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

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Armstrong, Ernest William  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 12905    24
Brierley, James Roger Ingham  Sub Lieutenant      22
Bright, Charles Thomas  Artificer Engineer  269922    41
CWGC site Bright C.T. not the correct Bright, Charles Thomas. RN DoB 24/03/1877. Actual 24/03/1878
Burwell, Herbert Edward Philip  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 3779    22
Hill, Arthur Herbert  Able Seaman  J 5428    27
Lamont, Athol Davaan  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 14927    26
Rayner, Edward George  Leading Seaman  J 5764    25
Russell, William Thomas  Able Seaman  J 28769    20
Savidge, Albert Edward  Stoker 1st Class  K 19992    23
Sexton, Henry Percy  Boy Telegraphist  J 58647    17
Stevenson, Percival James  Leading Stoker  K 1628    28
Tachon, Philip  Stoker 1st Class  K 20794    23
Thompson, William Piper  Stoker 1st Class  K 23871    22
RN DoB 05/08/1896. Actual 05/08/1897
Tyler, Frank Andrew  Able Seaman  J 21161    23
White, Henry Thomas  Able Seaman  J 13130    23
Wickstead, George Herbert  Leading Telegraphist  J 31563    21


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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