The Pomeroy's A Submariner Family
By Barrie Downer
In 1964 there were two Members of the Dorset Branch of the Submarine Old Comrades Association with the surname Pomeroy. They were father and son! In June of 1964 there was an article in the Navy News reporting their participation in the Annual SOCA Tramps Ball. The article was rediscovered by Peter Schofield.
The Pomeroy's (both Dorset locals) were:
Stoker Petty Officer Henry George Pomeroy
O/N 288496 (Po) RFR/Po/A/5620
Henry Pomeroy was born in Whitfield in Dorset on 18th Jan 1879 and, prior to joining the Royal Navy he was an Engine Driver. He joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class at HMS Victory II at Portsmouth on 11th May 1898 signing on for a twelve year Continuous Service Engagement starting on the same date. He was drafted to HMS Mars on 11th Jan 1899 where he was rated Stoker 1st Class on 1st Apr 1899 and was then drafted to HMS Duke Of Wellington II on 1st Jul 1899. Seven months later he was drafted to HMS Excellent (the Gunnery School) at Whale Island in Portsmouth on 2nd Feb 1900 before returning to HMS Duke Of Wellington on 9th Oct 1900.
This was followed by a draft to the 12,950 ton Twin Screw Battle Ship HMS Vengence on 8th Apr 1902 where he served for three years after which he joined 10,500 ton Twin Screw Battle Ship HMS Barfleur. He then joined HMS Victory (the Royal Naval Barracks) at Portsmouth before joining the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Thames (Portsmouth Submarine Flotilla) 'for Submarine Training' on 13th Jul 1905.
Henry Pomeroy was drafted to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Forth (Devonport Submarine Flotilla) 'for Submarines' to date 30th Jan 1906. He was rated Acting Leading Stoker 2nd Class on 1st May 1906, to Acting Stoker Petty Officer 2nd Class on 1st Jul 1906 and was confirmed in the rate of Stoker Petty Officer 2nd Class on 1st Jul 1907.
Henry Pomeroy returned to Portsmouth on 3rd Sep 1907 with a draft to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Mercury (Portsmouth Submarine Flotilla) 'for Submarines' and then to HMS Bonaventure (Submarine Section II) at Portsmouth 'for Submarines' on 16th Mar 1908. He served in HMS Victory II between 11th Mar and 13th Apr 1909 before returning to HMS Bonaventure 'for Submarines' on 14th Apr 1909.
Between 17th Jun and 3rd Aug 1909 Henry Pomeroy served in the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Vulcan (Submarine Section VII) at the Nore 'for Submarines' and then joined HMS Mercury (Submarine Section VI) at Portsmouth 'for Submarines' on 4th Aug 1909 before returning to HMS Vulcan on 7th Oct 1909.
Henry Pomeroy 'signed on' to complete time for pension on 11th May 1910 and, on 8th Oct 1910 Henry returned to General Service with a draft to HMS Victory II under the rule that Submarine Service was limited to five years.
A draft to the 16,350 Ton Twin Screw Battle Ship (Captain Montague E Browning, MVO, Royal Navy) in the Home Fleet followed on 29th Oct 1910. Two years later on 15th Oct 1912 he rejoined HMS Victory II where he served until 6th Mar 1913 when he was drafted to the Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Minerva II (attached to the 6th Destroyer Flotilla) for six months before being drafted to HMS Dido II which had taken over as the Depot Ship for the 6th Destroyer Flotilla on 29th Aug 1913.
A further move to the Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Attentive II (6th Destroyer Flotilla) for the 380 ton Destroyer HMS Kangeroo came on 1st Jan1914. Henry Pomeroy was recalled to Submarines on 2nd Dec 1914 with a draft to HMS Dolphin (5th Submarine Flotilla) 'for Submarine H1 Completing at Vickers, Canada'. On completion Diving Trials were carried out in the St. Lawrence with dives to 200 feet in Murray Bay. The Governor General, accompanied by Princess Patricia, presided at the 'Commissioning' Ceremony at Quebec City on 25th May 1915.
Submarine H1 (Lieutenant Wilfred B Pirie, Royal Navy), in company with Submarines H2, H3 and H4 stopped at St. John's, Newfoundland and then proceeded directly to the Mediterranean escorted by the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Calgarian. There H1 was based on the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Adamant (Special Service Flotilla I) at Mudros Harbour on the Greek Island of Lemnos (see Nominal List 5th Jul 1915). Submarine H1 completed a patrol in the Sea of Marmara between 2nd and 31st October 1915. During this patrol there were three other Allied Submarines in the Marmara besides H1 and these were E12 (Lt Commander Bruce), E20 (Lt Commander Warren) and the French Submarine Turquoise (Lieutenant de Vaisseau Ravenal) and, at various times Submarine H1 rendezvoused with all of the other three. On 5th Oct Pirie in H1 destroyed three sailing vessels by gunfire and on 6th Oct he torpedoed and sank a 1,000 ton steamer.
On 10th October he sank a sailing ship and on 17th October he shelled and damaged a Turkish Gunboat. A sailing ship was burned on 18th October and, on 20th October he torpedoed and sank a 5,000 ton steamer and another of 1,500 tons. A 7,000 ton ship was torpedoed and damaged on 29th October and another sailing ship was burned the following day before his return passage to Mudros on 31st October. In addition several other vessels were searched and other unsuccessful attacks were made during his patrol. HMS Adamant and Submarine H1
H1 were transferred to a new base at Brindisi on 1st Jan 1916 (Nominal List). HMS Adamant and Submarine H1 returned to Mudros on 1st Aug 1916 (Nominal List). On 10th Nov 1916 Henry Pomeroy was drafted to HMS Adamant 'for Submarine H2' where he served until 27th Mar 1917 when he returned home with a draft to HMS Dolphin (5th Submarine Flotilla) 'for Submarines'.
A draft to the Submarine Flotilla Leader HMS Fearless (12th Submarine Flotilla) 'for Submarine K5 completing' at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth 'and on Commissioning' followed on 2nd Jul 1917. Returning to HMS Dolphin on 24th Sep 1917 he was advanced to Chief Stoker on 1st Apr 1918 and was then drafted to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS MAIDSTONE (8th Submarine Flotilla) at Harwich 'for Submarine L9 completing' at the Denny's Shipyard at Dumbarton on the Clyde on 28th May 1918. Submarine L9 was allocated to the Ambrose Flotilla based on the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Ambrose after commissioning on 9th May 1919.
After only one month Henry Pomeroy was drafted to the Submarine Flotilla Leader HMS Crescent at Rosyth 'for Submarine K9' on 11th Jun 1919 where he served until 1st Nov 1919 when he returned to HMS Dolphin from where he was 'Discharged Shore, Pensioned' on 10th Jun 1920.
Leading Seaman Walter Henry Arthur Pomeroy
DSM O/N D/JX 136746 (Dev)
Walter Pomeroy was the son of Stoker Petty Officer Henry George Pomeroy O/N 288496 who has served in Submarines from 1905 to 1920 and is thought to have served in A Class and C Class submarine Pre WWI and in Submarines H1, H2, K5, L9 and K9 during and post WWI.
Walter Pomeroy is reported to have served in Submarines X3, X8 as 'passage crew' for the Tripitz raid in September 1943 and as 'Operational Crew' in XE1 for the attack on the Japanese Cruisers in the Johore Straits in July 1945.
This was the same Operation in which Lieutenant Ian Edward Fraser and Temporary Acting Leading Seaman James Joseph Magennis won the Victoria Cross for their successful attack on the Japanese Cruiser Takao.