FREETH Geoffrey Gilbert
Regiment : H.M. Submarine Olympus Royal Navy
Service number : PMX81875
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 8th May 1942 aged 19
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 69, Column 3.
Relatives : Son of Alana and Louisa Freeth, of Redditch, Worcestershire
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Ipsley St Peter's Church
H.M. Submarine Olympus struck a mine and sunk off Malta in the early hours of 8th May 1942. She left Malta harbour under the cover of darkness enroute to Gibraltar. Among the personnel on board were many of the crews of the sunken submarines HMS Pandore, HMS P 36 and HMS P 39. Of the 98 on board just 9 survived and they had to swim the 7 miles back to Malta. A total of 89 crew and passengers were lost. The wreck of H.M. Submarine Olympus was discovered in late 2011.
A letter from the Doris M. Dixon, Ipsley Rectory, Redditch dated 11th July 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that Geoffrey Gilbert Freeth, Supply Assistant, Royal Navy, service no ONP/MX81875 be added to the county roll of honour.
Geoffrey Freeth has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.