Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: S Group 3
Fate: Sunk on 12th December 1942. Probably depth charged off Capri by Italian DE Fortunale.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Absolom, Richard William  Leading Telegraphist  P/J 102709    36
Arkley, George William  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 86682    27
Arkley, George William D/KX 86682 DoB 08/10/1915 Age 27. CWGC has Age 35
Bibbs, Jack  Able Seaman  D/JX 237672    22
Bird, Ernest Frank  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 54216    30
Brooks, Bertram Alfred  Chief Petty Officer  C/J 106898    35
Clarkson, George  Stoker 2nd Class  D/KX 148140    20
Close, James Edward  Leading Signalman  C/JX 155239    21
Cousins, Michael Anthony  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)      21
Cusack, Stanley John George  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  D/M 34913    39
Deakin, Ronald  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 82717    28
Dunkinson, Frederick Walter Gates  Petty Officer  P/SSX 20876    24
Evans, Leslie Gordon  Able Seaman  C/J 203926    21
Everett, Robin Leslie  Ordinary Seaman  C/JX 319322    19
Finn, John Stephen  Able Seaman  C/SSX 28172    24
Fylan, Arthur Patrick  Able Seaman  P/JX 157042    20
George, Alfred Douglas  Able Seaman  D/JX 145607    22
Giles, Fitzroy Andrew  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 86320    25
Gillard, Stanley Edward  Able Seaman  D/JX 212988    21
Gowing, Frederick Basil  Leading Stoker  D/KX 85886    25
Hartley, William  Chief Petty Officer  D/KX 85352    27
Hemelryk, Anthony  Lieutenant      21
Herbert, Donald Victor  Telegraphist  P/JX 154232    21
Jones, Frederick Henry  Able Seaman  D/J 106630    36
Kerry, Alick  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/JX 128667    32
Knox, William James  Able Seaman  P/JX 156418    20
Mackenzie, Alexander James  Lieutenant Commander      32
Manson, Alexander  Able Seaman  D/JX 144228    23
Morgan, John Edwin William  Petty Officer  C/JX 134896    27
Morton, John Richard  Leading Stoker  P/KX 93701    26
Murray, Norman Bagwell  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 58058    29
Newman, Robert Thompson  Engine Room Artificer 5th Class  C/MX 77055    21
Parfitt, William Frederick  Petty Officer  P/J 100705    37
Paxton, Ronald William  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 139300    19
Ricks, Peter Albert  Telegraphist  P/JX 157504    20
Rogers, Bernard Vivian  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 93968    23
Salter, Albert John  Leading Stoker  P/KX 90114    26
Saunders, Horace Edward  Leading Stoker  P/KX 120189    27
Scanlan, John  Leading Stoker  P/KX 84238    29
Staines, Albert Frank  Leading Seaman  C/JX 140820    24
Stanley, Victor Alexander  Ordinary Seaman  C/JX 327418    20
Storr, James Wilfred  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/JX 49736    42
Tancock, Sidney James  Able Seaman  D/JX 208452    22
Taylor, Anthony John Dalzell  Sub Lieutenant      20
Taylor, Leonard Frederick  Warrant Engineer  (Ex M38743)  DSC  34
Wilcock, Thomas  Able Seaman  C/JX 290035    34
Wilkinson, Leonard  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  P/MX 45394    38
Windham, John Otto  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  D/MX 46580    31
Windham, John Otto D/MX 46580 DoB 02/06/1911 Age 31.CWGC has Age 41


10-08-1940 : Laid Down
20-09-1941 : Launched
04-05-1942 : Completed
27-07-1942 : P222 intercepted the Vichy French merchant Mitidja off Cape Palos, Spain. The ship was boarded and escorted to Gibraltar by HMS Wrestler.
12-12-1942 : HMS P222 sunk by depth charging.

HMS P222 left Gib for patrol off Naples on 30th November 1942. Messages were received from her on 7th December, but after that no more was heard. P222 failed to arrive at Algiers on her due date of 21st December, and the Italians claimed to have sunk a submarine by depth charge on the 12th December. This is the most probable cause of the submarines loss but there has been no conformation.


Hi, my name is Claudio Perazzini and I am the son of Natale Perazzini, who was a sailor of the "Fortunale" torpedo boat that sank the P222 submarine. War is something terrible, but if it happens, men must never lose their humanity. I can only say what my father told me "when, after an hour of searching, we found no survivors, all the crew lined up on the ship, saluted militarily and said a prayer for those dead sailors". After the armistice with the allies, the sailors of the Fortunale voted and decided to continue the war alongside the US and British navies and this is history. Sorry for possible mistakes, but I used an automatic translator.
   Claudio Perazzini Thu, 17 Jun 2021
I am writing this for my father Bill Absolom, who is the Son of Richard William Absolom, Leading Telegraphist on the P222.

Bill was very touched by Claudio Perazzini's comment. Thank you for posting. Hearing the story of the Fortunale sailors saluting and praying for the P222 crew was special to my dad.

Dad was only 3 years old when his dad died on thus sub. He has some memories if him though.

It means so much to hear this. Very emotional.

God Bless you!
   Grace Absolom (Bill Absolom (son of Richard Willia Tue, 14 Nov 2023
I was so excited to find the Bio of my Grandfather Frederick William Simpson DS . Thank yo . I am his grand daughter from his second marriage.
   Anne Clifford  Thu, 25 Jan 2024

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