MUNBY Peter Aldwin
Regiment : H.M.S. Penelope Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Service number : P0
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 18th February 1944 aged 33
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 88, Column 2.
Relatives : Son of Lt.-Col. Aldwin Montgomery Munby, The Border Regiment, and of Evelyn Muriel Munby (nee Webb); husband of Ruth Sylvia Munby, of Haywards Heath, Sussex
Memorial : Bewdley War Memorial
Also appears on : North Malvern Holy Trinity Church. Malvern WW2 War Memorial. Wribbenhall All Saints Church.
Mentioned in Despatches.
Additional information on the memorial: Rev. Chap. R.N.V.R.
Appears on the Royal Navy casualties list for Worcestershire.
A letter from Reverend G.H. Sharpe, The Rectory, Bewdley dated 6th July 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that Reverend Chaplain Peter Aldwin Munby, R.N.V.R. be added to the county roll of honour.
A letter from the Reverend Charles Hand, Wribbenhall near Bewdley dated 5th July 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that Peter Aldwin Munby be added to the county roll of honour.
A letter from the Reverend J.R. Bamber, Holy Trinity Vicarage, Malvern, dated 1st May 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that P.A. Munby be added to the county roll of honour.
HMS Penelope was a light cruiser of the Arethusa class. On 18th February 1944, the ship, known as ‘Pepperpot’ to her crew was returning to Naples when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-410. The success of the attack was remarkable as the ship was making 26 knots when the first torpedo struck the ship in the after engine room. According to records, this is a unique case as no other ship travelling at speed was successfully attacked by a submarine in WW2. A second torpedo struck HMS Penelope sixteen minutes later, breaking the ship in half and causing her to sink in just one minute twenty-five seconds. 415 of the crew, including the captain went down with the ship. There were 206 survivors.
Peter Munby has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.