Grampus (N56)

Built By: Chatham Dockyard (Medway)
Build Group: G2
Fate: HMS Grampus was reported missing on her first War Patrol. In the Mediterranean. The Submarine was 'lost with all hands' on 16th June 1940 off Syracuse having been detected and depth charged by Italian torpedo boats Circe, Clio and Polluce.

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Based with the 4th Submarine Flotilla in the Far East on the outbreak of WW2 HMS Grampus completed three Far East War Patrols in the waters of the Dutch East Indies before being redeployed to the Mediterranean in June 1940.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Albrow, Ronald Ernest  Leading Seaman  P/J 105330    34
Atkin, George William  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84056    27
Baker, Walter Epsley  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 87152    24
Barnard, Herbert Peter  Able Seaman  C/JX 143884    21
Bowler, Frederick Stanley  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/MX 48431    32
Brownlie, Thomas Hannah  Leading Stoker  P/KX 83880    25
Buckler, Leslie Edward  Warrant Engineer  (Ex.M35606)    35
Bull, Edward Bertie  Lieutenant      31
Burch, Bertram  Able Seaman  P/J 103744    34
Burton, Thomas Richard  Leading Seaman  C/JX 137770    23
Butcher, Frederick  Leading Stoker  C/KX 83578    24
Church, William  Leading Seaman  P/JX 139118    22
Clarke, Austin William  Leading Stoker  C/KX 88394    26
Collins, Ronald  Leading Seaman  D/JX 128722    29
At Birth Chrismas, Ronald, Served as Collins, Ronald
Cousins, Arthur Robert  Leading Seaman  P/JX 139935    22
Cryle, Alfred Main  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 49809    28
Cuthbert, Gordon  Leading Stoker  P/KX 85500    23
Denyer, Clement James  Able Seaman  P/J 100915    36
Dorrell, Kenneth John  Lieutenant      24
Edwards, Enoch Prince  Stoker Petty Officer  D/KX 77440    37
Frampton, Kenneth John  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 133987    26
Glanville, William George  Petty Officer  D/JX 127473    29
Groves, Roy Ronald  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 51371    26
Halliday, Ivan  Able Seaman  P/JX 139155    22
Harnden, Frederick William  Telegraphist  P/JX 129944    29
Hart, Albert  Chief Petty Officer  P/J 39728    40
Hedley, Walter  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 79193    31
Heselton, John  Leading Cook  C/MX 49370    26
Hodge, Robert Ellis  Able Seaman  P/J 88095    38
Long, Stephen Henry  Telegraphist  D/JX 140251    22
Marriott, Patrick Arthur  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 88873    22
Marshall, William Agnew  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 53015    26
McConville, Paul Edward  Leading Stoker  D/KX 82056    26
Messenger, Frederick Philip  Petty Officer  C/J 106163    33
At Birth Messenger, Edwin John, Served as Messenger, Frederick Philip
Nicholson, Eric George  Able Seaman  D/JX 133798    26
Noone, Edward  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 84040    26
Northcott, Lewis Henry Jordan  Stoker Petty Officer  D/K 64036    36
Parker, Albert Edward  Leading Stoker  C/KX 82248    26
Pashley, Paul Wattam  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 49883    31
Paxton, Alexandria Adolphus  Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/J 49226    40
Redding, Ronald Frederick John  Able Seaman  C/JX 159219    21
Richardson, Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 88824    25
Roberts, George  Able Seaman  C/JX 137785    21
Robinson, William Thomas  Petty Officer  P/J 112988    30
Rowe, Charles Alexander  Lieutenant Commander      35
Commanding Officer
Scott, Charles  Able Seaman  C/J 138217    23
Smith, Nicoll Andrew  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 89128    23
Stinchcombe, Colyn James  Leading Seaman  P/J 139021    23
Storey, Douglas  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 89153    21
Swift, George Henry Joseph  Telegraphist  D/J 132329    27
Tamplin, Donald Walter Ewart  Able Seaman  D/JX 141387    22
Thompson, Thomas Edward  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 89555    23
Wallis, Arthur Edward  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/M 35030    36
Watkin, John Harold  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  P/MX 47574    31
Welbourn, Thomas Henry  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 88373    26
Whittle, Joseph  Leading Stoker  C/KX 80481    28
Willcox, Edward George  Leading Seaman  D/JX 134546    25
Wilson, Charles Cornelius  Sub Lieutenant (RNR)      24
Yen, Miao Feng  Chinese Steward  S41-5 B   


20-08-1934 : Laid Down
25-02-1936 : Launched
10-03-1937 : Completed
10-06-1940 : HMS Grampus departs Malta.
13-06-1940 : HMS Grampus laid a minefield off Augusta, Sicily. She had left Malta on the 10th
13-06-1940 : HMS Grampus attacks the Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan and the Italian torpedo boat Polluce with torpedoes. The attack however fails. Grampus also laid a minefield (50 mines) off Augusta, Sicily, Italy.
16-06-1940 : Lost while minelaying off Augusta, Sicily

On the 10th June 1940 HMS Grampus sailed from Malta to lay mines off the port of Augusta. Three days later she reported this had been done successfully but nothing further was heard and she did not return from the patrol. It is believed that the Italian Navy sank her on the 16th June. At 1900 on the 16th the Torpedo Boat Circe spotted a periscope and launched a depth charge attack on the position, along with the Polluce. The ninth depth charge pattern destroyed Grampus, which gave up a mass of wreckage.


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