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Upholder (N99)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: U Group 1
Fate: Depth charged by Italian TB Pegaso off Tripoli on 14 April 1942
Upholder 1940
Upholder 1940

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Lieutenant Commander Malcolm David WanklynRead
On the evening of 24th May, 1941, whilst on patrol off the coast of Sicily, Lieutenant Commander Wanklyn, in command of His Majesty's Submarine Upholder, sighted a southbound enemy troop convoy, strongly escorted by Destroyers. The failing light was such that observation by periscope could not be relied on but a surface attack would have been easily seen. Upholder's listening gear was out of action. In spite of these severe handicaps Lieutenant Commander Wanklyn decided to press home his attack at short range.
 
Upholder Sank 129,529 Tons Of Axis ShipsRead
The name of Her Majesty's Submarine Upholder is inseparably linked to the name of her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander W. D. Wanklyn VC DSO and 2 Bars RN. Upholder, under Wanklyn's command, was perhaps the most successful British submarine of the Second World War Lt. Cdr. Wanklyn was Upholder's captain throughout the whole of her short life, from her completion at Barrow in 1940 until she was lost on April 14, 1942.
 

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Allen, Peter Russell Hay  Lieutenant      20
Anderson, William Eric  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 13603  DSM*  26
Blake, Leopold  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 14298  DSM  22
Board, Norman Douglas  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 55599  DSM  27
Brown, Thomas Cyril  Able Seaman  C/JX 12502  MID  31
Burgoyne, Charles Llewelyn  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/MX 51007  DSM  31
Davidson, Robert Wallace  Leading Seaman  P/JX 14340  DSM  22
Foster, George John  Able Seaman  P/J 113636  MID  32
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Frame, Frederick James  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/M 38773  DSM*  32
Gregory, Edmond  Ordinary Telegraphist  C/JX 21175  MID  25
Gregory, Edmond C/JX 211752. At birth Gregory, Edmund.
Gregory, Frederick William  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 80267  DSM*  30
Heath, Alfred Thomas  Leading Stoker  C/KX 75161  MID  34
Hughes, Gwilym  Able Seaman  C/JX 20836  MID  23
Lane, Seiriol Francis  Able Seaman  D/JX 20815  MID  26
Lane, Seiriol Francis D/JX 208153 CWGC has Lane Seiriel Francis
Martin, Frederick James  Petty Officer  D/JX 13430  MID  27
Miller, David Andrew  Petty Officer  D/JX 16498  DSM*  36
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Munday, Edward  Stoker 2nd Class  C/SKX 1599    20
Newlands, Patrick McCann  Telegraphist  P/SSX 2899  MID  24
Newlands, Patrick McCann P/SSX 28994. CWGC has Maccann
Norman, John Harsant  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)    MID  23
Parker, Charlie Alfred  Lance Corporal (No 2 Commando)  5950711    22
Partleton, John Edward  Leading Seaman  C/J 108856  DSM  34
Perkins, Frederick William  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84691  MID  26
Rowe, John  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84337  MID  25
Ruck-Keene, Francis  Lieutenant    DSC  23
Saunders, Lambert  Leading Seaman  D/JX 14794  MID*  21
Self, Ernest Edward  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 80123  MID  30
Simmonds, Rex  Leading Signalman  P/J 108490  DSM*  34
Smith, George Edward Richardson  Able Seaman  D/JX 20309    21
Smith, James  Able Seaman  C/JX 20809    24
Swainston, John George  Petty Officer  P/JX 12508  DSM*  31
Topping, Fred  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84500    30
Turner, William Robert  Petty Officer  D/J 110765  DSM*  33
Wanklyn, Malcolm David  Lieutenant Commander (CO)    VC*  30

