Hurlock was to be engaged to Violet Wood (sister of
Thomas R Wood killed 19 Dec 1941).
At the request of her parents, they were waiting for Violet to reach 21
before they became engaged. This would have been on 13 June 1942. Hurlock
had joined the Royal Navy in 1938 and served on submarines since December
HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. Herbert George Dymott, RN) was mined and sunk off
Malta in approximate position 35º55'N, 14º35'E.
She had just left Malta on passage to Gibraltar with personnel including
many of the crews of the sunken submarines HMS Pandora, HMS P 36 and HMS P
39. There were only 9 survivors out of 98 aboard. They had to swim 7 miles
back to Malta. 89 crew and passengers were lost with the ship.
Noteable events involving Olympus include:
7 Jul, 1940
HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) was bombed and damaged by Italian
aircraft while in dock in Malta. Repairs and refit were completed on 29
28 Jul, 1941
HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) torpedoes and sinks the Italian
merchant Monteponi (742 GRT) about 10 nautical miles north of Cape Comino,
Sardinia, Italy in position 40º40'N, 09º50'E. (see map)
29 Jul, 1941
HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) is damaged by a near miss from an
Italian aircraft east of Isola dei Cavoli, Italy (off the south-east
corner of Sardinia). Lt.Cdr. Dymott is forced to abandon his patrol and
return to Gibraltar where the submarine arrived on 2 August.
9 Nov, 1941
HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) attacks the Italian merchant Mauro
Croce (1049 GRT) with torpedoes and gunfire in the Gulf of Genoa. The
target escapes without damage.