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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

Roll of Honour

S  Ballard  Stoker 1st Class
D  Barton  Lieutenant
S  Bennett  Petty Officer
E  Buck  Chief Petty Officer
H  Bulbeck  Leading Seaman
J  Byron  Warrant Engineer
H  Cann  Leading Stoker
H  Chevis  Leading Signalman
D  Crumbie  Stoker 1st Class
W  Dempsey  Leading Seaman
H  Donald  Able Seaman
P  Eddis  Lieutenant Commander
B  Flanagan  Stoker 1st Class
D  Fletecher  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
AJ France  Able Seaman
W  Garrish  Able Seaman
D  Gray  Lieutenant
GW Green  Stoker 1st Class
A  Grigg  Stoker 1st Class
E  Hillman  Stoker Petty officer
E  Johnson  Acting Leading Stoker
P  Lane  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
A  Lawley  Able Seaman
FC Lough  Able Seaman
E  Lyons  Stoker 1st Class
C  Matthews  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
J  Mitchell  Telegraphist
E  Newing  Stoker 1st Class
TM Parkhurst  Petty Officer Telegraphist
S  Phillips  Stoker 1st Class
EP Pound  Stoker 1st Class
T  Quantock  Able Seaman
A  Smith  Signalman
J  Stapleton  Leading Seaman
E  Stedal  Sub-Lieutenant
G  Stewart  Stoker 1st Class
GJ Tippen  Leading Stoker
W  Walker  Stoker 1st Class
A  Wallace  Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
G  Waterfield  Able Seaman
DJ Watkinson  Lieutenant
J  Wilson  Petty Officer
W  Wise  Petty officer

 

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.


Events

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


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