Sumarine HMS H49

HMS H49 was a British H-class submarine built by William Beardmore and Company, Dalmuir. She was launched on 15 July 1919 and commissioned on 25 October 1919.

In March 1937 the submarine navigated the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal in the company of the submarine HMS H33.[2] The trip had been arranged by Lieutenant A.F Collett, the 1st Lieutenant] of H33.

H49 survived until World War II when she was sunk on 18 October 1940, by depth charging by the German patrol craft UJ111, UJ116 and UJ118 (commanded by Wolfgang Kaden aboard UJ116) belonging to the 5th Anti-Submarine Flotilla off Texel, the Netherlands, on 18 October 1940. There was only one survivor, Leading Stoker George William Oliver from Hartlepool. He was rescued by German trawlers and spent the rest of the war as a POW.

 

26 men were killed and are missing since.

 

In the mid-1980s amateur divers who had violated H49's war grave status were prosecuted by the Dutch government.


Name: Coltart, Richard Evelyn

Rank: Lieutenant

Age:28

No.

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Dr. Guy H. Coltart and Mary Beatrice Coltart, of Fulham, London.

 

 

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 36-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Peterkin, Claude Hamilton

Rank: Lieutenant

Age:28

No.

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of George Edward and Kathleen Peterkin; husband of Mary Peterkin, of Lewisham, London.

  

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 37-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Caie, Ernest James

Rank: Leading Telegraphist

Age:39

No.C/J 72837

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of James Kenedy Caie and Caroline Caie; husband of Eleanor Jane Caie, of Eastbourne, Sussex.

  

Chatham Memorial Panel: 37-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Cripps, Ronald Victor

Rank: Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class

Age:31

No.P/MX 45268

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Charles and Ada Cripps; husband of Rosemary Violet Cripps, of North Lancing, Sussex.

  

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 41-1

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Feary, Ernest William

Rank: Petty Officer

Age:30

No.C/J 114958

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of John Charles and Alice Feary, of March, Cambridgeshire; husband of Mary Elizabeth Feary.

 

 

Chatham Memorial Panel: 34-2

  

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Hills, Fred George

Rank: Leading Signalman

Age:37

No.C/J 95282

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of William and Elizabeth Hills; husband of Eleanor Hills, of Stanmore, Middlesex.

 

  

Chatham Memorial Panel: 34-3 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Hull , John

Rank: Telegraphist

Age:21

No.P/JX 142391

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Sydney and Mary Hull, of Gateshead, Co. Durham.

 

  

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 40-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Hull , John

Rank: Stoker 1st class

Age:25

No.P/KX 84888

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Abraham and Annie Simpson; husband of Dorothy Gwendoline Simpson, of Huntington, Cheshire.

  

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 42-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: West, Ernes Francis

Rank: Leading Stoker 

Age:36

No.D/KX 76755

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Harry and Elizabeth West; husband of Iris May West, of Cwm, Monmouthshire.

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel: 40-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Carew-Hunt, Adrian

Rank: Sub-Lieutenant

Age:20

No.

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Captain Roland C. S. Hunt, C.M.G., R.N., and Thelma Reay Hunt, of Riding Mill, Northumberland.

 

 

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 37-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Amery, Jack

Rank: Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class

Age:

No.P/MX53237

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin: Malpas, near Newport, Monmouthshire.

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 41-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Coleman, Frederick George

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:29

No.P/JX 129345

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Coleman, of Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. 

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 38-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Davidson, James Henry

Rank: Chief Petty Officer

Age:33

No.C/J 10851

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of James and Annie Bright Davidson; husband of Ivy Sarah Davidson, of Gillingham, Kent.

 

 

Chatham Memorial Panel: 34-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Gasser Thomas James

Rank: Telegraphist

Age:19

No.P/JX 150266

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Thomas James Gasser and Elsie Maud Gasser, of North End, Portsmouth.

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 40-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Gasser Thomas James

Rank: Telegraphist

Age:19

No.P/JX 150266

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Thomas James Gasser and Elsie Maud Gasser, of North End, Portsmouth.

 

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 40-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Knowles, August Chambers

Rank: Leading Signalman

Age:33

No.D/J 105999

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of William and Annie Knowles; husband of Catherine Knowles, of Pendlebury, Lancashire.

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel: 39-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name:Soar, Patrick James

Rank: Stoker 1st Class

Age:22

No.D/KX 89148

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:

 

 

 

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel: 41-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name:White, Clifford William

Rank: Able Seman

Age:

No. C/JX 150050

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:

 

 

 

 

Chatham Memorial Panel: 36-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Dearden, Lionel Humphrey Lucas

Rank: Sub-Lieutenant

Age:23

No.

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Commander R. L. Dearden, R.N., and Hilda Marjory Dearden, of Winterbourne Houghton, Blandford, Dorsetshire; husband of Phyllis Gordon Deardon.

 

Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 37-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Boyles, Alexander

Rank: Petty Officer Stokes

Age:29

No.C/KX 80080

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin: Son of Alexander and Mary Ann Boyles, of Belfast.

 

 

Chatham Memorial 39-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Cotton, William Arthur

Rank: Chief Engine Room Atrificer

Age:33

No.D/M 37090

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Husband of Elsie Mary Cotton, of North End, Portsmouth.

 

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel: 40-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Edmonds, Charles William

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:32

No.D/J108349

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Ellen Edmonds, and stepson of William Pole; husband of Audrey Amelia Mary Edmonds, of Plymouth.

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel: 37-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Herrett, Donald

Rank:Stoker 1st Class

Age:21

No.P/KX 91849

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Richard and Harriet Herrett; husband of Elsie May Herrett.

 

 

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel: 42-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Hobbs, Henry Thomas Backwell

Rank:Able Seaman

Age:39

No.D/J 73247

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Henry and Louise Hobbs; husband of Elsie Isabel Hobbs, of Southsea, Hampshire.

 

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel: 37-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: McKay, Stewart Nichol

Rank:Able Seaman

Age:24

No.P/SSX 16985

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of William McKay, and of Margaret McKay, of Carluke, Lanarkshire.

 

 Portsmouth Memorial Panel: 39-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Stevens, Robert

Rank:Able Seaman

Age:24

No.C/JX 138854

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Fredrick and Alice Stevens, of Walsworth, Hertfordshire.

 

 

 

 Chatham Memorial  Panel: 36-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.


Name: Goffe-Wood, William Frederick

Rank:Stoker 1st Class

Age:33

No.D/K 65955

Missing since: 27-10-1940

Next of Kin:Son of Edmund Thomas Goffe-Wood and Caroline Goffe-Wood; husband of Edith Ellen Goffe-Wood, of Tooting, Surrey.

 

 Plymouth Memorial  Panel: 41-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in North Sea of Texel.