40RM Commando - HMS Fidelity
HMS Fidelity was sunk by torpedoes during a U Boat attack (U435) on the 30th December 1942 off the Azores. The U-boat reported a large number of survivors on rafts and in the water. All drowned in the rough seas as the weather deteriorated. The only survivors were a few who had launched a motor boat from the ship before the attack. Among the casualties were 53 members of 'T' Company 40 RM Commando who were on board. The letter 'T' was never used again by 40RM Commando for a Company.
View the Roll of Honour for the Commandos who died : 40RM Commando 'T' Company.
From National Archives file ADM 358/3293.
HMS Fidelity: 1 January 1943; attacked by enemy submarines, off the Azures. Temporary Commander C A Peri, also known as J Langlais, RN; Temporary Lieutenant (A) J J Avencour RNVR; Temporary Lieutenant (A) H Pruvost, also known as H J Patterson, RN; Temporary Paymaster Lieutenant C F Thunder RNVR; Lieutenant Commander (E) W B White, RNR; Lieutenant (Acting Captain) H W F Grant-Dalton, RM; Temporary Lieutenant W A H Trask, RM; Surgeon Lieutenant J Robertson, RN; Lieutenant Commander P N Bowman, RNVR; Lieutenant A McK Bull, RCNVR; Temporary Lieutenant Commander R V Cannebotin, also known as R W Doudet, RN; Acting Temporary Lieutenant Commander P R Gauffriaud, also known as P R Fontenay, RN; Temporary Lieutenant B Crouzat, also known as R.J. Lalande, RN; Temporary Acting Sub-Lieutenant J P T Martin, RNVR; Lieutenant Commander J W F Milner-Gibson, RN; Temporary Lieutenant (E) R Matte, also known as J R Rogers, RN; Temporary Pay Lieutenant R L Paul RNVR; Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (E) R Degorge, also known as R Starness, RN; Temporary Lieutenant C Stora, also known as C Stone, RNVR; Able Seaman, J M H Twigg: report of deaths.
Image: © IWM (ADNO 5229)
CWGC: RM Casualties on HMS Fidelity
Account by Lt. Cdr. Pat O’Leary, G.C., D.S.O. (born Albert Guérisse) [view....].
All Casualties are listed by the CWGC as dying on the 1st January 1943.
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