Gunboat ordered from Barclay Curie and launched on 3rd December 1915 as the 4th
RN ship to carry the name, introduced for a wooden gunboat in 1856. It was
previously used by a coastal destroyer renamed TB8 in 1908. After WW1 she joined
the Yangtse Flotilla at Shanghai where she provided a British presence to
provide protection to British flagged shipping and British nationals in case of
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
1940-45 - LIBYA 1941
H e r a l d i c D a t a
On a Field a gnat
M o t t o
Minitus acumine: ‘ Protected by a sting ‘ or
‘ Furnished with wit’.
D e t a i l s o f W a r
S e r v i c e
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September Nominated for conversion for minesweeping
to Taken in hand for conversion to new role.
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January Took passage to
to On arrival deployed
for bombardment of enemy positions on North African coast
November and minesweeping in eastern Mediterranean.
December Deployed for support of 8th Army
advance towards Tobruk.
9th Deployed with HM Monitor TERROR, HM River Gunboats APHIS and
LADYBIRD for support of attack on Tobruk by ANZAC troops as Force A.
passage to Alexandria.
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January Support and minesweeping duties in Eastern
April Deployed in support of
military withdrawal operations.
9th Carried out
bombardments at Bomba and Gazala with HMS APHIS.
13th Bombarded enemy positions near Sollum.
duties in continuation.
June Deployed off North
African coast for bombardment duties.
21st Torpedoed by U79 north of Bardia in
position 32.08N 25.22E.
July Towed to Alexandria.
to Found beyond
economic repair for use in support of military operations.
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Alexandria and used as AA Guardship
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After enemy forces were cleared from North Africa withdrawn from service
placed on the Disposal List.
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breaking-up at Alexandria.