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Sickle (P224)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Fate: Believed lost when she struck a mine in the Kythera Channel. Sickle was the last British submarine to be lost in the Mediterranean during WW2

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HMS Sickle left for a patrol in the Northern Aegean on 31st May 1944. The Submarine was in action on 4th June when she fired on shipping in Mitylene Harbour.

She was later engaged in a gun battle with two German patrol vessels and, during the fight, one member of the crew (Able Seaman Richard Blake) was washed overboard. He was rescued by the patrol vessels and became a Prisoner of War – and the only survivor. HMS Sickle escaped the engagement by diving and continued on her patrol.

On 12th June the Commanding Officer spotted a convoy in the approaches to Steno Pass. The presence of a submarine was suspected by the convoy escort and dropped two depth charges. Soon afterwards all contact with HMS Sickle was lost.

It is assumed that HMS Sickle probably struck a mine in the Kythera Channel. The Submarine was lost with all hands.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Bigglestone, Harry Dudley  Leading Telegraphist  C/SSX 2103    24
Bowen, Harry Wilfred  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 85960  MID*  31
Brookes, George Owen  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 23327    30
Cooke, John James  Stoker 1st Class  D/SKX 988    20
Crook, Frederick Charles  Able Seaman  P/JX 13209  MID*  31
Crook, Frederick Charles P/JX 132095 DoB 01/11/1912 Age 31. CWGC has Age 36
Cuthbert, Alfred William Ernest  Leading Signalman  C/JX 15709    21
Davidson, Walter  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 14107  MID  26
Davies, Edward William  Leading Stoker  C/KX 97357    26
Drummond, James Ralph  Lieutenant    DSO*  26
Duncan, Alexander Durham McGregor  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 10113    24
Dunstone, David Hughes  Telegraphist  C/JX 19473    20
Edwards, Ernest Ronald  Petty Officer  P/JX 14957    23
Evans, Alfred Edward  Leading Stoker  P/KX 97034    28
Francis, George  Warrant Engineer      42
Gilmore, Roy  Leading Stoker  P/SKX 278    22
Goodman, Percival David  Lieutenant (RNVR)      25
Green, Cyril Charles  Able Seaman  D/JX 27969    23
Grounds, Arthur Frank    D/JX 28735    22
Hallett, Edward Ernest  Able Seaman  P/JX 38857  MID  19
Hamilton, David  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 62015    27
Hancock, George Raymond  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 64427    25
Harratt, George Herbert  Able Seaman  P/JX 27402    23
Hockless, George William  Able Seaman  P/JX 23590    23
Jack, Thomas  Leading Seaman  P/JX 17558    26
Jakeman, Patrick Baddeley  Lieutenant (RNVR)      28
Jones, Leslie  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 88530    22
Learmouth, Duncan Henry  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 10252    23
Lee, Cyril Thomas George  Leading Cook  P/MX 10965    31
Marshall, Richard  Able Seaman  P/JX 35015    21
Martin, Sidney  Leading Stoker  P/KX 13953    20
McNeill, William Bonner  Able Seaman  D/JX 34630    20
Mitchell, Cecil John  Chief Petty Officer  P/J 114226    34
Mobbs, Stanley Norman  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 3220    22
Nettleton, John  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/MX 54330  DSM  30
Pearson, John Telfer  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 13800    21
Pope, Frederick Ellis  Petty Officer  D/JX 15204    23
Rolph, David  Chief Petty Officer  C/JX 13544    28
Roose, Gordon Walter  Leading Seaman  D/JX 30512    22
Seymour, Raymond Norman George  Leading Stoker  D/SKX 1253    21
Sinclair, Anthony Douglas  Lieutenant    DSC  21
Stark, Thomas Allenby  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 77329    26
Stevens, Nicholas Charles  Able Seaman  P/JX 35853    20
Stewart, John Raymond  Able Seaman  P/JX 32420    22
Sturgess, Major Victor  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 95156    27
Tugwell, Arthur Edward  Petty Officer  P/JX 15237    23
Walker, Victor Paul  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)      22
Willcocks, Henry Alfred  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 14558    22
Willcocks, Henry Alfred C/KX 145585 DoB 23/09/1921 Age 22. CWGC has Age 26
Woollatt, Arthur Albert  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 83280    30
Yielding, Harry Arthur  Able Seaman  C/JX 33418    32

Events

08-05-1941 : Laid Down
27-08-1942 : Launched
01-12-1942 : Completed
23-04-1943 : HMS Sickle fires two torpedoes against the Italian merchant Mauro Croce off Sagunto, Spain. The torpedoes ran under the target and Sickle fired 19 rounds with her deck gun but failed to hit the target.
15-05-1943 : HMS Sickle torpedoes and sinks the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ-2213/Heureux south of Nice, southern France.
21-05-1943 : HMS Sickle attacked U-755 but missed. Sickle then torpedoed & sank U-303 south of Toulon
18-07-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweepers No. 61/Costante Neri and No. 164/Rosa Madre with gunfire 7 miles north of the island of Gorgona, Italy.
19-07-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper V 131/Amgiola Maria C. with gunfire off Porto Vecchio, Italy.
21-07-1943 : HMS Sickle torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Oriani 8 miles west-north-west of Elba.
28-08-1943 : HMS Sickle torpedoes and sinks the German escort vessel SG-10/Felix Henri east of Corsica, France.
01-10-1943 : HMS Sickle fires three torpedoes against the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2210 off Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy. The three torpedoes missed their target.
18-11-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire off Leros island, Greece.
19-11-1943 : HMS Sickle torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant (in German service) Giovanni Boccaccio off Monemvasia, Greece.
25-11-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks two sailing vessels with gunfire near Milos island, Greece.
26-12-1943 : HMS Sickle sinks two Greek sailing vessel with gunfire east of Mykonos Island, Greece.
08-05-1944 : HMS Sickle sinks three sailing vessels, with gunfire scuttling charges and ramming, in the Doro Channel (between Euboea Island and Andros Island).
12-05-1944 : HMS Sickle sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire off Standia Island, Greece.
14-05-1944 : HMS Sickle claims the sinking of a sailing vessel with gunfire north of Rhetymon, Crete.
31-05-1944 : HMS Sickle left for a patrol in the northern Aegean
04-06-1944 : Sickle fired upon shipping in Mitylene Harbour and was engaged in gunfire with German patrol vessels GA76 and GA91 during which Able Seaman Richard Blake, a member of the submarines 3 inch gun crew who was blown over board. The submarine had to make an urgent dive to avoid further hits, and Blake was left in the water and picked up by the Germans to become a POW. Sickle escaped the engagement and continued on her patrol
06-06-1944 : HMS Sickle sinks the German merchant Reaumur with gunfire in the Aegean between Andros and Skyros islands.
09-06-1944 : HMS Sickle attacks the German transport Lola to the west of Lemnos, Greece.
12-06-1944 : Sickle signalled that she had spotted a convoy in the approach to Steno Pass. The convoy suspected the presence of a submarine and dropped two depth charges and, although it seems unlikely that this attack accounted for the loss of the submarine, no further contact was made with her.
16-06-1944 : Believed lost when she struck a mine in the Kythera Channel. Sickle was the last British submarine to be lost in the Mediterranean during WW2
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