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  • Title Death 
    Date 11 Apr 1943 
    Date Viewed 2 Jan 2012 
    Location of Source / 
    TYPE Vital Record 
    Source ID S5708 
    Text Rank:
    Leading Seaman
    Service No:
    P/CD/X 2395
    Date of Death:
    Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    H.M.S. Beverley.
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 80, Column 2.
    Additional Information:
    Son of Robert Alexander Todd and Barbara McCulloch Todd; husband of Margaret Todd, of Partick, Lanarkshire.


    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 52.19N, 40.28W (See a map)
    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).
    U-boat Attack See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Beverley
    Former name USS Branch (DD 197)

    Commands listed for HMS Beverley (H 64)
    Please note that we're still working on this section.

    1 Cdr. (retired) Edmund Francis Fitzgerald, RN From Oct 1940 to 28 Jan 1941
    2 Lt.Cdr. John Grant, RN From 28 Jan 1941 to 4 Jul 1942
    3 Lt. Rodney Athelstan Price, RN From 4 Jul 1942 to 11 Apr 1943 (+) 
    Linked to Todd, Robert Alexander 

  • Documents
    HMS Beverley (Destroyer)
    HMS Beverley (Destroyer)

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