Oxley (P55)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: O Group 1a
Fate: Lost after being torpedoed in error by HMS/m Triton thinking she was a U Boat off the coast Norway on the 10th September 1939. There were two survivors from the bridge including Lt Cdr Bowerman.

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Built for the Royal Australian Navy.

On their delivery voyage to Australia in 1928, Oxley and Otway encountered very severe weather in the Bay of Biscay which badly strained their engine columns, forcing them to remain in Malta for several months whilst British experts repaired the damage.

After useful service in the Royal Australian Navy, the two vessels were transferred to the Royal Navy in 1931 where they served in the Home Flotilla

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HMS Oxley sunk by HMS TritonRead
Lieutenant-Commander H P de C Steel, Royal Navy, HMS Triton testimony given at the Board of Inquiry into the circumstances of the loss of HMS Oxley

Roll of Honour

Banks  Able Seaman
Bargrove  Chief Petty Officer
Bishop  Able Seaman
Bonnett  Chief Stoker
Burgess  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
Butt  Stoker 1st Class
Coppinger  Lieutenant
Davis  Stoker 1st Class
Dicker  Petty Officer
Dover  Signalman
Farbrace  Leading Seaman
Faux  Leading Seaman
Foster  Leading Stoker
Francis  Chief Petty Officer
Fuller  Telegraphist
Ganderton  Leading Stoker
Graham  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
Gregory  Stoker 1st Class
Groom  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Gynes  Petty Officer Steward
Henderson  Able Seaman
Hickey  Petty Officer Cook
Holt  Stoker 1st Class
Hopkins  Able Seaman
Hunter  Stoker 1st Class
Jackson  Stoker 1st Class
Jenkins  Stoker 1st Class
Jordan  Stoker 1st Class
Landers  Leading Telegraphist
Livesay  Leading Stoker
Lomas  Chief Engine Room Artificer
Lound  Stoker 1st Class
Manley  Lieutenant RNR
Martin  Stoker Petty Officer
Miller  Leading Stoker
Mingay  Petty Officer
Mitchell  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
Mockett  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
Morris  Leading Stoker
Palmer  First Lieutenant
Pickering  Able Seaman
Robinson  Warrant Engineer
Sanders  Able Seaman
Stevenson  Able Seaman
Thomas  Leading Telegraphist
Tiley  Leading Seaman
Underwood  Telegraphist
Waters  Stoker 1st Class
Watson  Able Seaman
Webb  Able Seaman
Wilson  Leading Seaman
Woodward  Leading Seaman
Worth  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class


24-08-1925 : Laid Down
29-06-1926 : Launched
22-07-1927 : Completed
28-08-1938 : HMS Oxley arrived at Dundee.
25-08-1939 : HMS Oxley departed Portsmouth for Dundee.
04-09-1939 : HMS Oxley departed Dundee for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South-West coast of Norway near Stavanger.
10-09-1939 : HMS Oxley sunk off Obrestad, Norwegian coast, south of Stavanger - torpedoed in error by HMS Triton.

Submarines Oxley and Triton were patrolling off Norway and had been in regular contact when Triton spotted an unidentified submarine off the coast of Norway. Believing it might be Oxley a number of signals of recognition were flashed by Triton. No reply was forthcoming and after several challenges Triton fired two torpedoes that struck the submarine and sent her to the seabed. Triton closed in on the area and found three survivors. A Board of Enquiry found that Oxley was some way out of position and that Triton had acted correctly and was not culpable for the sinking


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