Narwhal (N45)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: G2
Fate: Narwhal left Blyth on 22nd July 1940. On the afternoon of 23rd July, an aircraft reported attacking a submarine in the area where Narwhal should have been. Narwhal did not report again, it was assumed this attack sank the submarine with all hands.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Ackery, John Esmond  Engineer Lieutenant    DSC  27
Ackroyd, John Robert Lindley  Telegraphist  D/J 77746    38
Andrews, Thomas Victor  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/MX 47587    34
Austin, Edward Arthur  Petty Officer  P/J 113448    30
Baillie, Alexander  Telegraphist  D/SSX 13658    26
Blyth, Charles George  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 86034    23
Brooks, Kenneth  Able Seaman  P/JX 136729    24
Brown, Alec  Able Seaman  D/JX 127778    30
Buckland, Reginald Charles Sandercox  Able Seaman  D/JX 133579    26
Burch, Ronald James  Lieutenant Commander    DSO  33
Commanding Officer
Burton, John William  Able Seaman  C/JX 128525    29
Cordery, Leslie  Leading Seaman  P/JX 139437    22
Cringle, John  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)      22
Davis, Herbert James  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 86121    24
Daw, Walter Sydney  Signalman  D/J 70501    38
Denner, William Frederick James  Chief Petty Officer  D/J 92099  DSM  37
Duckham, Harry Roy  Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/J 97177    35
Earwaker, Alec Edmund Green  Able Seaman  D/J 110566    32
Elvin, Herbert Constable  Leading Stoker  C/KX 79616    30
Frost, Walter John  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 86539    29
Geeling, Edward Joseph  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  EAX 2943    27
Golding, Henry Myles  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 61415    22
Govier, Frank Deveril  Able Seaman  P/JX 138828    22
Grant, Frederick Charles John  Leading Seaman  P/JX 148163    28
Green, Charles Sinclair  Lieutenant    DSC  27
Grey, James William  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/MX 46477    32
Hearn, Albert Edmund  Petty Officer Steward  P/L 14463    35
Henderson, George Murdoch  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 54091    33
Hendy, William George Roy  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84936    27
Horstead, Alfred Augustus  Leading Seaman  P/J 109737    31
Huelin, Godfrey John  Leading Seaman  P/J 139939  MID  22
Jarvis, Albert Henry  Petty Officer  D/J 113881    30
Johns, William Henry  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 49194    23
Kitching, Henry Charles  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 81233    28
Lawson, George  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 89654    26
Marchant, William Cyril  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 134145  MID  25
Marsden, Harry  Stoker 1st Class  D/SS 121369    38
Mitchell, Robert George  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  P/MX 49772    29
Moor, John  Able Seaman  D/J 107308    32
Newell, Frank  Able Seaman  P/J 108328    39
Parish, James Charles  Leading Stoker  C/KX 81304  MID  27
Prior, Thomas Watson Forster  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 88321    22
Quin, Charles George  Leading Seaman  C/JX 128912  MID  28
Richlieu, Thomas William  Telegraphist  C/SSX 24993    19
Robinson, Norman  Petty Officer  D/J 105359  DSM  34
Ross, Adam  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 77059    39
Simnett, Samuel  Leading Seaman  C/JX 130091    28
Simpson, Frederick Edward  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 91653    21
Smith, Joseph  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 76233    32
Stearn, George Richard  Able Seaman  P/J 71576    38
Stone, Clifford William  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 82824    25
Stubbington, William James  Leading Stoker  P/K 65986    34
Twynam, Humfrey Reginald Woodriff  Lieutenant    MID  23
Twynam, Humfrey Reginald Woodriff has no BMD history. Born Humphrey served as Humfrey as of other documents.
Vincer, George William  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 80499    27
Wells, George Harry  Stoker Petty Officer  P/K 66454    36
Whalebone, Frederick John  Chief Petty Officer  C/J 108318  DSM  32
White, Stafford Radcliffe  Lieutenant Commander      31
Wilson, Aleck Neal  Chief Engine Room Artificer  C/M 36173  MID  34
Wood, Albert John  Petty Officer Cook  P/MX 47058    32
Wood, Thomas Daniel  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 82524    27
Yates, Richard Michael  Leading Stoker  C/K 62531    35
RN DoB 28/09/1904.. Actual 28/09/1905.


29-05-1934 : Laid Down
29-08-1935 : Launched
28-02-1936 : Completed
04-04-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 1 (50 mines) in the North Sea.
13-04-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 5 (50 mines) in the Kattegat.
01-05-1940 : HMS Narwhal torpedoes and sinks the German troop transport Buenos Aires and torpedoes and damages the German troop transport Bahia Castillo in the Kattegat about 20 nautical miles north of Anholt, Denmark.
01-05-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 6 (50 mines) in the Kattegat.
11-05-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 12 (50 mines) off Bud, Norway.
03-06-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 16 (50 mines) off Jaederens Point, Norway.
12-06-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 19 (50 mines) off Haugesund, Norway.
04-07-1940 : HMS Narwhal lays minefield FD 21 (50 mines) north of Kristiansund, Norway.
22-07-1940 : HMS Narwhal left the Humber on 22 July for a minelaying mission off Norway, she fails to return

On the afternoon of 23rd July she should have passed through (German) grid square 4856, where an aircraft reported attacking a submarine. This was believed to be Porpoise by the Germans but as Narwhal did not report again, it was assumed this attack sank her.


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