Lt. Cdr Malcolm David WANKLYN VC, DSO** RN

Born1911 Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Died1942 Gulf of Tripoli, North African Coast (HMS Upholder N99)
FatherWilliam Lumb WANKLYN (1872 – 1932)
MotherMarjorie Josephine RAWSON (1885 – 1978)
OccupationNaval Officer

Biography and Notes

On 24 May 1941, during an action in the Mediterranean south of Sicily, Lieutenant-Commander Wanklyn was the commander of submarine HM Upholder. He managed to hit an enemy troopship with a torpedo. The troopship rapidly sunk, and several enemy ships immediately haunted the allied submarine. After avoiding 37 depth charges, the submarine was finally able to move to clear water. At the end of the year 1941 Lieutenant Commander Wanklyn was responsible for the sinking of 140.000 tons of enemy shipping, including lots of troopships, tankers and supply ships.
Details: Lieutenant-Commander Wanklyn was killed on 14 April 1942 near Tripoli.
Malcolm David Wanklyn, seaman's buriel in the Mediterranean.
Name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Great Britain.

Life Events

1932Death of father William Lumb WANKLYN
1938Married Elspeth (Betty) KINLOCH in Holy Trinity Church, Sliema, Malta

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