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L24

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: L Group 2
Fate: Sunk in collision with HMS Resolution off Portland 10th January 1924
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HMS L24 was detailed to take part in Exercise GA in January 1924, which was intended to improve submarine tactics in dealing with aircraft, both friendly and hostile. On 10th January HMS Resolution, a 29,000-ton battleship, left Portland bound for the exercise.

After several hours at sea a lookout on board the Resolution reported a disturbance on the surface ahead and at 1113 a slight bump was felt. L24 was shortly afterwards reported missing and salvage vessels were dispatched to the area. Unfortunately night soon fell and the weather the next day prevented any further search and by the 12th all hope of finding survivors had to be given up.

The Resolution was checked for evidence of a collision, her chain was found to be fractured at the very bottom and this was taken as evidence of a collision. It is believed that L24 was unaware of the Resolution's position having carried out a mock attack on another ship and was surfacing when she suddenly became aware of the looming battleship. A crash dive was probably attempted but L24 was unable to avoid the battleship.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Ballard, Sidney Roland  Stoker 1st Class  K 22780    28
At birth Ballard, Sidney Rowland Served as Ballard, Sidney Roland.
Barton, Donald Howell  Lieutenant      25
Bennett, Sidney Frank  Petty Officer  J 15947    27
Buck, Elijah Frederick  Chief Petty Officer  224883    37
Bulbeck, Harold John  Leading Seaman  J 27703    26
Byron, John  Warrant Engineer  -269579    47
Cann, Hedley  Leading Stoker  K 16998    29
RN DoB 09/08/1894. Actual 09/08/1896
Chevis, Harry Fielder  Leading Signalman  J 13882    28
Crumbie, David William  Stoker 1st Class  K 55839    22
Dempsey, William George  Leading Seaman  215684  DSM  38
Donald, Hugh Lamberton  Able Seaman  228142    37
Eddis, Paul Leathley  Lieutenant Commander (CO)      32
Flanagan, Bertie Wannell  Stoker 1st Class  K 61053    23
Fletcher, David Kerwin  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 24883    22
France, Alfred John Mead  Able Seaman  J 20742    29
Garrish, William John  Able Seaman  J 16122    28
Gray, Donald Nixon  Lieutenant      23
Green, George William Frederick  Stoker 1st Class  K 59790    23
Grigg, Alfred John  Stoker 1st Class  K 60726    22
Hillman, Edward James  Stoker Petty Officer  K 15258    32
Johnson, Edwin George  Leading Stoker  K 20107    29
Lane, Percy  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  M 3721    34
RN DoB 17/08/1889. Actual 17/08/1891
Lawley, Arthur Reginald  Able Seaman  J 26961    27
Lough, Frederick Albert Ignatius  Able Seaman  J 11342    28
Lyons, Edmond  Stoker 1st Class  K 17360    32
Matthews, Charles  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  M 6689    32
Mitchell, James  Telegraphist  J 92053    21
Newing, Edward  Stoker 1st Class  K 22771    30
Parkhurst, Thomas Milner James  Telegraphist  J 8151    29
Phillips, Sydney Frank  Stoker 1st Class  K 60396    23
Pound, Ernest Percy Victor  Stoker 1st Class  K 24137    27
Quantock, Thomas Henry  Able Seaman  J 42358    24
Smith, Allan  Signalman  J 86413    22
Stapleton, Joseph Benjamin  Leading Seaman  J 2681    31
Stedall, Eric Alfred  Sub Lieutenant      22
Stewart, George William  Stoker 1st Class  K 56820    30
Tippen, George James Niven  Leading Stoker  K 16549    29
RN DoB 08/02/1894. Actual 08/02/1896
Walker, William  Stoker 1st Class  K 22942    28
RN DoB 10/11/1895. Actual 10/11/1894
Walllace, Andrew Chalmers  Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  M 1390    38
Waterfield, George Harry  Able Seaman  J 32831    24
Watkinson, Donald John Grange  Lieutenant      24
Wilson, John  Petty Officer  J 71669    27
Wise, William John  Petty Officer  239452    34

Events

19-02-1919 : Launched
10-01-1924 : Sunk in collision with HMS Resolution off Portland
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