H49

 

Type:
'H21' Class

Pennant No.:
H.49
49.H
N.49

Laid Down:
15th July 1919.
Beardmore, Dalmuir.

Commissioned:
25th October 1919.
Lt. T.A. Powell.

Commander:
Aug. 1919 - July 1921
(Lt. Cdr. Apr. 1920).
Lt. T.A. Powell.
July 1921 - Apr. 1922
Lt. W. Ibbett.
Apr. 1922 - Dec. 1923
Lt. J. Murray.
Dec. 1923 - Jan. 1925
Lt. S.E. Norfolk.
Dec. 1925 - Aug. 1926
Lt. T.B. Brunton.
Dec. 1927
Lt. G.W.G. Simpson.
Sept. 1928 - Nov. 1929
Lt. R.C.S. Garwood.
Apr. 1931
Lt. C.D. Maud.
Apr. 1932
Lt. R.W. Stirling Hamilton.
1933 - 1934
Lt. E.R.J. Oddie.
(Lt. Cdr. 1934).
Aug. 1934 - Dec. 1935
Lt. B. Bryant.
Dec. 1935 - Apr. 1937
Lt. J.H. Forbes.
Apr. 1937 - Apr. 1938
Lt. W.F. Haselfoot.
December 1938
Reserve Group D
Aug. - Nov. 1939
Lt. E.F. Balston.
Nov. 1939 - Jan. 1940
Lt. C.J.R. Cave.
Jan. 1940
Lt. Cdr. W.F. Haselfoot.
Jan. - Apr. 1940
Lt. P.R. Ward.
Apr. - Oct. 1940
Lt. M.A. Langley DSC.
Oct. 1940
Lt. R. E. Coltart DSC.

Complement:
22
2 Officers and 20 Ratings.

Service Career:
1920 - 1936
6th Flotilla, HMS Titania/Vulcan, Portland
1936 - 1938
5th Flotilla, HMS Alecto, Gosport.
1938
Reserve Portsmouth.
1939
5th Flotilla, HMS Alecto, Portland.
1939 - 1940
5th Flotilla, HMS Dolphin, Gosport.
1940
3rd Flotilla, HMS Cyclops, Harwich.

Fate:
Completed twelve 'War Patrols', she was lost on her thirteenth patrol.

Sailed from Harwich on 17th October 1940.

Depth charged by German anti-submarine vessels of the 11th Anti-submarine Flotilla, off Texel, Holland, 18th October 1940.

One survivor, Leading Stoker G. W. Oliver was rescued and landed in Holland from where he was moved to Wilhelmshaven.

From Wilhelmshaven he was taken to a Polish POW camp at Thorn, after two years at Thorn he was transferred to a POW camp in Germany.

The wreck of H49 was discovered in 1984 by a Dutch diver.
The wreck is considered to be a war grave.