 014

17/10/41

17/10/41

22/10/41

23/10/41

ON 029

28/10/41

05/11/41

22/10/41

01/11/41

HX 156

04/11/41

05/11/41

19/06/42

21/06/42

SC 088

28/06/42

04/07/42

       

 

 

 

 

 

and as HMCS BUXTON 

 

 

 

 

 

16/08/42

16/08/42

XB 034

18/08/42

18/08/42

19/08/42

19/08/42

BX 034

21/08/42

21/08/42

23/08/42

23/08/42

XB 035

25/08/42

25/08/42

26/08/42

26/08/42

BX 035

28/08/42

28/08/42

30/08/42

30/08/42

HX 205

02/09/42

11/09/42

22/08/42

03/09/42

ON 124

06/09/42

06/09/42

08/09/42

08/09/42

BX 037B

10/09/42

10/09/42

05/09/42

20/09/42

ON 128

24/09/42

24/09/42

26/09/42

26/09/42

SC 103

30/09/42

14/10/42

18/09/42

01/10/42

ON 131

04/10/42

04/10/42

08/10/42

08/10/42

HX 211

11/10/42

24/10/42

02/10/42

17/10/42

ON 135

21/10/42

21/10/42

24/10/42

24/10/42

SC 107

28/10/42

10/11/42

03/11/42

03/11/42

HX 214

06/11/42

18/11/42

09/11/42

12/11/42

SC 109

16/11/42

30/11/42

09/11/42

20/11/42

ON 145

22/11/42

25/11/42

07/11/42

25/11/42

ON 144

27/11/42

27/11/42

23/03/43

23/03/43

BX 038

25/03/43

25/03/43

25/03/43

27/03/43

HX 231

31/03/43

10/04/43

18/04/43

02/05/43

ON 179

06/05/43

06/05/43

13/05/43

13/05/43

HX 239

16/05/43

28/05/43

15/06/43

17/06/43

HX 244

20/06/43

30/06/43

16/06/43

24/06/43

ON 189

01/07/43

01/07/43

23/07/43

23/07/43

HX 249

29/07/43

06/08/43

24/07/43

02/08/43

ON 194

05/08/43

07/08/43

21/08/43

21/08/43

SC 140

23/08/43

05/09/43

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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