Walter Neville Ronald Knox DSC, RN

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Died  18 Apr 1943HMS Regent


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1 Sep 1933 S.Lt.
1 Sep 1935 Lt.

Decorations

12 Nov 1940 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Walter Neville Ronald Knox, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 44 (N 44)Lt.Submarine9 Mar 19418 Jun 1941
HMS Regent (N 41)Lt.Submarine20 Jul 194118 Apr 1943 (+)

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Submarine HMS H 44 (N 44)


17 Mar 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) is at Campbeltown to participate in A/S exercises off that port. [The date she arrived at Campbeltown is currently not known to us but this must have been in the middle of the month]. (1)

22 Mar 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) shifted from Campbeltown for Rothesay.

She departed Rothesay for Falmouth later the same day. However she had to put into Campbeltown with engine defects. (2)

24 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
After engine repairs, HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN), departed Campbeltown for Falmouth. She is escorted by HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (2)

26 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Falmouth. (2)

29 Mar 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Falmouth for her 10th war patrol. She is ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

[No log is available for this period and also the patrol report does not give positions, therefore no map can be displayed.] (3)

13 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Falmouth. (3)

15 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Falmouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (2)

17 Apr 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (4)

23 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (1)

2 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (5)

4 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (5)

5 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (5)

6 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (5)

7 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (5)

8 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (5)

9 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Mistral (Lt.Cdr. G.D. Anderson, RN). (5)

11 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (5)

12 May 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR). (5)

13 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere. (5)

14 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) N.T.B. Holt, RN). (5)

15 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) N.T.B. Holt, RN). (5)

16 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) N.T.B. Holt, RN).

Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 44 proceeded to Rothesay. (5)

21 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included two practice attacks on HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN). (5)

24 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Holy HMS Goodwin (Lt.Cdr. J. Stretch, RNR). (5)

25 May 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Holyhead.

She departed for her 11th war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay to the west of Brest, France to intercept and attack the German battleship Bismarck in case she was proceeding towards that port. During passage south through the Irish Sea HMS H 44 was escorted by HMS PC 74 (A/Cdr.(Retd.) C.E.H. White, RN) until 2310/26. (3)

25 May 1941
For the daily positions of HMS H 44 during her 11th war patrol see the map below.

(5)

28 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
After having been recalled following the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck, HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN), made rendes-vous at 1200 hours with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) for onward passage to Holyhead. (3)

29 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Holyhead. (3)

31 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Holyhead for Londonderry. (5)

1 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Londonderry. (6)

3 Jun 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lincoln (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN) and HMS Sabre (Lt. P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN). (6)


Submarine HMS Regent (N 41)


20 Jul 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for her 13th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to perform operation ME 2 together with HMS Persues (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN). The submarine were to carry out a W/T diversion when off the South-West coast of Crete. Upon completion of this operation Regent was to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte.

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

(7)

1 Aug 1941 (position 31.35, 19.56)
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) sank the Italian auxiliary minesweeper B 23 / Igea (160 GRT) with gunfire about 33 nautical miles south of Bengasi in position 31°35'N, 19°56'E.

(All times are zone -3)
1215 hours - Sighted a schooner coasting. Closed her as far as possible while dived. When the range had closed to 5000 yards, surfaced and chased her on the surface. The crew then stopped their diesel engine and abandoned ship hurriedly. Regent then proceeded alongside and sent a boarding party on board.

No important papers could be found. The cargo was stores, ammunition and petrol. Took off the boarding party and stand clear. Then sank the schooner with gunfire. Three hours later, when Regent was 20 nautical miles away, she was still blazing furiously. (7)

6 Aug 1941
Around dusk, HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) surfaced and bombarded the landing pier at Appolonia, Libya. While turning to run out to sea again Regent bumped and grounded on a sandbank. All tanks were then blown but Regent remained on the sandbank. As the tide was tilting Regent higher and higher drastic action had to be taken and Lt. Knox decided to let go the drop keel. This had the desired effect and Regent came off. (7)

10 Aug 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (7)

17 Aug 1941
On board HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) the air vessel of one of the reload torpedoes exploded causing some damage to Regent, other reload torpedoes and cargo she had embarked for her upcoming passage to Malta. (8)

20 Aug 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was docked at Alexandria. (8)

23 Aug 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was undocked. (8)

27 Aug 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during the passage Alexandria - Malta see the map below.

(8)

3 Sep 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (9)

5 Sep 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was docked at Malta. (9)

30 Sep 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was undocked. (9)

4 Oct 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 14th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte.

No log is available for this period, therefore no map can be displayed. (7)

10 Oct 1941
At 0250 hours, while charing well to the westward of Benghazi, Libya, HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN), was dive bombed by an enemy aircraft. She immediately dived but fortunately sustained no damage. (7)

17 Oct 1941
In the early moring hours, while still near Benghazi, Libya, HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN), sighted an enemy convoy made up of two small merchant vessels escorted by a destroyer. While trying to attack a flash of lightning lit up the area including Regent which immediately dived. (7)

21 Oct 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) attacked a group of three Italian destroyers (Antonio da Noli, Emanuelle Pessagno and Nicolo Zeno) with six torpedoes about 15 nautical miles north of Benghazi, Libya. No hits were obtained. Lt. Knox thought he attacked a group of four destroyer but actually only three were present. The Italian destroyers were on a troop transport run from Augusta to Benghazi transporting about 800 soldiers to North Africa.

1420 hours - Sighted a ship but immediately went deep for an aircraft coming towards. Position was near the swept channel towards Benghazi.

