Built By: Beardmore (Clyde)
Build Group: H Group 2
Fate: On 17th October 1940, HMS H49 (Lt. Richard Evelyn Coltart, DSC, RN) sailed from Harwich with orders to patrol off Texel, on the Dutch coast.

On the following day, to the west of Texel in the Netherlands by H49 was depth charged by the German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ-116 and UJ-118. One survivor was picked up. He was L/Sto George William Oliver D/KX 77876, but the other 26 members of the crew were lost.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Amery, Jack  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 53237    31
Boyles, Alexander  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 80080    29
Caie, Ernest James  Leading Telegraphist  C/J 72837  MID  39
Carew-Hunt, Adrian  Sub Lieutenant      20
Coleman, Frederick George  Able Seaman  P/JX 129345    29
Coltart, Richard Evelyn  Lieutenant    DSC  28
Cotton, William Arthur  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/M 37090  DSM  33
Cripps, Ronald Victor  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  P/MX 45268  MID  30
Davidson, James Henry  Chief Petty Officer  C/J 108151  DSM  33
Dearden, Lionel Humphrey Lucas  Sub Lieutenant      23
Edmonds, Charles William  Able Seaman  D/J 108349    32
Feary, Ernest William  Petty Officer  C/J 114958    30
Gasser, Thomas James  Telegraphist  P/JX 150266    19
Goffe-Wood, William Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  D/K 65955    33
Herrett, Donald  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 91849    21
Hills, Frederick George  Leading Signalman  C/J 95282  MID  37
Hobbs, Henry Thomas Blackwell  Able Seaman  D/J 73247    39
Hull, John  Telegraphist  P/JX 142391    21
Knowles, Augustus Chambers  Leading Signalman  D/J 105999    33
CWGC has Knowles, August Chambers
McKay, Stewart Nicol  Able Seaman  P/SSX 16985    24
Peterkin, Claude Hamilton  Lieutenant    DSC  26
Simpson, Frank Deacon  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 84888    25
Soar, Patrick James  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 89148    23
Soar, Patrick James has no BMD information on any web-site.
Stevens, Robert  Able Seaman  C/JX 138884    23
CWGC has C/Jx 138854
West, Ernest Francis  Leading Stoker  D/KX 76755    33
CWGC has Age 36 with DoB of 26/01/1907 Age is 33
White, William  Able Seaman  C/JX 150050    20


21-01-1918 : Laid Down
15-07-1919 : Launched
25-10-1919 : Commissioned
16-09-1940 : HMS H 49 fired 4 torpedoes at a large, 16 ship, convoy and 8 bunched ships were fired at without success.
18-10-1940 : HMS H-49 sunk by UJ116 and UJ118 off the Dutch coast

H49 put to sea from Harwich on with orders to patrol off the Dutch coast. At 1510 the submarine sighted a German anti-submarine flotilla of five vessels at a distance of 3000 yards, the flotilla also spotted the submarine. H49 immediately dived to 60 feet and depth charges began to fall around her. The submarine endured over two hours of depth charge attacks until 1850 when a large oil slick was sighted on the surface by the attacking vessels - marking the end of H49.
18-10-1940 : Stoker George Oliver floated to the surface unconscious, without a DSEA set, after a depth charge attack opened up the hull. He was the only survivor. He was rescued and revived by the German Navy, became a POW.


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