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Triton (N15)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: T Group 1
Fate: Sunk by Italian TB in Adriatic sea on 8 Dec 1940.
Triton in June 1939
Triton in June 1939

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Lieutenant-Commander H P de C Steel, Royal Navy, HMS Triton testimony given at the Board of Inquiry into the circumstances of the loss of HMS Oxley

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Allen, David  Able Seaman  C/J 73230    38
CWGC has Age 46 with DoB of 08/02/1902 Age is 38
Beard, Albert George  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  C/M 34733  DSM  40
Beattie, Norman  Leading Stoker  C/KX 88650    26
CWGC has Age 34 with DoB of 04/04/1904 Age is 26
Bennett, Arthur Keith  Leading Seaman  C/J 109679    32
Burton, Albert James  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 90533    22
Butcher, Charles Alfred  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/JX 133701    26
Cain, William  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 75485    33
Cave, Charles Joseph Reginald  Lieutenant    MID  27
Clark, Edward Charles  Stoker Petty Officer  C/K 60084  MID  41
Codman, Herbert Cyril Percival  Chief Petty Officer  D/J 95711  MID  37
Coleman, Harry Robert  Yeoman of Signals  P/J 111095    32
Day, John Robert  Able Seaman  C/JX 126830    30
Dean, Reginald Edward  Lieutenant (RNR)    MID  31
Dean, Wilfred Henry  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  CH/M 38747    31
Down, Harold George  Able Seaman  D/JX 146815    21
Early, Arthur Henry  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  D/MX 46013  DSM  29
East, Clinton McChomb  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 132670    28
Gardner, George Roland  Leading Cook  P/MX 53031    23
Hinde, Horatio John  Petty Officer  P/J 111862  DSM  31
Jackson, Cyril Thomas  Leading Telegraphist  P/SSX 14946    26
Jones, John Francis  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 150716    25
King, James Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 78914    31
Lang, Alexander  Stoker 1st Class  P/K 91486    24
Lavers, Edgar James Boyce  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 48545  MID  25
Liddle, Frederick  Leading Stoker  C/KX 85208    24
Matthews, Frederick William  Ordinary Seaman  D/JX 173955    22
Milne, Ronald George  Warrant Engineer  (Ex.34504)  DSC  37
Moore, Cyril Henry  Leading Stoker  C/KX 84519    26
Morgan, James  Able Seaman  D/J 112487  MID  32
Orme, Samuel  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 79732    33
Parramore, William Angus  Leading Stoker  C/KX 83734    25
Pettitt, George Robert  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 88290    25
Pook, Ivor Leslie Roy  Leading Seaman  D/JX 144306    20
Quick, Gilbert  Stoker 1st Class  D/K 63664  MID  35
Riley, James  Stoker Petty Officer  D/KX 80160    30
Risby, John Francis  Able Seaman  D/J 78393    40
Saunderson, Edward Percival  Petty Officer  C/J 111250  DSM  31
Saxby, Thoms Reuben  Able Seaman  C/J 84410    39
Shears, Francis  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 82888    26
Shimmin, James  Leading Seaman  D/JX 126301    30
Smith, Michael John Royston  Lieutenant    MID  23
Smyth, Thomas  Petty Officer Steward  D/LX 20229    36
Spite, Kenneth Frederick  Able Seaman (RNR)  C/X 20796    19
Stafford, Frederick Thomas  Able Seaman  P/J 70907  MID  38
Stride, Christopher  Able Seaman  D/JX 167556    22
Temporal, Arthur  Telegraphist  P/SSX 29474    19
Thorne, William Frank  Petty Officer  P/JX 129823    30
Trench, James  Leading Stoker  D/KX 80844    29
Waters, William George Thomas  Able Seaman  C/J 93606    37
Watkins, Guy Claud Ian St.Barbe Sladen  Lieutenant Commander    MID  29
Commanding Officer
Watson, Donald Charles  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/M 34432  DSM  37
Westby, Jack  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 84545    27
Westby, Jack Born in Ohio, USA and not on CWGC site.
Wilkinson, John Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 77133    34
Wyatt, Herbert  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 52150    26


28-08-1936 : Laid Down
04-10-1937 : Launched
09-11-1938 : Completed
10-09-1939 : HMS Triton had the misfortune to torpedo accidentally HMS Oxley off Norway. Oxley was the first British submarine lost during the Second World War.

A Board of Enquiry found that Oxley was some way out of position and that Triton had acted correctly and was not culpable for the sinking. The cause of the disaster was kept a close secret until the 1950's.
08-04-1940 : HMS Triton fires 10 torpedoes against the German cruisers Blecher, Lutzow and Emden off Skagen. All torpedoes missed their targets.
10-04-1940 : While operating in the Kattegat HMS Triton torpedoes and sinks the German merchants Friedenau and Wigbert and the auxiliary patrol vessel V 1507/Rau 6.
04-10-1940 : HMS Triton torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Franca Fassio about 16 nautical miles north of Cape Noli near Genua.
08-10-1940 : HMS Triton attacks the Italian merchant Spezia with torpedoes off Vado Ligure, Savona, Italy. All torpedoes missed.
08-12-1940 : Lost

HMS Triton left Malta for a patrol in the lower Adriatic and the Straits of Otranto on 28th November 1940. At 0540 on 6th December an SOS from the Italian merchant vessel Olimpia was intercepted. Triton immediately set of to intercept her and seems to have made a successful attack before she was her self destroyed in a counter attack by two Italian Torpedo boats. There are also reports that the Italian Torpedo boat Clio may have sunk Triton. This attack is reported to have happened several days after Triton should have left the area and is therefore met with some scepticism


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