Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: E Group 2
Fate: On 22 August 1916, E16 was sighted on the surface some thirty-five miles east of Yarmouth by the sister submarine E38. A group of warships was also sighted by E38 a short while later. Splashes were seen on the surface in the distance which may have been depth charges exploding. There were also reports of German warships attacking a periscope on the same day. E16 did not return from patrol and was presumed to have been lost.

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The wreck of Submarine E16 was found in early 2001 by a German diver, Rolf Schuett, in the Heligoland Bight north of the Dutch Island of Terschelling. It was found to have a large, gaping hole in the hull, which indicates a mine or a torpedo explosion.

It was thought E16 was sunk after entering a minefield from the swept channel – the reported damage may be the confirmation of this theory. The divers reported a second submarine wreck in close proximity to E16.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Anfield, John William Wray  Leading Seaman  J 1302    24
Beard, Frederick James  Leading Seaman  222602    29
RN DoB 20/01/1887. Actual DoB 20/10/1885
Bevan, Edward William Reginald  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 1189  DSM  28
Boagey, Robert  Leading Stoker  K 1409    29
RN DoB 12/09/1890. Actual DoB 12/09/1887
Bowler, Arthur  Able Seaman  234252    27
Bulbeck, William Henry  Able Seaman  J 4675    23
Butcher, Mark  Able Seaman  J 10234    23
Cameron, Alistair Gordon  Sub Lieutenant (RNR)    DSC*  25
Carpenter, Thomas  Stoker  K 12154    25
Castle, William George  Petty Officer  194895    35
Claridge, Sidney Arthur  Telegraphist  J 24632    19
Duff-Dunbar, Kenneth James  Lieutenant Commander    DSO  29
Commanding Officer
Edkins, Frank  Stoker  K 17671    22
Frampton, Peter James  Able Seaman  210057    31
RN DoB 29/01/1885. Actual DoB 29/01/1884
Gibson-Carmichael, Alexander David  Sub Lieutenant      21
Grice, Herbert Houghton  Stoker  K 17216    24
Hegarty, Thomas  Stoker  K 17241    22
Horgan, Patrick  Stoker Petty Officer  295011    41
Hughes, James  Signalman  240077    24
Lake, Charles  Petty Officer  206229    32
RN DoB 25/04/1884. Actual DoB 25/04/1882
Morgan, George Edgar  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 7310    23
O'Neill, John  Stoker 1st Class  K 16227    24
At birth O'Neill, John William Served as O'Neill, John
Page, Edwin Jack  Able Seaman  J 6829    23
Peerless, Herbert William  Able Seaman  J 4887    23
Pickering, William George  Leading Stoker  221754    30
RN DoB 01/01/1886. Actual DoB 01/01/1887
Prior, John Sampson  Stoker 1st Class  K 8930    25
RN DoB 20/11/1891. Actual DoB 20/11/1890
Reid, William Smail  Chief Engine Room Artificer (RNR)  EA 1355    26
Sharpe, Percy William  Stoker 1st Class  K 20183    27
Thornton, Alfred  Leading Seaman  228151    30
Wade, Arthur Edward  Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  270991  DSM  35
Wilbraham, George  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 11731    25


14-10-1912 : Laid Down
23-09-1914 : Launched
26-02-1915 : Completed
26-07-1915 : HMS E16 torpedoed destroyer V188 off the German Coast on 26 July 1915.
22-08-1916 : E16 was last sighted thirty-five miles east of Yarmouth by HMS E38. E38 later observed a group of warships moving north, in the vicinity of Terschelling, Splashes were seen near to one of the warships which may have been depth charges exploding. Reports of enemy vessels attacking a periscope on the 22nd August may have been against E16.


My great uncle John Sampson Prior was aboard E16 wen she, was lost. He had been in the navy since 1909 and joined the sub one month b4 as a stoker. He was Buckland Monachorum in Devon. His mother was devastated and didn't change his room hoping he would come home. His name is on the memorial at crapstone
   Mark Foden Fri, 12 Feb 2021
My great gran dad Albert Tilbury served on e16 but was transffered to j5 on the 16/10/16 a lucky escape for him which happened on a few occasions .
   Andrew abbott Sat, 29 Jan 2022

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