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H6

Built By: Vickers (Canada)
Build Group: H Group 1
Fate: In 1940 she was scuttled at Dan Helder, salvaged by the Dutch and served as UD1 until March 1943.

The sponsor for H6 was Mrs Campbel-McGregor, wife of one of the senior officials attending the construction at Montreal. The names of the sponsors are inscribed on the ship's bells some of which have survived including that of H6 Commissioning CO - Lt. Robert N. Stopford, RN and 1st. Lieut - Lt. D. W. Ryder, RN.

Submarine H6 was on patrol off the Dutch coast on 18th January 1916 when she ran aground on the island of Scheirmonikoog. Attempts to pull the Submarine off were not successful and it was decided to take off the majority of the crew. This was achieved with the assistance of the destroyer HMS Firedrake and, in all two Officers and ten Ratings were rescued.

The Commanding Officer and the remainder of the Crew stayed on board but were later taken off by the Dutch Navy and were interned in Holland at Groningen where they joined their colleagues from E17 for the remainder of the War - along with members of Hawke Battalion of the Royal Naval Division who had fought at Antwerp.

The Submarine was later salvaged by the Dutch and then bought and commissioned into the Dutch Nav yand served as UD1 until March 1943.

The crew was:

Officers:

  • Lt Robert Neville Stopford, DSC, Royal Navy*
  • Lt Dudley William Ryder, Royal Navy
  • Lt Cuthbert Leslie Brown, RNR

Ratings:

  • PO Coxswain Arthur Gibson O/N 179798*
  • PO Henry George Saunders O/N 194067
  • L/Sea Ernest Henry Ridding O/N 220966*
  • AB David William Cooper O/N 219705*
  • AB Leonard Dudley O/N 236955*
  • AB Frederick Albert Darvill O/N 236159
  • AB Cecil Hanks King O/N J790
  • AB Harry Chandler O/N J1795
  • Ordinary Telegraphist John Burnett O/N J26636*
  • ERA Thomas Harold Whitelaw O/N M22284*
  • ERA Joseph Manley O/N 272478 ERA Frank Keys O/N M5105
  • Stoker PO Frederick James Robinson O/N 308214*
  • L/Stoker Sidney Victor Hawkins O/N 308323
  • Stoker Arthur William Beebe O/N K11810*
  • Stoker John William Bath Beer O/N K4194*
  • Stoker William Fraser Elderfield O/N K10483*
  • Stoker Frederick Charles Davis, DSM O/N K11937

Note: The Submarine H6 names asterisked above are those men who were interned in Holland. They all returned home safely after the Armistice in November 1918


Events

14-01-1915 : Laid Down
01-04-1915 : Launched
09-06-1915 : Completed
18-01-1916 : H6 became stranded on the Dutch Coast. The crew interned at Groningen.


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