HMS Ilex (1937) DD (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Ilex was an I Class,
Built by John Brown on the Clyde, laid down 16-Mar-1936, launched 28-Jan-1937, and commissioned 07-Jul-1937.
Was in the Mediterranean at the start of WW2 and immediately ordered to home waters and the Home Fleet.
Took part in the Norwegian campaign, then in may-1940 it was back to the Mediterranean.
Jun-1940 in company with HMS Dainty sank the Italian submarines Liuzzi and Scebeli.
Later assisted in sinking the Italian Cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni, and MTB MAS537.
Jun-1941 was damaged by bombs off Syria and went to the USA for repair and refit.
Back to the Mediterranean early 1943 and assisted in sinking the Italian submarine Nereide.
Jan-1944 was badly damaged and declared a Constructive Total Loss.
Sold 1947 in Malta for breaking up.
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05 July, 2012.
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