Triad (N53)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: T Group 1
Fate: On 15th October 1940, the Italian submarine Enrico Toto (C.C. Bandino Bandini) encountered HMS Traid south west of Calabria in position 38º16'N, 17º37'E.

The Submarines passed at close range on opposite courses as the Italian submarine engaged with machine-gun fire and three rounds of 4" from her deck gun, claiming two direct hits. HMS Triad fired back scoring a hit on the conning tower of Enrico Toti but this caused only slight damage and wounded two sailors. Triad’s torpedo missed the Italian submarine by a few yards.

Triad pulled away and dived but Enrico Toti had fired a torpedo which made a direct hit. Triad was lost with all hands.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Anderson, Thomas Alexander Clifton  Leading Seaman  D/JX 136455  MID  24
Andrews, John William  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 132482  DSM  28
CWGC has Age 35 but DoB is 14/10/1912 so age is 28.
Appleby, James  Leading Steward  D/LX 21374    28
Barlas, William  Ordinary Seaman  D/JX 176316    21
Bettison, Kenneth William  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 89095    22
Bevan, Sidney Thomas  Stoker Petty Officer  C/K 66988    35
Blondel, Leonard Maurice  Leading Seaman  P/JX 137444    24
Bradshaw, Albert Philip  Leading Seaman  C/JX 139810    22
Brown, Lionel James  Lieutenant (RNR)      24
Buchanan, John Gibson  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/M 21997  DSM  39
Collinge, William Edmund  Engineer Lieutenant    DSC  29
Cullingford, George Baker  Leading Seaman  C/JX 140353    22
Dean, Herbert  Sub Lieutenant      28
Dunford, William Ernest  Leading Seaman  P/J 107529    23
Dunlop, Edward  Petty Officer  D/JX 131180    28
Dunn, Edward Joseph  Able Seaman  C/SSX 15824    24
Dunstane, William Albert Charles James  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 58294    23
Eccles, Jack  Telegraphist  P/JX 151868    23
Eccles J Died in Gibraltar 23/10/40 after boat was reported overdue/missing.
Edden, Charles Henry  Leading Cook  P/M 38715    35
Edney, Arthur Alfred  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  P/MX 47220  DSM  34
Evans, Jack Marshall  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 85559    23
Ford, Albert Victor  Leading Seaman  P/JX 140903    21
Giles, Frank Ernest  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 93071    20
Gooch, Leonard Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 93122    26
Guy, Henry  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/MX 49874    28
Hardy, Thomas  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 51874    29
Harris, Cecil Albert Frederick  Able Seaman  P/JX 134110    26
Hayward, Albert Edward  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/MX 46535  MID  28
Horton, Robert  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 84927    24
Howells, David John  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 75860    33
Hume, Thomas William  Able Seaman  P/JX 141266    21
Ingram, John Mathieson Fleming  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 90220    24
Johnson, Frank Walter  Chief Petty Officer  C/JX 128624    29
Jones, John Horace Gordon  Leading Seaman  C/JX 166510    31
Jonsson, Albert Frederick Frank  Able Seaman  D/JX 147064    24
Keith-Roach, Martin  Lieutenant    DSC  26
Morgan, Percy  Petty Officer  P/J 113202    32
Morris, Frank Ernest John  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 145364    20
Porteous, Thomas Henry  Stoker Petty Officer  D/KX 76525  DSM  32
Rickerby, Isaac  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 84885    24
Robbins, Ronald Harry Hurford  Leading Stoker  C/KX 86676    23
Salt, George Stevenson  Lieutenant Commander      32
Commanding Officer
Shelley, George Alfred  Assistant Steward  C/LX 23743    27
Simcox, Walter Ernest  Leading Seaman  C/JX 138265    24
Skinner, Wilfred  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 75150    33
Smith, Jack Rufus  Leading Stoker  C/KX 84445    27
Thomas, William Stanley  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 91768    21
Thompson, William Ronald  Leading Stoker  C/KX 84363    25
Westbrook, Cyril Thomas  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 137776    23
White, Charles Horace  Petty Officer  P/J 101818  DSM  35
Whitebread, Albert Edward  Leading Stoker  P/K 59163    39
Williams, William Richard  Telegraphist  C/JX 140208  MID  23
Wood, Harry Malcolm Sydney  Leading Signalman  P/JX 131816    27


24-03-1938 : Laid Down
05-05-1939 : Launched
16-09-1939 : Completed
11-04-1940 : HMS Triad torpedoes and sinks the German troop transport Ionia in the Skagerrak south of the Oslofjord, Norway.
19-04-1940 : HMS Triad fires four torpedoes against the German depot ship Tsingtau in the Skagerrak south of the Oslofjord. All torpedoes missed.
15-10-1940 : In October 1940 HMS Triad was patrolling the coast of Libya before proceeding to Alexandria. By 20th October the submarine was overdue. It was initially believed that Italian aircraft had bombed Triad off Calabria, but it was later discovered that she had been attacked and sunk by the Italian submarine Enrico Toti on 15th.


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