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E26

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

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Atkin-Berry, Harold Harding  Lieutenant      24
At birth Berry, Harold Harding , Family name changed to Atkin-Berry 03/10/1910
Burr, William  Leading Seaman  229915    28
Caines, George William  Able Seaman  J 1588    24
Dalgleish, James Bertram  Telegraphist  J 32098    18
Denwood, Robert  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  M 10841    32
Devine, Thomas  Able Seaman  J 10027    22
RN DoB 07/11/1894. Actual 09/11/1895
Dixon, Charles Anthony  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class (RNR)  EA 1172    25
Doman, George  Stoker  K 19294    22
RN DoB 15/01/1895. Actual 15/01/1897
Fox, Herbert John  Able Seaman  J 14172    20
Green, William George  Stoker 1st Class  K 5619    25
At birth Green, George William Served as Green, William George.
Grimshaw, Harry  Stoker 1st Class  K 18444    22
Gunn, Alexander John  Temporary Acting Lieutenant (RNR)      26
Hendry, John  Stoker 1st Class  K 15101    22
Heslop, John  Stoker 1st Class  K 9619    24
At birth Heslop, John Thomas Served as Heslop, John. RN DoB 25/01/1892. Actual 25/01/1891
Hodge, Albert Tom  Able Seaman  J 6648    21
Lay, John Carter  Acting Leading Stoker  K 5605    24
Lennon, Peter  Stoker  K 6759    24
Ley, Edward Percy  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  270586    35
Mabberly, Henry  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  M 634    29
Mansfield, William Reuben  Leading Stoker  K 1257    26
Mathews, Reginald Thomas Phillips  Signalman  J 2050    23
Mondy, William  Leading Seaman  237258    25
Nicholls, George Cyril  Stoker 1st Class  K 16673    21
Page, Arthur William  Able Seaman  J 6798    22
Powers, Albert Bennett  Petty Officer  215132    31
Ryan, Edward William Blackwood  Lieutenant (CO)      28
Sansford, Arthur Slade Summers  Petty Officer  173879    38
RN DoB 02/02/1878. Actual 02/02/1877
Stevenson, Frank  Stoker Petty Officer  286766    38
Thompson, Albert Edward  Stoker 1st Class  K 22857    24
Toogood, Edwin Albert  Able Seaman  J 8520    21
Yetman, William Henry  Petty Officer  215179    32

Events

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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