Allied Warships

HMS H 31 (N 31)

Submarine of the H class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassH 
PennantN 31 
Built byVickers (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
OrderedFeb 1917 
Laid down19 Apr 1917 
Launched16 Nov 1918 
Commissioned11 Feb 1919 
Lost26 Dec 1941 
History

Took part in patrols off Brest in the Spring of 1941.

H 31 (Lt. Frank Bridger Gibbs, RN) sailed from Falmouth and on the 19th December 1941 for a Bay of Biscay patrol, 250 nautical miles north of Cape Finisterre. She was not seen or heard from after the release by her escort. She was reported overdue on 26 December 1941. The cause of her loss unknown. Possibly a German minefield, drifting British mines or accidental. Lost with all hands.

The date of her loss given is an approximate one. On 24 December 1941 she failed to show up at the rendez-vous position for onward passage under escort towards Falmouth. She was declared overdue from patrol on 26 December 1941.

 

Commands listed for HMS H 31 (N 31)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. William Richmond Fell, OBE, RN2 Aug 193920 Sep 1939
2Lt. Peter Ronald Ward, RN20 Sep 193925 Jan 1940
3Lt. Malcolm David Wanklyn, RN25 Jan 1940Feb 1940
4Lt. Rowland John Hemingway, RNFeb 194011 Jun 1940
5Lt. Malcolm David Wanklyn, RN11 Jun 19407 Aug 1940
6Lt. Richard Evelyn Coltart, RN7 Aug 194014 Oct 1940
7Lt. Reginald Denis Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN14 Oct 194020 Apr 1941
8Lt. Rowland John Hemingway, DSC, RN20 Apr 194111 Aug 1941
9Lt. Frank Bridger Gibbs, RN11 Aug 1941Dec 1941 (+)

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The history of HMS H 31 as compiled on this page is extracted from the patrol reports and logbooks of this submarine as well as several other files.

This page was last updated in November 2017.

2 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) briefly conducted independent exercises of Portland. (1)

4 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN). (1)

5 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Achates (Cdr. R.J. Gardner, RN). (1)

8 Sep 1939
During the night of 8/9 September 1939, HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN), conducted a night patrol off Portland. This was her 1st war patrol. (1)

11 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN). (1)

12 Sep 1939
During the night of 12/13 September 1939, HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN), conducted a night patrol off Portland. This was her 2nd war patrol. (1)

16 Sep 1939
During the night of 16/17 September 1939, HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN), conducted a night patrol off Portland. This was her 3rd war patrol. (1)

18 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. J.G.W. Deneys, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (1)

23 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (1)

25 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (1)

27 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (1)

28 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN). (1)

3 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) departed Portland for the Devonport Dockyard at Plymouth. (2)

4 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) arrived at the Devonport Dockyard for a battery change. (2)

14 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) shifted from Plymouth to Portland. She was escorted by HMS Maid Marion (Capt.(Retd.) D.I. McGillewie, RN). (2)

16 Oct 1939
H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted diving trials off Portsmouth as trim had to be adjusted for the heavier batteries installed. (2)

18 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and MA/SB's. (2)

19 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

21 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

22 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

28 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

29 Oct 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (2)

4 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

10 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Guillemot (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Darell-Brown, RN) and MA/SB's. (3)

11 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

13 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Guillemot (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Darell-Brown, RN) and trawlers. (3)

14 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

22 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with MA/SB's. (3)

28 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

29 Nov 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (3)

5 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Scott (Cdr. E.H.B. Baker, RN). (4)

6 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

7 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN) and HMS Conqueror (Capt.(Retd.) E.T.R. Chambers, RN). (4)

9 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

13 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

14 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

15 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Vega (Cdr. C.I. Horton, RN) and HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, RN). (4)

16 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

17 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

20 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

21 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS St. Modwen (Capt.(Retd.) E.A.B. Stanley, DSO, RN). (4)

22 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (4)

27 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS St. Modwen (Capt.(Retd.) E.A.B. Stanley, DSO, RN). (4)

28 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Machin, RN). (4)

9 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (5)

13 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Vanquisher (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Alers-Hankey, RN). (5)

15 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Shemara (Capt.(Retd.) H.N.M. Hardy, DSO, RN). (5)

16 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with MA/SB's. (5)

17 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (5)

21 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. A.A.C. Ouvry, RN). (5)

