HMS Olympus 8 May 1942 Casualty List

HMS Olympus

ARNOLD, William E, Stoker Petty Officer

ASHTON, Stanley, Ty/Act/Leading Signalman

BAND, Brian H, Lieutenant

BAYLEY, Harry, Act/Able Seaman

BEALE, Peter R, Able Seaman

BEST, Arthur R, Act/Stoker Petty Officer

BOOTHROYD, Robert, Stoker 1c

BULMER, Geoffrey P, Lieutenant

BURTON, William S, Chief Petty Officer

BUTTERFIELD, Percy, Stoker 2c

BUTTERWORTH, Richard N, Engine Room Artificer 2c

CARTY, Frank, Able Seaman

CODRAI, Ernest J R, Signalman

COLLINGE, John, Act/Leading Seaman

COLLINS, Albert E, Able Seaman

COLLINS, Frank, Engine Room Artificer 4c

CROWE, Frederick M, Act/Leading Seaman

DAVEY, Arthur J, Act/Petty Officer

DAVIS, William P, Ty/Act/Petty Officer

DAVIS, William T, Stoker 1c

DAWSON, Peter, Stoker 1c

DYMOTT, Herbert G, Lieutenant Commander

EDMONDS, Harry N, Lieutenant

EDMUNDS, Hector W H F, Electrical Artificer 4c

ELLIS, George E, Seaman

FOX, Arthur, Able Seaman

FREETH, Geoffrey G, Supply Assistant, (Penelope)

GARSTON, George, Stoker 1c

GOODIER, Joseph, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c

GRAHAM, William H, Telegraphist

GUEST, William C, Chief Engine Room Artificer

GUMBRELL, Maurice W, Telegraphist

HADLEY, Albert E, Telegraphist

HALE, Alfred V, Ty/Act/Petty Officer

HALL, Harry J, Act/Leading Seaman

HAMMOND, Stanley M B, Act/Petty Officer Telegraphist

HARRISON, Paul A, Act/Able Seaman

HAWKYARD, Douglas, Ty/Sub Lieutenant, RNR

HIGHMORE, James W, Petty Officer

HILL, Peter N, Able Seaman

HOATH, John S, Stoker 1c

HOLT, Frederick H, Able Seaman

HOWES, Harry G, Warrant Engineer

HURLOCK, Albert E, Able Seaman

JACKMAN, James A, Act/Leading Stoker

JARVIS, Richard W, Able Seaman

JONES, Frank R, Able Seaman

JONES, Kenneth A E, Leading Steward

KNOTT, Albert E, Able Seaman

LAISTER, Geoffrey, Leading Seaman

LAW, Noah, Ty/Stoker Petty Officer

LEIGH, Lewis, Stoker 1c

LINDSELL, James A, Lieutenant, (Pandora, O/P)

MARCHANT, William H, Act/Leading Telegraphist

MARRIOTT, Norman, Lieutenant

MARTIN, Stanley, Telegraphist

MILNE-THOMSON, Peter R A, Lieutenant

MOWBRAY, Frederick T, Act/Leading Stoker

NEALE, Alfred F W, Petty Officer

NEWLAND, Gerald, Supply Assistant (Penelope)

OVER, Walter, Stoker 1c

OWEN, Ronald P G, Ty/Lieutenant, RNR

PEARSON, Edward, Leading Stoker

PEARSON, William G, Act/Leading Stoker

PECK, Gordon A, Able Seaman

PIKE, George E, Act/Leading Seaman, RFR

PIPER, Raymond W J, Act/Leading Stoker, RFR

PLANT, Samuel, Engine Room Artificer 3c

POXON, Ronald W, Able Seaman

PRICE, Idris T, Stoker 1c

PUTTICK, Edwin A, Chief Engine Room Artificer

RAYNER, Percy M, Engine Room Artificer 4c

REEVE, Bernard, Stoker 1c

REGAN, Raymond J, Act/Petty Officer Telegraphist

RESCORLA, James A, Able Seaman, RNVR

RIPLEY, James, Stoker 1c

ROBERTSON, William, Able Seaman

SMITH, Jack, Telegraphist

STAFF, John, Telegraphist

STOVELL, Edward J, Able Seaman

TALBOTT, Frederick G, Engine Room Artificer 2c

THOMPSON, Frederick R, Ty/Act/Leading Stoker

THORPE, Richard, Writer, D/MX 71555, (Penelope)

TRUEMAN, Frank, Able Seaman

WALTON, William S H, Able Seaman

WHITE, Daniel W, Act/Leading Seaman, RNVR

WHITE, Richard A, Act/Petty Officer

WILFORD, John F, Sub Lieutenant, RNVR

WILSON, Frederick G, Ty/Leading Cook


25 responses to “HMS Olympus 8 May 1942 Casualty List

  1. David Turner

    August 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    A F K Turner, survivor.

    • terry manners

      July 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Dear David Turner, I am writing an outline for a TV documentary on the story of HMS Olympus … can you help with memories or information? Or is there anyone else who can provide good information from the time the money was raised in Peterborough to build the submarine … to its tragic end in the seas off Malta. Thank you.

