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Seal (N37)

1930 - 1946: Grampus Class

Seal had been detailed to conduct a mine-lay in the Kattegat. Following the mine-lay the submarine was disabled and was un-manoeuvrable after accidentally hitting a mine. The Crew were forced to surrender to German Air and Surface forces. Although attempts were made to scuttle the Submarine Seal was salvaged by the German Navy who tried unsuccessfully to operate. One of the crew was lost during the events leading up to abandoning ship.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Barnes, Maurice Charles  Petty Officer  C/JX 137224    24
Escaped from POW camp then Killed on Polish/Russian border 09/09/1940
Smith, Charles Clifford  Able Seaman  C/J 102861    34

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

A Tribute To Submariners

I have often looked for an opportunity of paying tribute to our submariners.

There is no branch of His Majesty's Forces which in this war has suffered the same proportion of total loss as our submarine service.

It is the most dangerous of all services.

That is perhaps the reason why the First Lord tells me that the entry into it is keenly sought by Officers and Men.

I feel sure the House would wish to testify its gratitude and admiration to our Submariners for their Skill - Courage and Devotion which has proved of inestimable value to the sustenance of our country.

Winston Churchill

We Will Remember Them

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