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Unique (N95)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: U Group 1
Fate: Lost 24-10-1942 cause unknown to the west of Gibraltar

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By Dr Peter Schofield

HMS Unique was adopted by Pontefract but lost in October 1942; HMS Upstart was then adopted

Good Morning, Tuesday 14 August 1945:
Warship Week Plaque
Warship Week Plaque
Seven members of the crew of Upstart recently spent a weekend at Pontefract, the guests of Upstarts Comforts Fund Committee. The visitors were Sub-Lt. Turbett, P.O. Best, A.B. Francis, A.B. Stoker. Leading Stoker Walker, A.B. Webb and Signalman Long. They were met on Friday afternoon by members of the committee including the chairman, Mrs. F. Pybus, and the secretary, Miss E. Waddington; and they were entertained to tea. Later in the day, they were accompanied by members of the committee to a Civic Reception and Dinner at which the Mayor of Pontefract presided. The following day, Upstart visited Dunhill’s Liquorice Works, and as a memento of his visit, each man received a box of sweets from the management. These came in handy in the afternoon when they visited Pontefract race meeting, and their day ended with a visit to the home of Mrs. Pybus for tea. At trip to Pontefract Castle occupied the Sunday morning, and after lunch in the town, Upstart received a grand send off from the Mayor and members of the Comforts Fund. It was a weekend which they will remember.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Adlard, Gwynne Addison  Lieutenant      21
Amos, Kenneth Douglas  Able Seaman  C/JX 147961    22
Bartley, Andrew  Leading Stoker  D/KX 81278    30
Boddington, Robert Evelyn  Lieutenant    MID  26
Commanding Officer
Bond, Raymond Walter John  Yeoman of Signals  P/JX 137669  DSM  26
Booth, George Edward  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 97214    22
Bowlt, Benjamin  Able Seaman  C/TD/X 1603    25
Breen, William  Able Seaman (RNVR)  P/CD/X 2536    26
Bryson, Andrew Birridge  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 129491    30
Bryson, Andrew Birridge C/KX 129491. At birth & Marriage Bryson, Andrew Berridge
Burgess, John William  Ordinary Seaman  D/JX 304613    19
Chapman, Clifford  Petty Officer  P/KX 79256  DSM  33
Collins, Leopold Albert Edward  Petty Officer  D/J 102084    37
Denne, Albert Edward John  Leading Stoker  D/KX 98707  MID  44
Edgar, Stanley Martin  Stoker 1st Class  D/SKX 315    19
Fennell, Albert Ernest  Petty Officer  D/J 109248    35
Fitall, Sydney Charlie Frank  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/SSX 21488    26
Frith, Geoffrey George Wesson  Telegraphist  C/SSX 31461    21
Frith, Ronald  Chief Engine Room Artificer  C/MX 51674    31
Garner, Cecil Edward  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 72050    23
Holland, George Henry  Able Seaman  P/SSX 28337    22
Martin, Anthony Howard  Lieutenant      21
Meade, Jack Barker  Able Seaman  C/JX 189345    23
Morten, Maurice Furness  Able Seaman  C/JX 203146    22
Moss, Edward  Leading Stoker  P/KX 83224    27
Niel, Stanley Munro  Able Seaman  C/JX 162242    19
Reed, Charles Ian  Sub Lieutenant      20
Riley, Leslie John  Leading Seaman  C/JX 144677    23
Thewlis, Norman  Able Seaman  D/JX 201123  MID  31
Tuck, Allen Royson  Chief Petty Officer  D/J 98271    38
Turnbull, Roy Frederick Howard  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 141679    23
Venn, Leonard Jack  Telegraphist  D/JX 137882    25
Waterhouse, George Albert  Engine Room Artificer 5th Class  D/MX 74895    20
Woodman, Edward John Humphrey  Able Seaman  C/SSX 26124    21
Worland, Arthur George  Ordinary Seaman  C/JX 301424    19


30-10-1939 : Laid Down
06-06-1940 : Launched
27-09-1940 : Completed
10-03-1941 : HMS Unique torpedoes and sinks the Italian passenger/cargo ship Fenicia about 95 nautical miles north-west of Tripoli, Libya.
03-06-1941 : HMS Unique torpedoes and damages (total loss) the Italian cargo ship Arsia at Lampedusa harbour.
20-08-1941 : HMS Unique torpedoes and sinks the Italian troop tansport Esperia 11 nautical miles off the Tripoli lighthouse, Libya.
05-01-1942 : HMS Unique attacks the Italian battleship Littorio with torpedoes in the Gulf of Taranto but miss the target.
24-10-1942 : Lost cause unknown to the west of Gibraltar


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