Built By: Portsmouth Dockyard
Build Group: K Group 1
Fate: Foundered and sunk in the Bay of Biscay on 20th January 1921 for reasons unknown.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Aburrow, Cecil Frederick John  Able Seaman  J 4284    28
Andrews, Herbert Garnham  Petty Officer  J 5147    27
Backhouse, Albert Edward  Stoker 1st Class  K21000    26
Baker, George William  Engineer Lieutenant      32
Beaumont, George Langwell  Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  272157    36
Booker, George Lewis  Chief Stoker     
Accidentally lost overboard and were drowned 31/07/1918
Bowles, Edward John  Engineer Lieutenant      34
RN DoB 04/03/1887. Actual 04/03/1889
Burns, John  Stoker 1st Class  K 17609    26
At birth Burns, John Thomas Served as Burns, John. RN DoB 08/03/1894. Actual 08/03/1895
Butland, Richard William Henry  Steward  L 9741    21
Charman, William James  Leading Telegraphist  J 31517  DSM  23
Chase, Frederick Walter  Leading Stoker  K 3799  DSM  30
At birth Chase, Walter Frederick Served as Chase, Frederick Walter. RN DoB 02/09/1890. Actual 02/09/1889
Clarke, Benjamin Jacob  Lieutenant      35
Clarke, Cecil Frederick  Able Seaman  J 32900    22
Clowes, John Henry Thomas  Able Seaman  J 25668    25
Cornish, Percy William  Able Seaman  J 11540    25
Cox, John William  Telegraphist  J 49821    20
Cuddeford, Frederick William Francis  Lieutenant      26
Donovan, Michael  Able Seaman  J 18322    25
Edmonds, Charles  Leading Seaman  J 2996    28
Ellis, Charles Alfred  Stoker 1st Class  SS 124701    19
Evans, John Horace  Able Seaman  J14734    25
RN DoB 01/05/1895. Actual 01/05/1897
French, Alfred Frederick  Petty Officer  214229    35
Gaimes, John Austin  Lieutenant Commander      34
Commanding Officer
George, Walter  Able Seaman  J17015    24
Gillett, Victor Allen  Able Seaman  J24980    20
Hester, William James  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 1516    26
Hicklin, William Osborne  Leading Stoker  K 12306    28
At birth Hicklin, William George Osborne Served as Hicklin, William Osborne
Hutchence, Harry  Stoker 1st Class  K 22154    24
Inight, Walter  Leading Seaman  J10959    25
Jordan, Michael  Stoker 1st Class     
Accidentally lost overboard and were drowned 31/07/1918
Kendall, John Gilmour  Stoker 1st Class  K 24052    25
Lampard, Thomas Frederick  Leading Seaman  J 12698    26
Lamport, Albert John  Leading Seaman  J 6059    26
Lashmar, Bertram Arthur  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  M 4306    31
Lawrence, James Gordon  Leading Seaman  J 26878  MID  24
Lawrence, Stanfield  Stoker 1st Class  K 24155    30
RN DoB 17/10/1890. Actual 17/10/1887
MacGregor, Robert James Russell  Stoker 1st Class  K 19376    35
Male, Bert Edward  Chief Stoker  302183    36
At birth Male, Bertram Edwin Served as Male, Bert Edwards. RN DoB 27/01/1884. Actual 27/01/1887
Mansfield, Richard Albert  Able Seaman  J 2617    28
Metcalfe, Fred  Able Seaman  SS 8401    25
Middlemist, Robert James Menteith  Lieutenant      21
Mould, William  Petty Officer  J 7392    28
Page, Alfred George  Stoker Petty Officer  229695    34
RN DoB 12/02/1886. Actual 12/11/1886
Parr, Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  K 20815    25
At birth Parr, Frederick Walter Served as Parr, Frederick. RN DoB 01/04/1895. Actual 01/04/1898
Parry, James Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  K 17768    26
Pollard, George  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 10901    29
Purkis, Frederick Walter  Stoker 1st Class  K 19579    28
Raggett, Alfred David  Stoker 1st Class  K 26671    23
Riley, Herbert  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  M 4194    34
Seymour, George  Stoker 1st Class  K 24204    26
Sheppard, William Cyril  Petty Officer  J 5572    27
Smith, Frederick John  Stoker Petty Officer  299134    42
Smith, William Balfour  Stoker 1st Class  K 19915    25
RN DoB 05/07/1895. Actual 05/07/1896
Smith, William Carrington  Able Seaman  J6219    26
Tanner, William James  Signalman  J 21454    23
Ward, Horace William  Able Seaman  SS 8464    21
West, Lewis Herbert  Stoker 1st Class  K20832    31
Wiltshire, Richard  Signalman  J 31907    22
Wootton, William  Stoker Petty Officer  K 2665    29
RN DoB 18/03.1891. Actual 18/03/1892


13-11-1915 : Laid Down
16-12-1916 : Launched
01-06-1917 : Completed
20-01-1921 : HMS K5 sailed from Torbay as part of a fleet bound for Spain, which included the Cruiser Inconstant and Submarines K8, K9, K15 and K22. It was decided to conduct a mock battle in the Bay of Biscay and the vessels split up to take their positions. A signal was received from K5 that she was diving, but she failed to reappear at the end of the exercise. An hour before dusk a battery cover from a K boat was recovered and the next morning a sailor's ditty box was found - the last trace of K5. It is believed an accident caused K5 to exceed her maximum diving depth.


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