      • Peter Gardner

        March 25, 2016 at 7:20 pm

        My father was on Olympus when it hit a mine and he survived – R A Gardner – and he very occasionally would talk about it. Not sure I have a lot to add apart from that – though my recollection is that there were less survivors – I thought he said about 6 or 7. I also recall the survivors did not use life jackets. My father was an extremely fit and strong man and he described swimming round helping others get their clothes off and put on lifejackets – and as they swam back stopping to try and persuade others from giving up.

      • Jeremy tooley

        May 25, 2018 at 1:37 pm

        Hi, just seen this post. A friend’s father was also one of the survivors, William George Wright.

        Please can you tell me if the documentary was made and the name of it please.

  2. matt

    August 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Hi there. My Granddad died on HMS Olmpus and im currently researching the events. If its the same Im hopefully going to Malta in October to see the war grave at sea.would be interested to help with anything? thankyou Matt

    • Joseph-Stephen Bonanno

      August 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Dear Matt,

      Currently I ‘m researching the topic of HMS Olympus and would be more than delighted to hear more from you about your Grand dad.

      Looking very forward in hearing from you.

      Best regards,

      Joseph-Stephen Bonanno

  3. Tracy Leech

    October 26, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Hi my grandfather died on the Olympus would be interested in any information you may have or any I may have. Hoping to visit Malta to pay my respects



  4. Pauline morris

    August 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    My father died on the olympus my na me is Mrs pauline morris would be grateful full any further information that you find.

  5. Michael Wootton

    December 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    My Uncle, Harry Bayley died on the Olympus, my younger brother is named after him

  6. Malcolm Blenkinsopp Ex Submariner

    January 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations an excellent site and well presented. I am doing a ROH for all submariners with no known grave for “ESPANA LEVANTE” submariners and Olympus for accuracy is a problem on the extra personnel on board from Pandora, P36 and P39. I have visited Kalkara cemetery many times as I was based at the Tx station Rinella. Never thought that one day I would be researching the submariners who lay there. Just one tiny blot in that Gaston is not real but Garston is OK.

    Kindest Rgds

    • William White

      April 30, 2019 at 10:35 am

      I am very old and researched this tragedy for for years including organising a Maltese. TV Remembrance Service to the first incorrect resting place of HMS Olympus. My Brother in Law was part of the P 36 crew and I have letters from two of the survivors. I have never been able to discover if anyone was killed by the blast from the mine or the extent of the damage.The submarine stayed afloat some time

  7. Jason M. Pilalas

    August 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Is there a list of HMS OLYMPUS survivors? She had aboard passengers from other subs – was CPO John Thomas Rodham from HMS PANDORA among them? Many thanks for any information.

  8. Stanley Hammond

    February 9, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    My Father Stanley Hammond died on the Olympus waiting to hear if there is to be any trips out to the wreck sight J Foster

  9. sheerlegs

    May 8, 2017 at 7:20 pm


  10. Gordon Waite

    September 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Gordon Waite
    My late fathers cousin Lt Brian Hugh Band DSO was aboard HMS OLYMPUS returning to the UK for and operation on his leg and to take command of his own submarine. Immediately prior he was second in command of HMS UPHOLDER under Commander David Wanklyn. He received his DSO when Commander Wanklyn was awarded his VC. He is pictured on the cover of Sydney Hart’s book entitled ‘SUBMARINE UPHOLDER’ standing next to Commander Wanklyn. I am visiting Malta shortly and was hoping to visit any sites relating to both submarines.

  11. Lynne Walsh

    February 21, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Anniversary 8/5/20 is there going to be at a ceremony at the memorial in Malta? We will be in Malt


    Lynne (relative of Able Seamanl Albert Collins who was lost)

  12. Lynne Walsh

    February 21, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Anniversary 8/5/20 is there going to be at a ceremony at the memorial in Malta? We will be in Malt


    Lynne (relative of Able Seamanl Albert Collins who was lost)

  13. Jim Sloan

    May 17, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Lynne can you please contact me on the e mail below when convenient. Thank you

    • Michael Wootton

      May 18, 2020 at 8:31 am

      Harry Bailey was my uncle on my Mothers side. I never met him but think of him on the 11th Nov each year while I.parade our Merchant Navy Association Standard.

  14. Anne Johnson

    October 28, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    I think my father Alfred William Richards may have been on this submarine and one of the survivors. I can find no information to substantiate this though. There appears to be no records of their names or other identifying info. Maybe it was for their safety. What happened to them when they arrived on shore?


    February 27, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Does anyone have any information about Lieutenant Paul Bulmer who died in this tragedy?

  16. William White

    March 22, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    I have letters from, and spoke to a couple of the survivors. I believe the vessel stayed afloat for some ten minutes, in time for over 100 personal to reach the Deck but there was much chaos. Someone mentioned life jackets were available and used but I always thought that these and life rafts were tragically not carried aboard submarines!
    Now that the Olympus has been located and examined, is there any more information relating to if some were trapped by the explosion and did no die during the swim to Malta? Is the craft a War Grave?


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