Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: D
Fate: Sunk by a mine thrown out of a German warship off Great Yarmouth on 3rd November 1914.

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On 3rd November 1914 Submarine D5 was on the surface, at night, off the East Coast hastening to sea to intercept a German Raiding Force. Lt Cdr Herbert, a short while previously, had relieved his Second Captain as 'Officer of the Watch' and was on the bridge when the submarine struck a mine and was sunk. Herbert found himself in the water and after a while he was rescued with his 3rd Hand and three of the crew. His Second Captain and twenty others of his crew were not so lucky.

Lt Cdr Godfrey Herbert had survived a near fatal accident to A4 in 1907 and had, in 1912, taken one of the C Class submarines to Hong Kong.

The survivors were:


  • Lt Cdr Godfrey Herbert, Royal Navy
  • Sub Lt Ian Agnew Patterson MacIntyre, Royal Navy/li>


  • Chief Petty Officer Robert Spiers O/N 154380
  • Leading Seaman Alfred Dearlove Suttill O/N J7463
  • Able Seaman Charles Henry Sexton O/N J23950

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Blunsdon, Frederick Drury  Petty Officer  203087    31
Boardman, Wright  Leading Seaman  237913    24
Bradley, Frederick  Leading Stoker  302220    29
At birth Bradley, Frederick Elkin Served as Bradley, Frederick
Brodie, Donald Francis O'Callaghan  Lieutenant      26
Copland, William John  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  271454    31
Crimp, George  Leading Seaman  217450    30
Dowsett, William Richard Cass  Signalman  J 8219    20
Dunne, Joseph  Able Seaman  J 14000    21
Houlcroft, Edward  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 2924    26
Ingham, Thomas  Stoker  K 7494    22
King, George Clarence  Telegraphist  J 5894    21
Leake, John Robert  Acting Leading Stoker  304084    30
Norris, Albert  Leading Seaman  187835    34
Penhaligon, Richard Charles  Stoker 1st Class  223326    27
Simmons, Sidney Charles Stanley  Stoker 1st Class  K 1975    24
Smith, Arthur Cecil  Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  270627  DSM  33
Smith, Timothy  Stoker Petty Officer  344519    32
Tilley, John Thomas Percival  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  272256    23
Whiting, Harry  Stoker 1st Class  K 7502    22
Wilcox, Ernest  Able Seaman  222115    29
Worth, Ernest  Stoker 1st Class  K 2292    23


23-02-1910 : Laid Down
28-08-1911 : Launched
19-01-1912 : Completed
22-08-1914 : Attacked and fired two torpedoes at the German Cruiser Rostock, no damage was caused.
03-11-1914 : Lost

A force of German battle cruisers commenced bombarding the town of Lowestoft. HM Submarines D3, D5 and E10 were ordered to intercept the enemy off Terschelling. While proceeding on the surface to the interception point, D5 struck a drifting mine and was sunk.


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