ESCAPE BY SUBMARINE FROM PREVELI, CRETE

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ESCAPE BY SUBMARINE FROM PREVELI, CRETE

At 2220 hrs Saturday 26th July 1941, submarine H.M.S. THRASHER had surfaced off the south coast of Crete in the vicinity of Limni Bay (Preveli) when a light was spotted on the hillside flashing the signal “ S.O.S. Please send help”. The message was repeated throughout the night.

Several hours later, at 0245 hrs Sunday 27th, Lieutenant Commander ( Skipper) Pool R.N.R  and a Greek guide were landed to make arrangements to contact the signallers and arrange for the escape of a number of allied troops.

At 0050 hrs, Monday 28th July 1941 H.M.S. THRASHER touched bottom just 75 yards from the beach at Limni Bay and began embarking the escapers. Lieutenant G.S. Clarabut  R.N.  and two commandos were responsible for ensuring that no lives were lost in the transfer.

H.M.S. THRASHER arrived in Alexandria on 31st July with her 78 assorted survivors without further incident.

Commander Pool remained in Crete arranging for the evacuation of further allied troops. When he finally left the island on 20th August he took a further 130 escapers on the second submarine H.M.S. TORBAY, establishing a record for the greatest number of people jammed in a submarine in the process.

Commander Pool was assisted in his preparations for the evacuations by Abbot Lagouvardos, later (Lt Lagouvardos O.B.E), the Abbot of Preveli Monastery. The monastery was raided by occupying forces on 25th August  but not before Abbot Lagouvardos had made a successful escape. He subsequently left Crete on 18th December with Major Jack Smith-Hughes by caique for Egypt.

The official record* of H.M.S. Thrashers Second War Patrol lists the following personnel as those evacuated on the 28th July.  Geoff Edwards and his mate Bill McGarry are listed amongst those rescued.

Number

Name

Rank

Unit

D.MX 52937

D/KX 78309

C/SSX 26471

P/SSX 17943

D/JX 184876

2977189

3308413

2979601

22038776

2982183

4756618

2982258

4269522

2337613

2337800

2342404

2581329

7743 62

2578578

6915451

6898896

7263175

1945496

3959776

7667270

3774

3294

20728

WX 32

WX  17

WX 334

W X 274

WX976

VX 15675

WX 908

NX 8752

NX 4248

WX 606

VX 7177

WX 891

VX 8876

NX 7160

WX 370

VX 5699

WX 1103

WX 1055

WX 930

WX 1105

WX 1133

WX 2274

WX 1704

NX 3242

WX 412

WX 350

QX 3071

WX 752

WX 1938

Wx 426

Wx 2088

VX 11830

WX 6142

WX 1707

NX 19849

WX 6112

WX 863

QX 3912

NX 1590

R Clough

J J A Gibson

A J Taylor

J E C Middleton

D F Pearce

J Touner

R Brown

D Christie

J Bale

J Buckley

J V Carr

J McClelland

T W Summers

R Decker

L Fletcher

C Jenkinson

C F Senier

F B Shaw

E M Thomas

A Crow

G Sinclair

G F Webb

W E Roberts

P R Young

R T Weston

F Davis

S Onyen

J Ried

D A C Jackson

P M Shanahan

C W Bayly

L R Dowling

G L Greenway

I McKerrow

G P Wilde

W Ryan

J Cauley

D B Stirling

J H Taylor

W Latham

D L Miller

R Munro

R J Baird

H Cathery

W H Carter

E Cook

J H Duncan

E G Edwards

A Forrest

A E Hackshaw

J Haddock

W Jewell

W McCarrey

A McEwan

W J Melksham

S N Morrison

C L Nicholson

J P O’Neil

A Rigby

J McB Robert-Shaw

N Sinclair

L W Smith

V Solomon

B F Thomas

L F Williams

H J Woods

K Yoole

E.R.A.

L.Sto.

A.B.

L.Sea

O.D.

Sgt

L. Cpl

 “-”

Pte

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

L. Cpl

Sig

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

Rfm

“-”

Gnr

Pte

 “-”

Cpl

Sgt

Cpl

Gnr

Captain

“-”

Lieut.

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

W.O II

Sgt

“-”

“-”

Cpl

“-”

Cpl

Pte

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

R.N.  H.M.S.Widnes

R.N. H.M.S. Glenroy

  “-”

  “-”

  “-”

 I Bn A & SH

  “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

R.C. of Sigs

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

K.R.R.

 “-”

R.A. 189 F.A.

R.E.

Welch Regt.

R.A.P.C.

18 Bn. N.Z.E.F.

 “-”

5 Fd.Rgt. co.

2/11 Bn A.E.F.

  “-”

  “-”

 “-”

 “-”

I.M.G. A.E.F

2/11 Bn A.E.F.

2/1/Bn A.E.F.

2/5 Bn A.E.F.

2/11 Bn A.E.F.

I.M.G. Bn A.E.F.

2/11/ Bn A.E.F.

I.M.G. Bn A. E. F.

2/2 Bn A.E.F.

2/11/ Bn A.E.F.

I.M.G. Bn A.E.F.

2/11 Bn A.E.F.

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

2/2/ Bn A.E.F.

2/11/ Bn A.E.F.

 “-”

16 Bde. HQ A.E.F.

2/11/ Bn A.E.F.

 “-”

 “-”

A I E

I M G Bn  A I E

2/11 Bn A I E

19 Bde HQ A.I.E

2/2 Bn A I.E.

2/11 Bn A.I.E.

 “-”

16 Bde HQ

2/2/ Bn A.I.E.

The following Greeks were also evacuated.

Apostolakis, George

Haritakis, George

Hnarogiannakis, Georges

Mastrogiannakis, Michael

Michalakakis, Evangelos

Michalakakis, Theodoros

Stavrolidakis, George

Marinos, Themistocles

Kyriakakis, Konstantinos

Kalogerakis, Haralampos

Demetrakakis, Emmanuel

Civilian

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

 “-”

Sgt

Sailor

2/ Lieut.

Aircraftsman

2/ Lieut.  (Pilot)

Sgt

Summary

Royal Navy                              5

1 Bn Argylll & Sthd                  7

Royal Corps of Signals 7

K.R.R.                                     2

R.A.                                         1

R.E.                                         1

Welch Reg                               1

R.A.P.C.                                  1

18 Bn N.Z.E.F.                        2

5 Fd Regt, N.Z.E.F.                 1

A.I.F.                                       39

Greeks                                     11

Total                                        78

 

·        Source  Public Record Office Kew England Ref ADM236/30

·        Other sources HS/5/1727,  ADM/1/1147

 

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