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E24

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: E Group 3ML
Fate: E24 sailed from Harwich on Tuesday 21 March 1916 with orders to carry out a Mine Laying Operation in the Heligoland Bight. The Submarine did not return from this operation and is assumed to have been mined on or about Friday 24 March 1916.

Roll of Honour

I Bass  Engine Room Artificer Served As Bastarrechea
W Bennett  Leading Seaman
R E Birch  Lieutenant
S E Brown  Stoker
V H Campbell Lovell  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
A J Carpenter  Leading Telegraphist
C M Connolly  Stoker
G E Deves  Stoker
F Egan  Able Seaman
S D Fitzwalter  Engine Room Artificer
A J Flack  Leading Seaman
A E Ford  Leading Stoker
E W Gange  Able Seaman
RMW Greiffenhagen  Lieutenant
G A Harris  Acting Lieutenant RNR
W H Hawke  Leading Seaman
H Keat  Leading Seaman
W L Kelley  Stoker
T A Kirby  Able Seaman
H Maeers  Able Seaman
N Martin  Engine Room Artificer
GWE Naper  Lieutenant Commander
G Oakley  Stoker Petty Officer
R H Rogers  Petty Officer
E Scarlett  Engine Room Artificer
W H Sewell  Able Seaman
F A Trendem  Able Seaman
W J Watts  Stoker
E F Willcox  Stoker
R H Wilson  Engine Room Artificer
W Witchell  Stoker

 

The wreck of E24 was mistakenly salvaged in 1973 and inspection of the hull confirmed mine damage. The CWGC Records indicate that the remains of twenty five submariners were recovered from the wreck of E24 and that, in July 1973, these remains were subsequently buried in the Hamburg Cemetery.

Examination of the submarine confirmed the mine-tubes were empty and that it was most likely that E24 was sunk by a German minefield.

Submarine E24 is commemorated on a memorial in the Churchyard at Sullington in Sussex.


Events

09-12-1915 : Launched
10-01-1916 : Completed
07-03-1916 : E24 became the first British Mine laying Sub to begin operational mine laying in the mouth of the River Elbe.
24-03-1916 : HMS E24 disappeared

On the morning of 21st March 1916 E24 sailed from Harwich for mine-laying operations at Helegoland Bight. The submarine failed to return from this operation and was believed to have struck a mine.

In 1973 her hull was mistakenly salvaged, inspection of the hull indicated that the submarine had indeed hit a mine.


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