Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: E Group 1
Fate: On 7th March 1916 Submarine E5 was on patrol in the North Sea north of Juist Island when it was sighted by a German Battle Cruiser SMS Seydlitz. An attack was carried out on the Submarine - apparently without effect.

Later a Submarine, believed to be E5, was sighted by German Cruiser SMS Regensburg further east and close by a German minefield off the west of the Ems River. Submarine E5 was not seen again and is thought to have been lost in the minefield.

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E5 had a very short career before and after her commissioning. She had an engine room explosion on 8 June 1913, 20 days before commissioning. 13 were killed.

A further three men were killed when there was an oil blow back into the starboard engine off St Ann's Head. The submarine depot ship HMS Adamant and HMS Alligator carried the medical team out to meet E5 on her way into Pembroke Dock. CERA James Alexander Greenall, son of Henry & Alice Greenall of Preston, Lancs., was killed at the scene. Engineer Commander Walter Lancelot Moore lost both legs and an arm and suffered third degree burns, dying in hospital at Pembroke Dock and returned for burial in Hampshire, believed Winchester. Leading Stoker Lewis Alfred Clarke of Esher in Surrey died in Pembroke Dock Naval Hospital. Greenall and Clarke are buried at Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery in plots R244 (Greenall) and R246 (Clarke). Ten other men were seriously injured, although all civilian staff from Barrow were safe and unharmed.

E5 Found

By James Tozer for the Daily Mail 21st November 2016

Found, a WWI submarine that took twenty-nine men to their doom: The fate of brave British sailors who vanished at sea is finally revealed after the ship's hull is found off the Dutch coast one hundred years later. Submarine E5, which is reported to be the first British Submarine to fire a torpedo in WWI, vanished in 1916.

Divers have now found the hull of HMS E5 off the coast of the Netherlands. The Submarine is thought to have struck a mine while rescuing survivors from trawler. The hatches were found open in poignant indication that crew may have tried to escape

For just over one hundred years it has kept its secrets, lying almost forgotten on the seabed. But now the descendants of the twenty-nine brave crewmen who died at last know its fate.

Divers found the remarkably intact hull of HMS E5 off the coast of the Netherlands after securing an agreement for a brief suspension of the busy shipping lane beneath which it rests.

Built in Barrow-in-Furness and commissioned in 1913, HMS E5 – the Royal Navy didn't start naming its submarines until 1942 – was feared to have struck a mine while rescuing survivors from a stricken trawler near Heligoland Bight on March 7, 1916.

The Submarine’s resting place remained a mystery until amateur maritime archaeologists won permission to examine a wreck off Schiermonnikoog, near the German border.

Encrusted with limpets and barnacles, it proved to be that of the 178 foot E5, its hatches open in a poignant indication that its crew made a vain effort to escape.

Its conning tower, which once bore its identifying 'Pennant Number' of 85, lay nearby on the seabed but there was no sign of major damage to the hull, indicating that it was not sunk because of enemy action.

Remy Luttik, who led the Zeester diving team, said: 'A piece of the puzzle of the maritime history of the North Sea has surfaced. The results offer hope for relatives looking for their missing loved ones.'

Roll of Honour

Aldred  Stoker
W J Arnold  Petty Officer
H W Atkinson  Able Seaman
H S Bacon  Leading Seaman
J T Bassett  Leading Seaman
W A Bonner  Leading Stoker
J W Brewer  Stoker
Buchanan  Engine Room Artificer RNR
A J Carles  Lieutenant
Carter  Engine Room Artificer
R L Chinn  Stoker
EDF Collier  Acting Lieutenant RNR
A T Crane  Leading Telegraphist
C H Dadford  Stoker
A D Dale  Stoker
F W Davis  Engine Room Artificer
R T Dimsdale  Lieutenant
W H Dumelow  Stoker
Dwyer  Stoker
H D Edwards  Lieutenant Commander DSO
Elliot  Engine Room Artificer
Goff  Stoker
G J Hayward  Stoker
Hazelton  Boy Telegraphist
C R Hood  Able Seaman
E W Hunt  Petty Officer
Jarvis  Stoker
G W Jecock  Able Seaman
H W Kingcome  Signalman
J F Lane  Stoker
Lefever  Able Seaman
G F Moore  Stoker
E R Morris  Chief Engine Room Artificer
H F Norton  Able Seaman
C J Oates  Able Seaman
A R Owen  Petty Officer
Parker  Able Seaman
Parrell  Chief Engine Room Artificer
A J Pendred  Petty Officer
H A Powell  Leading Stoker
HAV Puckhaber  Petty Officer DSM
A J Rayer  Leading Stoker
EFO Regan  Able Seaman
C F Rice  Engine Room Artificer
Rook  Leading Stoker
W E Shepherd  Boy Telegraphist
W H Skinner  Leading Stoker
H T Skoyles  Able Seaman
Smith  Stoker
A R Thirlwell  Able Seaman
Trebble  Able Seaman
W R Woodland  Engine Room Artificer


09-06-1911 : Laid Down
17-05-1912 : Launched
07-06-1913 : Completed
08-06-1913 : An explosion occurred inside E5's Main Engines, resulting in the death of one Officer and two men. In addition, nine men were badly burned.
24-02-1916 : One of the crew of submarine E5 was reported to have died. He was:
Leading Telegraphist Arthur Thomas Crane O/N J6686 (Po)

Arthur Crane was born in Hornsea (Highgate) in London on 10th Jul 1893 and he was the twenty three year old son of Thomas Charles and Martha Annie Crane of 25, Minard Road, Catford, London. He joined the Royal Navy on 6th January 1910.

Arthur Crane joined Submarines on 20th November 1913 and was drafted to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Maidstone (9th Submarine Flotilla) ‘for Submarine E5’ on 15th January 1914. It is reported that he was accidentally lost overboard and drowned .

Arthur Crane is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial on Panel No. 15.
07-03-1916 : At 08.10 on the morning the German battle cruiser Seydlitz sighted a submarine north of Juist Island. The cruiser and her accompanying torpedo boats dropped depth charges but to no avail. A few hours later another German cruiser, the Regensburg sighted a submarine to the east, not far from a German minefield of the Western Ems. E5 failed to return from her patrol and it is believed that this was the submarine seen by the Regensburg near the minefield.
21-11-2016 : Divers found the remarkably intact hull of HMS E5 off the coast of the Netherlands after securing an agreement for a brief suspension of the busy shipping lane beneath which it rests. The wreck of E5 was found by off the island of Schiermonnikoog, there was no sign of major damage to the hull, indicating that it was not sunk as a result of enemy action. Remy Luttik, head of the diving team, said he was relieved: “A puzzle piece of the maritime history of the North Sea could be clarified.”


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