22 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Conqueror (Capt.(Retd.) E.T.R. Chambers, RN). (5)

23 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Shemara (Capt.(Retd.) H.N.M. Hardy, DSO, RN). (5)

24 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Shemara (Capt.(Retd.) H.N.M. Hardy, DSO, RN). (5)

25 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with trawlers. (5)

26 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) departed Portland for Sheerness. She was escorted by HMS Wolborough (Cdr.(Retd.) J.S. Hoffman, RN) and HMS Stella Sirius. (5)

27 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) arrived at the Sheerness Dockyard where she was taken in hand for refit. (5)

21 May 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) conducted post-refit trials off Sheerness. (6)

21 May 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) conducted post-refit trials off Sheerness. (6)

22 May 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. (6)

23 May 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (6)

24 May 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (6)

25 May 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. These included a practice attack on HMS Warrior II (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (6)

27 May 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (6)

28 May 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (6)

29 May 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the English Channel.

For the daily positions of HMS H 31 during this short patrol see the map below.

(7)

1 Jun 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Portsmouth. (7)

3 Jun 1940
The Dutch submarine HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) departed Portsmouth for Dundee. She was escorted by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). The British submarines HMS H 28 (Lt. E.A Woodward, RN) and HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) were also in company until Blyth. (8)

6 Jun 1940
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.A Woodward, RN) and HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) both arrive at Blyth coming from Portsmouth.

10 Jun 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (9)

12 Jun 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. These included a practice attack on HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). (9)

13 Jun 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. These included a practice attack on HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). (9)

13 Jun 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. These included a practice attack on HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). (9)

19 Jun 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) departed Blyth for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea near the north coast of The Netherlands.

For the daily positions of HMS H 31 during this patrol see the map below. Do note that the map is incomplete as there are no positions noted in the log for several days.

(7)

1 Jul 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Blyth. (7)

14 Jul 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) departed Blyth for her 6th war patrol. Again she was ordered to patrol in the North Sea near the north coast of The Netherlands.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS H 31 during this patrol see the map below.

(7)

18 Jul 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary patrol vessel UJ 126 / Steiermark (422 GRT, built 1938) in the North Sea north-west of the Island of Terschelling, Netherlands in position 53°28'N, 05°01'E.

The other two trawlers were UJ 125 / Johs. Klatte and UJ 128 / Franken. Besides hunting the attacker they picked up 37 survivors. 9 crew of UJ 126 died.

0633 hours - Sighted three trawlers bearing red 135° to 160°. Own course 165°. Started attack.

0737 hours - Fired one torpedo.

0739 hours - The enemy started a hunt. Only two ships were heard hunting.

0742 hours - Depth charging started. A total of four were dropped in ten minutes. The enemy was heard hunting until around 1000 hours whan HE started to fade out.

1015 hours - No more HE heard.

1130 hours - Came to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. (7)

26 Jul 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Blyth. (7)

8 Aug 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) departed Blyth for her 7th war patrol. Again she was ordered to patrol off the Dutch coast.

For the daily positions of HMS H 32 during this patrol see the map below.

(7)

21 Aug 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Blyth. (7)

31 Aug 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) departed Blyth for Rothesay. She is to join the 7th Submarine Flotilla based there for training duties. Passage to Methill was made in convoy FN 267. (10)

1 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) arrived at Methill around 0915 hours. She then anchored to continue her passage to Rothesay the next day. (11)

2 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) departed Methill around for Rothesay. She made part of the passage in convoy OA 208. (11)

6 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (11)

8 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (11)

9 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Lady Sharazad (Cdr.(Retd.) A.G. Venables, RN) and HMS Terje 3 (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (11)

10 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Lady Sharazad (Cdr.(Retd.) A.G. Venables, RN) and HMS Terje 2 (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (11)

11 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN), HMS Carina (Cdr.(Retd.) T.St.V.F. Tyler, RN) and HMS Tuscarora (Capt.(Retd.) E.C. Stubbs, RN) (11)

12 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Terje 2 (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (11)

12 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (11)

14 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Carina (Cdr.(Retd.) T.St.V.F. Tyler, RN). (11)

16 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Lady Sharazad (Cdr.(Retd.) A.G. Venables, RN) and HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) (11)

17 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Carina (Cdr.(Retd.) T.St.V.F. Tyler, RN) and HMS Terje 2 (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (11)

