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Thorn (N11)

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: T Group 2
Fate: Depth chargedby Italian TB Pegaso off Torbruk on 7 Aug 1942.
Thorn (N11)
Thorn (N11)

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Aitchison, Thomas McMillan  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 83016  DSM*  27
Balshaw, Joseph William  Leading Seaman (RNVR)  D/MD/X 2547    28
Barrow, James  Able Seaman  D/SSX 33705    22
Bell, Albert  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 76158    36
Bell, Arthur Edwin Colin  Lieutenant (RNVR)      24
Bond, Albert Godfrey  Telegraphist  P/JX 154890    20
Boon, Frederick  Leading Seaman  D/JX 144535    22
Brodie, Frank Harry  Able Seaman  D/JX 196780    25
Burr, Walter Sidney  Leading Stoker  C/KX 100265    21
Butcher, Henry Bernard Robert Burns  Petty Officer  D/JX 145695  MID  22
Caffery, Patrick  Stoker 1st Class  D/SKX 910    21
Chalcraft, Reginald John  Able Seaman  P/JX 235692    21
Cockwill, George Edward  Able Seaman  D/JX 212772  MID  21
Collier, James  Leading Seaman  D/SSX 19469    23
Collier, James D/SSX 19469 DoB 14/05/1919 No BMD Information.
Crompton, Thomas  Able Seaman  D/JX 190274    21
Davies, Leonard Frederick  Warrant Engineer      39
Detton, Frederick Cyril  Leading Stoker  P/JX 85973    27
Dodd, Kenneth  Leading Seaman  P/JX 148360    22
Eason, William James  Chief Petty Officer  D/J 97357  MID  38
Elphick, Charles Donald  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/JX 137927    25
Flockhart, Peter  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 113074    22
Freese, Joseph  Petty Officer Stoker  D/KX 85980  MID  25
Gibbons, Frederick Bernard  Able Seaman  P/JX 189434    20
Gossman, Dennis Herbert  Petty Officer  C/JX 149240    22
Gossman, Dennis Herbert C/JX 149240 DoB 27/04/1920 Age 22 CWGC Age 27
Hatchard, Arthur James  Petty Officer  P/JX 125830  DSM  31
Hawksworth, Arthur St George  Lieutenant      26
Hay, John  Stoker 1st Class (RNVR)  D/KX 118044  MID  24
Hayes, Patrick  Chief Stoker  D/K 58034  DSM  41
Hayler, Claude Levi  Ordinary Seaman  D/JX 199995    24
Hayward, Leslie Edward  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 150478  DSM  22
Henden, Frederick William Henry  Petty Officer  C/J 105303    36
Incledon, Lewis John  Sub Lieutenant      21
Jones, Charles (Johnny)  Able Seaman  P/JX 220357    20
Laird, James Burton  Able Seaman  C/SSX 20927    22
Magness, William Stanley  Petty Officer  D/JX 137447  MID  26
Maples, Cyril  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 157413    21
McCarthy, Dennis  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 110877    22
McInnes, Colin  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 73106    39
Milburn, John Joseph  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 129666    20
Milliken, Thomas Eric  Petty Officer Steward  D/LX 21430    29
Mitchell, Thomas  Able Seaman  P/SSX 21743    22
Moorcroft, Reginald George  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  P/MX 47791  MID  28
Newland, John Leonard  Leading Stoker  C/KX 88353    25
Norfolk, Robert Galliano  Lieutenant Commander    DSO  33
Nuttall, Wilkin  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 60274    22
Parker, Chester James  Lieutenant (RNVR)      26
Paterson, James Alexander  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 97396    21
Paul, Charles Neville  Leading Cook  P/MX 50840    28
Pope, John Edmund  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 111806    21
Porter, Reginald Edward  Able Seaman  P/JX 223838    21
Price, Thomas  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/M 22637  DSM  41
Reeson, Robert Charles  Leading Stoker  C/KX 94382    22
Smithson, John Albert  Leading Stoker  D/KX 92434    23
Torr, Herbert  Yeoman of Signals  P/J 112475  MID  33
Upton, Walter William Gilmore  Able Seaman  P/SSX 22533  MID  24
Webb, Frederick Albert John  Able Seaman  D/JX199782    22
Webster, George Walter  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 58988    24
Wood, Bernard John  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 138477    18
Wood, Eric Albert  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/MX 51717    33
Yardley, Kenneth James  Ordinary Seaman  D/JX 160490    20
Yardley, Kenneth James D/JX 160490 CWGC has D/JX 160450

Events

20-01-1940 : Laid Down
18-03-1941 : Launched
26-08-1941 : Completed
30-12-1941 : HMS Thorn torpedoes and sinks the German tanker Campina about 5 nautical miles west off Cape Dukato.
28-01-1942 : HMS Thorn torpedoes and sinks the Italian tanker Ninuccia off Cape Planka, Yugoslavia.
30-01-1942 : The Italian submarine Medusa was sunk in the Adriatic near Promontore, Istria, Italy by the British submarine HMS Thorn.
05-03-1942 : HMS Thorn sinks the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel AS 91/Ottavia with gunfire of Kefalonia, Greece.
07-05-1942 : HMS Thorn fires four torpedoes against an Italian convoy in the central Mediterranean about 180 nautical miles north-west of Benghazi, Libya. All torpedoes missed their targets.
03-08-1942 : HMS Thorn torpedoes and sinks the Italian transport ship Monviso 8 nautical miles from Sidi Sueicher, Libya.
06-08-1942 : Lost.

On the 7th August 1942 HMS Thorn encountered the Italian torpedo boat Pegaso, escorting the steamer Istria from Benghazi, 30 miles south west of Gaudhos Island, off southern Crete. At 1255 an escorting aircraft was seen to machine-gun the seas surface and Pegaso moved in to investigate. Just four minutes after the aircraft's attack the Pegaso picked-up a contact and carried out seven attacks after which contact was lost. HMS Thorn failed to return from the patrol and is believed to have been lost in this attack.
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My father was Able seaman Charles Jones who survived the torpedoing with spinal injuries.
   Kirsteen Nash Mon, 31 May 2021

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