Thames (N71)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: River 1
Fate: HMS Thames was lost with all hands on 3rd August 1940. The Submarine was on its first patrol in the North Sea following a refit. The cause of the loss is not known but may have been the result of striking a mine.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Abrams, William John Edward  Petty Officer  P/J 108293    32
Arnold, Frederick John  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 84332    24
Baker, William John  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/M 39417    30
Balshaw, Harold Ridiough  Leading Steward  D/LX 21494    31
Bantick, William Charles George  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 77712    31
Barford, William Alfred  Able Seaman  P/J 100888    36
Beach, Harry Richard  Leading Seaman  P/JX 134081    26
Bell, Ernest Harry  Leading Stoker  C/KX 85441    24
Bird, Frederick George  Leading Seaman  P/J 131057    28
Clark, Reginald Arthur Weaver  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 125057    30
Cummings, Abraham  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 89724    25
Cunningham, Henry  Leading Stoker  D/KX 77606    34
Curtis, Harold Wilfred  Petty Officer  P/J 17423    45
RN DoB 27/10/1894. Actual 27/10/1896
Dean, Edwin  Leading Stoker  D/KX 81956    28
Dennison, George  Able Seaman  P/JX 125285    30
Dowling, Bertie  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 75699    32
Dunkerley, William Donald  Lieutenant Commander      32
Commanding Officer
Dyer, Arthur Henry  Able Seaman  P/JX 136368    24
Edwards, Leonard  Stoker Petty Officer  D/KX 79973    31
Flower, Herbert Charles  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  P/M 34522    36
Ford, Albert Joseph  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C.M 47965    25
Geard, Frederick Wiliam John  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 86860    24
Godtbill, Percy William  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 88740    23
Hall, Leonard Thomas  Leading Stoker  C/KX 85850    25
Harbert, Harry George  Able Seaman  C/J 107261    33
Harker, James Andrew  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 80811    28
Harris, Leonard George Roland  Able Seaman  P/JX 136307    24
CWGC has Harris, Leonard George Rowland
Hewett, John Parish  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 134732    25
Hindson, Joseph  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 91139    24
Howard, William Bertie  Able Seaman  C/J 87254    38
Irvine, Douglas  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 89066    22
Johnston, Andrew Hunter  Stoker 1st Class  C/K 93627    20
Kane, Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 78870    36
Keyzar, Herbert Fasham  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/M 34527    37
Lee, John Edwin  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 49596    35
Marner, James Harold  Leading Seaman  P/JX 127383    29
Millson, Reginald Victor  Able Seaman  P/JX 137273    23
Moody, Eric Robinson  Able Seaman  P/JX 145045    20
Morris, Fenton Harry  Lieutenant      23
Mott, Herbert Edwin  Chief Petty Officer  D/J 53601    39
Murgatroyd, Stanley Edward  Petty Officer  D/J 114755    31
Newell, Daniel Edward Treymain  Lieutenant (RNR)      29
O'Brien, Brian Eoghan  Lieutenant Commander Engineer      33
Owen, Robert  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  C/MX 46269    35
Painter, Cyril Frederick Maguer  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 52618    32
Parker, John Kelson  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 54368    28
Parratt, Melvyn Bertram  Able Seaman  D/J 134827    25
CWGC has Parratt, Melvin Bertram
Peterson, Archibald James  Leading Signalman  P/JX 164967    35
Ryan, Thomas Richard  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 83436    25
Shepherdson, George Russell  Able Seaman  D/J 107545    33
Southwell, Albert Wilfred  Petty Officer Cook  D/MX 48279    29
Stokes, John  Stoker 1st Class  P/K 64755    36
CWGC has Aged 40
Stribbling, William Arthur  Telegraphist  C/J 107755    33
Talbot, Francis Robert Cecil  Lieutenant      26
Taylor, Arthur  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 89784    22
Taylor, Norman  Telegraphist  P/JX 148934    19
Timms, Francis John  Able Seaman  C/J 101687    34
Tindall, Ernest James  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/J 106647    33
Trebilcock, Robert Cecil  Leading Seaman  P/JX 139160    23
Waite, Frank  Stoker Petty Officer  D/K 58562    39
Weeks, Charles Henry  Able Seaman  D/J 115433    37
Worrall, John Edward Wesney  Lieutenant (RNR)      21


06-01-1931 : Laid Down
26-01-1932 : Launched
14-09-1932 : Completed
04-07-1940 : Cdr Denis Vaughan Sprague, RN, the Commanding Officer of Thames died at Devonport.

In the early hours of Wednesday 3rd July 1940, all French Naval vessels at Plymouth were taken into Royal Navy control. The crew of the French Submarine Surcouf resisted the takeover and in the confusion, the Commander was shot, and he died later in hospital.
26-07-1940 : HMS Thames torpedoes and sinks the German torpedo boat Luchs in the North Sea.
03-08-1940 : HMS Thames was on her first war patrol when she went missing. She had sailed from Dundee on 22nd July to patrol in the North Sea. On the 22nd July Thames successfully attacked the German torpedo boat Luchs just west of the Skagerrak. The Luchs was acting as part of a screen for the battle cruiser Gneisenau, which is believed to been her original target, and that the Luchs had manoeuvred between the submarine and the battle cruiser just as the former fired her torpedoes. The shortened range and the ensuing explosions may have been the cause of the loss of the Thames although the favoured opinion is that the submarine struck a mine on the night of 2nd/3rd August.


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