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Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: E Group 3ML
Fate: 15/8/1916 - Sank off Harwich after collision with HMS E4
Scrapped in September 1922

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Ashby, Christopher John  Petty Officer  236506    27
Beail, Albert Victor  Able Seaman  228842    29
Calvo, George  Stoker  K14055    22
Daniels, Charles Ceal  Stoker  K 22606    21
Evans, Jack  Stoker  K 9478    25
Frewer, Walter  Leading Stoker  312441    28
Garland, John  Leading Stoker  310934    35
Gaunt, Frederick Henry  Able Seaman  J6168    22
Grant, William Alexander  Leading Seaman  223970    30
Gribble, Frederick  Stoker  K 2533    29
Klemp, Charles Thomas  Lieutenant (RNR)  99    25
Monckton, Sidney  Engine Room Artificer  M 2665    23
Roach, George Frederick  Able Seaman  J12094    22
Saywell, Herbert Nelson  Engine Room Artificer  M 3326    24
Stewart, Alfred George  Able Seaman  J7784    24
Wells, John  Stoker  K17402    23


22-10-1915 : Launched
01-02-1916 : Completed
15-08-1916 : Whilst carrying out anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea, HMS E41 acting as a target, had begun a surface passage of 12 knots when HMS E4s periscope appeared 50 yards off her starboard bow, on a collision course. E41 stopped her engines but not before E4 collided forward of the bridge.

E41 began to take in water through the forward battery compartment and began to sink by the bow. In less than two minutes the conning tower was under the water.

HMS Firdrake, who had been monitoring the exercise, took less than two minutes to reach the scene of the collision to pick up survivors. There were no survivors from E4. Both submarines were eventually located, salvaged for return to service, although E41 never served again.

NOTE: William Brown’s survival was remarkable - he found himself trapped alone inside E41 when the submarine sank. By his own efforts and his extensive knowledge of the submarine systems he managed in darkness to isolate the compartment, flood and equalise the space and make a free ascent escape reaching the surface successfully about half an hour after the collision.

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E41 was salvaged and subjected to an extensive re-fit. Lieutenant-Commander Norman D. Holbrook, VC, was appointed in command on commissioning in February, 1917, and she served thereafter in the 9th Submarine Flotilla, based on H.M.S. Maidstone at Harwich. She was sold for scrapping in 1922.
   William de Villiers Fri, 3 Jan 2020

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