PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
The Memorial is situated on Southsea
Common overlooking the promenade, and is accessible at all times. A copy of the
Memorial Register is kept at the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square and may be
Visitor Information Panels have recently been installed at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial to provide information about the war casualties commemorated here. Panels are being erected to help raise awareness of First and Second World War casualties in the UK (Feb 2013) ** Disabled access to the World War 2 Section of the Memorial is possible via the Common and the ramps at the rear of the Memorial. For further information regarding disabled access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.
Victoria Cross: WW2
JOHN WALLACE LINTON
Rank: Commander, Date of Death: 23/03/1943, Age: 37, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M. Submarine Turbulent. , Awards: V C, D S O, D S C, Panel Reference Panel 72, Column 3., Son of Edward Maples Linton and Margaret Gertrude Linton; husband of Nancy Kate Linton.
Citation: The citation in the London Gazette of 21st May, 1943, gives the following details: From the outbreak of war until H.M.S. Turbulent's last patrol, Commander Linton was constantly in command of submarines, and during that time inflicted great damage on the enemy. He sank one cruiser, one destroyer, one U-boat, twenty-eight supply ships, some 100,000 tons in all, and destroyed three trains by gunfire. In this last year he spent two hundred and fifty-four days at sea, submerged for nearly half the time, and his ship was hunted thirteen times and had two hundred and fifty depth charges aimed at her. His many and brilliant successes were due to his constant activity and skill, and the daring which never failed him when there was an enemy to be attacked.
FREDERICK THORNTON PETERS
Rank: Captain, Date of Death: 13/11/1942, Age: 53, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. Excellent , Awards: V C, D S O, D S C and Bar, Panel Reference Panel 61, Column 3., Distinguished Service Cross (U.S.A.). Son of Frederick and Bertha Hamilton Peters, of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.
Citation: The citation in the London Gazette of 14th May, 1943, reads : For valour in taking H.M.S. Walney, in an enterprise of desperate hazard, into the harbour of Oran on 8th November, 1942. Captain Peters led his force through the boom towards the jetty in the face of point-blank fire from the shore batteries, a destroyer and a cruiser. Blinded in one eye, he alone of the seventeen officers and men on the bridge survived. The Walney reached the jetty disabled and ablaze, and went down with her colours flying.
GERARD BROADMEAD ROOPE
Rank: Lieut-Commander, Date of Death: 08/04/1940, Age: 35, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. Glowworm , Awards: V C, Panel Reference Panel 36, Column 3., Son of Gerard and Florence Roope; husband of Faith D. Roope, of Richmond, Surrey.
Citation: The citation in the London Gazette of 6th July 1945, gives the following details:- On 8th April, 1940, H.M.S. Glowworm was proceeding alone towards West Fjord, Norway, when she met and engaged two enemy destroyers, hitting at least one of them. The enemy broke off the action and headed north. Lieutenant-Commander Roope, though appreciating the intention of the enemy to lead him on to his supporting forces, gave chase. The German heavy cruiser, Admiral Hipper was sighted closing the Glowworm at high speed, and an enemy report was sent, which was received by H.M.S. Renown. Because of the heavy sea it was not possible for the Glowworm to shadow the enemy, and the Commanding Officer decided to attack. Ten torpedoes were fired without success; then the Glowworm, badly hit and her speed reduced, closed and rammed the Admiral Hipper. As she withdrew the Glowworm opened fire again, and scored one hit at 400 yards range. Badly stove in forward and riddled with enemy fire, the Glowworm heeled over, and the Commanding Officer gave the order to abandon her. Shortly afterwards she capsized and sank; only 31 out of her complement of 149 were saved. The Victoria Cross is bestowed upon Lieutenant Commander Roope in recognition of his great valour.
ALFRED EDWARD SEPHTON
Rank: Petty Officer, Service No: P/JX 130821, Date of Death: 18/05/1941, Age: 30, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. Coventry , Awards: V C, Panel Reference Panel 46, Column 2., Son of Alfred Joseph and Annie Sephton.
Citation: The citation in the London Gazette of 28th November, 1941, reads: Petty-Officer Sephton was director-layer when H.M.S. Coventry was attacked by aircraft, whose fire grievously wounded him. In great pain and faint from loss of blood he stood fast, doing his duty without fault until the enemy was driven off. Thereafter until his death his valiant and cheerful spirit gave heart to the wounded. His high example inspired his shipmates and will live in their memory.
MALCOLM DAVID WANKLYN
Rank: Lieut-Commander, Date of Death: 14/04/1942, Age: 30, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M. Submarine Upholder , Awards: V C, D S O and 2 Bars, Panel Reference Panel 61, Column 3., Son of William Lumb Wanklyn and Marjorie Wanklyn; husband of Elspeth Wanklyn.
