HM Submarine E-11 - Whole crew decorated

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  1. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    I came across this event, which may well be unique for the number of decorations.
    After very successful operations in the Sea of Marmara in May 1915, the Commanding Officer Lt Cdr M E Nasmith RN was awarded the Victoria Cross. The other two officers Lt G D'Oyly-Hughes RN and Lt R Brown RNR were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and each member of the crew (28) was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
    Page 6171 | Issue 29206, 25 June 1915 | London Gazette | The Gazette

  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Victoria Cross Medals, 1857-2007
    Name: Sir Martin Eric Dunbar-Nasmith
    Birth Date: 1 Apr 1883
    Birth Place: 13 Castelnau Gardens, East Barnes, London
    Death Date: 29 Jun 1965
    Death Place: Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland
    Death Place Modern: Grampian Region

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  3. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Sorry my mistake E-11 was not unique. I've found the same for E-14 also operating in Sea of Marmara.
    CO - Lt Cdr E C Boyle RN awarded VC
    Lt E G Stanley RN and Lt R W Lawrence awarded DSCs
    Crew (28) awarded DSMs

    Interesting add on from Wiki to Lt Cdr Nasmith (later to become Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith) which could have altered the course of history:

    In 8 May 1912, King George V was in HMY Victoria and Albert III in Weymouth Bay to witness Fleet manoeuvres. Because of heavy fog, the programme was disrupted, and the King expressed the desire to dive in a submarine. He embarked on HM Submarine D4, under then Lieutenant Nasmith's command, and (in the words of The Times of 10 May) "made a lengthy run in her when she was submerged." What made the occasion all the more remarkable was the presence on board of his second son, Prince Albert, who was to become King George VI, of Winston Churchill (First Lord of the Admiralty and future prime minister), and of then Captain Roger Keyes, Inspecting Captain of Submarines, who was to become the first Director of Combined Operations (the Commandos) in the early part of the Second World War. Former Prime Minister Arthur Balfour was also embarked, but the then Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, who had been with the King's party earlier in the day, had had to return to London on urgent business and did not dive in D4. Nasmith's diary records that: "We remained under water for ten to 15 minutes, during which time he showed great interest in the proceedings, periscope in particular." A Navy News article,[4] from July 2012, by Commander William Corbett (at whose parents' wedding Nasmith had proposed the toast to the health of the bride and groom), records that Nasmith often wondered what would have happened to the course of 20th century history had he sunk that day, a not unreasonable thought, given that he had very nearly sunk in the Solent in 1905 whilst in command of HM Submarine A4.

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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Victoria Cross Medals, 1857-2007
    Name: Edward Courtney Boyle
    Birth Date: 23 Mar 1883
    Birth Place: Carlisle, Cumberland
    Birth Place Modern: Cumbria
    Death Date: 16 Dec 1967
    Death Place: Ascot, Berkshire

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