Regiment : H.M.S. Holcombe Royal Navy
Service number : PJX328120
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : Missing presumed killed on 12th December 1943
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 74, Column 1.
Memorial : Stourport War Memorial
The birth of Austin K. Blunt is registered March Quarter 1924 under the Birmingham Registration District.
HMS Holcombe was part of a convoy that came under attack from the German submarine U-593. The submarine successfully torpedoed and sank HM Escort Destroyer Tynedale. HMS Holcombe along with other escort ships and three Wellington aircraft searched for U-593 without success. Later that same day, at 14.45, the ship was north-east of Bougie, Algeria, when she was hit by a T5 homing torpedo fired from U-593. Oil fuel from after tanks ignited and the ship sank in less than five minutes with the loss of over 80 crew members. The 80 survivors of the sinking were picked up by the US destroyer USS Niblack.
Austin Blunt has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.