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E30

Built By: Armstrong Whitworth (Tyne)
Build Group: E Group 3
Fate: Lost on 22nd November 1916 in the North sea. Possibly mined off Orford Ness
E30
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Four members of the crew of died on 7th Apr 1916. The deaths resulted from an accident in which there were explosions in Nos. 1, 2 & 3 batteries. Those who died were:

  • L/Sea Ernest Arthur Bonnamy 234265
  • AB Edward Albert Howard 230663
  • PO Tel Robert Larcombe 309324
  • Sto 1 J Smith K9252

L/Sea Ernest Arthur Bonnamy was returned to his family and was buried in the Paddington Cemetery in Willesden Lane, Kilburn, London.

The other three ratings were buried in the Blyth Cemetery in Links Road, Blyth, Northumberland.


Stoker Robert James Pudner (O/N K20273) was a member of the crew of Submarine E30 and he is reported to have died on 20th Dec 1915. He is understood to have drowned but the circumstances are not known. However his body was recovered and was returned to his parents in his home town of Okehampton in Devon.

His death was reported in the Western Times of 24th December 1915 as follows:

OKEHAMTON SAILOR ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED

Mr. & Mrs. Pudner, of East Street, Okehampton, received the sad news from the Admiralty Wednesday that their son, Robert James Pudner, 1st Class Stoker of HMS Titania, was accidentally drowned. Mr. Robert Pudner was twenty years of age last birthday.

He joined the Navy about two years ago, and served for some time on HMS FORESIGHT. On the outbreak of war he proceeded to the North Sea, and was away twelve months before he had his first leave. He visited his parents at Okehampton last August.

His body has been recovered, and arrangements are being made for the remains to be brought home. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. & Mrs. Pudner in their sad bereavement.

Deceased was a promising young man, and was much respected by all who knew him.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Bentley, Harry James  Leading Stoker  298302  MID  35
At birth Bentley, James Harry served as Bentley, Harry James.
Biggs, Geoffrey Nepean  Lieutenant Commander (CO)      31
Bowley, Ernest William  Able Seaman  239811    24
Bucks, William Henry  Petty Officer  185640    30
RN DoB 13/04/1886. Actual DoB 13/04/1880
Coombes, William  Petty Officer  J 115    25
RN DoB 28/03/1891. Actual DoB 28/03/1890. At birth Coombes, William George Rider Served as Coombes, William.
Crocker, Sidney  Stoker  K 22305    22
At birth Crocker, Sydney served as Crocker, Sidney.
Farwell, John Ralph Bax  Lieutenant      24
Fleming, Alfred Robert  Petty Officer  180617    36
Hand, Alfred Henry  Able Seaman  J 16364    21
Hayward, Thomas Alfred  Petty Officer Stoker  292724    36
Hedge, Bertie  Stoker 1st Class  K 10839    27
At birth Hedge, Bertie Cecil Served as Hedge, Bertie.
Henderson, James  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  270348    40
Hurlock, Henry  Leading Seaman  238126  DSM  26
RN DoB 08/04/1890. Actual 08/04/1891
Johnston, John  Stoker 1st Class  K 18697    27
Jones, John Richard  Telegraphist  J 21786    19
Langridge, Joseph Golden  Able Seaman  236704  MID  26
May, James  Chief Engine Room Artificer  270428    38
RN DoB 07/02/1878. Actual 07/02/1880
Meats, Harold Stephen  Temporary Acting Lieutenant (RNR)      24
Morris, Joseph William  Stoker 1st Class  K 18651    24
Potter, William Charles Leonard  Leading Signalman  J 11821    22
Presswell, John William  Leading Seaman  J 15591    22
Pudner, Robert James  Stoker  K20273   
Understood to have drowned 20/12/1915 but the circumstances are not known. However his body was recovered and was returned to his parents in his home town of Okehampton in Devon.
Reeves, Charles Henry  Able Seaman  J 2360    25
RN DoB 20/09/1891. Actual 20/03/1890
Rennison, Thomas Forster  Stoker 1st Class  K 17937    21
Ridgers, Arthur  Able Seaman  J 8085    22
Roberts, Albert Charles  Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 6356    23
Snowden, Alfred William  Stoker 1st Class  K19920    21
Stevens, Harvey  Stoker 1st Class  K 7564    27
Travers, William Richard  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 3709    27
RN DoB 05/08/1889. Actual 05/08/1890
Volze, Frederick Charles Hedges  Able Seaman  J 9710    22
Wellfare, Thomas William  Leading Stoker  305430    31
At birth Welfare, Thomas William Served as Wellfare Thomas William.

Events

01-12-1914 : Laid Down
29-06-1915 : Launched
01-11-1915 : Completed
07-04-1916 : Four members of the crew of died from an accident in which there were explosions in Nos. 1, 2 & 3 batteries.
22-11-1916 : Lost in the North sea. Possibly mined off Orford Ness. E30 left Harwich on November 15th. The minefield was not located until 25th November.
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