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Triumph (N18)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: T Group 1
Fate: The boat was mined on or around 6th January 1942. She had earlier struck a mine in December 1940 but miraculously survived. There were no miracles the second time.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Baxter, Claude  Leading Stoker  P/K 58839  MID  41
Biggleston, Arthur Ivor  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  C/M 35623  DSM**  36
Bowles, Harry  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 93859    22
Brown, Geoffrey  Able Seaman  C/JX 19046    20
Cairns, John  Leading Seaman  D/SSX 1817    25
Cairns, John D/SSX 18172 CWGC has NOK in Edinburgh & Aged 36.. Actual Aberdeen Aged 25
Childs, Alfred Robert  Bombardier (RA) (7 Commando)  915218    25
Clements, George Frederick  Able Seaman  C/SSX 2427  MID  23
Coakley, Patrick  Leading Telegraphist  D/KX 88094    27
Cochrane, Archibald Kellock  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/JX 12949  MID  31
Collins, Edward Arthur  Lieutenant (RNVR)      25
Collison, Frank Gerald  Petty Officer  P/JX 13163  DSM  29
Connor, Edward  Able Seaman  D/JX 20430    21
Cross, George Henry  Able Seaman  D/JX 16809    31
Crummey, Richard Terence  Telegraphist  D/JX 13747  DSM*  24
Davies, Alfred Edward  Leading Seaman  P/JX 13996    24
Davies, Alfred Edward P/JX 139965 Aged 30
Dempster, William Alexander  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 73711    24
Don, Robert William Douglas  Lieutenant    DSC**  22
Duffay, Colin Gordon Hugh  Petty Officer  D/JX 13301  DSM  28
Esau, Leonard Walter  Able Seaman  D/JX 19978    27
Gates, Herbert James  Leading Stoker  P/K 64340    40
Glen, John  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 76056    35
Goddard, William Jack  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 10950  DSM  25
Hall, William Hollingsworth  Able Seaman  P/SSX 2116  MID  21
Harding, Walter Edward  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11439    28
Harrison, George Robert Hedrick  Able Seaman  D/JX 13086  MID  30
Hinds, John  Leading Seaman  P/JX 14125    24
Howard, Richard  Able Seaman  P/JX 15504    20
Huddart, John Symons  Lieutenant (CO)      31
Hutchinson, Donald George  Leading Seaman  D/J 93910  DSC*  38
Janvrin, Michael Claud  Lieutenant    MID  23
Jones, Luther  Able Seaman  P/JX 13898    25
Kelly, Colman  Leading Stoker  P/KX 91522    24
Kilty, Thomas James  Leading Signalman  D/JX 13866    24
Lancaster, Frederick Arthur  Leading Seaman  C/JX 15434    20
McGee, William  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 94368    21
Neville, Ronald William Pardoe  Leading Stoker  P/KX 90477  MID  24
Neville, William Henry  Able Seaman  C/JX 18235    23
Newby, George  Able Seaman  D/SSX 3372    19
Nott, Reginald  Chief Petty Officer  P/J 107537  DSM*  34
O'Brien, Cornelius  Petty Officer Cook  C/MX 50147    26
Peterkin, Alfred Kenneth  Lieutenant (RNR)    DSC*  29
Phillips, Thomas  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/M 27338  DSM**  39
Ranson, William Albert  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 96542    22
Robinson, Arthur  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 79424  DSM*  32
Rosendale, Edric Dudley  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 10952    25
Russell, Herbert Frederick  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 58033  MID  24
Severn, Clive  Corporal (11 Commando))  5887258    22
Sheldon, Cyril Arnfield  Stoker Petty Officer  C/K 64020  BEM*  35
Stephens, Harold  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 74120    21
Stockham, Wilfred Harry  Chief Stoker  P/K 65586  DSM**  35
Stone, Harle  Telegraphist  C/JX 15012    21
Stone, Harle C.JX 150128 CWGC has Stone, Harold
Taylor, John Edward  Able Seaman  P/SSX 3265    20
Taylor, John Edward P/SSX 32650 CWGC has Taylor, John Edmund
Theobald, Robert James  Petty Officer  C/J 103645  DSM*  35
Turner, John James  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 79918    31
Underwood, John Edward  Able Seaman  C/SSX 2749  DSM  22
Walmsley, James  Leading Steward  C/LX 21728    29
Waterall, George Desmond  Midshipman      18
Waye, Reginald Frederick Dennis  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 13773  DSM  25
White, William John  Telegraphist  C/JX 14904  DSM**  21
Wickham, Walter Leonard John  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 85211    28
Wilkinson, Fred  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  D/MX 48140    35
Wilson, Ernest Edward George  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 81816  DSM  30
Wilson, Raymond  Able Seaman  P/JX 14846    21
Wright, Geoffrey Michael Denys  Engineer Lieutenant    MBE*  29

Events

19-03-1937 : Laid Down
16-02-1938 : Launched
02-05-1939 : Completed
26-12-1939 : Whilst on patrol North East of Heligoland on 26 December 1939, HMS Triumph hit a drifting mine which blew eighteen feet off her bows fully exposing her six internal and two external torpedo tubes. Although all the tubes were loaded, none of her warshots exploded. Unable to dive she was escorted back to Rosyth by Hudson aircraft where repairs were carried out.
05-03-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes sinks the Italian merchants Marzamemi and Colomba Lofaro near Capo dell'Armi, Calabria, Italy.
03-05-1941 : HMS Triumph sinks the Italian auxilary patrol vessel V 136/Tugnin F. with gunfire about 10 nautical miles west of Marsa el Brega, Libya.
30-05-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and damages the Italian armed merchant cruiser Ramb III at Bengasi, Libya.
05-06-1941 : HMS Triumph sinks the Italian auxiliary patrol vessels Valoroso, V 190/Frieda and V 137/Trio Frassinetti with gunfire in the Gulf of Sirte off Beurat, Libya.
27-06-1941 : HMS Triumph on patrol off the Egyptian coast sinks the Italian submarine Salpa
06-07-1941 : After a long gun battle HMS Triumph sinks the Italian merchant Ninfea and the Italian tug Dante de Lutti off Ras Tajunes, Libya. During this battle Triumph is also damaged and is forced to abandon her war patrol and retreat to Malta for repairs.
26-08-1941 : As an Italian battlefleet returns from a sortie against Force H, Triumph torpedoes and damages heavy cruiser Bolzano north of Sicily.
18-09-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and damages the Italian tanker Ardor off Capo Colonna.
23-09-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Luvsee north-east of Sibenek.
24-09-1941 : HMS Triumph damages the Italian tanker Poseidone and the Italian merchant Sidamo off Ortona, Abruzzi, Italy.
23-10-1941 : HMS Triumph sinks the Greek sailing vessels Panagiotis and Aghia Paraskeva with gunfire in the Gulf of Petali, Greece.
25-10-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Monrosa in the Gulf of Athens, about 3 nautical miles north-west of Patroklou island, Greece.
24-11-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and sinks the Italian tug Hercules in Iraklion harbour, Crete. Triumph also damages the German merchant Norburg.
06-01-1942 : Lost with all hands

26th December 41, Triumph sailed from Alexandria for a cloak and dagger landing near Athens before patroling in the Aegean, she reports the landing on the 30th Dec but fails to rendezvous back there on the 9th Jan and is presumed mined off the island of Milo, southeast of the greek mainland.

She had earlier struck a mine in December 1940 but miraculously survived. There were no miracles the second time.
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