Citation: The Citation in the London Gazette of 16th December, 1944, gives the following details: On 24th May, 1941, while off the coast of Sicily, Lieutenant-Commander Wanklyn, in command of H.M. Submarine Upholder, sighted an enemy troop convoy escorted by destroyers. Observation by periscope could not be relied on, owing to failing light, and a surface attack would have been easily seen. Upholder's listening gear was out of action. Despite these difficulties, Lieutenant-Commander Wanklyn, though aware of the risk of being rammed by the escorting destroyers, pressed home his attack and sank a large troopship. The destroyers at once counter-attacked, and dropped thirty-seven depthcharges. With great courage, coolness and skill, and without listening gear, Lieutenant-Commander Wanklyn brought Upholder clear and back to harbour. Before this outstanding attack and since being made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, Lieutenant-Commander Wanklyn had torpedoed a tanker and a merchant vessel. He continued to show the utmost courage in the face of the enemy, and carried out attacks on enemy vessels with skill and relentless determination, sinking one destroyer, one U-boat, two troop transports, one tanker and three supply ships. He also probably destroyed, by torpedoes, one cruiser and one destroyer, and probably hit another cruiser.
Victoria Cross: WW1
CARLESS, JOHN HENRY
Rank: Ordinary Seaman, Service No: J/43703, Date of Death: 17/11/1917, Age: 21, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. "Caledon." , Awards: V C, Panel Reference 25., Son of John Thomas and Elizabeth Carless, of 31, Tasker Street, Walsall, Staffs.
GEOFFREY SAXTON WHITE
Rank: Lieut-Commander, Date of Death: 28/01/1918, Age: 31, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M. Submarine E.14. , Awards: V C, Panel Reference 28., Native of Bromley, Kent.
WILLIAM CHARLES WILLIAMS
Rank: Able Seaman, Service No: 186774, Date of Death: 25/04/1915, Age: 34, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy (RFR/PO/B/3766), H.M.S. "Hussar." , Awards: V C, Mentioned in Despatches, Panel Reference 8., Son of the late William and Elizabeth Williams, of Chepstow, Mon.
Citation: An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29264, dated 13th Aug., 1915, records the following:-"Held on to a line in the water for over an hour under heavy fire, until killed.
Following three pictures used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
J/53120 Able Seaman
H. M. S. Narbrough
20th January 1918, aged 20.
Son of John and Eliza Boynton of Walkington, Yorkshire
Picture courtesy of Sarah Beaumont
15th October 1914, aged 36.
Husband of Emma Driver, of 2, Victoria Rd. North, Southsea, Hants.
Royal Naval Reserve
31st May 1916, aged 27.
Son of William and Margaret Haldane, of Aberdeen; husband of Maggie Haldane, of 5, Hill St., Aberdeen.
P/JX 264863 Ordinary Seaman
Cyril Henry Kenneth Hall
11th March 1942.
Panel 65, Column 3.
Picture courtesy of Caroline Mrmacoski
SS/117350 Stoker 1st Class
H.M.S. "Queen Mary."
31st May 1916.
201SB Signal Boy
Edward Arthur Merchant
Royal Naval Reserve
H.M. Trawler "Evangel."
25th March 1917, aged 17.
Edward was a signal boy on the HMS Evangel, sunk off Milford Haven by U Boat UC48 .He is also commemorated on the Milford Haven Memorial .
The son of George and Lilly Merchant Rudkin St Leicester .
God Bless always in our hearts and prayers.
Thank you Roger and Joy Pole .
K/22897 Stoker 1st Class
31st May 1916, aged 21.
Son of Thomas and Amy Nicholls, of 7/60, Peel St., Winson Green, Birmingham.
M/13988 Wireman 2nd Class
Alfred Leslie Quintrell
H.M.S. "Black Prince."
31st May 1916, aged 23.
Son of Alfred and Annie Quintrell, of 1, St. Cuthbert's Rd., Newquay, Cornwall.
P/SR 71522 Steward
George Herbert Alfred Thomas
H.M.S. Gossamer, Royal Navy
24th June 1942, aged 23.
Panel 70, Column 1.
Son of Harold Victor and Eliza Thomas, of Birkenhead, Cheshire.
His body was never recovered. HMS Gossamer was a member of the Halcyon Class and she was a minesweeper assigned to Russian Convoy duties. Whilst at anchor on the 24 June 1942 at Kola Inlet near Murmansk, North Russia, she was bombed and sunk with the loss of 24 crew, including George H. A. Thomas. He was 23 years old.
His name is recorded on the "World War 2 Birkenhead Roll Of Honour 1939 - 1945" in Birkenhead Town Hall, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead and the H.M.S. Gossamer memorial at St Bartholomew's Church, Penn, Wolverhampton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Priestley
Royal Navy Reserve
31st May 1915, aged 26.
Son of William Thomson and Rachel Hunter Milne (formerly Thomson), of 42, Victoria Rd., Torry, Aberdeen.
Clyde Z/6066 Able Seaman
George Edward Waddell
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
H.M.S. "Black Prince."
31st May 1916, aged 22.
Son of Sidney Charles and Emily Mary Waddell, of Kirkwall; husband of Magdalene A. Leask Waddell, of 33, Wales St., Aberdeen.
Robert Young Wilson
Royal Naval Reserve
31st May 1916, aged 42.
Son of Robert Young Wilson and Elizabeth Wilson, of Aberdeen; husband of Jane Wilson, of 16, Upper Kirkgate, Aberdeen.
P/SSX 25709 Ordinary Seaman
Reginald Glyndur Wiltshire
8th April 1940, aged 19.
Panel 40, Column 1.
Son of Aaron C. and Beatrice Wiltshire.