Born: 15th July 1921, Ipswich.
Died: 30th December/1st January 1943; age: 21; MPK.
Rank: Engineman; Service Number: LT/KX 108994.
Regiment: Royal Naval Patrol Service, H.M.S. ‘Fidelity’
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Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Barham & Sarah Garnham, of Ipswich.
Father: Barham Garnham, born 1893, Ipswich – died February 1940, at Borough General Hospital, of 7, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich.
Mother: Sarah Garnham (nee Cooke), born November 1893.
1st January 1943 – H.M.S. ‘Fidelity’
H.M.S. ‘Fidelity’ was built in 1920, by H & C Grayston Ltd., Garston, Liverpool, Lancashire, for a French Merchant company in Marseilles and named “Le Rhin”. She was taken over by the British in June 1940, and converted to a SSV (Special Service Vessel). In September 1941 she was re-named H.M.S. ‘Fidelity’ and armed with four 4-inch guns, four torpedo tubes, two Kingfisher seaplanes, two land craft vehicles and a motor torpedo boat. On the 30th December 1942, Commander Claude Andre Michel Péri (Costa) and his crew, had on board Royal Marines of ‘T’ Company and survivors from S.S. ‘Empire Shackleton’ (torpedoed and sunk on the 29th December). Their route from Cape Town to Colombo, India to joined the Eastern Fleet to carryout raids against the Japanese. At 16.38 hrs she was hit by two torpedoes from U-435 (Siegfried Strelow) and sank immediately off the Azores. 274 crew members, 51 Royal Marines and the 43 survivors were lost. 10 survivors.
CWGC website gives the date of the sinking as January 1st, 1943.