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  • A Fine Great War Submariner D.S.M. Group
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A Fine Great War Submariner D.S.M. Group


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A Fine Great War Submariner D.S.M. Group

Distinguished Service Medal, George V (204255. E. HAYDON, P.O. OVERSEA SUBMARINES 1914-6.); 1915-15 Star (204255, E. HAYDON, P.O., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (204255 E. HAYDON. P.O. R.N.); and Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George V (204255 EDWARD HAYDON, P.O. H.M.S. MAIDSTONE.). Naming is officially impressed on all five. Board mounted, extremely fine. Also included is a duotang folder with his military biography, copy of his service record, articles and nineteen ship photographs. Footnote: Edward Haydon was born on January 13, 1882 at Portsea, Hants, England. He began his career as a Boy Seaman 2nd Class (January 13, 1899) and joined the Royal Navy on April 22, 1899. He later achieved the ranks of Boy Seaman 1st Class (1899), Ordinary Seaman (January 13, 1900), Able Seaman (August 15, 1901), Leading Seaman (May 13, 1906) and Petty Officer (February 24, 1913) before World War I, along with taking four courses: Basic Training Boy Seaman (1899), Seaman Torpedoman (1902), Leading Torpedo Operator (1907) and passed Educationally for Petty Officer (1910). He saw service on a variety of ships and outlets, including: H.M.S. Northampton (1899, Armoured Cruiser), Calliope (1899, Screw Corvette), Victory (1899, Shore Base), Raven (1899, Gunboat), Duke of Wellington (1900, Training Hulk), Trafalgar (1900, Turret Battleship), St. George (1900, Cruiser), Excellent (1901, Shore Base), Vernon (1902, Torpedo School), Duke of Wellington again (1903), Tauranga (1903, Cruiser), Wallaroo (1904, Cruiser), Powerful (1906, Cruiser), Katooma (1906, Cruiser), Vernon again (1906), Victory again (1907), Isis (1908, Cruiser), Indefatigable (1908, Cruiser), Vernon again (1910), Mercury (1910, Submarine Depot), Arragant (1911, Submarine Depot), Dolphin (1912, Submarine Depot) and Maidstone (1913, Submarine Depot). During the period, August 1914 to October 1915 aboard Maidstone, he served with the Eighth Oversea Submarine Flotilla ('D' & 'E' Class Boats) based at Harwich, under the direct command of Commodore (Submarines) Roger Keyes. During service in 'E' Boats, Haydon was present in various actions in the Heligoland Bight and later the Baltic. Unfortunately, Haydon's service papers only list the depot ships to which he was attached during the Great War, including continued service from pre-war on H.M.S. Maidstone (1913), Lucia (1916, Submarine Depot) and Dolphin (1917, Submarine Depot). However, the London Gazette of January 1, 1917 lists him as being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, "in recognition of his services in Submarines in enemy waters during the period since the commencement of hostilities to 3rd Aug 1916." In that same list are the names of Ldg. Telegraphist A.T. Sibthorpe and Ldg. Sea. B.C. Litchfield. It is known that these two men served on the submarine H.M.S. E 6, under Lieutenant Commander Cecil P. Talbot. Under Talbot, the E 6 had two very successful patrols in which on the last patrol, a German destroyer was sunk. For his efforts, Talbot was awarded the DSM. Usually, at the same time, some members of the crew on these patrols would have also received a decoration or were Mentioned in Despatches. At that early stage of the war, with new submarines coming into service almost on a daily basis, it was customary for as many men as possible to get some service on patrols. This would enable new crews to go to sea with some new crew having had some earlier experience. As a result, the crew of a submarine was changing from patrol to patrol. As he E 6 was lost on December 26, 1915, after striking a mine, none of the aforementioned men were lost on her. It is also interesting to note that, in those lost on that day, some had also been part of the original crew. Near the end of the war, he qualified as a Torpedo Gunners Mate (January 7, 1918). He achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer post-war (May 1, 1920) and finished his service with H.M.S. Columbine (1920, Shore Base) and Vernon (1921, Torpedo School), before retiring and being released to pension on January 19, 1922 and being transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve. (BGR244)
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