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E20

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: E Group 2
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk on 5th November 1916 by German U-boat U14 in the Sea of Marmara
E20 was fitted with a 6 inch gun
E20 was fitted with a 6 inch gun

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Immediately after 'Commissioning' Submarine E20 was sent to the Mediterranean to bolster Submarine Operations at the Dardanelles.

E20 entered the Sea of Marmora and was programmed to rendezvous with the French submarine Turquoise on 6th November 1915 to co-ordinate plans. Unfortunately the details of the rendezvous position (40º45'N 28º10'E) were captured by the Turks after the Turquoise had run aground and was abandoned by its Officers and Crew.

The position and time of the rendezvous was passed to the Commanding Officer of the German U-Boat UB-14 (Lieutenant von Heimburg). Whilst E20 was waiting on the surface at the rendezvous point the submarine was torpedoed by UB-14.

The following personnel made up the crew of E20. Of these ten survived to be taken Prisoner of War (one died whilst still a Prisoner) & twenty one were lost in the sinking. Those who died are listed below.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Brown, Henry Wilkinson  Signalman  J 7134    22
Coleman, Edward James  Stoker Petty Officer  302288    35
Dendy, Darcy  Stoker 1st Class  K 11235    29
RN DoB 18/11/1885. Actual 18/11/1883
Dew, George  Leading Seaman  J 151    23
RN DoB 03/02/1892. Actual 03/08/1893
Fenner, Harold Haynes  Stoker 1st Class  K 3236    26
Howard, Arthur James  Able Seaman     
Died 08/02/1917 from illness in the POW Camp at Angora
Hoy, Frederick William  Stoker Petty Officer  301032    31
RN DoB 16/11/1883. Actual 16/11/1884
Jolley, Sidney Harry  Petty Officer  226676    29
Keeling, William John  Stoker 1st Class  K 13396    24
Lonergan, Arthur  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  271886    26
Long, William  Leading Stoker  229249    28
Male, Harold Douglas  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  271885    26
Pope, William Charles  Petty Officer  216624    29
Rees, Tracey  Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  270158    37
Rodgers, Percival Hall  Stoker 1st Class  K 2482    24
Rudd, Wallace Henry  Telegraphist  J 12347    20
Stanford, Harry Albert  Stoker 1st Class  K 9865    24
Symonds, Percy Horace Victor  Stoker 1st Class  K 302    27
At birth Symonds, Albert Percy Served as Symonds, Percy Horace Victor. Born 02/08/1889 Bodenham Hertfordshire.
Thompson, Gilbert  Able Seaman  J 3187    22
Waters, Harry Limb  Able Seaman  J 8325    22
Webb, Ernest William Job  Leading Seaman  195407    33
Williams, Frank Edgar  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 3935    25

Events

25-11-1914 : Laid Down
12-06-1915 : Launched
30-08-1915 : Completed
06-11-1915 : On 30th October 1915 the French submarine Turquoise ran aground near Nagara Point, in the Dardanelles. With the submarine directly under the Turkish shore batteries the French crew hastily abandoned ship. Unfortunately for E20, who was due to rendezvous with the Turquoise, the French Captain had failed to destroy his confidential papers. The Germans now knew of the rendezvous and dispatched U14 to intercept the unsuspecting E20

U14 first sighted E20 at 1600 and at 1700 at a range of 550 yards she fired a single torpedo scoring a direct hit.
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