Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: H Group 2
Fate: Sank in Devonport Dockyard in August 1926. After being raised was scrapped in 1927

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Submarine H29 was accidentally sunk at Devonport Dockyard on 9th Aug 1926. One member of the Ships Company died in the accident as did five civilian Dockyard workers. Those who died were:

Chief Engine Room Artificer Robert William Dalton O/N 272358 (Ch). Robert Dalton was born at Swanscombe in Kent on 17th Feb 1886. The date of his draft to Submarine H29 is not yet established. Forty year old Robert Dalton died in the accident. No Next of Kin or other family detail is currently available.

  • Mr Edward Hosking (Chargeman Fitter)
  • Mr Henry Hill (Dockyard Fitter)
  • Mr Arthur Truscott (Dockyard Fitter)
  • Mr George Elliott (Dockyard Fitter)
  • Mr John Fletcher (Labourer)
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The Sinking of Submarine H29Read
Having reported on the sinking of Submarine H29 in Devonport Dockyard in 1926 with several fatalities, on the causes of the accident and the subsequent Courts Martial of the Commanding Officer and the First Lieutenant where both were found guilty of the charges and the First Lieutenant was 'dismissed his ship'.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Dalton, Robert William  Chief Engine Room Artificer  272358    40
Elliott, G W  Ship Fitter (Civilian)     
Fletcher, J  Labourer (Civilian)     
Hill, H  Engine Fitter (Civilian)     
Hosking, E M  Chargehand Fitter (Civilian)     
Truscott, A S  Ship Fitter (Civilian)     


19-03-1917 : Laid Down
08-06-1918 : Launched
14-09-1918 : Completed
09-08-1926 : HMS H29 lay alongside No.2 Basin in Devonport Dockyard. She had recently completed a refit and it was necessary to test the torpedo tube mechanisms. In order to do so the submarine was required to be "trimmed down". As the submarine began to trim several men came rushing on deck. H29's stern began to sink low in the water and attempts to shut the aft hatch were thwarted by a 4-inch pipe passing through it. Water began to rush through the hatch before the pipe could be removed. H29 sank in under 2 minutes. Read More


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