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C31

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: C
Fate: Submarine C31 was sent to the area off Zeebrugge in Belgium for a two-day patrol on the 4th January 1915 with orders to report at Harwich on the 7th. Nothing more was heard from C31 and on the 10th and 11th January two destroyers (Lurcher and Firedrake) attempted to find out what had happened but were thwarted by the stormy weather prevailing.

It was thought that the submarine had been sunk by enemy patrol craft but it may well have been mined. The date of the loss of C31 is accepted as being Thursday 7th January 1915.
HMS C31 and C32
HMS C31 and C32

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HMS C31 and C32
HMS C31 and C32

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Austin, Walter William  Stoker Petty Officer  354839    33
RN DoB 01/05/1878. Actual 01/05/1880
Borrowes, Walter  Lieutenant      23
Bourne, George Arthur  Able Seaman  215194    30
RN DoB 23/11/1884. Actual 23/03/1884
Burns, Thomas  Able Seaman  180216    35
RN DoB 24/03/1879. Actual 24/12/1879
Campbell, Keith Morehead Gunning  Sub Lieutenant      22
Clemmet, William  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  270877    33
At birth Clemmet, William Casstles Served as Clemmet, William.
Cobb, Walter John  Able Seaman  236978    25
RN DoB 11/02/1889. Actual 11/08/1887
Dronfield, Charles  Able Seaman  236805    24
Fitzgerald, John Peter  Leading Seaman  222050    28
Jordan, George Henry  Leading Seaman  230784    26
Lynham, William George  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  272515    28
Monk, William James  Stoker 1st Class  K 2825    24
Nash, Charles  Leading Stoker  295025    34
Pilkington, George  Lieutenant (CO)      29
Tregillis, William John  Petty Officer  183433    34
Wearne, William James  Signalman  J 4019    22
At birth Wearn, William James Served as Wearne, William James.
Williams, Frederick  Stoker  309485    27
At birth Williams, Charles Frederick Served as Williams Frederick.

Events

07-01-1909 : Laid Down
02-09-1909 : Launched
19-11-1909 : Completed
04-01-1915 : C31 sailed from Dover to patrol off Zeebrugge. The submarine was due to arrive at Harwich on 7th January, which she failed to do. No further contact was made and a search conducted by the Destroyers Lercher and Firedrake and the Royal Navy Air Service failed to locate the submarine or any survivors.
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