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HMS Hurricane


HMS Hurricane was a Havant class Destroyer She was built by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness and was launched on the 28th of September 1939.

HMS Hurricane was involved in the rescue of the 105 survivors from the City of Benares in September 1940. On the night of the 7th of May 1941 HMS Hurricane was docked at Liverpool, she was bombed and sunk in a German air raid. The ship was raised and repaired and returned to service in January 1943.

On 24th December 1943 HMS Hurricane was hit by one Gnat from a German submarine, U-415 and sank northeast of Azores.


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Hurricane

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Burgess Sidney George.
  • Simms Hugh Crofton. Lt Cmdr.

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Sidney George Burgess HMS Hurricane

My father Sidney Burgess came from London, my mother from Wallasey, Merseyside. The Destroyer H06 HMS Hurricane came into Bidston Dock Wallasey. Whilst there the crew held a St.Valentine's Day Dance at the local church St.Lukes,on 14th February 1941 Wallasey where my parents met and I have the original ticket from that dance. My father was the youngest crew member at the time of joining Hurricane only 18 as he had left Grenwich having been trained as a telegraphist and as new systems had been installed into the destroyers he had the new knowledge required. He was also on board at the time of the rescue of the passengers - mainly children, from the City of Benares taking evacuee children from Liverpool to Canada when she was torpedoed.

Unfortunately, my father died suddenly at the age of 62. I have always had an interest in wartime stories and still have today. I did meet the son of the Commander Simms some years ago as he never knew his father as he was transferred to the Lamerton and went down with all hands many who had been with him on Hurricane. He was transferred when Hurricane was refitted after she was bombed and sunk in a Liverpool Dock. My father stood by Hurricane as she was refitted and by then married to a local girl and I am proud to say I have the Brass Lamp pride of place in my lounge from the Captain's Cabin of Hurricane which he obtained during the refitment. I recently found that the Bell from Hurricane was at The Imperial War Museum so left the Wirral to view it with other memorabilia, very interesting.

Brenda Moneypenny

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