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Grampus (N56)

Built By: Chatham Dockyard (Medway)
Build Group: G2
Fate: Left Malta on the 10th and was sunk on 16 June 1940 off Syracuse, Italy by the Italian torpedo boats Circe, Clio and Polluce.

Roll of Honour

R Albrown  Leading Seaman
G Atkin  Leading Stoker
W Baker  Stoker 1st Class
H Barnard  Able Seaman
F Bowler  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
T Brownlie  Leading Stoker
L Buckler  Weapons Engineer
E Bull  Lieutenant
B Burch  Able Seaman
T Burton  Leading Seaman
F Butcher  Leading Stoker
W Church  Leading Seaman
A Clarke  Leading Stoker
E Collins  Leading Seaman
A Cousins  Leading Seaman
A Cryle  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
G Cuthbert  Leading Stoker
C Denyer  Able Seaman
K Dorell  Lieutenant
E Edwards  Stoker Petty Officer
K Frampton  Petty Officer Telegraphist
W Glanville  Petty Officer
R Groves  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
L Halliday  Able Seaman
F Harnden  Telegraphist
A Hart  Chief Petty Officer
W Hedley  Stoker Petty Officer
J Heselton  Leading Cook
R Hodge  Able Seaman
S Long  Telegraphist
P Marriott  Stoker 1st Class
W Marshall  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
P McConville  Leading Stoker
F Messenger  Petty Officer
E Nicholson  Able Seaman
E Noone  Stoker 1st Class
L Northcott  Stoker Petty Officer
A Parker  Leading Stoker
P Pashley  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
A Paxton  Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist
R Redding  Able Seaman
F Richardson  Stoker 1st Class
G Roberts  Able Seaman
W Robinson  Petty Officer
C Rowe  Lieutenant Commander
C Scott  Able Seaman
N Smith  Stoker 1st Class
C Stinchcombe  Leading Seaman
D Storey  Stoker 1st Class
G Swift  Telegraphist
D Tamplin  Able Seaman
T Thompson  Stoker 1st Class
A Wallis  Chief Engine Room Artificer
J Watkin  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
T Welburn  Stoker 1st Class
J Whittle  Leading Stoker
E Willcox  Leading Seaman
C Wilson  Sub-Lieutenant RNR


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20-08-1934 : Laid Down
25-02-1936 : Launched
10-03-1937 : Completed
10-06-1940 : HMS Grampus departs Malta.
13-06-1940 : HMS Grampus laid a minefield off Augusta, Sicily. She had left Malta on the 10th
13-06-1940 : HMS Grampus attacks the Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan and the Italian torpedo boat Polluce with torpedoes. The attack however fails. Grampus also laid a minefield (50 mines) off Augusta, Sicily, Italy.
16-06-1940 : 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.


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