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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

P R Adams  Stoker 1st Class
S H Ball  Stoker 1st Class
JPM Blissett  Sub-Lieutenant
M R Bond  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class DSM
Crannage  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Crosbie  Leading Stoker DSM
G M Drew  Lieutenant RNR
S W Emeney  Able Seaman
W B Fletcher  Leading Stoker DSM
Kirwan  Able Seaman
G L Laccohee  Stoker 1st Class
Le Boutillier  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
RJE Mitchell  Able Seaman DSM
Needham  Able Seaman
E A New  Able Seaman
Pinnock  Stoker 1st Class
Pither  Leading Seaman
B H Polden  Stoker 1st Class
JBB Randall  Chief Engine Room Artificer DSM
Richardson  Leading Seaman
Turner  Leading Seaman
F G Waters  Petty Officer
G S White  Lieutenant Commander VC
R W White  Able Seaman

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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