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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)
Stratagem (P234)

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Roll of Honour

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


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
I too knew one of the 3 who survived captivity and he didnt like to talk about it either. The horror that they endured is unthinkable! Its a shame you havent been able to find much information.
   Sophie Mon, 28 May 2018

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