Memorial plaque to Tubby Linton to be unveiled

First published in Gwent at war

A PLAQUE in memory a Newport war hero will be unveiled next week.

The tribute to Commander John Wallace Linton, also know as Tubby, is located in the memorial garden at Malpas Court and will be officially unveiled by Newport mayor Bill Langsford on Wednesday.

Born at Claremont House, Malpas, on October 1905, Royal Navy Commander Linton was responsible for sinking around 100,000 tons of enemy shipping as well as destroying three trains by gun fire from 1939 to 1943.

In his last year he spent 254 days at sea in his submarine HMS Turbulent, which sank on March 12, 1943, killing its entire crew.

But the war hero’s efforts were not forgotten and he was awarded the Victoria Cross, which is the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, on May 25, 1943.

He was one the last three submariners to receive one.

Commander Linton is remembered in the city every year at a ceremony marking his death and in 2004 JD Wetherspoons gave his name to their pub on Cambrian Road in his honour.

Cllr Langsford, said: “It is particularly pleasing for me to unveil the memorial garden and plaque as it is not only in the ward I represent but also where Tubby was born.

“He has a special place among the people of Newport and the memorial at Malpas Court means that he will continue to be remembered.”

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