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  • A First War Royal Navy long Service Group to Submarine C-34
  • A First War Royal Navy long Service Group to Submarine C-34
  • A First War Royal Navy long Service Group to Submarine C-34
  • A First War Royal Navy long Service Group to Submarine C-34

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A First War Royal Navy long Service Group to Submarine C-34


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A First War Royal Navy long Service Group to Submarine C-34

A First War Royal Navy long Service Group to Submarine C-34 - 1914-15 Star (J. 3974, C.E. EMMOTT, A.B., R.N.); British War Medal (J. 3974 C.E. EMMOTT. A.B. R.N.); Victory Medal (J. 3974 C.E. EMMOTT. A.B. R.N.); and Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George V (J. 3974 C.E. EMMOTT. L.S. H.M.S. VIVID.). Naming is officially impressed. Court mounted, edge nicks and bruising on the latter three medals, better than very fine. Accompanied by a duotang folder with his military biography, copies of his Service Records, assorted research papers and fourteen black and white ship photographs. Footnote: Charles Edward Emmott was born on October 2, 1891 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. He joined the Royal Navy on March 4, 1909 as a Boy Seaman 2nd Class at the Shore Base H.M.S. Ganges, advancing to Boy Seaman 1st Class on June 3, 1909. His naval records indicate that he was well-tattooed individual as well, with "Erin" and a "Shamrock Scroll" on his right arm, a figure of a sailor on his right forearm, the head of a Mexican on his left arm, along with a cross, anchor, the initials "E.E." and three dots on his left forearm. Emmott was drafted to the 14,900 ton Battleship H.M.S. Magnificent on June 4, 1909 and was promoted to Ordinary Seaman on October 2, 1909. Later in the year, he was drafted to the 14,900 ton Battleship H.M.S. Hannibal on October 30th, before being posted for ten days to the Shore Base H.M.S. Vivid I, the Royal Naval Barracks at Devonport on January 21, 1910, until the 31st but his next draft is unknown. He was promoted to Able Seaman on August 26, 1910. He was drafted to the 11,000 ton Cruiser H.M.S. Europa on April 13, 1912, returning six weeks later to H.M.S. Vivid I on May 22nd. He is on record as having served seven days "in cells" in 1912 for some sort of indiscretion. By late Summer, he was drafted to the 14,000 ton Battleship H.M.S. Cornwallis on August 13, 1912, serving eight months before returning to H.M.S. Vivid I on April 18, 1913, where he was awarded his First Good Conduct Stripe on May 5th. After one year at H.M.S. Vivid I, he was drafted to the 18,850 ton Cruiser H.M.S. Roxburgh on April 3, 1914, serving a total of five weeks, before returning once again to H.M.S. Vivid I on May 6th. One month later, he was transferred to Torpedo School at the Shore Base H.M.S. Defiance, on June 7, 1914 for his "Seaman Torpedoman" course. Upon completion of his course, he was drafted to the 10,850 ton Cruiser H.M.S. Carnarvon on August 1, 1914 and was with her when the First World War began later that month but left her prior to her participation in the Battle of the Falklands. He was drafted back to H.M.S. Defiance, from October 6, 1915 to February 8, 1916, before being drafted to the 16,350 ton Battleship H.M.S. King Edward VII on February 9th, leaving her seven weeks later, just prior to it being mined. On April 1st, he was drafted to the 5,440 ton Light Cruiser H.M.S. Birmingham, until the following September 7th, when he volunteered for submarine service at H.M.S. Dolphin, "for Submarine Course". After Submarine Training at H.M.S. Dolphin, he was drafted, first to H.M.S. Arrogant as part of the 4th Submarine Flotilla at Dover, on November 26th, then transferred to the Submarine Base H.M.S. Dolphin at Gosport and appointed to H.M.S. C-34, a C Class submarine that was noted for making two successful reconnaissance trips off the Belgian coast at Zeebrugge. C-34 obtained valuable information prior to the famous Raid on Zeebrugge. Her sister submarine, C-31, was lost due to mining in this joint operation. He was with C-34 from November 26, 1915 to January 13, 1917, and after Emmott left, she in turn was later sunk in an action with the German submarine U 52. Emmott returned to H.M.S. Dolphin "for passage" to the Far East on February 16, 1917, his final posting during the war to the Depot Ship H.M.S. Tamar in Hong Kong, serving on H.M.S. C-36, C-37 or C-38, which were based there. The subs had been "Laid Up" at Hong Kong since the early part of the war and it was here that he was awarded his Second Good Conduct Stripe on October 7, 1917. Emmott returned to the Shore Base H.M.S. Dolphin on October 10, 1918 and for his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Two months later, he returned to Torpedo School at H.M.S. Defiance on December 6th, however, he did not return to submarine service, as his next posting was to the Ex-Royalist Cruiser and Receiving Ship H.M.S. Colleen at Queenstown, near Cork on February 11, 1921, where he was awarded his Third Good Conduct Stripe on October 9th. He returned to H.M.S. Vivid I on March 16, 1922 and passed for Leading Seaman the following June 22nd. Late in 1922, he was drafted to the 25,000 ton Battleship H.M.S. Emperor of India on November 21st, and would serve with her for the next thirty months and was promoted to Leading Seaman on February 24, 1925. After the conclusion of his service with H.M.S. Emperor of India, he returned to H.M.S. Vivid I on May 12, 1925, leaving after one month for six months placement at H.M.S. Defiance on June 13th, before returning to H.M.S. Vivid I on December 22nd. He returned to sea with a draft to H.M.S. Pembroke II, the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham, and assigned to the 1,300 ton Destroyer H.M.S. Walrus on March 14, 1927. H.M.S. Walrus served in the Mediterranean, attached to the Depot Ship H.M.S. Egmont II in Malta, with Emmott's service lasting from April 5, 1927 to January 1, 1929, after which he was drafted ashore and subsequently discharged. He was awarded his Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal while with H.M.S. Vivid.
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