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Stratagem (P234)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: S Group 3
Fate: Sunk on 22nd November 1944 by a Japanese destroyer off Malacca.
Stratagem (P234)

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Roll of Honour

R G Anstee 
S Baker  Able Seaman
B Benz  Lieutenant
J Bishop  Leading Stoker
F Booth  Stoker 1st Class
T Brodie  Stoker 1st Class
F Bryson  Able Seaman
D Cliff  Telegraphist
S Dickerson  Stoker 1st Class
D Dracup  Stoker 1st Class
B Faulkner  Able Seaman
J Frankham  Leading Stoker
D Gibbons  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
R Graham  Telegraphist
T Gregson  Leading Seaman
R Hall  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
W Handy  Able Seaman
J Hayes  Able Seaman
G Howard  Petty Officer
R Howlett  Stoker
G Lee  Petty Officer
F McAlinden  Leading Seaman
T McCauley  Stoker Petty Officer
W McKay  Chief Engine Room Artificer
B Mitchell  Able Seaman
T Moorhouse  Leading Seaman
D Patrick  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
L Pearce  Petty Officer Telegraphist
C Pelly  Lieutenant DSC
F Phillips  Able Seaman
H Pickard  Petty Officer
C Prentice  Sub-Lieutenant RNVR
B Preston  Leading Stoker
F Rayner  Weapons Engineer
J Richardson  Able Seaman
S Ritchens  Able Seaman
N Snell  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
F Stanway  Able Seaman
H Thomas  Leading Signalman
L Thompson  Able Seaman
A Thorpe  Stoker 1st Class
J Watson  Stoker 1st Class
R Weatherhead  Leading Cook MID
P Webb  Able Seaman
M Welshman  Chief Petty Officer
A Westwood  Able Seaman
R Williams  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
F Winterbottom  Lieutenant



15-04-1942 : Laid Down
21-06-1943 : Launched
09-10-1943 : Completed
07-08-1944 : HMS Stratagem fires torpedoes against the German submarine U-181 in the Strait of Malacca near Penang. However all torpedoes missed their target.
19-11-1944 : HMS Stratagem torpedoes and sinks the the Japanese tanker Nichinan Maru in the Malacca Strait.
22-11-1944 : Sunk in Malacca Straits

HMS Stratagem sailed from Trincomalee on 10th November 1944 with orders to patrol in the vicinity of Malacca where it was believed the Japanese were loading ships with bauxite ore. On the afternoon of the 18th Stratagem attacked and sank the tanker Nichinan Maru. On 22nd November a Japanese aircraft spotted the submarine and directed a destroyer to where it had dived. Just after midday the destroyer attacked, the first depth charge causing the submarine's bow to strike the bottom. The submarine was plunged into darkness and the forward part began to flood. Attempts to shut the watertight door to the forward compartment failed and the crew were forced to make their escape.

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I think my father will be the last survivor of HMS Stratagem. Aged 91 still living in Harrogate North Yorkshire. He joined the war aged seventeen and recalls surviving the sinking aged eighteen. He wont talk about his captivity and still hates the Japanese. I cant find his name in any of the reports, but know from a few pictures and papers he was on the sub when it went down.
   Stephen Baren Sun, 3 Dec 2017

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