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Scuba Diving in Puglia, Italy, Europe
Dive Site: HMS Regent
Location: Barletta, Puglia, Italy, Europe
Description: Wreck of a British submarine
Length: 40 metres (130 feet)
Depth: 35 metres (115 feet)
Visibility: 5 - 25 metres (15 - 80 feet)
Known as the HMS Regent, in reality a small Italian submarine used in the last part of WWII as tanker and minefield signal.
Stefano Di Cagno, IT PDIC
A few relatives, namely myself and Dick Trice will be launching a web site covering only the Regent. We hope that the site will be a way to contact relatives and enlarge on the history of the submarine. We would also like to visit the site in 2013 on the anniversary of the loss. The web site should be running in early summer 2008.
Note from dsd: We will be linking to the site from this page once it’s live.
The HMS Regent was documented and honoured by RN memorial service over the site in 2003. A DVD has been made by Italian divers 'Mr Diver' operating out of Bisceglie. My uncle was warrant officer RV Baker lost on 16th April 1943. I am now involved with tracing 3 or 7 known escapees fate from the submarine.
My great uncle was Leading Stoker David Howard Imison on board this boat (HMS Regent) when it sunk in 1943. I am trying to trace any photos or more information about this boat and its crew prior to its loss. Please contact dive site directory if you can help me in any way. Many thanks.
My grandfather was chief engine room artificer, Willian or Bill 'Trixie' Trice. I have heard about 4 bodies found off HMS Regent and would be interested if any one has any more detail.
My great uncle was Able Seaman Robert Harvey, the RN Submarine Musium. I have a few photos of Regent in Malta before her last voyage. As far as I know she was a British built vessel, not Italian as mention in the dive report above.
My father, Benjamin William Foster, died on the HMS Regent. He was 25 years old when he died.
Anne Foster Angelou
My great uncle was Telegraphist Sydney A. A. Cox and I would wish that this wreck is treated with the utmost respect and that no artefacts are removed from what is in effect a war grave.
My mother was engaged to Len Lipscombe who died on HMS Regent at the time of the sinking by the mine explosion. Any information, pictures on Len or the HMS Regent would be greatly appreciated.
Does anyone have information concerning the DVD made by the Italian divers who discovered the wreck of HMS Regent?
I have seen a couple of still photographs but a DVD would be invaluable.
My uncle was on HMS Regent when it was sunk, his name was Robert William Brown age 21, he was a stoker.
My father Raymond Clifford was the Chief Petty Officer on the Regent when she sank on April 18th, 1943. Concerning the four bodies which were found several days after the sinking, I enquired to The Admiralty what happened to these and was told they were buried at sea, which I find hard to believe in war time. May they rest in peace and I hope no divers take any artifacts from this war grave.
Sylvia Clifford Vaughan
My uncle was on HMS Regent when it sank but I know nothing of him at all... I know his name and his number and where he is rememered. His name was Able seaman Percival GT Foxhall, aged 21 when it sank. God bless them all and may they be at peace, and as already said, please do not touch the sub as it is a war grave and should be left as it is due to living relatives wanting them to be at peace...thank you.
My uncle, Alfred Backhouse, was lost with the Regent. He was an Asdic operator and had made a 'pierhead jump' from Unseen (which survived the war). My father, Ernest Backhouse, who was on Unshaken was in Malta with his brother at the same time. He has a photograph which a friend of his took of Regent leaving Valetta for her last patrol. I will happily send a copy to anyone who wants one.
My uncle, Albert Rawlings, was on the Regent and I would love to know where his name may be commemorated on a memorial.
Kris Mee | 19/09/09
My uncle Petty Officer Sidney Bayliss was sadly lost on HMS Regent. He joined the navy in 1929 as a boy of 16. He married shortly before his final voyage while HMS Regent was in USA.
Carol Swift | 23/12/09
My father S.Cpo Barnett DSM served on the Regent in the 1940s along with his best pal Thomas Gould VC and fortunately both Tommy Gould and my father left HMS Regent just before she went down. My father went to HMS Unison of the Fighting Tenth Flotilla, and Tommy Gould went to HMS Thrasher. I have just written a book called The Sea is My Grave which is due to be printed within the next month with Xlibris books with the story of HMS Regent. If anyone purchases the book I would be glad to sign it for them. A copy can be obtained on line from Xlibris, Amazon books, and the Submarine Museum, Gosport (August/September 2011).
John Barnett | 23/7/11
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