Patrick Edward James 


Royal Navy

Boat Crest
Died On:
3 June 1939

Patrick Ryan was First Lieutenant of THETIS and lost his life when it sank in Liverpool Bay in June 1939.

He was part of what developed into a four generation tradition of this family in the submarine service.  His father, Edward Ryan (q.v) was Commanding Officer of HMS E26 which was lost with all hands in July 1916.

His son, Commander Patrick “Paddy” Ryan commanded six submarines before becoming heavily involved in submarine escape and rescue and was a driving force in the early procurement of a NATO Submarine Rescue System.  Paddy’s son, also Patrick, qualified as a submariner in 2004.


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