18 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Lady Sharazad (Cdr.(Retd.) A.G. Venables, RN) and HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) (11)

19 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Tuscarora (Capt.(Retd.) E.C. Stubbs, RN) (11)

20 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Terje 1 (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR) and HMS Terje 2 (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (11)

21 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Terje 2 (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR) and HMS Terje 3 (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 31 proceeded to Rothesay. (11)

25 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (11)

26 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (11)

27 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (11)

29 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) both proceeded from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (11)

30 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (11)

1 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (12)

2 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (12)

3 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (12)

4 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (12)

5 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (12)

7 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (12)

8 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (12)

10 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (12)

11 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises (for the C.O.Q.C. = Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area together with HMS Otway (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN). The targets were the submarine tender HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN) escorted by (at least) patrol yacht HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (12)

13 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) both proceeded from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (12)

16 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt.(Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN). (12)

17 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) arrived at Tobermory. (12)

18 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

21 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

23 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

24 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

24 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

25 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

27 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

28 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

29 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

31 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (12)

2 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

3 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

4 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

5 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Oban to fuel and then back to Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (13)

9 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

12 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

13 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

14 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

15 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

16 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Oban to fuel. She was escorted by HMS Martinetta (T/S.Lt. J.A. Brightman, RNVR). (13)

17 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) returned from Oban back to Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Martinetta (T/S.Lt. J.A. Brightman, RNVR). (13)

18 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

19 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

20 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (13)

21 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (13)

22 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (13)

28 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area. (13)

29 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area. (13)

30 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (13)

1 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (14)

2 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (14)

3 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (14)

4 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (14)

5 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (14)

7 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (14)

20 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (14)

21 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (14)

22 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. After having returned to harbour the engine room accidentaly flooded and the submarine sank alongside the quay.

24 Dec 1940
In the afternoon the engine room of HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) was pumped dry and the submarine was floating again.

25 Dec 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) was towed from Campbeltown to Rothesay by the tug Thames. (14)

11 Jan 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) was towed from Rothesay to Greenock. (15)

12 Jan 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) was towed from Greenock to Glasgow where she was docked for repairs. (15)

20 Jan 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) was undocked. (15)

25 Jan 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) proceeded from Glasgow to Rothesay. (15)

30 Jan 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted independent exercises in the Clyde area. (15)

31 Jan 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted independent exercises in the Clyde area. (15)

2 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). (16)

3 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). (16)

4 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). (16)

5 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). (16)

6 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). Opon completion of these exercises H 31 proceeded to Ardrishaig. (16)

7 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (16)

8 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (16)

10 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (16)

11 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (16)

12 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (16)

13 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. Upon completion of these exercises H 31 proceeded to Rothesay. (16)

24 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (16)

25 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS PC 74 (A/Cdr. (retired) C.E.H. White, RN). (16)

26 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) (16)

27 Feb 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) (16)

1 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (17)

2 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN). (17)

3 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) (17)

4 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (17)

5 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Ch.Skr. G.R. Gale, RNR). (17)

6 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN). (17)

7 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (17)

9 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) N.T.B. Holt, RN). (17)

10 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) (17)

11 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with aircraft. (17)

12 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (17)

13 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (17)

14 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (17)

16 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. E.R. Mainguy, RCN) and ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. K.F. Namiesniowski, ORP). (17)

17 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN). (17)

18 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted night exercises with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). Upon completion of these exercises they proceeded to Rothesay where they arrived later the same day. (17)

19 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted torpedo firing (salvo firing) exercises in the Clyde area. (17)

21 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (17)

22 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) arrived at Tobermory. She departed later the same day togther with HMS H 33 (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) for Falmouth. The submarines were escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (17)

25 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) arrived at Falmouth. She departed for Plymouth later the same day. (17)

26 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (17)

29 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. She sailed at 0630 hours together with HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN). They were escorted until 1135 hours by HMS Lincolnshire (Lt.Cdr. W.K. Buckley, RNVR). (7)

29 Mar 1941
For the daily positions of HMS H 31 during this patrol see the map below. Do note that the map is incomplete as there are no positions noted in the log for several days.

(18)

14 Apr 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol and HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Falmouth.

