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H31

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: H Group 2
Fate: Sunk by German patrol vessels off the Dutch Coast or mined in Bay Biscay 24 Dec 1941

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Bailey, Joseph Stanley  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11745    24
CWGC has C/KX 117457 In ADM104/127 P144 Service number is given as C/JX 227846
Bartlett, Edward  Stoker Petty Officer  P/K 65556    39
Benson, Ronald  Ordinary Telegraphist  C/JX 27741    22
CWGC has C/JX 277411 In ADM104/127 P282 Service number is given as C/JX 190448
Campbell, Peter Donald Nathaniel  Sub Lieutenant (RNR)      28
Carson, John Harris  Stoker 2nd Class  P/SKX 224    20
Champion, Charles Henry Bernard  Able Seaman  P/JX 13291  DSM  28
Corry, James  Leading Stoker  D/KX 90385    30
Crager, Alfred James  Engine Room Artificer 5th Class  C/MX 76209    20
Doughty, Harold  Able Seaman  P/SSX 2341    21
Dowdell, Frank Harold George  Telegraphist  P/JX 16152    18
Ensby, Albert Edward  Able Seaman  D/JX 21295    24
CWGC has D/JX 212952 In ADM104/130 P1209 Service number is given as D/JX 221299
Eynon, Maurice  Lieutenant (RNVR)      35
Fraser, Allan  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 70093    23
Gibbs, Frank Bridger  Lieutenant (CO)    MID  27
Goodman, Levi Thomas  Leading Seaman  P/J 67558    41
Grainger, Joseph James  Stoker 2nd Class  D/SKX 1220    20
Harley, William Leonard George  Telegraphist  C/JX 19083    25
Holroyd, Wilfred  Leading Stoker  C/K 64818    28
Hurley, John Bartle  Able Seaman  P/JX 26358    20
CWGC has P/JX 263581 In ADM104/132 P1209 Service number is given as P/JX 203581
Jarvis, Eric Newton  Chief Engine Room Artificer  C/M 38817    32
Jarvis, Kenneth Sylvester  Able Seaman  C/JX 17882    23
Jones, Norman Cyril  Signalman  C/SSX 3410    19
Maynard, Arthur Edward  Able Seaman  C/SSX 3216    20
Merritt, Alexander Ian  Lieutenant (NZ)      23
Morse, Robert Frederick  Ordinary Signaller  C/JX 23398    20
Munns, Sidney William Thomas  Able Seaman  C/J 91162    40
O'Brien, Wilfred Augustine  Leading Telegraphist  P/J 20699    45
CWGC has O'Brien, Wilfrid Augustine. All other papers WILFRED
Richards, John Conway  Able Seaman  P/JX 14147    22
Rollins, Stanley Edward  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 92306    21
Smith, Alexander  Able Seaman  P/JX 154288    26
Spencer, dennis  Petty Officer  C/JX 12651    31
Stamper, John MaCregor  Leading Stoker  C/KX 91029    23
Truckle, Major Thomas  Petty Officer  C/JX 13609    33

Events

19-04-1917 : Laid Down
16-11-1918 : Launched
21-02-1919 : Completed
18-07-1940 : Sank UJ-126 in the North Sea
24-12-1941 : HMS H-31 sunk by mine in Bay of Biscay

In December 1941 news was received of a possible break out from Brest, by the German battleships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen. In expectation of this eight submarines were sent to the area but although the breakout did not take place, H31 failed to return. The submarine had sailed from Falmouth on 19th December. She was requested to signal her position on the 24th but did not do so.
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