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Vandal (P64)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: U Group 2
Fate: Foundered in the Firth of Clyde on 24th February 1943.
Vandal (P64)
Vandal (P64)

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Allerton, Kenneth  Able Seaman  P/JX 157650    20
Allinson, Joseph William  Able Seaman  C/JX 156964    21
Andrews, William Charles  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 92171    22
Aries, William Ronald  Able Seaman  C/JX 159515    20
Berry, Walter William Palmer  Leading Signalman  D/JX 151217    22
Bettany , Abraham  Able Seaman  D/JX 287881    21
Bridger, John Stirling  Lieutenant      26
Commanding Officer
Coffee, Joseph William  Able Seaman  C/SSX 30251    22
Coulthard, Robert George  Telegraphist  C/JX 166429    19
Cowlam, Geoffrey Vincent  Petty Officer  C/JX 125316    32
Dodson, Thomas  Leading Stoker  P/KX 76011    35
Dowde, Thomas George  Leading Stoker  C/KX 94284    23
Earles, Ronald Sidney  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 20868    23
Ebel, Mark Vincent  Lieutenant (RNVR)    GM  22
Firth, James  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 146758    23
Fox, Aubrey Frank  Leading Seaman  C/SSX 21369    23
Frappell, LeonardGeorge  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 147941    18
Hickley, James Henry  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)      22
Higgs, John William  Ordinary Seaman  P/JX 330618    19
Hinds, Alfred Charles  Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/J 104901    36
Hutchison, Joseph William  Able Seaman  P/JX 153045    22
Jacobs, Leslie Derick  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 145214    23
Jakins, Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 110871    23
Jones, Cyril Ernest  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 85368    27
Menzies, Charles James  Able Seaman  D/JX 305275    20
Miller , Ernest Foster  Able Seaman  D/JX 212983    25
Moss, Stanley  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 79667    21
Oxley, George  Telegraphist  D/JX 230037    43
Also had Service Number J110824
Phillips, John Henry Ronald  Petty Officer  P/JX 146334    28
Portman, John Maurice Berkeley  Lieutenant      21
Revington, Frank  Ordinary Seaman  P/JX 335125    18
Shepherd, Harold  Able Seaman  C/JX 187092    27
Shepherd, Herbert Walter John  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  D/M 37021    35
Stanton, William Henry  Stoker 2nd Class  D/KX 136091    19
Stapleton, Ronald Roy  Ordinary Seaman  P/JX 337763    19
Williams, William  Able Seaman  D/JX 291212    21
Wood, David John  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 137365    20


17-03-1942 : Laid Down
23-10-1942 : Launched
20-02-1943 : Completed
24-02-1943 : HMS Vandal was lost.

The shortest living vessel built at Barrow. Left Barrow on 20-02-1943 for trials and passage to Holy Loch where she arrived later that day. She was to operate in Kilbrannan Sound on 22nd, 23rd and 24th in Upper Inchmarnock North and carry out a deep dive. She was expected back at Holy Lock 1900 hours on 24 February but did not arrive. Searches were carried out to locate her but no trace was found.

The last known sighting of her was on the morning of the 24 February 1943 as she left Lochranza at the northern end of the Isle of Arran. The wreck was located in June 1994 but the cause of her loss remains unknown.

1 comment

Thank you for the hard work you've put into this website. Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist, Alfred 'Alf' Charles Hinds, was my grandfather's brother. His death was a big loss to the family, and they were never told what happened to Alf, other than that his submarine had been lost. It wasn't until the early 2000s and a little internet research that we discovered its name and resting place. It's so sad that we still don't know how this tragedy happened, but thank you for helping to keep the memory of Vandal's crew alive.
   Paul Griffiths Sun, 20 Mar 2022

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