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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.

Roll of Honour

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


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

Related Pages
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


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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