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Porpoise (N14)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: G2
Fate: Bombed by Japanese aircraft in the Malacca Strait 19 Jan 1945.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Adams, Albert Edney  Warrant Engineer  Ex.M38365  DSC  36
Ansell, Leonard Basil Albert  Able Seaman  C/SSX 1758    27
Bolden, Jack  Able Seaman  P/JX 27576    24
Brennan, James  Petty Officer  D/JX 14014    27
Brockbank, Arthur Parker  Steward  C/LX 24620    27
Bullen, Herbert  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 16602    20
Bullen, Herbert C/KX 166023 DoB 03/06/1924 Age 20. CWGC has Age 23
Carter, Jack  Leading Signalman  C/SSX 2280    24
Chitty, Clement Arthur Charles  Able Seaman  P/JX 21749    27
Clark, William Mason  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 10170    37
Clarke, Kenneth Ezekiel  Able Seaman  C/JX 54437    19
Cooper, Arthur  Able Seaman  D/JX 36544    21
Coupe, Trevor  Leading Seaman  D/JX 20289    25
Cowton, Alan Dodsworth  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 97715    22
Crouchman, Victor Pax Thomas  Able Seaman  P/JX 17907    25
Crouchman, Victor Pax Thomas P/JX 179071. At birth Crouchman, Victor Thomas
Draper, Arthur Douglas  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 89439  DSM*  26
Drew, Victor Henry Frank  Lieutenant (RNVR)      25
Dyall, Walter Frank  Able Seaman  D/JX 42190    20
Edwards, Walter Gordon  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 14192    26
Fraser, James Norris McKay  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 63827    25
Gascoigne, William  Able Seaman  P/JX 38449    21
Gibson, Adam  Able Seaman  C/SSX 1986    26
Griffiths, Arthur Edward  Able Seaman  D/JX 39921    20
Healey, Alfred  Petty Officer Stoker  D/KX 82866    35
Henderson, Arthur  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 75673    22
Henson, Leslie  Leading Stoker  P/KX 15669    20
Hiscock, Wilfred Jack  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/MX 47948  DSM*  30
Hood, Alfred Gerald  Able Seaman  P/JX 17778    25
Hughes, Charles William Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 12399    20
Julian, Richard Ernest Bartholomew  Able Seaman  C/JX 54345    19
Also as C/JX 543541 in CWGC/FWR
Kennedy, Mungo Hamilton McLeod  Lieutenant      22
Lee, Arthur  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 78168    24
Livingston, Alexander  Able Seaman  P/KX 14523    22
Lucking, Cecil Jeffrey  Leading Stoker  P/KX 86421    29
Malliband, Guy Gordon  Able Seaman  P/KX 15061    20
Martin, Basil Hedley  Petty Officer  D/JX 14503    24
Nash, John Raymond  Able Seaman  D/JX 55007    19
Oliffe, John  Able Seaman  D/J 101353    39
Oliver, Terance  Stoker 1st Class  P/MX 16383    20
Palliaser, Harry  Leading Stoker  C/KX 13511  MID  22
Passmore, Jack  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/KX 14939    24
Proudfoot, Abraham Patterson  Leading Seaman (RNVR)  P/UD/X 132  BEM  25
Ranken, Terence Alexander  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 16276    20
Richardson, Thomas Stanley  Able Seaman  P/JX 16332    21
Roberts, Douglas David George  Lieutenant    MID  24
Rogers, Phillip  Able Seaman  P/JX 32250    25
Rogers, Richard  Petty Officer  C/J 114288    36
Rowlands, George  Able Seaman  C/SSX 2816    25
Sant, Albert William James  Leading Stoker  D/KX 15527    20
Sherrif, John  Telegraphist  P/JX 23270    22
Simpkins, George Alexander  Petty Officer  P/JX 12862    34
Skeoch, James McKay  Able Seaman  P/JX 40709    19
Smith, Albert George  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 14073    21
Smith, Frank  Petty Officer Cook  C/MX 50326    31
Smith, John  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 51099    31
Smith, John D/MX 510996. At birth Smith, Jack (Father John Smith)
Smith, Leslie John  Able Seaman  P/JX 37763    20
Smith, Philip Roy  Stoker 2nd Class  P/KX 52428    19
Spencer, Edward Ronald  Leading Stoker  P/KX 13705    22
Taylor, Edward Owen Malvern  Lieutenant (RNVR)    MID  28
Thomas, Ralph  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 2569    25
Trier, Colin Ernest  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)      21
Turner, Hugh Bentley  Lieutenant Commander    DSC  29
Tyler, Walter John  Able Seaman  C/JX 18897    25
Vaughan, Frederick John  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 55223    22
Webb, John Herbert Thomas  Leading Stoker  P/KX 14087    20
Webber, Grahame Mark  Telegraphist  P/JX 30019    22
Weeden, William Henry  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 14164    20
Weston, James  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 16260    20
Whittaker, Robert  Able Seaman  P/JX 38587    21
Wilkins, Arthur Francis  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 16237    20
Williams, Arthur Frederick Charles  Petty Officer  D/JX 15679    22
Williams, Frederick Sidney  Stoker 1st Class  C/JX 19355    25
Wimble, Will  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 14118    20
Woodward, Stanley  Leading Stoker  P/KX 14757    32
Wright, James  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 14092    21

