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Spearfish (N69)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: S Group 2
Fate: Believed sunk by U34 off coast of Norway on 1st August 1940. Sole survivor AB William Pester later killed in an accident 01-07-1945.
Spearfish (N69)
Spearfish (N69)

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Archer, Henry Edward  Warrant Engineer  (Ex. M3438    37
Best, John Philip  Lieutenant    MID  21
Binns, Harry Edmund  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 88596    22
Bird, Arthur John Thomas  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  C/M 39323    38
Bird, Herbert Francis  Telegraphist  P/JX 13735    24
Bruce, Robert Walton  Leading Stoker  D/KX 86483    24
Carlton, Edward Curle  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 13638  DSM*  24
Carpenter, Robert William  Able Seaman  P/JX 13711    23
Carter, John Ainsworth Verdun  Able Seaman  D/JX 13633    24
Clifford, Ronald Joseph John  Leading Signalman  P/J 39219    40
Darch, Edward John  Leading Stoker  D/K 63910    35
Delussey, Arthur  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 86125    23
Evans, Maurice Allen  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 92190    21
Evans, Maurice Allen, CWGC has Evans, Maurice Allen
Forbes, John Hay  Lieutenant Commander (CO)    DSO  33
Foster, John William Thomas  Petty Officer  C/J 105134  DSM  33
Gillett, Alec  Able Seaman  C/SSX 2117    20
Gimblett, Arthur Robert  Lieutenant (RNR)      29
Glover, Albert John  Leading Seaman  P/JX 14378    29
Hawes, Edward Henry Daniel  Able Seaman  C/JX 14981    20
Hill, Ronald Eustace  Able Seaman  D/SSX 1485    25
Ibbotson, William  Chief Petty Officer  D/J 48891    40
Iverson, William Stephen  Leading Seaman  C/J 95767    37
James, Thomas Benjamin  Able Seaman  D/JX 13585    24
Lynch, Frank  Able Seaman  D/SSX 1423    25
Maxwell, Maurice James  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 81056    27
Mordue, John William  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 82401    25
Morey, Ernest George  Able Seaman  C/JX 13423  DSM*  26
Morey, Ernest George CWGC has Morey, Ernest G.
O'Hair, Edward Ernest Peacock  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 51968    29
Oliver, Oswald  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 53256    26
Peel, Stanley Noel  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  C/M 27347  DSM  38
Peel, Stanley Noel DoB 02/04/1904 Age 38 CWGC has Age 46
Pirie, Donald Anthony  Lieutenant    DSC*  26
Rawlings, Arthur Thomas  Leading Stoker  C/KX 83005    26
Royle, Reginald  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 75033    35
Smith, Arthur George  Petty Officer  D/J 114194    31
Smith, Ernest  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 82894    25
Smith, Ernest Walter  Telegraphist  P/JX 14169    21
Smith, Jack Maunder  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 50827  MID  28
Tuson, George William  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 13609  MID  24
Walker, Harold William  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 90217    23
Walker, Philip Gordon  Leading Seaman  D/JX 14126    22
Williams, Francis James  Telegraphist  P/SSX 1424    25

Events

23-05-1935 : Laid Down
21-04-1936 : Launched
11-12-1936 : Completed
24-09-1939 : HMS Spearfish was heavily damaged by German warships off Horns Reef. She was unable to submerge but nevertheless managed to escape. A rescue mission was undertaken by the British Humber force and Home fleet. Spearfish safely put in Rosyth on the 26th. Repairs to Spearfish were completed in early March 1940.
11-04-1940 : HMS Spearfish torpedoes & damages German pocket battleship Lutzow N of Skaw, putting her out of action for about a year
20-05-1940 : HMS Spearfish sinks the Danish fishing vessels S.130 and S.175 with gunfire in the North Sea.
01-08-1940 : HMS Spearfish sailed from Rosyth on 31 July 1940. The next day she was hit by a torpedo from U-34 and sank. U-34 was returning from her last patrol as a combat boat. She had only one torpedo remaining after a successful patrol (already 4 ships sunk). The U-boat surfaced to look for survivors and found AB William Pester (on his first patrol) who was the only survivor of the sinking, 29 became casualties
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