HMS Beverley Memorial Stone - Beverley, UK
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N 53° 50.679 W 000° 25.985
30U E 668868 N 5969292
Quick Description: This memorial stone commemorates the sinking of the ship HMS Beverley, and the men who lost their lives during the Second World War.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/19/2022 1:27:30 AM
Waymark Code: WM1717R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ištván
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Long Description:

This war memorial is at the rear of the memorial gardens that are at the rear of St. Mary's Church. The land for the memorial garden was gifted (plus an endowment) to the town of Beverley by Major Clive Wilson D.S.O. To be used specifically for a World War I war memorial and garden of remembrance.

At the rear of the large WWI memorial is a group of smaller memorials which commemorate various aspects of WWII and other wars since.

This memorial is in the form of a stone standing on a plinth with a black plaque attached. The plaque has an inscription in gold lettering with an emblem of HMS Beverley at top of plaque.
In memory of the
151 officers and men who lost
their lives when
was sunk whilst
escorting convoy ON 176
52 19 N 40 28 W
11th April 1943

We will remember them.
Details of the ship.

HMS Beverley (H 64)
Destroyer of the Town class

Navy   The Royal Navy
Type   Destroyer
Class   Town
Pennant   H 64
Built by   Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)
Laid down   25 Oct 1918
Launched   19 Apr 1919
Commissioned   9 Oct 1940
Lost   11 Apr 1943
Loss position   52° 19'N, 40° 28'W
History    On 9 April 1943 HMS Beverley had been seriously damaged in a collision with the British steam merchant Cairnvalona (4929 tons) and took station in the rear of the convoy, until she was torpedoed some 30 hours later.

At 05.49 hours on 11 April 1943 the German submarine U-188 fired a torpedo at the convoy ON-176 southwest of Iceland and observed a hit on a tanker after 1 minute 34 seconds, which finally sank after 45 miuntes with a broken back. At 05.50 hours, two torpedoes were fired and after 1 minute 58 seconds and 2 minutes 11 seconds hits on two ships were heard. At 05.52 hours again two torpedoes were fired, which hit a fourth ship after 1 minute 58 seconds and began to settle by the bow. However, Allied records indicate that only HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. Rodney Athelstan Price, RN) was hit and sunk at that time in position 52º19'N, 40º28'W. There were only 4 survivors out of a crew of 155.
Hit by U-boat   Sunk on 11 Apr 1943 by U-188 (Lüdden).
Former Name   USS Branch (DD 197)

Commands listed for HMS Beverley (H 64)

Please note that we're still working on this section and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.

 Commander  FromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Edmund Francis Fitzgerald, RN  Oct 194028 Jan 1941
2Lt.Cdr. John Grant, RN28 Jan 1941  4 Jul 1942
3Lt. Rodney Athelstan Price, RN4 Jul 194211 Apr 1943
Property Permission: Public

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Location of waymark:
Beverley Memorial Garden
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire United Kingdom

Commemoration: Sinking of HMS Beverley, a Royal Navy Destroyer

Date of Dedication: Not listed

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