Events

22-09-1931 : Laid Down
30-07-1932 : Launched
10-02-1937 : Completed
16-04-1940 : HMS Porpoise fires 6 torpedoes against the German submarine U-3 about 10 nautical miles south-west of Egersund, Norway. All torpedoes miss.
16-04-1940 : HMS Porpoise makes a torpedo attack on U-3 SW of Stavanger, U-3 is unharmed
16-05-1940 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield FD 11 (48 mines) off Kalvag, Norway.
14-06-1940 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield FD 18 (50 mines) off the Ramsoyfjord, Norway.
29-07-1940 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield FD 23 (50 mines) off southern Norway.
13-09-1940 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield FD 26 (48 mines) in the Bay of Biscay north-west of La Rochelle, France.
07-03-1941 : While enroute to Halifax, Canada, HMS Porpoise makes an unsuccessful torpedo attack on a submarine in the North Atlantic.
09-12-1941 : HMS Porpoise torpedoes and heavy damages the Italian passenger/cargo ship Sebastiano Venier about 5 nautical miles south of Navarino. The Sebastiano Venier is transporting more then 1800 Allied POW's. Despite the bad weather almost 1700 of these are rescued.
11-01-1942 : HMS Porpoise lays 50 mines off Suda Bay, Crete.
18-01-1942 : HMS Porpoise torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Citta di Livorno about 15 nautical miles north-east of Cape Maleka, Crete.
12-08-1942 : HMS Porpoise lays a minefield (46 mines) off Ras el Tin, Libya and torpedoes and sinks the Italian transport Ogaden 9 nautical miles from Ras el Tin, Libya.
15-08-1942 : HMS Porpoise torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Lerici about 120 nautical miles north of Ras Amir, Libya.
19-08-1942 : HMS Porpoise attacks the Italian merchant Iseo off Derna, Libya. All torpedoes miss. During the counter attack by the Italian escorts, Porpoise was damaged by depth charges from the torpedo boat Lince.
03-10-1942 : HMS Porpoise lays a minefield (46 mines) west of Tobruk, Libya.
18-11-1942 : HMS Porpoise torpedoes and sinks the Italian tanker Giulio Giordani about 45 nautical miles north-east of Misurata, Libya.
19-11-1942 : HMS Porpoise fires a torpedo against the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 39/Fertilia off the Libyan coast. The torpedo missed.
23-11-1942 : HMS Porpoise sinks the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 39/Fertilia with gunfire off Kerkennah, Tunisia.
06-07-1944 : HMS Porpoise sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca. Also on this day she lays 30 mines off the mouth of the Deli river, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.
08-07-1944 : HMS Porpoise lays 16 more mines of the mouth of the Deli river and 10 mines in the Strait of Malacca.
09-12-1944 : HMS Porpoise lays minefield ML 019 with 50 mines off Penang.
10-12-1944 : HMS Porpoise sinks a small Japanese sailing vessel in the Strait of Malacca.
09-01-1945 : On or around this date HMS Porpoise lays mines off Penang.
19-01-1945 : Last British submarine to be lost during WW2

On 2nd January 1945 HMS Porpoise left Trincomalee to lay mines in the vicinity of Penang. The signal received from the submarine confirming that this had been successfully carried out was the last contact made. Japanese records show that a submarine was spotted and bombed by aircraft in the vicinity of Penang. Although not destroyed in this attack, the submarine was wounded and leaking oil that left a trail for the Japanese anti-submarine forces to follow as they closed in for the kill.
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