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  • Early WWI Royal Navy Submariner Group C-32, 1914
  • Early WWI Royal Navy Submariner Group C-32, 1914

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Early WWI Royal Navy Submariner Group C-32, 1914


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Early WWI Royal Navy Submariner Group C-32, 1914

1914-15 Star (K. 13111, J. DOWNES, ACT. L. STO., R.N.), British War Medal (K. 13111 J. DOWNES. ACT. S.P.O. R.N.) and Victory Medal (K. 13111 J. DOWNES. ACT. S.P.O. R.N.). Naming is officially impressed, extremely fine condition, board mounted but showing separation on the reverse. Also included is a duotang folder with his biography, nine ship photographs and copies of his naval records. Footnote: James Downes was born in Wexford, Ireland on September 23, 1888. He joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker Second Class on November 19, 1906. He was listed Stoker First Class on DTBR. He was drafted to the Light Cruisers H.M.S. Leander in 1911 and then to H.M.S. Blake in 1912. He then joined Submarines on January 14, 1914 and served on a number of Submarine Depot Ships in succession: Forth (1914), Dolphin (1914), Arrogant, C-32 (1914), Maidstone (1915), Dolphin (1915), Maidstone (1916), Dolphin (1916), Maidstone, E-46, E-29 (1916), Dolphin (1918), Adamant (1918) and Dolphin (1919). Downes first submarine was the C-32 and served on it from September 17, 1914 - September 30, 1915. His next submarine was the E-46, from October 1, 1915 - December 31, 1917, which operated off the German coast of the North Sea. The last submarine he served on was the E-29, from January 1, 1918 - April 22, 1918. While under the temporary command of Lt. Blackllock, the E-29 had a brush with a German U-Boat while on a North Sea patrol but nothing came of it. He was promoted to Leading Stoker on September 15, 1915 and then advanced to Stoker Petty Officer on October 17, 1917. He was released from the Royal Navy on June 8, 1919. For his War Service, he was awarded the group of three. (BGR241)
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