From Hoole History and Heritage Society

GREEN Cyril Charles

Cyril Charles GREEN

Regiment: HM Submarine Sickle Royal Navy

Rank: Able Seaman

Died: 18 June 1944

Aged: 23

Buried/ Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial

Address: 42 Water Tower View, Hoole Lane

Cheshire Observer 30 June 1945, Presumed Lost at Sea

Mr and Mrs A Green of 42 Water Tower View, off Hoole Lane have been notified by the Admiralty that their son Able Seaman Cyril Charles Green, aged 24, who has been missing since 29th June 1944 is now presumed lost at sea on the 18 June 1944. He had served in the Royal Navy seven years and before joining up, he was employed by Mr Mills, painter and decorator, Boughton. He was educated at St Werburgh’s School. Another Brother, John, is serving in the Merchant Navy and a sister in the ATS. Their father served in the Navy during the last war.

Extract from Epping & Harlow website

HMS Sickle was adopted by Epping and Harlow during a warship week running from March 21 to 28, 1942, which was organised to raise money to build a ship for the war effort. The towns surpassed the required £175,000 by February 11 by which time they had amassed £176. HMS Sickle was launched in August 17, 1942, and commissioned in December but only named in February of the following year. Sickle’s first assignment began on January 11, 1943, covering convoy JVV52 off north Norway and ended without incident at Lerwick on January 31. On May 15, 1943, the Sickle engaged an enemy ship near Cape Ferrat south of Nice, France. Sickle fired four torpedoes at it, one of which hit and sunk the vessel and another which hit a cliff on the shore directly below a casino. This event resulted in James Ralph Drummond, the Lieutenant on HMS Sickle, being dubbed ‘The man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo’. An ace of spades was also added to the ship’s Jolly Roger flag which is flown by Royal Navy submarines returning from a successful trip. The submarine was part of many more missions but is thought to have sunk on or around June 16, 1944, after hitting a mine in the Antikithera Channel in the Mediterranean with all 49 crew members aboard losing their lives.

HM Submarine SICKLE. Built by Cammel Laird Birkenhead Launched August 1942. Presumed lost 18 June 1944 due to mines Antikithera Channel Greece

For more information visit the Epping Town Council blog or read, Epping historian, John Duffel’s article here.

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