John Wyndham Studholme DSC, RN

Born  2 Feb 1903New Zealand
Died  5 Feb 1968(65)Edinburgh, Scotland


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Ranks

15 May 1923 A/S.Lt.
15 Dec 1923 S.Lt.
15 Nov 1925 Lt.
15 Nov 1933 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1940 Cdr.

Retired: 2 Feb 1953


Decorations

28 Jun 1940 DSC

Warship Commands listed for John Wyndham Studholme, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Seawolf (N 47)Lt.Cdr.Submarine7 Feb 193918 Aug 1940

Career information

(Born 2 February 1903 in New Zealand. Married 28 April 1942 in Edinburgh. Died 5 February 1968 in Edinburgh (information given by his younger daughter, Rosemary)

Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Seawolf (N 47)


2 Sep 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Dundee for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off south-west Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Seawolf during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

16 Sep 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Dundee. (1)

29 Sep 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Dundee for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Seawolf during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

5 Oct 1939 (position 57.39, 9.28)
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) fires two torpedoes against what was thought to be the German light cruiser Nurnberg but was in fact the German torpedo boat Falke in the Skagerrak about 35 nautical miles west of Skagen, Denmark in position 57°39'N, 09°28'E. Both torpedoes missed Falke.

(All times are zone -1)
0055 hours - Sighted an enemy light cruiser, possibly Nurnberg, bearing 045°. Enemy course was 230°, range 4 nautical miles yards. Started attack.

0105 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 7000 yards and dived on firing. No hits were obtained. (1)

12 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Dundee. (1)

14 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) shifted from Dundee to Rosyth. (2)

20 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (2)

25 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was undocked. (2)

26 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Rosyth for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak.

For the daily positions of HMS Seawolf during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

10 Nov 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

14 Nov 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (3)

17 Nov 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was undocked. (3)

18 Nov 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was again docked at Rosyth. (3)

7 Dec 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was undocked. (4)

12 Dec 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Rosyth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Heligoland Bight.

For the daily positions of HMS Seawolf see the map below.

(1)

19 Dec 1939 (position 54.15, 7.20)
In the morning, HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN), was hunted and depth charged by the German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ D, UJ E and UJ F near position 54°15'N, 07°20'E. Seawolf managed to slip away undamaged.

25 Dec 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

8 Jan 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Harwich for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands.

For the daily positions of HMS Seawolf for this patrol see the map below.

(1)

19 Jan 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Lowestoft where she was immediately docked. (1)

27 Jan 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was undocked. (5)

1 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Lowestoft for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea.

For the daily positions of HMS Seawolf during this patrol see the map below. No position is known for 9 February 1940.

(1)

11 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

14 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) shifted from Harwich to Sheerness. (6)

15 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. (6)

16 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) arrived at Portsmouth for the installation of a new battery. (6)

7 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Portsmouth for Harwich. (6)

8 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) arrived at Harwich. (6)

9 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Harwich for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol near the Outer Dowsing light vessel.

[No log is available for this period and the patrol report does not mentions daily positions therefore no map can be displayed.] (1)

14 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

22 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Harwich for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands.

For the daily positions of HMS Seawolf during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

31 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

7 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Rosyth for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Heligoland Bight.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Seawolf during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

10 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was ordered to proceed to position 56°30'N, 06°20'E (off the west coast of Denmark). (1)

12 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) proceeded to position 57°30'N, 07°10'E due to German heavy ships reported to be proceeding towards that position. (1)

13 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was ordered to proceed to position 57°50'N, 09°00'E (in the Skagerrak). (1)

18 Apr 1940 (position 58.09, 10.32)
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Hamm (5874 GRT, built 1921) in the Skagerrak in position 58°09'N, 10°32'E.

Hamm was in convoy together with Itauri (6838 GRT, built 1923), Wolfram (3648 GRT, built 1921). They were escorted by four trawlers from the 15 Vorposten Flotilla.

(All times are zone -1)
0100 hours - In position 58°09'N, 10°32'E sighted a southbound convoy of three merchant ships of average size escorted by four large A/S trawlers. Started an attack in which two torpedoes were fired at the 2nd ship and four at the 3rd ship. Range on firing was about 4000 yards. Observed a hit on the 2nd ship, just abaft the funnel. Also heard a hit on the 3rd ship. After firing the torpedoes turned away and retired on the surface to the north-west at full speed. One ship was seen to be on fire. After having proceeded to the north-west for a while turned west to reload and charge the battery.
(1)

26 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

6 May 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Harwich for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands.

For the daily positions of HMS Seawolf during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

19 May 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

29 May 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Rosyth for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands.

For the daily positions of HMS Seawolf during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

8 Jun 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

25 Jun 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth together with HMS Shark (Lt.Cdr. P.N. Buckley, RN). (7)

2 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) departed Rosyth for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to perform a special operation and to patrol off the south-west coast of Norway.

For the daily and attack positions during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

4 Jul 1940
At 2230 hours, HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN), landed two Norwegian officers at Ullero Island, Norway (Operation Thwart). (1)

9 Jul 1940
At 2315 hours, HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) picked up the two Norwegian officers,that she had landed on the 4th and a third officer, at Ullero Island, Norway (Operation Thwart). (1)

10 Jul 1940 (position 57.54, 7.03)
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) attacked a German A/S trawler with three torpedoes south of Lindesness, Norway. No hits were obtained.

The target was possibly the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 127.

(All times are zone -1)
0718 hours - In position 57°54'N, 07°03'E fired three torpedoes against a large A/S trawler from a range of 1100 yards. No hits were obtained. No counter attack followed.
(1)

12 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

16 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (8)

18 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) was undocked. (8)

28 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) departed Rosyth for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol near Stavanger, Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Seawolf during this patrol see the map below.

(1)

7 Aug 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1836
  2. ADM 173/16068
  3. ADM 173/16069
  4. ADM 173/16070
  5. ADM 173/16523
  6. ADM 199/2570
  7. ADM 173/16524
  8. ADM 173/16525

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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