River Gunboat ordered from
John I Thornycroft at Woolston
and launched on 8th December 1938. She was the 2nd RN ship to carry this name, first
used for a destroyer in 1906 which was sold in 1920. This ship was able to make
the journey to China and under own power.
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September Passage to join Yangtse
Deployed on China Station
for river patrol and to assist British communities.
to (Note: China was
at war with Japan and communist elements in China were in
December conflict with the Chinese government
forces resulting in incidents
which frequently involved safety of British
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Patrol and assistance duties in continuation.
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January Patrol and assistance duties in continuation.
outbreak of war with Japan transferred to Singapore for support duties in
defence of Malaya.
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January Deployed with HM River
Gunboat SCORPION in support of military units
the retreat from Johore area..
Embarked soldiers of 15th Brigade which had been cut off
Passage to Singapore.
February Assisted in evacuation from
14th Damaged by air attacks off Rusuk Buaja Island, east of
abandoned and later sank at anchor.
List - note on casualties)