Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: G
Fate: Submarine G9 was on patrol in the North Sea on 16th September 1917 having left her base on the Tees on 9th September. The Submarine was in position between 60 degrees 30 minutes North and 61 degrees 30 minutes North. G9 apparently fired a torpedo at the ‘M’ Class Destroyer HMS Pasley believing the Destroyer to be a German U-Boat. The torpedo did not explode and HMS Pasley rammed the submarine, which sank.

There was one survivor, Stoker William Alfred Drake. The remainder of the crew of G9 was lost.
G9 at Scapa
G9 at Scapa
The crew of G9
The crew of G9

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Roll of Honour

G A Baby  Able Seaman
Bareham  Able Seaman
A H Barnes  Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
E E Bastard  Petty Officer DSM
F R Buchanan  Able Seaman
B P Cary  Lieutenant Commander Hon. DSO
C F Cottrell  Sub-Lieutenant
E E Crook  Stoker Petty Officer
Dillin  Able Seaman
J F Dinnis  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
G S Dowsett  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
A C Goodbody  Stoker 1st Class
A T Goodey  Signalman
J E Hart  Able Seaman
F C Hayes  Leading Stoker
G D John  Engine Room Artificer
C R Kennett   Leading Seaman
Kuspert  Stoker
H N Lesley  Lieutenant
G W Marchant  Leading Stoker
E E Marshall  Stoker 1st Class
R H Mills  Stoker 1st Class
W H Mitchell  Able Seaman
H G Moller  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Morley  Able Seaman
R M Nicoll  Boy Telegraphist
P C Parrick   Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
E W Penfold  Petty Officer
Pinnell  Leading Seaman
Richardson  Lieutenant RNR
A C Smith  Able Seaman
HWT Underwood  Stoker 1st Class
A R Williams   Stoker 1st Class


08-12-1914 : Laid Down
15-06-1916 : Launched
22-08-1916 : Completed
16-01-1917 : G9 left the Tees on 9th September 1917. On the 16th she was on patrol off Norway between 60 degrees 30 minutes north and 61 degrees 30 minutes north. It was a very dark night and G9 knew an enemy submarine was in the vicinity. There was heavy rain, with sea state 5 and wind force 4-5.

Whilst on the surface, G9 fired two torpedoes at the destroyer HMS Pasley in mistake for German U-boat and was preparing to launch the stern tube torpedo before she was rammed. One torpedo missed Pasley, the other failed to detonate because of the acute angle of impact. The destroyer rammed the submarine. There was only one survivor.

The CO of Pasley had received no instructions regarding probable presence of British submarines in this area. The subsequent Court of Enquiry attributed no blame to Pasley.


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