Home - Boats - Submarines - U Class - Utmost

Utmost (N19)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: U Group 1
Fate: Depth charged by Italian TB Groppo off the west coast of Sicily on 24 November 1942.

Upload An Image Of This Boat

Ex P42


By Dr Peter Schofield

Warship Week Plaques
St Mary’s Church Prestwich
St Mary’s Church Prestwich
Presentation plaque
Presentation plaque
Jolly Roger
Jolly Roger

The communities of Prestwich donations included a football kit donated by Sedgley Park toward HMS Utmost. The presentation plaque used to be in Prestwich Memorial Hall, but was relocated to Bury with the Jolly Roger. A further plaque to HMS Utmost is in the Remembrance Chapel in St Mary’s Church.

Related Pages
HMS Utmost - Taranto Patrol
From the radio room we received a routine signal from the Admiralty to say that the RAF reconnaissance had reported that a Naval force was due to leave Taranto within the next 48 hours. We were instructed to take up station in the centre of the instep which formed the bay south of Taranto. The areas immediately to the south of Utmost would be covered by two more 10th Flotilla boats, HMS Upright, and the last by HMS Upholder.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Alderson, Arthur  Able Seaman  P/SSX 23867    21
Betts, Albert  Able Seaman  C/SSX 29116  MID  23
Brown, William Albert  Able Seaman  C/SSX 29098    22
Brown, William Albert C/SSX 29098 CWGC has C/SSX 29095
Clabby, John  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 75337  DSM*  37
Cockburn, Thomas Bethune  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 134985  DSM  27
Coombe, John Walter David  Lieutenant      26
Davison, Albert Sander Cock  Able Seaman  D/JX 134010    28
Dean, Percival Cyril  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 135199    22
Des Voeux, John Harold  Lieutenant      21
Born as Walker, John Harold 13/09/21. Served as Des Voeux, John Harold.
Gasgoigne, Austen Malcolm  Leading Seaman  C/JX 138270    26
Gough, John  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 76833    21
Hodgkinson, Raymond Leslie  Able Seaman  C/JX 203433    27
Jones, Stacey Baker  Able Seaman  P/J 95513  DSM  39
Kettle, Cyril  Leading Stoker  C/KX 80337  DSM  30
Kettle, Cyril C/KX 80337 DoB 20/12/1911 Age 30 CWGC has Age 36
Lee, Albert Edward Hutchings  Petty Officer  C/JX 136973    26
Lever, Robert Boothman  Leading Stoker  D/KX 92920    26
At birth Boothman, Robert L. Served s Lever, Robert Boothman
McLachlan, John  Able Seaman  P/SSX 30855    20
Meredith, Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 114111    24
Newton, Wilfred  Signalman  D/JX 164995    35
Page, Leslie Harold  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/MX 34929  BEM  38
Seal, Reginald Alfred  Leading Stoker  C/KX 105335    21
Shanahan, James  Able Seaman  D/JX 131173  DSM  30
Simons, Thomas William  Petty Officer  C/J 114129  DSM*  33
Taverner, Brian William  Lieutenant (RNVR)      24
West, Kenneth John  Telegraphist  C/JX 140959    25
West, Kenneth Raymond  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 137628    26
White, Alfred Charles  Able Seaman  P/SSX 18042    25
Wilby, Kenneth Gordon  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 132601    20
Williams, Albert Victor  Telegraphist  P/JX 127921    32
Williams, Dan  Leading Seaman  P/JX 148900    22
Williams, Dan P/JX 148900 DoB 12/01/1920 Age 22. CWGC has Williams, Daniel
Wilson, Richard Douglas  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 56274  DSM  25
Wood, John Claude Hudson  Lieutenant (RNR)      24
Woodcock, Frank Henry  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 20569    23


02-11-1939 : Laid Down
20-04-1940 : Launched
17-08-1940 : Completed
12-02-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Manfredo Camperio off Tripoli, Libya.
09-03-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Capo Vita about 30 nautical miles north-east of Sousse, Tunisia.
28-03-1941 : HMS Utmost attacks a convoy of 5 German merchants and three Italian destroyers and torpedoes and sinks the German merchants Heraklea and torpedoed and damages the Ruhr 22 nautical miles south-east of Kuriat, Tunisia.
30-05-1941 : HMS Utmost makes a torpedo attack on a convoy off Sirte. All torpedoes miss their targets.
26-06-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Enrico Costa 4 nautical miles from Cape Todaro, Sicily, Italy.
28-07-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Frederico C. in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea of the west coast of Calabria, Italy.
01-11-1941 : HMS Utmost destroys the Italian merchant Marigola off Kuriat Island, Tunisia.
02-11-1941 : ORP Sokol and HMS Utmost together sink the Italian merchant Balilla about 20 nautical miles north-west of Capo San Vito, Sicily, Italy.
21-11-1941 : HMS Utmost torpedoed and damaged Italian cruiser Luigi di Savoia Duca Degli Abruzzi in the Mediterranean.
12-12-1941 : HMS Utmost attacks the Italian merchant Fabio Filzi in the Gulf of Taranto but miss the target.
10-08-1942 : HMS Utmost fires four torpedoes against the Italian merchant Siculo off Marettimo but miss the target.


This form is for you to comment on, or add additional information to this page. Any questions will be deleted. If you wish to ask a question or otherwise contact the Branch or the Webmaster. Please use the Contact Us page or ask your question on our Facebook Page

Please insert the result of the arithmetical operation from the following image:

Please insert the result of the arithmetical operation from this image. =


Note: All submissions are subject to webmaster approval prior to appearing on the page. As a SPAM prevention measure, any comments containing links to other sites will be automatically discarded

Urge (N17)Undine (N48)