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Regulus (N88)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: R2
Fate: Lost, possibly mined in the Guild of Taranto 26 November 1940.

Roll of Honour

G Baker  Chief Engine Room Artificer
L Bellamy  Able Seaman
W Blair  Stoker 1st Class
W Brown  Stoker 1st Class
C Bulger  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
J Burton  Petty Officer
H Coe-Smith  Chief Petty Officer
F Currie  Lieutenant Commander
F Davis  Stoker Petty Officer
P Dudd  Able Seaman
O Duffay  Petty Officer
W Fielden  Weapons Engineer
G Forrester  Leading Stoker
A Green  Lieutenant
F Hackett  Able Seaman
R Hitchcock  Electrical Artificer 2nd Class
T Hopcraft  Able Seaman
E Horwood  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
F Johnson  Stoker Petty Officer
S Jones  Petty Officer
A King  Leading Signalman
N Kirby  Leading Signalman
W Kirby  Leading Telegraphist
A Leech  Leading Seaman
F Mack  Telegraphist
D Mann  Petty Officer
T Manton  Stoker 1st Class
R McAteer  Petty Officer Cook
J McClure  Petty Officer Telegraphist
E McGhee  Leading Stoker
J McMilling  Leading Seaman
J Mitchell  Leading Telegraphist
R Morton  Stoker 1st Class
J Mullens  Chief Engine Room Artificer
G Muntz  Lieutenant Peer of the Realm
P Norris  Leading Seaman
W Perry  Able Seaman
R Pretty  Able Seaman
N Pringle  Stoker Petty Officer
J Richardson  Leading Seaman
A Robertson  Leading Seaman
O Round  Lieutenant
W Shaw  Stoker 1st Class
E Smith  Leading Seaman
J Smith  Petty Officer Telegraphist
R Smith  Shipwright
E Sylvester  Leading Seaman
F Tanner  Stoker Petty Officer
A Targett  Petty Officer
T Tulip  Leading Stoker
W Twine  Stoker 1st Class
M Walker  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
J Westcott  Leading Stoker
G White  Petty Officer
J Whyte  Stoker 1st Class
W Wilkinson  Able Seaman

  Ex 88R Served in Chinese waters until being sent to the Mediterranean in 1940.

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17-07-1929 : Laid Down
11-06-1930 : Launched
07-12-1930 : Completed
06-12-1940 : HMS Regulus had left Alexandria on 18th November 1940 for a patrol in the Adriatic. Her failure to return on 6th December signalled her loss with all hands. It is believed that she stuck a mine in the Straits of Taranto, although the Italians claimed to have sunk a submarine on 26th November; the former explanation is believed more likely.

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My Uncle was one of the crew members lost and I was told that the submarine had not been repainted after being in the Far East, which made them an easy target for the Italian air force.
This was confirmed by a interpreter, who had listened in to the Italian messages and she had relayed this information to my family many years later during a dinner party.
   Gerard Molyneux Tue, 31 Oct 2017

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