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G9

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

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Baby, George Albert  Able Seaman  J 10723    24
Bareham, Victor  Able Seaman  J 20193    21
Barnes, Arthur Hector  Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  269945    40
RN DoB 21/07/1877. Actual 21/07/1876
Bastard, Ernest Edward  Petty Officer  207705  DSM  32
RN DoB 22/10/1884. Actual 02/10/1885
Buchanan, Frank Rae  Able Seaman  J 10883    23
Cary, Byron Plantagenet  Lieutenant Commander (CO)    DSO  30
Cottrell, Clement Fraser  Sub Lieutenant      20
Crook, Ernest Edward  Stoker Petty Officer  302195    35
Dillin, William  Able Seaman  J 6989    24
Dinnis, John Frederick  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  M 439    31
Dowsett, George Stanley  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M5481    26
RN DoB 05/09/1891. Actual 05/09/1890. At birth Dowsett, Stanley George Joined as Dowsett, George Stanley
Goodbody, Albert Charles  Stoker 1st Class  K 19290    28
Goodey, Andrew Taylor  Signalman  J 13870    22
Hart, James Edward  Able Seaman  239695    25
Hayes, Frederick Charles  Leading Stoker  K 7370    25
RN DoB 01/07/1892. Actual 01/07/1893
John, George  Engine Room Artificer (RNR)  EA 1774    26
At birth John, Dewi George Served as John, George
Kennett, Charles Richard  Leading Seaman (CG)  213318    34
RN DoB 21/07/1883. Actual 21/07/1882
Kuspert, Russell  Stoker 1st Class  K 22193    24
Lesley, Henry Norman  Lieutenant      27
Marchant, George William  Leading Stoker  K 7448    25
Marshall, Albert Edward Ernest  Stoker 1st Class  K 20632    22
RN DoB 04/04/1895. Actual 04/04/1896
Mills, Robert Henry  Stoker 1st Class  K 23500    20
RN DoB 01/08/1896. Actual 01/08/1897
Mitchell, William Henry  Able Seaman  239539    26
Moller, Henry George  Petty Officer Telegraphist  238927    26
Morley, Harry  Able Seaman  237733    26
Nicoll, James Rollo Macrossen  Boy Telegraphist  J 44755    17
Parrick, Cuthbert Percival  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 2189    22
Penfold, Ernest William  Petty Officer  J 6407    24
Pinnell, Richard  Leading Seaman  J 11878    23
Richardson, Fred  Temporary Lieutenant (RNR)      25
Smith, Allan Charles  Able Seaman  J 1925    25
Underwood, Harry William Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  K 15565    24
Williams, Albert Rees  Stoker 1st Class  K 9680    24

Events

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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