Built By: Portsmouth Dockyard
Build Group: J
Fate: Submarine J6 was sunk on 15th October 1918. At the time J6 was on the surface near Blyth. In the afternoon the Q Ship HMS Cymric sighted what was thought to be a German Submarine and made an attack with her guns. The submarine was unable to establish her identity as the Signalman attempting to hoist the Recognition Signal was killed by shell fire.

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Roll of Honour

E W Armstrong  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
JRI Brierley  Sub-Lieutenant
C T Bright  Artificer Engineer Died on Cymric
HEP Burwell  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
A H Hill  Able Seaman
A D Lamont  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
E G Rayner  Leading Seaman
W T Russell  Able Seaman
A E Savidge  Stoker 1st Class
H P Sexton  Boy Telegraphist
P J Stevenson  Leading Stoker
Tachon  Stoker 1st Class
W P Thompson  Stoker 1st Class
F A Tyler  Able Seaman
H T White  Able Seaman
G H Wicksted  Leading Telegraphist


26-04-1915 : Laid Down
09-09-1915 : Launched
31-07-1916 : Completed
15-10-1918 : HMS J6 was lying on the surface outside Blythe. The Q-ship Cymric was also in the area and had already encountered two British submarines that day. At 1600 a third submarine was spotted closing to have what the Cymric thought was a good look before attacking. The Cymric at once went to action stations believing the submarine to be the German U-boat U6. As shells poured into the submarine the signalman attempting to hoist a recognition signal was killed. J6 attempted to lose the Q-ship by entering a fog bank Cymric followed and found the submarine settling in the water. It was only when survivors were picked up that the mistake became clear.


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