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Urge (N17)

1936 - 1958: U Class

Reported lost whilst on passage from Malta to Alexandria on 29th April 1942. Experts believe that the HMS Urge was fatally struck by a German mine shortly after leaving Malta's Grand Harbour, while the vessel was still surfaced. At the time of her loss, the submarine was carrying ten ratings as passengers in addition to the normal crew as part of the evacuation of the 10th Submarine Flotilla from Malta to Alexandria and a War Correspondent.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Allen, David Bennett  Lieutenant    DSC*  22
Ashford, Harold George  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 127562    32
Ashford, William George  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 82966  DSM  28
Attewell, Robert Henry  Stoker 2nd Class  D/KX 116457    21
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
Baxter, Leslie Gordon  Able Seaman (RNVR)  C/LD/X 3971    24
Botting, Henry John  Petty Officer  C/JX 137747    25
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
Brown, Cyril  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 84490    28
Bryant, Albert Edward  Stoker 1st Class  P/K 61633  MID  38
Chamberlain, Sidney William  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 22878    22
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
Davison, Robert  Able Seaman  D/JX 190316    21
Day, Frederick  Able Seaman  C/SSX 20578    21
Goss, Ronald Henry  Able Seaman  D/SSX 20989  MID  22
Gray, Bernard  War Correspondent (Civilian)      26
Bernard Gray (Journalist) on board for passage to Alexandria. Long story, powerful friends.
Groves, Laurence Frank  Leading Seaman  C/J 101563  DSM  36
Harman, Stanley Gordon  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/KX 76070    26
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
Hellyer, Reginald  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/MX 47775  DSM  28
Jackman, Charley John  Chief Petty Officer  P/J 110919  DSM*, MID*  33
Lamb, James Wilfred  Leading Stoker  P/KX 94635    24
Law, Eric Charles  Leading Signalman  C/JX 145120  MID  22
Leeke, Ronald William  Leading Signalman  C/JX 154364    20
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
Maidment, John  Leading Telegraphist  P/SSX 22031    22
McDiarmid, Fred  Able Seaman  P/SSX 32644    21
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
McMillan, Joseph Cresswell Dixon  Stoker 1st Class  D/SSX 32970  MID  21
Morris, Frederick Harold  Leading Seaman  P/JX 145545    22
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
Norris, Jesse  Leading Seaman  C/JX 142500  DSM  23
O'Neill, John  Able Seaman  P/JX 21725  MID  22
Osborn, Herbert George Arthur  Leading Seaman  C/JX 134094  DSM  27
Parkinson, John Leslie  Able Seaman  D/JX 204152    24
Poole, James Malcolm Stuart  Lieutenant    DSC*  23
Ransome, John Sandeman Deane  Lieutenant (RNR)    DSC  26
Rogers, Roy William George  Leading Telegraphist  D/SSX 26082  DSM  22
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
Rowley, John Kenneth  Able Seaman  C/SSX 21371  DSM  27
Rutter, Ronald Frederick  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 59915    24
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
Stanger, Marcus  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 90258    26
Tomkinson, Edward Philip  Lieutenant Commander    DSO*, MID  30
Commanding Officer
Toms, Charles Herbert  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/M 35358  DSM  38
Twist, Henry Ernest  Telegraphist  D/JX 225829  DSM  21
Varley, Eric  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 52497  MID  28
Watts, Henry Roland Joseph  Petty Officer  P/JX 129967  DSM*  31
Watts, Henry Roland Joseph P/JX 129967. CWGC has Watts, Henry Ronald Joseph
White, William Peter  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 76840    21
Wildman, Richard  Able Seaman  D/JX 204322    22
Wilkes, Samuel Cornelius  Leading Stoker  C/KX 81223    29
Extra personnel carried as O/P (On Passage)
Wiseman, Peter Dugdale  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 134000  MID  27
Woolrich, John Edward  Leading Stoker  P/KX 90716    24

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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