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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.
Regulus (N88)
Regulus (N88)

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

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Baker, George Francis Charles  Chief Engine Room Artificer  C/M 38805    31
Bellamy, Leslie Waeghe  Able Seaman  C/JX 141684    22
Blair, William Albert  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 86257    25
Brown, William  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 88989    28
Bulger, Cecil  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 48563    25
Burton, John Thomas  Petty Officer  C/JX 13005    29
Coe-Smith, Harry  Chief Petty Officer  C/JX 1282257    29
Born Smith, Harry. Served as Coe-Smith, Harry
Currie, Frederick Basil  Lieutenant Commander      32
Commanding Officer
Davis, Frederick James  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 79005    33
Dudd, Percy Charles George  Able Seaman  D/SSX 17399    22
Duffay, Owen Vernon Hugh  Petty Officer  D/J 111996    32
CWGC has D/J 11196
Fielden, William Ralph  Warrant Engineer  (Ex.M18332)    40
Forrester, George Wettin  Leading Stoker  C/KX 84677    25
Green, Anthony Moulton  Lieutenant      24
Hackett, Frederick George  Able Seaman  C/J 96353    36
Hitchcock, Ronald George  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  D/MX 45291    30
Hopcroft, Thomas George  Able Seaman  C/JX 134065    26
Horwood, Eric Stanley  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/M 38742    31
Johnson, Frederick  Stoker Petty Officer  P/K 61069    25
Jones, Stanley Frederick  Petty Officer  D/JX 125397    30
King, Alfred George  Leading Seaman  C/JX 111194    32
Kirby, Norman Vincent  Leading Signalman  C/JX 131229    29
Kirby, William Eric  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 133601    27
Leech, Arthur James  Leading Seaman  D/JX 126602    30
Mack, Frank Cecil Howard  Telegraphist  P/J 107637    33
Mann, Donald Alfred William George  Petty Officer  C/JX 134823    25
Manton, Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 80436    28
McAteer, Robert Bateson Pelan  Petty Officer Cook  D/MX 48386    28
McCombe, Ronald Booth  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 134852    25
McGhee, Edward  Leading Stoker  D/KX 81015    28
McMilling, James Andrew  Leading Seaman  C/JX 141127    21
Mitchell, Jack Hardy  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 136589    25
Morton, Robert James  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 82410    26
Mullens, John Henry  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/M 27287    38
Muntz, Sir Gerard Philip Graves  Lieutenant      23
Norris, Phillips William George  Leading Seaman  D/JX 135340    25
Norris, Phillips William George, CWGC has Norris , Philip William George
Perry, William John  Able Seaman  C/J 102887    37
Pretty, Roy  Able Seaman  C/SSX 17634    22
Pringle, Norman  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 77504    32
Richardson, Joseph Benjamin Greenly  Leading Seaman  D/J 112709    31
Robertson, Andrew Middleton  Leading Stoker  C/KX 83546    30
Round, Oliver Charles  Lieutenant      22
Shaw, William  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 87397    23
Smith, Ernest David  Leading Seaman  P/JX 128860    29
Smith, John Frederick  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 129001    29
Sylvester, Eric  Leading Stoker  C/KX 81691    27
Targett, Arthur Leslie John  Petty Officer  P/J 94664    37
Tulip, Thomas Edward  Leading Stoker  P/KX 85026    24
Twine, William  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 84010    25
Walker, Maxwell  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  P/MX 49774    29
Wescott, Joseph Ernest  Leading Stoker  D/KX 80657    28
White, George Francis  Petty Officer  P/JX 158379    35
Whyte, John  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 84416    25
Wilkinson, Walter Leslie  Able Seaman  P/J 99821    36
Worsley, James  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 83976    27


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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