Geoffrey Vernon Prowse, RN

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Died  12 Feb 1941HMS Snapper (N 39)


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Ranks

1 Sep 1932 S.Lt.
1 Nov 1934 Lt.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Geoffrey Vernon Prowse, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 50 (N 50)Lt.SubmarineSep 194011 Nov 1940
HMS Snapper (N 39)Lt.Submarine24 Dec 194012 Feb 1941 (+)

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Submarine HMS H 50 (N 50)


20 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. A.R. Cheyne, RN) proceeded from Tobermory to Oban. She returned to Tobermory later the same day.

Lt. Prowse took over command of HMS H 50 from Lt. Cheyne in September 1940. Most likely he took over on this date. The log of HMS H 50 does not mention the change of command. (1)

21 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Honeysuckle (Lt. G.W. Gregorie, RNR) and HMS Southern Breeze (Ch.Skr. G.W. Holliday, RNR).

22 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Honeysuckle (Lt. G.W. Gregorie, RNR) and HMS Heliotrope (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, RNR). (1)

23 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS Heliotrope (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, RNR). (1)

24 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Pirouette (T/Lt. E.R. Pate, RNR) and HMS Honeysuckle (Lt. G.W. Gregorie, RNR). (1)

25 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. A.R. Cheyne, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Heliotrope (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, RNR) and HMS Philante (Capt.(Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN). (1)

26 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Erin (T/Lt. W.G. Swanston, RNVR) and HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN). (1)

27 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Southern Wave (Skr. W.S. Flowers, RNR) and HMS Southern Spray (Skr. H.E. Moran, RNR). (1)

29 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Southern Flower (Skr. J. Coxall, RNR, RNR) and HMS Terje 5 (Skr. C. Hodson, RNR).

1 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted practice attacks off Tobermory on HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). Upon completion of these exercises both ships proceeded to Oban. (2)

2 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) both proceeded from Oban to Tobemory. (2)

4 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Hornpipe (T/Lt. J.R. Symon, RNR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR). (2)

5 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. J.F.C. Bartley, DSC, RNR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR). (2)

7 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. J.F.C. Bartley, DSC, RNR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR). (2)

8 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. J.F.C. Bartley, DSC, RNR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR). (2)

11 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Southern Shore (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 50]. (2)

13 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. J.F.C. Bartley, DSC, RNR) and HMS Salvia (Lt.Cdr. J.I. Miller, DSO, RD, RNR). (2)

15 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) proceeded from Tobemory to Oban. Both returned to Tobermory later the same day. (2)

17 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt.(Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN). (2)

18 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (2)

23 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (2)

24 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (2)

27 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (2)

28 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. E.C.L. Turner, RN) and HMCS Saguenay (Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN). (2)

29 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, 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). (2)

31 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

1 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (3)

2 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, 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). (3)

3 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay and back. (3)

4 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) N.T.B. Holt, RN) and HMS Terje 3 (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

5 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR) and HMS Terje 1 (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR). (3)

6 Nov 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN), HMS Venomous (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, RN) and HMS Windsor (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Huddart, RN). (3)

7 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR) and HMS Carina (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.C.G. Jolly, RN). (3)

8 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Terje 1 (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR) and HMS Terje 3 (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (3)

9 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Terje 3 (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR) and HMS Norwich City (Ch.Skr. P. Newman, RNR). (3)

10 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (3)


Submarine HMS Snapper (N 39)


10 Jan 1941
With her refit completed, HMS Snapper (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN), shifted from Newcastle to Blyth. (4)

12 Jan 1941
HMS Snapper (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) and HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) both departed Blyth for the Clyde. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (5)

15 Jan 1941
HMS Snapper (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) arrived in the Clyde area to begin a period of trials and exercises. (5)

29 Jan 1941
Having been lent to the 3rd Submarine Flotilla, HMS Snapper (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN), departed Holy Loch for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (5)

12 Feb 1941
HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) reported that HMS Snapper (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) had failed to show up at the rendez-vous off the Scilly Islands.

Snapper was declared overdue from patrol on 14 February 1941 and must be considered lost. (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16332
  2. ADM 173/16333
  3. ADM 173/16334
  4. ADM 199/2570
  5. ADM 199/400

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


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