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On This Day - June 16

1916B1A member of the crew of B1 was accidentally lost overboard and
drowned. He was Able Seaman George Rowley Grinham O/N 219516

George Grinham was born in Croydon in Surrey on 12th Sep 1886 and he was the son of Douglas Grinham – a painter. He joined Submarines on 1st January 1916. The date of his draft to Submarine B1 is not known. Twenty nine year old George Grinham was the husband of Elsie Gertrude Grinham (nee Randall) who he married in the Church of St Mary Magdalen in Addiscombe in Surrey on 13th January 1908. He is buried in the Haslar Naval Cemetery in Grave No. E.24.33.
1940Grampus (N56)Lost while minelaying off Augusta, Sicily

On the 10th June 1940 HMS Grampus sailed from Malta to lay mines off the port of Augusta. Three days later she reported this had been done successfully but nothing further was heard and she did not return from the patrol. It is believed that the Italian Navy sank her on the 16th June. At 1900 on the 16th the Torpedo Boat Circe spotted a periscope and launched a depth charge attack on the position, along with the Polluce. The ninth depth charge pattern destroyed Grampus, which gave up a mass of wreckage.
1940Tetrarch (N77)HMS Tetrarch torpedoes and sinks the German tanker Samland south-west of Lista, Norway.
1941Unbeaten (N93)While on patrol south of the Messina Strait HMS Unbeaten fires torpedoes at a big Italian troop transport. The torpedoes miss the target.
1943Unison (P43)HMS Unison torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Terni off Catania, Sicily, Italy.
1944Sickle (P224)Believed lost when she struck a mine in the Kythera Channel. Sickle was the last British submarine to be lost in the Mediterranean during WW2
1945Vigorous (P74)HMS Vigorous damages a Japanese coaster with gunfire north of Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.
1955Sidon (P259)12 men died and 7 injured in explosion aboard HMS Sidon.
1969Repulse (S23)Submarine Repulse sails on her first Polaris Patrol

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