At 0630 hours, the submarines made rendez-vous was with their escort towards Falmouth, HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (7)

14 Apr 1941
At 0230 hours, HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) sighted a submarine in position 49°54'N, 04°45'W. This turned out to be HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) which was about 20 miles out of position, they exchanged recognition signals. (19)

16 Apr 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) both departed Falmouth for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (20)

18 Apr 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (20)

23 Apr 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (20)

24 Apr 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) arrived at Londonderry. (20)

26 Apr 1941
In the morning, HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN), is grounded near Londonderry. Attemps were made to come off immediately but this failed. Three more attemps were made at high tide but only the third attempt (in the evening of the 27th) was successful. (20)

3 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

6 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

7 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

8 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

9 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

10 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

12 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

13 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

16 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

17 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

18 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

19 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

23 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

24 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

25 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

26 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

28 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

30 May 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (21)

2 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (22)

3 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (22)

4 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (22)

5 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (22)

6 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (22)

13 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Northern Pride (T/Lt. A.A. Campbell, RNR). (22)

14 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (22)

21 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (22)

22 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (22)

23 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (22)

24 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (22)

24 Jun 1941
Convoy attack exercises were carried out in the Clyde area.

The convoy was made up of HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), which served as the 'main target'. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse.

This convoy was attacked in the morning by two submarines; HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN).

In the afternoon the convoy was attacked (near Campbeltown) by HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN), HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN). (23)

25 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (22)

26 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (22)

29 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (22)

30 Jun 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (22)

1 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (24)

2 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (24)

3 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (24)

4 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (24)

5 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Rothesay. (24)

8 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Ardrishaig. Before proceeding into Ardrishaig A/S exercises were carried out. (24)

9 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (24)

10 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. (24)

11 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Ardrishaig. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Rothesay. (24)

15 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (24)

16 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) arrived at Londonderry. (24)

18 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (24)

19 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (24)

20 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (24)

21 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (24)

30 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (24)

31 Jul 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (24)

1 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (25)

2 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (25)

4 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (25)

6 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (25)

7 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (25)

8 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (25)

10 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Wellard. (25)

11 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (25)

15 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Rothesay for Blyth. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (25)

18 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) and her escort, the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), both arrived at Blyth (25)

21 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) and her escort, the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), both departed Blyth for Sheerness. They were to proceed behind convoy FS 73. (25)

22 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) and her escort, the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), were ordered to proceed to the Humber where they arried early in the night.

H 31 and HrMs Z 5 departed later the same day for Sheerness and were ordered to proceed astern of convoy FS 74. (25)

23 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) and her escort, the Dutch torpedo boat HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), arrived at Sheerness roads. (25)

24 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) shifted to the Sheerness Dockyard where she was taken in hand for refit. (25)

22 Oct 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Sheerness for Rothesay. She was escorted until 2120 hours by HMS Cottesmore (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN).

At 0745/25 H 31 made rendez-vous with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) for onwards passage to Rothesay under escort. (26)

27 Oct 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (26)

30 Oct 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) conducted torpedo firing trials in the Clyde area. (26)

1 Nov 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown from where she was to participate in A/S exercises.

[No logs are available for HMS H 31 after October 1941 so no further details then given her are currently known to us.] (27)

30 Nov 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (28)

3 Dec 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (27)

4 Dec 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) arrived at Londonderry from where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (28)

15 Dec 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. (27)

16 Dec 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) arrived at Rothesay. She departed for her 9th war patrol after only a few hours in port. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) and HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR) until 0700/17 when HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) took over the escort until 0500/19 while off Wolf Rock. (29)

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  2. ADM 173/15688
  3. ADM 173/15689
  4. ADM 173/15690
  5. ADM 173/16274
  6. ADM 173/16275
  7. ADM 199/1828
  8. ADM 199/373
  9. ADM 173/16276
  10. ADM 173/16278
  11. ADM 173/16279
  12. ADM 173/16280
  13. ADM 173/16281
  14. ADM 173/16282
  15. ADM 173/16725
  16. ADM 173/16726
  17. ADM 173/16727
  18. ADM 173/16727 + ADM 173/16728
  19. ADM 199/1820
  20. ADM 173/16728
  21. ADM 173/16729
  22. ADM 173/16730
  23. File 2.12.03.7131 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  24. ADM 173/16731
  25. ADM 173/16732
  26. ADM 173/16734
  27. ADM 199/1907
  28. ADM 53/114023
  29. ADM 199/400

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


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