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  • Fine First War DSM Group to Telegraphist of Sub E6
  • Fine First War DSM Group to Telegraphist of Sub E6

Item: GB1003

Fine First War DSM Group to Telegraphist of Sub E6


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Fine First War DSM Group to Telegraphist of Sub E6

Distinguished Service Medal, George V (J. 7280. S.T. SIBTHORPE, LG. TEL. OVERSEA SUBMARINES 1914-6.); 1914-15 Star (J. 7280, A.T. SIBTHORPE, L. TEL., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (J. 7280 A.T. SIBTHORPE. P.O. TEL. R.N.). Naming is officially impressed on all four. Board mounted, extremely fine. Also included is a duotang folder with his military biography, related articles, group photograph and twelve ship photographs. Footnote: Albert Thomas Sibthorpe was born on August 8, 1893 at Bethnel Green. He joined the Royal Navy on February 12, 1910 as a Boy Seaman 2nd Class with the Training Hulk H.M.S. Impregnable. He later achieved the ranks of Ordinary Telegraphist (August 8, 1911) and Telegraphist (March 5, 1912). His pre-war service saw him with H.M.S. Neptune (1911, Battleship), Superb (1912, Battleship), Victory (1912, Shore Base at Portsmouth), Grafton (1912, Cruiser), Dido (1913, Cruiser), Duncan (1913, Cruiser), Dolphin (1913, Shore Base), Maidstone (1913, Depot Ship) and E 6 (1913, Submarine). He joined submarines with Dolphin and later gained two additional ranks during the Great War: Leading Telegraphist (November 21, 1914) and Petty Officer Telegraphist (June 28, 1917). While posted to E 6, he was commanded by Lieutenant Commander Cecil P. Talbot. The first wartime patrol of the E 6, although not fortunate enough in the sinking of enemy shiips, was able to bring back much useful information, for which Talbot was commended. On a later patrol, Talbot sank a German destroyer for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. At the same time, some men on the E 6 were awarded the DSM, including Sibthorpe. These awards were announced in the London Gazette of January 1, 1917. Prior to this, the E 6 was sunk when she struck a mine. From the casulty list, twenty-eight men lost their lives, none of which were officers. The 'E' Class submarine usually carried a crew of three officers and twenty-eight men, inferring that the E 6 was on the surface when striking the mine. The officers, on the bridge at the time, were rescued. Sibthorpe was not with the E 6 then and would have been a "spare crew", resting on the Depot Ship H.M.S. Adamant, the base ship of the 8th Submarine Flotilla at Harwich. On August 10, 1918, Sibthorpe was posted to H.M.S. G 10, under the command of Lieutenant Bennet, which was in the 10th Submarine Flotilla based on the Depot Ship H.M.S. Titania at Blyth, finishing the remainder of his World War I service. Post-war, he was with H.M.S. Victory (1919, Shore Base at Portsmouth), then General Service with H.M.S. Colombo (1922, Cruiser) and later drafted by H.M.S. Vindictive (1922, Cruiser). He was returned to H.M.S. Victory on January 28, 1923 before being discharged from the Royal Navy on February 10, 1923 at Portsmouth. In addition to the four medals, he was awarded the Good Conduct Badge (September 12, 1914) and a Second Good Conduct Badge (August 6, 1919), neither of which are included here.(BGR245)
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