HMS Grenville (H03)(leader)

Casualty List

Navy: Royal Navy
Type: Destroyer
Pennant: H03
Mod: Flotilla leader 
Built by: Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. ( Scotland) 
Laid down: 29 Sep, 1934 
Launched: 15 Aug, 1935 
Commissioned: 1 Jul, 1936 
Complement: 175
Lost: 19 Jan, 1940 (Capt. Sir G. E. Creazy, RN.)           23 nautical miles east of the Kentish Knock lightvessel in position(c 51-45'N, 2-30'E)

German destroyer laid mines  of FK Berger: Erich Steinbrinck, Friedrich Ihn and Friedrich Eckoldt.

History: On 19 January 1940 the 1st DF was operating out of Harwich with six other ships of the Flotilla were returning from an operation off the Dutch coast when in calm weather a mine  exploded, HMS Grenville  quickly capsized. Her bow was the last part of the ship to disappear. Two ships from the Flotilla disregarded their safety and lowered boats to pluck 118 men from the water. Seventy seven officers and crew lost their life in the sinking. 

18 Dec, 1939
The British destroyers HMS Grenville, HMS Greyhound, HMS Griffin and the Polish destroyer Blyskawica formed the escort of two British minelayers which conducted a night operation off the German coast. Mines were laid between Sylt Island and the harbour of Emden.

Commanding Officer:
Capt. George Elvey Creasy, MVO, RN
11 June 1938 - 19 January 1940 


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