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Truculent (P315)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: T Group 3
Fate: Sank after a collinsion with MV Divina in the Medway estuary 12th January 1950. Salvaged in March 1950. Scrapped in September 1950 at Grays.

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Ex P95

Unofficial badge is a lioness portrait with motto Ercite below.


The Borough of Glossop, Derbyshire originally set out to adopt P36 during their Warship Week Feb 28th to March 7th 1942, having raised £137,000 in National Savings.

P36 was sunk alongside at Malta on April 1st, 1942 and thereafter HMS Truculent was adopted. Although Truculent appears to have an unofficial badge, a standard Admiralty shield for vessels without official badges was presented to Glossop.

By Dr Peter Schofield

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The Sinking of the Truculent
On the 12th January 1950, HM Submarine Truculent spent the day at sea off the Thames Estuary carrying out trials, following a long refit. Apart from the full crew, there were 18 civilian dockyard officials on board to make any last minute adjustments, as she was due to sail for Scotland the next day. As she made her way up to the Medway Approaches, the Officer of the Watch conned the submarine on the surface. Traffic in the river was heavy and the steaming lights of many ships on their way into and out of the Port of London were clearly visible on all sides.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Alexander, Ernest William  Ship Fitter (Civilian)      36
Austin, Edward  Electrician (Civilian)      46
Bailey, Philip John  Electrician (Civilian)      26
Barnden, William Edward  Electrician (Civilian)      32
Brookes, Ernest  Stoker Mechanic  P/SKX 834163    20
Campbell, Eric  Stoker Mechanic  C/SKX 771241    20
Child, John George  Steward  C/LX 610757    24
Daw, Leonard Albert  Stoker Mechanic  D/SKX 790457    21
Denny, John Hughes  Electrical Mechanic  C/M 769280    24
In CWGC as Engineering Mechanic
Dighton, Warren Ekins  Able Seaman  C/JX 163469    26
Donnelly, Patrick  Electrical Mechanic  MX 804577    27
In CWGC as Engineering Mechanic
Dorn, Alfred  Stoker Mechanic  P/SKX 770263    21
Dring, Gordon Richard  Leading Seaman  C/JX 292569    24
Edwards, Kenelm King  Ship Fitter (Civilian)      25
Edwards, Thomas Claude  Leading REM  D/MX 766065    23
Eldridge, George Thomas  Petty Officer  C/JX 156154  DSM  27
Ellis, Frederick George  Stoker Mechanic  C/KX 804235    24
Farman, Nigel  Lieutenant      21
Firbank, Walter James  Leading Seaman  D/KX 161252    26
Fox, Francis Richard  Leading Seaman  D/JX 151623    28
Frost, Ronald Arthur Crawford  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 70161    25
Gutridge, Maurice Frederick  Able Seaman  C/JX 778120    20
Gutteridge, George  Electrician (Civilian)      56
Hancock, Donald Arthur  Constructor (Civilian)      28
Harling, Robert William  Engine Fitter (Civilian)      25
Harrison, George William John  Able Seaman  P/JX 581983    22
Head, Percival Arthur Thomas  Leading Seaman  JX 777808  DSM  30
Also as P/SSX 29670
Helliwell, Ronald Walter  Stoker Mechanic  P/KX 786841    23
Higgins, Leonard Charles  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 246011    25
Hindes, Frederick Joseph  Lieutenant    DSM  26
Hine, Francis Walter  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/MX 47321    37
Holmes, Arthur Andrew Thomas  Ship Fitter (Civilian)      26
Ingle, William  Able Seaman  P/SSX 747938    21
Jenner, Albert Edward  Electrician (Civilian)      46
Johnson, Robert  Leading Signalman  P/JX 158153  MID  27
Johnston, Mervyn Baptist  Petty Officer Stoker  C/KX 85491    36
Jones, Harry Gwylfa  Stoker Mechanic  D/KX 663987    23
Likely, Michael John  Stoker Mechanic  P/SKX 788502    21
Mackenzie, Gordon Edward  Steward  D/LX 702249    23
Manley, Jack Steven  Electrical Artificer  D/MX 57836    30
McIntyre, John Figg  Chief Electrician  P/JX 759066  DSM*  35
McLaughlin, John  Shipwright (Civilian)      59
Melville, John Frank  Draughtsman (Civilian)      27
Mills, Norman Albert  Draughtsman (Civilian)      22
Murphy, Michael Albert  Able Seaman  C/JX 371908    22
Also as M/X 759066
Myatt, Francis George  Petty Officer  C/JX 161880    26
Neighbour, Russell Albert  Chief Petty Officer SM  P/KX 83137    38
Noon, Kenneth Charles Ernest  Able Seaman  C/SSX 837436    20
Oliver, William Alfred  Able Seaman  C/JX 325747    26
Phillips, Edward George Lampla  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 162131    26
Phillips, Terence Paul  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 64343    25
Potts, Charles Walter Sedgwick  Ship Fitter (Civilian)      40
Powell, Denis Norman  Able Seaman  C/SSX 789251    21
Prouse, Kenneth Roy  Able Seaman  P/SSX 83202    21
Purkiss, Brian Sydney  Leading Seaman  P/JX 712689    21
Read, John Lynton  Leading Seaman  C/JX 246474    23
Richardson, Tom  Leading Stoker  P/KX 164200    25
Robinson, Peter Robert  Stoker Mechanic  C/SKX 789598    21
Smith, Anthony Richard  Stoker Mechanic  D/KX 817944    20
Strickland, Robert Henry  Engine Fitter (Civilian)      35
Swire, William  Able Seaman  P/JX 760475    20
Taylor, Clifford  Stoker Mechanic  SKX 803297    22
Tester, Herbert George  Electrician (Civilian)      33
Wood, Edward Graham  Stoker Mechanic  D/KX 841026    20


04-12-1941 : Laid Down
12-09-1942 : Launched
31-12-1942 : Completed
04-06-1943 : HMS Truculent torpedoes and sinks the German submarine U-308 in the Norwegian sea north-east of the Faeroes.
28-03-1944 : HMS Truculent torpedoes and sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Yasushima Maru in the Strait of Malacca
01-04-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks the small Japanese vessel Mantai with scuttling charges in the Strait of Malacca.
17-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the southern part of the Malacca Strait.
24-06-1944 : HMS Truculent lays mines in the Strait of Malacca.
25-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait.
26-06-1944 : HMS Truculent torpedoes and sinks the Japanese merchant cargo ship Harugiku Maru about 60 nautical miles south-east of Medan, Sumatra.
27-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait.
28-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait.
29-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with demolition charges in the Malacca Strait.
12-01-1950 : HMS Truculent sank with the loss of 64 lives

On 12th January 1950 HMS Truculent sailed from Chatham to carry out trials, having just completed a refit; in addition to her normal compliment she was carrying an additional 18 dockyard workers. The trials complete she set a course for Sheerness, which would take her through the Thames Estuary hat night. At 7 o'clock a ship showing three lights appeared ahead in the channel. It was decided that the ship must be stationary and as Truculent could not pass to the starboard side without running aground, the order was given to turn to port. At once the situation became clear as the cargo ship Divina came out of the darkness: the extra light indicated that she was carrying explosives. A collision was unavoidable. The two vessels remained locked together for a few seconds before the submarine sank.


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