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E14

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: E Group 2
Fate: On 28th January 1918 Submarine E14 was badly damaged when one of her torpedoes exploded shortly after firing and was further damaged by shore based artillery after running aground at Kum Kale before finally sinking.
E14 in 1914
E14 in 1914

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In January 1918 Submarine E14 was transferred from its base at Corfu to the Dardanelles in an attempt to locate and sink the Turkish Battleship Goben which had been damaged by mines and then run aground in the Dardanelles.

The Submarine failed to find the target which had been re-floated and towed away to safety. On 28th January 1918 E14 was badly damaged when one of her torpedoes exploded shortly after firing and was further damaged by shore based artillery after running aground at Kum Kale before finally sinking.

The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Saxon White, was killed by shell fire, both of his officers were killed and many of his crew were killed and injured. The survivors were made Prisoner of War.

The Survivors were
  • PO Robert Andree Perkins, DSM
  • AB Reuben Joseph Edwin Mitchell, DSM
  • Sig Charles Miles Trimbell, DSM
  • Tel William Henry Prichard DSM
  • ERA Robert M Milburn DSM
  • Sto1 William Ephraim Reed, DSM

Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Saxon White was awarded the Victoria Cross, the fourth submarine Victoria Cross of the First World War in the Dardanelles area and the second Victoria Cross for Commanding Officers of E14.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Adams, Percy Richard  Stoker 1st Class  K 510    29
At birth Adams, Percival Richard Served as Adams, Percy Richard
Ball, Samuel Henry  Stoker 1st Class  K 18809    23
RN DoB 18/06/1894. Actual 18/10/1892
Blissett, Jack Patrick Murray  Lieutenant    MID  21
Bond, Martin Robert  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 4677    28
Crannage, Harry  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 12239    31
Crosbie, Albert  Leading Stoker  K 10069  DSM  26
At birth Crosbie, James Albert Served as Crosbie, Albert. RN DoB 14/10/1891. Actual 14/10/1892
Drew, George Montford  Temporary Lieutenant (RNR)    MID  23
RN DoB 0221/01/1895. Actual 21/01/1893
Emeney, Stanley Walter  Able Seaman  J 19244    21
Fletcher, William Bernard  Leading Stoker  K 2073  DSM  30
At birth Fletcher, William Burnard Served as Fletcher, William Bernard. RN DoB 02/02/1887. Actual 02/02/1886
Kirwan, Patrick  Able Seaman  J 11213    24
Laccohee, George  Stoker 1st Class  K 15990    23
Le Boutillier, John  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 22714    29
Needham, Cecil  Able Seaman  J 11160    24
New, Edwin Arthur  Able Seaman  J 22094    22
Pinnock, Harry  Stoker 1st Class  K 28154    24
Pither, Henry  Leading Seaman  J 13967    24
Polden, Bertram Henry  Stoker 1st Class  K 12599    24
Randall, John Benjamin Baldwin  Chief Engine Room Artificer  271216    38
Richardson, Stanley  Leading Seaman  J 6087    24
Turner, John  Leading Seaman  J 17008    21
Waters, Frederick George  Petty Officer  234980    28
White, Geoffrey Saxton  Lieutenant Commander (CO)    VC  31
White, Richard William  Able Seaman  J22423    21

Events

14-12-1912 : Laid Down
07-07-1914 : Launched
01-12-1914 : Completed
27-04-1915 : In spite of great navigational difficulties succeeded in sinking two Turkish gunboats and one large military transport for which a VC was awarded.
28-01-1918 : E14 was badly damaged when one of her torpedoes exploded shortly after firing and was further damaged by shore based artillery after running aground at Kum Kale before finally sinking.
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Hi. I've just looked at this site with interest as my Great Great Uncle was Martin Robert Bond. I see he is listed on your "Roll of Honour " . Made me proud to see that. I have photo of him if you are interested to add to this site. Please contact me for any further information. Thanks Philip Bond.
   Philip Bond Fri, 27 Apr 2018

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