Daily Event for June 1, 2005

June 1, 1939 HMS Thetis, while on her sea trials, submerged but failed to return to the surface. The captain and a lieutenant managed to escape the sub, but 101 men were trapped inside. Within several hours two more men escaped. The wreck was quickly located and a valiant effort began to raise the boat before the crew died from lack of oxygen.

Cables were passed around the stern and Thetis was pulled up, the stern breaking the surface. The plan was to cut a hole in the hull to rescue the remaining men. However, before this could be done Thetis tragically broke free of the line and sank again. This time for good. All 99 men died. This was the worst submarine disaster in British history.

The Thetis was located and raised in April of 1940, refitted and renamed Thunderbolt. This unlucky boat was sunk for a third time on March 14, 1943 by the Italian corvette Cicogna. This time all 63 hands were lost.
© 2005 Michael W. Pocock
MaritimeQuest.com

HMS Thetis' stern having broken the surface during the rescue operation.


Roll of Honour
In memory of those who lost their lives in
HMS Thetis N-25
June 1-3, 1939
"Remember Their Names Lest We Forget Their Sacrifice"

Name
Rank / Rate
Service
Notes
Allen, William E.
Leading Telegraphist
RN
Ankers, Thomas
Civilian
Vickers-Armstrongs
Armstrong, James I.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Aslett, William Henry
Civilian
Admiralty
Bailey, Frank
Civilian
Admiralty (a)
Bath, William G.
Civilian
(b)
Batten, Francis B.
Leading Signalman
RN
Beatty, William B.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Bolus, Guy Howard
Lt. Commander
RN
Brambrick, Thomas
Stoker 1st Class
RN
Bresner, Frank R.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Broad, Samuel
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Brooke, Robert S.
Leading Stoker
RN
Brown, William
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Byrne, Alan W.
Electrical Artificer 2nd Class
RN
Chapman, Harold
Lieutenant
RN
Chinn, Arnold G.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Cornish, George P.
Chief Petty Officer
RN
Costley, James
Able Seaman
RN
Cragg, Horace T.
Civilian
Vickers-Armstrongs
Craig, James
Stoker 1st Class
RN
Craven, Archibald
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Creasey, Jack C.
Engine Room Artificer
Cromblehome, Stanley
Able Seaman
RN
Crount, Robert W.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Cunningham, David
Leading Stoker
RN
Dillon-Shalland, Harold J.
Chief Stoker
RN
Dobells, Gilbert H.
Civilian
(b)
Duncan, David N.
Civilian
Brown Bros. & Co.
Dunn, Alfred H.
Stoker 1st Class
RN
Eccleston, Harold
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Fenney, James S.
Leading Stoker
RN
French, Howard W. E.
Engine Room Artificer
RN
Garnett, Richard Newstead
Lt. Commander
RN
(c)
Gisborne, Edward
Civilian
Admiralty
Glenn, Roy Demetrius
Commissioned Engineer
RN
Goad, Thomas T.
Petty Officer
RN
Graham, Graham T. W.
Telegraphist
RN
Green, Louis E.
Stoker 1st Class
RN
Griffiths, John
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Hambrook, Walter L.
Leading Seaman
RN
Hamilton, Clifford J. S.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Harwood, George A.
Petty Officer
RN
Hayter, Reginald George Bazzaine
Commander
RN
(d)
Henderson, Colin Maxwell Hume
Lieutenant (E)
RN
HMS Dolphin
Hill, Albert Adair Fitzgerald
Civilian
(a)
Hills, Albert G.
Stoker 1st Class
RN
Hole, Wilfred T.
Stoker 1st Class
RN
Homer, Richard
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Hope, John A.
Petty Officer
RN
Horne, Charles William
Civilian
Admiralry
Horsman, Harry Rushworth
Civilian
Admiralty
Howell, Harold G.
Engine Room Artificer
RN
Hughes, Joseph C.
Petty Officer Cook
RN
Hunn, Leslie William
Civilian
Admiralty
Jackson, Peter F. O.
Chief Engine Room Artificer
RN
Jackson, OBE, Stanley
Engineer Captain
RN
HMS Dolphin
Jamison, Anthony Geoffrey
Lieutenant (E)
RN
Kendrick, Edward A.
Able Seaman
RN
Kenney, Thomas W.
Leading Stoker
RN
Kipling, Robert
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Lewis, Edward H.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Lloyd, Thomas Clive Conway
Lt. Commander
RN
(e)
Longstaff, Norman
Able Seaman
RN
Luck, Walter A.
Leading Seaman
RN
Matthews, William A.
Stoker 1st Class
RN
Mitchell, Ernest
Petty Officer
RN
Morgans, James A.
Able Seaman
RN
Mortimer, Thomas W.
Telegraphist
RN
Ormes, William C.
Chief Engine Room Artificer
RN
Orrock, William
Stoker 1st Class
RN
Owen, Walter P.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Page, James A.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Pennington, Lionel Grant
Commander (E)
RN
(f)
Poland, William Anthony Weston
Lieutenant
RN
 
Perdue, Henry Otho
Petty Officer
RN
HMS Tedworth (g)
Quinn, Philip L.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Read, John A.
Leading Seaman
RN
Robinson, Arthur B.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Rogers, Frank
Able Seaman
RN
Rogerson, Richard
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Ryan, Patrick Edward James
Lieutenant
RN
HMS Trident
Scarth, George L.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Smith, Alfred H.
Leading Seaman
RN
Smith, Cornelius
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Smith, William H.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Smithers, Cecil E.
Petty Offiicer
RN
Stevens, Stanley W. G.
Leading Seaman
RN
Stock, Francis H.
Leading Steward
RN
Summers, George A.
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Turner, John H.
Leading Seaman
RN
Tyler, Donald Vivian
Civilian
Vickers-Armstrongs
Watkinson, Arthur Stanley
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Watterson, William
Civilian
Cammel Laird
Wells, James W.
Stoker Petty Officer
RN
Wilcox, Norman D.
Civilian
Mersey Piolt
Wilson, Thomas
Able Seaman
RN
Yates, Albert E.
Stoker 1st Class
RN
Youles, Edward J.
Leading Stoker
RN
Young, James
Civilian
Vickers-Armstrongs
         
  Notes
(a):
Royal Corps of Naval Constructors.
(b):
Liverpool City Caterer's Staff.
(c):
Commanding Officer of HMS Taku.
(d):
Naval Engineering Department.
(e):
Commanding Officer of HMS Trident.
(f):
Engineer in Chief's Department.
(g):
Died of the bends during the salvage operation of HMS Thetis Aug. 23, 1939.

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