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E3

1911 - 1924: E Class

Submarine E3 had been detailed to patrol off the Island of Borkum in the North Sea. However Submarine E3 was sighted, whilst on the surface, by the German U-Boat U-27. The Commander of U-27 fired his torpedoes and sank E3. It is reported that four of the crew were seen in the water after the Submarine sank but the Commander of U-27 (Lieutenant Commander Bernhard Wegener) was unwilling to close the area to make a rescue as he was concerned that there was another British Submarine in the area. When he finally closed the area of the sinking all four had vanished. As a result all of the crew of Submarine E3 died in the sinking.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Barrow, John Gerald  Sub Lieutenant      20
Beal, William Alexander  Stoker  K 8664    22
Beckwith, Percy  Stoker  K 2496    24
Blake, Charley Ellman  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 280    28
Cholmley, George Francis  Lieutenant Commander      32
Commanding Officer
Coutanche, Stanley Vernon  Leading Seaman  229936    26
Douglas, Alfred John  Stoker  K 4408    25
Edroff, Frederick Wallace  Petty Officer  216669    31
Harris, Herbert Joseph  Petty Officer  175521    37
Hellon, Richard Saunders  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  271113    34
House, Alfred Ernest  Stoker  K 808    24
Hunt, Albert Edward  Able Seaman  235216    25
Hunt, Fred  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class  269555    37
Jones, Robert  Able Seaman  215732    28
Lowman, William George  Able Seaman  J 10953    20
Macfarlane, George Webster  Chief Petty Officer  160606    39
Matheson, Neil  Chief Stoker  287663    36
Merritt, Percy George  Stoker Petty Officer  301550    31
Morgan, Alfred Lowe  Signalman  223305    27
Querotret, Peter  Able Seaman  210665    29
Scott, Edgar  Stoker  K 2072    25
Scott, John Stuart Binny  Lieutenant      26
Stothard, Joseph  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 987    27
Tanner, George Henry  Leading Stoker  222533    27
Taylor, George William  Leading Seaman  J 5939    25
RN DoB given 21/03/1889 though actual 21/03/1890
Westrope, John William  Leading Seaman  201402    31
Whittington, Jesse  Stoker 1st Class  K 3399    23
Young, William  Able Seaman  221404    28

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

A Tribute To Submariners

I have often looked for an opportunity of paying tribute to our submariners.

There is no branch of His Majesty's Forces which in this war has suffered the same proportion of total loss as our submarine service.

It is the most dangerous of all services.

That is perhaps the reason why the First Lord tells me that the entry into it is keenly sought by Officers and Men.

I feel sure the House would wish to testify its gratitude and admiration to our Submariners for their Skill - Courage and Devotion which has proved of inestimable value to the sustenance of our country.

Winston Churchill

We Will Remember Them
 

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