Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: E Group 2
Fate: 17 April 1915 - Ran aground at Kephez Point in the Dardanelles and subsequently torpedoed by HMS Majestic & Triumph to avoid capture by the Turks.
Wreck of E15 being inspected by Turkish and German soldiers
Wreck of E15 being inspected by Turkish and German soldiers

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Submarine E15 ran aground at Kephez whilst attempting to make a passage through the Dardanelles into the Sea of Marmora on 17th April 1915.

After running aground the submarine was shelled by the Turkish Forts in the area. In the shelling the Commanding Officer and five of the crew were killed and a further six were wounded. Of those that survived the shelling (and who were taken Prisoner) another eight died as Prisoners of War.

Roll of Honour

H J Barter  Able Seaman Died as PoW
J J Bond  Leading Stoker Died as PoW
Brennan  Able Seaman Died as PoW
T S Brodie  Lieutenant
F J Cornish  Able Seaman
F J Gingell  Able Seaman
E V Hindman  Engine Room Artificer
Housman  Able Seaman
E H Mitchell  Stoker Petty Officer Died as PoW
E J Price  Lieutenant Died as PoW
Shepard   Petty Officer Died as PoW
JHN Tapper  Stoker
Williams  Petty Officer Died as PoW
T G Williams  Stoker 1st Class Died as PoW


14-10-1912 : Laid Down
23-04-1914 : Launched
15-10-1914 : Completed
17-04-1915 : Ran aground after trying to enter the Sea of Marmara

On 17th April 1915 whilst attempting to run beneath the minefields guarding the Dardanelle Straits, HMS E15 was swept ashore by the strong currents. The submarine ran aground directly under the guns of Fort Dardanus. E15 came under heavy fire from the fort, one shell killing the Captain, another hitting the vessels battery compartment forcing the crew to surrender.

Many attempts were made to prevent the submarine falling into enemy hands and finally a torpedo launched from HMS Majestic put paid to Turkish attempts to re-float the submarine.
16-10-1915 : Lieutenant Edward John Price died from influenza whilst a Prisoner of War in Turkey
02-02-1916 : Leading Stoker James John Bond was thirty-two years old when he died (illness) in the POW camp at Afion Kara Hissar
29-11-1916 : SPO Ernest Henry Mitchell died whilst a Prisoner of War in Turkey.
04-02-1917 : Stoker 1st Class William Thomas George Williams died (illness) in the POW camp at Afion Kara Hissar.
02-05-1917 : Crewmember AB Patrick Brennan died whilst a Prisoner of War in Turkey


My Nan's brother was Leading seaman Henry Trimmer on E15. If you're interested in his story, you can find it here:
   Paul McNeil Wed, 18 May 2016
My maternal grandfather, Thomas O'Neill, was a stoker aboard the E15 when it ran aground. He was taken prisoner and eventually returned to England, presumably after the war. Unfortunately I never met my grandfather since he died in 1951, one year before I was born. I was told this story by my grandmother and have no other evidence to support it.
   Thomas Wood Wed, 1 Aug 2018
Ernest Mitchell was my husband's great Uncle. Ernest and his younger brother Albert were orphaned as small boys. Ernest was taken from his home in Salisbury to live with an Aunt in Taunton. His brother was placed in an orphanage in London. Albert always said that he was an only child. Tracing the family history,we found the brothers on the census together in Wookey Somerset. Then one day my Father-in-law passed us two First War medals. He thought our son would like them. Several years passed and one day conversing about the war my husband took out the medals and on cleaning we realised they belonged to the boy on the census. We searched further tracing his early life until Ernest joined the Navy aged about 18. My father-in-law died believing his father was an only child, but my husband and I have kept Ernest's place in the family.We feel he should not be forgotten. He served his country well. All our Grandchildren know of Ernest and E15 submarine.
   Jenny Mitchell Sat, 10 Nov 2018

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