Built By: Beardmore (Clyde)
Build Group: E Group 3
Fate: On 3rd July 1916 E26 was operating off the estuary of the Ems River when the submarine was attacked by German forces. Both gunfire and bombs were used. E26 did not return from her patrol. The crew were all lost.

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E26 was taken over as part of the Emergency War Programme of 1914 having been ordered by the Turkish Navy, as one of a Class of two E Class Submarines. After commissioning the submarine joined the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Maidstone (8th Submarine Flotilla) at Harwich.

Lieutenant Ryan (CO of E26) started a Submariner dynasty. His son, Lt Patrick Edward James Ryan, RN served as a submariner but was lost in the Thetis accident in June 1939. His grandson, Cdr David Patrick Blackwood 'Paddy' Ryan, RN) also became a submariner serving in both Conventional and Nuclear submarines before retiring as a Commander. 'Paddy' Ryan's son (Lieutenant Patrick Douglas Blackwood Ryan) also joined the Royal Navy and qualified as a Submariner in 2004 and is believed to be the first 4th generation Submarine Officer from the one family.

Roll of Honour

H H Atkin-Berry  Lieutenant
Burr  Leading Seaman
G W Caines 
J B Dalgleish  Telegraphist
Denwood  Engine Room Artificer
C A Dixon  Engine Room Artificer RNR
Doman  Stoker
Fox  Able Seaman
Grimshaw  Stoker
A J Gunn  Acting Lieutenant RNR
Hendry  Stoker 1st Class
Heslop  Stoker
A T Hodge  Able Seaman
J C Lay  Leading Stoker
Lennon  Stoker
E P Ley  Engine Room Artificer
Mabberly  Engine Room Artificer
W R Mansfield  Leading Stoker
RTP Mathews  Signalman
Mondy  Leading Seaman
G C Nicholls  Stoker
A W Page  Able Seaman
A B Powers  Petty Officer
EWB Ryan  Lieutenant
A S Sansford  Petty Officer
F S Stevenson  Engine Room Artificer
A E Thompson  Stoker
E A Toogood  Able Seaman
W H Yetman  Petty Officer


03-10-1915 : Completed
11-11-1915 : Launched
03-07-1916 : Lost

On 2nd July 1916 a German Patrol boat reported a trail of oil on the surface just off the Ems that was thought to be emanating from a submarine. The following day German forces attacked a British submarine with both gunfire and bombs. E26 did not return from her patrol. The crew were all lost.


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