1430 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Sighted four destroyers at a range of 2000 yards. Started attack in which six torpedoes were fired at the middle pair of destroyers which presented an unbroken target. All missed as the speed was underestimated. Four depth charges were dropped fairly close astern but they caused no damage. (7)

25 Oct 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (7)

7 Nov 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta.

Regent was to proceed to the U.S.A. for a much needed refit.

No log is available for this period, therefore no map can be displayed. (7)

13 Nov 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (7)

30 Nov 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar.

No log is available for this period, therefore no map can be displayed. (7)

1 Dec 1941 (position 37.52, 11.52)
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) attacked the Italian merchant Erice (2350 GRT, built 1919) with two torpedoes about 10 nautical miles south-east of Marettimo island, Italy in position 37°52'N, 11°52'E. The torpedoes missed and Regent surfaced to engage the target with gunfire. Erice was heavily damaged.

(All times are zone -2)
1950 hours - An object was sighted 10° on the port bow. Closed to investigate but visibility was not good.

The target was finally identified as a medium seized merchant vessel and two old Mk. II torpedoes were fired from 800 yards which both missed.

The target was then engaged with the 4" gun from 1000 yards. The first round already hit. After 13 rounds the vessel had stopped, was on fire and it appeared that the crew was abandoning ship so stopped firing.

About half an hour later the merchant got underway again so Regent closed again and re-opened fire from 2200 yards. This time several fires broke out. When last seen the target was burning and sinking by the stern. (7)

6 Dec 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (7)

10 Dec 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth.

No log is available for this period, therefore no map can be displayed. (7)

17 Dec 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth. (7)

19 Dec 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Portsmouth. (7)

20 Dec 1941
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (7)

16 Jan 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for passage to Philadelphia, U.S.A.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during the passage from the U.K. to the U.S.A. see the map below.

(7)

19 Jan 1942
On making a trim dive HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) lost depth control due to defects. Another trim dive was made and again depth control was lost. (7)

20 Jan 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) developed engine defects. (7)

24 Jan 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) had developed even more defects. Lt. Knox decided to proceed to Ponta Delgada, Azores to effect repairs. (7)

27 Jan 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Ponta Delgada, Azores for repairs. (7)

1 Feb 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Ponta Delgada for Philadelphia. (7)

2 Feb 1942
At 0351 hours (zone +2), HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was attacked by HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN). Regent failed to identify herself and when she was finally recognised on board HMS Clyde she was warned that two torpedoes were on their way towards her and she was able to evade them. Cdr. Ingram was unaware of the presence of HMS Regent and took her for a Uboat. Lt. Knox was aware that HMS Clyde was in the area and was hold to blame for failing to identify Regent properly to the challenge from HMS Clyde.

At 0630 hours, HMS Clyde re-joined RFA Dingledale and her two escorting corvettes HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSC, RNR). (7)

15 Feb 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) anchored in Cape Henlopen Bay to await passage towards Philadelphia. (7)

16 Feb 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Cape Henlopen Bay for Philadelphia under tow. Passage was however soon postponed due to thick fog. (7)

17 Feb 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (7)

5 Aug 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted trials off Cape May. Upon completion of these trials she returned to Philadelphia. (10)

12 Aug 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Philadelphia for New London. (10)

15 Aug 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at New London for a period of trials and training. (10)

21 Aug 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was docked at New London. (11)

28 Aug 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was undocked at New London. (11)

1 Sep 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed New London for Philadelphia. She was escorted by USS SC-672. (12)

2 Sep 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Philadelphia for repairs. (12)

4 Sep 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (12)

15 Sep 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) is put back in the water. (12)

20 Sep 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Philadelphia for Bermuda.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during the passage from Philadelphia to Bermuda see the map below.

(12)

24 Sep 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Bermuda. (12)

25 Sep 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) is docked at Bermuda because of defects. (12)

8 Oct 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was undocked. (13)

12 Oct 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Bermuda. (13)

17 Oct 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Bermuda. (13)

23 Oct 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Bermuda. (13)

31 Oct 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Bermuda to return to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for more repairs.

For the daily positions of HMS Regent during the passage Bermuda - Philadelphia see the map below.

(13)

3 Nov 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Philadelphia. (14)

30 Nov 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Philadelphia for Bermuda.

No log is available for this period, therefore no map can be displayed. (14)

3 Dec 1942
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Bermuda for a period of trials and training. No log is available so her exact movements are unknown. (15)

21 Jan 1943
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Bermuda for Gibraltar.

No log is available for this period, therefore no map can be displayed. (15)

4 Feb 1943
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (15)

25 Feb 1943
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Vigo, Spain.

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

(7)

27 Feb 1943
Early in the morning HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) lost overboard one Able Seaman in heavy weather. A search was started but he could not be found. (7)

8 Mar 1943
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) ended her 15th war patrol at Gibraltar. (7)

12 Mar 1943
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Algiers.

No log is available for this period, therefore no map can be displayed. (16)

15 Mar 1943
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Algiers. (16)

27 Mar 1943
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for Malta.

No log is available for this period, therefore no map can be displayed. (17)

31 Mar 1943
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (17)

9 Apr 1943
HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 16th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic. (17)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1906
  2. ADM 199/400
  3. ADM 199/1829
  4. ADM 199/2556
  5. ADM 173/16781
  6. ADM 173/16782
  7. ADM 199/1833
  8. ADM 173/16931
  9. ADM 173/16932
  10. ADM 173/17541
  11. War diary submarine base New London
  12. ADM 173/17542
  13. ADM 173/17543
  14. ADM 173/17544
  15. ADM 199/2568
  16. ADM 199/1919
  17. ADM 199/1917

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


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