Parthian (N75)

Built By: Chatham Dockyard (Medway)
Build Group: P
Fate: Lost after striking a mine in southern Adriatic on 6th August 1943.
Parthian (N75)
Parthian (N75)

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By Dr Peter Schofield

Adoption Plaque presented by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to the Borough of Boston, Lincolnshire. To commemorate the adoption of HMS Parthian during Warship Week, March 21st 1942
Adoption Plaque presented by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to the Borough of Boston, Lincolnshire. To commemorate the adoption of HMS Parthian during Warship Week, March 21st 1942
Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian, Saturday 2 May 1942
Lord Kindersley, president of the National Savings Committee, has sent the following letter to the Mayor of Boston: Dear Mr. Mayor I am writing to ask you to accept personally and to convey to all others who have contributed to the success of Boston Warship Week my warmest thanks and appreciation. This special effort, resulting in the adoption of HMS Parthian will not only force a closer link between the people of Boston and the Royal Navy, but will also provide a lasting record of their patriotism.

Although plaques were exchanged in early February 1943, the likelihood is that the presentation plaque never reached Parthian as she would have been on active service. Parthian was lost later that year. However, the presentation plaque remains.

Lincoln Standard and Boston Guardian, Saturday 27 November 1943
A Rural District Committee is making excellent progress in its efforts to stimulate the Savings Campaign in the country areas following the formation of the Committee as a separate organisation, with the task of raising the sum of £225,000 in savings in the thirteen weeks ending on the 31 January, 1944. This figure represents half the cost of replacing HMS Parthian, which was adopted by the town and district in Warship Week 1942, and was unfortunately lost earlier this year. A public meeting will be held at the Town Hall, Kirton. when Mr. H W Butcher, MP. will inaugurate the new Parthian campaign.

Boston Municipal District and Rural District Warship Week was held 14-21 March 1942 when £342,287 was raised in National Savings. Note: A second adoption plaque presented to the Rural District exists somewhere.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Adamson, Henry George Owen  Telegraphist  C/JX 145339    23
Aldred, Alfred Herbert  Able Seaman  C/J 97729    39
Barnsdale, Charles Frederick  Able Seaman  P/JX 203397    26
Bond, Richard Henry  Petty Officer  P/JX 144731    23
Bullen, Walter  Able Seaman  D/SSX 16368    29
Chalmers, John  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 79304    36
Clasper, Henry  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 106419    27
Cleary, James Patterson  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 26433    23
Crane, Gladwin  Petty Officer  C/JX 156254    22
Currell, Ronald Ernest William  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 107159  DSM  23
Denby, Eric  Petty Officer  P/SSX 15134    29
Dennis, Frank  Petty Officer  P/JX 12663  DSM  22
Doran, Edward James  Able Seaman  D/JX 161271    20
Elnor, Edward  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 134891    22
Elnor, Edward P/KX 134891, no BMD information found.
Ethell, Frederick  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 147570    23
Fay, Owen Clement  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 134852    20
Ford, Peter  Yeoman of Signals  D/JX 151156    22
Forster, Lawrence  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 27324    22
Gibson, Henry  Able Seaman  D/SSX 28717    22
Gibson, Wesley  Able Seaman  D/JX 149209    23
Gilliam, Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 136124    24
Goodwin, John Charles  Petty Officer  C/JX 164968    40
Also had Service Number Ex.J86924
Goodwin, John Frederick  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)      24
Grainger, David  Able Seaman  P/SSX 22974    23
Green, Harold  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 130775    31
Hall, Ernest Marland  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 88746    26
Hannah, Walter Sidney  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 136677    20
Hanson, Walter  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 93319    23
Haywood, Frederick Clifford  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 135578    23
Heaton, James  Able Seaman  C/JX 223596  DSM  25
Heenan, Thomas Michael Halpin  Able Seaman  C/JX 208177    27
Hetherington, Ronald  Able Seaman  D/JX 257390    32
Hill, Bryan David  Able Seaman  P/JX 146413    23
Holman, Harold  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 134907    21
Imrie, Douglas  Able Seaman  P/SSX 20542    24
Jacob, Lionel Claude Nathaniel  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/SMX 19    28
Jones, Edward Thomas  Able Seaman  P/JX 234590    22
Jones, James  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 114491    23
Jones, Samuel  Stoker 2nd Class  D/KX 130579    21
Keenan, Peter  Petty Officer Cook  P/MX 49153    29
Lightfoot, Frank  Petty Officer  C/KX 80765    22
McCabe, John  Able Seaman  P/SSX 23239  MID  23
McCaig, James  Leading Steward  D/LX 26009    23
Official number in ADM140_133 is D/SLX 20
Nunn, Albert  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 59141    23
Palmer, George Walter  Telegraphist  C/JX 162289    20
Pardoe, Cyril Astell  Lieutenant (RNR)      31
Parker, Kenneth Henry  Able Seaman  D/JX 208617    23
Potter, Dennis Walter  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 78677    22
Price, Alfred Kenneth  Petty Officer  D/KX 85715  MID  27
Rumble, Joseph  Petty Officer  P/SSX 16820    27
Smithson, John  Able Seaman  P/JX 235991    21
Speed, Frederick Alexander  Able Seaman (RNZN)  NZ 3753    21
Starkey, James Edward  Ordinary Telegraphist  C/JX 232123    23
Stewart, Frederick Arthur John  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 113741    26
Sykes, John Cleveland  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 56722    30
Tallis, Reginald George  Leading Stoker  P/KX 93121    26
Toogood, John William  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 132374    30
Von Bergen, Mark Allen  Lieutenant      22
Walker, John Timothy Ryder  Sub Lieutenant      23
Wallis, Morris Stanley  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  D/M 38846    33
Webb, Frederick James  Able Seaman  P/JX 282232    20
Weir, James Collins  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 156663    20
Wheble, Roy De la Force  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 56474  MID  25
Whincup, Albert Lewis  Leading Stoker  C/KX 94539    27
Wilson, John Robert  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 24567    23
Wolfe, George Alex  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 76034    23
Worthington, Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 111894    23


30-06-1928 : Laid Down
26-06-1929 : Launched
13-01-1931 : Completed
20-06-1940 : Italian submarine Diamante is sunk by HMS Parthian off Tobruk.
20-07-1940 : HMS Parthian landed an agent on Crete
25-06-1941 : HMS Parthian torpedoes Vichy French submarine Souffleur
06-08-1943 : Mined & sunk in Mediterranean

In July HMS Parthian sailed from Malta for a patrol in the southern Adriatic. On the 26th she was ordered to patrol off Capo Otranto. This order was cancelled on the 28th when a new patrol area was given. The submarine was signalled on 6th August to leave the patrol. This signal was not acknowledged and not further contact was made with the submarine. Parthian was due to arrive at Beirut on 11th August, her failure to do so was probably caused by a mine on or around 6th August.


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