Events

30-10-1939 : Laid Down
08-08-1940 : Launched
31-10-1940 : Completed
28-01-1941 : HMS Upholder torpedoes and damages the German transport Duisburg south of the Kerkennah Shallows.
30-01-1941 : HMS Upholder attacks the Italian merchant Motia and the Italian tanker Delfin west of Tripoli, Libya. All torpedoes missed and Upholder was depth charged by the Italian torpedo boat Aldebaran.
25-04-1941 : HMS Upholder torpedoes and sinks the Italian Antonietta Lauro, near Kerkennah Buoy #3, Tunisia.
01-05-1941 : HMS Upholder torpedoes and sinks the German merchants Arcturus and Leverkusen off Kerkennah, Tunisia.
20-05-1941 : HMS Upholder fires four torpedoes at the Italian tanker Utilitas off Capo dell'Armi but miss the target.
23-05-1941 : HMS Upholder torpedoes a damages the French merchant Capitaine Damiani east of Tunisia.
24-05-1941 : The King was graciously pleased to approve of the grant of the Victoria Cross for great valour and resolution in command of His Majestys Submarine Upholder to Lieutenant Commander Malcolm David Wanklyn, DSO, Royal Navy.

On the evening of 24th May, 1941, whilst on patrol off the coast of Sicily, Lieutenant Commander Wanklyn, in command of His Majestys Submarine Upholder, sighted a southbound enemy troop convoy, strongly escorted by Destroyers. The failing light was such that observation by periscope could not be relied on but a surface attack would have been easily seen. Upholder's listening gear was out of action. In spite of these severe handicaps Lieutenant Commander Wanklyn decided to press home his attack at short range.
24-05-1941 : HMS Upholder attacked a convoy east of Sicily & sank Italian liner Conte Rosso
03-07-1941 : HMS Upholder torpedoes in sinks the Italian merchant Laura C off Saline Ioniche, Calabria
24-07-1941 : HMS Upholder torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Dandolo 2.5 nautical miles north-west of Barone, eastern Sicily.
28-07-1941 : While on patrol near Marettimo island, off the western tip of Sicily HMS Upholder fired 4 torpedoes at an Italian task force, damaging the light cruiser Giuseppe Garibaldi.
20-08-1941 : HMS Upholder torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Enotria 5 nautical miles off Cape San Vito, Italy.
22-08-1941 : HMS Upholder torpedoes and sinks the German transport Lussin about 2 nautical miles north-west of Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy.
24-08-1941 : HMS Upholder fires two torpedoes at the Italian light cruiser Luigi di Savoia Duca Delgi Abruzzi off the north-west tip of Sicily but miss the target.
31-08-1941 : HMS Upholder fires torpedoes from long range against the Italian troop transports Oceania and Neptunia off the Tunisian coast. All torpedoes missed.
18-09-1941 : HMS Upholder sinks the Italian troop ships Neptunia and Oceania; 384 people are drowned
08-11-1941 : HMS Upholder attacks an Italian submarine with torpedoes some 60 nautical miles south-east of Capo Passero, Sicily, Italy but the target was not hit.
09-11-1941 : HMS Upholder torpedoed and sank the Italian destroyer Libeccio east of Siracusa, Sicily.
04-01-1942 : HMS Upholder torpedoed and damaged the Italian steamer Sirio 4 nautical miles north-west of Cefal, Sicily.
05-01-1942 : Italian submarine R.Smg. Ammiraglio Saint Bon is sunk by a torpedo from submarine HMS Upholder north of Milazzo, Sicily. The Italian submarine is enroute to Libya carrying 155 tons of gasoline and ammunition. The torpedo hits on the starboard side causing the gasoline to explode. There are only three survivors
27-02-1942 : HMS Upholder torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Tembien about 25 nautical miles north of Tripoli, Libya.
18-03-1942 : HMS Upholder torpedoes and sinks the Italian submarine Trichecoeast off Brindisi in the southern Adriatic.
19-03-1942 : HMS Upholder sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper B.14/Maria with gunfire, about 20 nautical miles south of Brindisi, Italy.
14-04-1942 : On the 12th April HMS Upholder was ordered to form a patrol line with HMS Urge and HMS Thrasher to intercept a convoy. It is not known if this signal was received and the submarine failed to return to harbour on her due date. A number of theories exist as to the fate of Upholder, the most likely is that she fell victim to a depth charge attack by the Italian anti-submarine vessel Pagaso on 14th April east of Tripoli although no debris was seen and the position of the attack would have put Upholder some 100 miles out of position, however, this can be explained by the submarine changing position to find richer pickings.

A second theory is that the submarine struck a mine near Tripoli on the night of 11th April, supported by the fact that a submarine was sighted approaching a minefield.
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