H.M.S. Urge was the first ship adopted by Bridgend, however, the money raised in the area during Warship Week also enabled the adoption of H.M.S. Tudor, H.M.S Mallow and His Majesty’s Motor Torpedo Boat 47. H.M.S Tudor had a notably successful career and served in the Far East.
With a displacement of 540 tons on the surface, and 730 tons submerged, H.M.S. Urge carried a complement of 27 crew, and was armed with four torpedo tubes.
H.M.S. Urge was commanded by Lieutenant Commander E.P. Tomkinson DSO RN, one of the Royal Navy’s top ten ‘Submarine Ace’s’, and saw active service in the Mediterranean, where she damaged or sank a number of enemy vessels.
H.M.S. Urge left Malta on her final mission on 27 April 1942, bound for Alexandria in Egypt. Aboard were not just her 32 crew, but 11 other naval personnel and a war correspondent. Sadly, H.M.S. Urge was lost shortly after. It is believed that she struck a mine off the coast of Malta.
In October 2019 the grandson of Lt Cdr Tomkinson, Mr Francis Dickinson was part of a marine archaeology project involving a search team from The University of Malta. They discovered the wreck of HMS Urge off the coast of Malta.
On 2nd October, 1941 Sub-Lieutenant Brian Lloyd (a Bridgend resident) was killed on a special operations mission when operating from HMS Urge. The HMS Urge Families Group have always been strongly of the view that Brian Lloyd should be commemorated on the Urge memorial and included in the roll call. However, he was not lost on the day HMS Urge was lost off the coast of Malta.
Further information can be found on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry: