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HM SUBMARINE L24

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HMS L24 was a British L class submarine built by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness. She was laid down on 13th February 1919 and was commissioned later. She was sunk in a collision with the battleship HMS Resolution during an exercise off Portland Bill in the English Channel on 10 January 1924. The crew were lost. A memorial is located in St Ann's Church in HMNB Portsmouth on the south wall of the nave, above the most Easterly window.

To the memory of
THE OFFICERS AND MEN
of His Majesty's Submarine
L.24.
LOST BY COLLISION WITH
HMS RESOLUTION WHEN SUBMERGED
10 Miles 221 degrees FROM PORTLAND BILL
on the 10th January 1924

Details

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.

[Details, and further details availabe, from Wikipedia HMS L24 and Submarine Losses 1904 to present day]

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE IMPERISHABLE MEMORY OF THE 43
OFFICERS AND MEN OF H.M. SUBMARINE L.24 LOST OFF PORTLAND JANY 10TH
1924

BALLARD

Sidney R

Stoker 1st Class J 22780

BARTON

Donald H

Lieutenant

BENNETT

Sidney F

Petty Officer J 15947

BUCK

Elijah F

Chief Petty Officer 224883

BULBECK

Harold J

Leading Seaman J 27703

BYRON

John

Warrant Engineer

CANN

Healey

Leading Stoker K 16998

CHEVIS

Harry F

Leading Signalman J 13882

CRUMBIE

David W

Stoker 1st Class K 55839

DEMPSEY

William G

Leading Seaman 215684

DONALD

Hugh J

Able Seaman 228142

EDDIS

Paul L

Lieutenant Commander

FLANAGAN

Bertie W

Stoker 1st Class K 61053

FLETECHER

David K

Engine Room Artificer 4th Class M 21883

FRANCE

Alfred J M

Able Seaman J 20742

GARRISH

William J

Able Seaman J 16122

GRAY

Donald Nixon

Lieutenant

GREEN

George W F

Stoker 1st Class J 59790

GRIGG

Alfred J

Stoker 1st Class J 60726

HILLMAN

Edward J

Stoker Petty officer K 15259

JOHNSON

Edwin G

Acting Leading Stoker K 20107

LANE

Percy

Engine Room Artificer 1st Class M 3721

LAWLEY

Arthur R

Able Seaman J 76961

LOUGH

Frederick C I

Able Seaman J 11342

LYONS

Edmond

Stoker 1st Class K 17360

MATTHEWS

Charles

Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class M 6689

MITCHELL

James

Telepgraphist J 92053

NEWING

Edward

Stoker 1st Class K 22771

PARKHURST

Thomas M J

Petty Officer Telegraphist J 8157

PHILLIPS

Sydney F

Stoker 1st Class K 60396

POUND

Ernest P V

Stoker 1st Class K 24137

QUANTOCK

Thomas H

Able Seaman J 42358

SMITH

Allan

Signalman J 86413

STAPLETON

Joseph B

Leading Seaman J 7681

STEDALL

Eric A

Sub-Lieutenant

STEWART

George W

Stoker 1st Class K 56820

TIPPEN

George J N

Leading Stoker K 16549

WALKER

William

Stoker 1st Class K 22942

WALLACE

Andrew C

Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class M 1390

WATERFIELD

George H

Able Seaman J 32831

WATKINSON

Donald J G

Lieutenant

WILSON

John

Petty Officer J 71669

WISE

William J

Petty officer 239452

Last updated 17 September, 2009

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