This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: J/5818
- Rank: Able Seaman
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: H.M. Submarine E-47
- Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
- Place of Death: Lost at Sea
- Age at Death: 25
- Date of Death: 20.08.1917
- Burial Country:
- Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 25
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Address: 91 Cowgate, Dundee
Euphemia Mary Ann Roberts, 38 Liverpool St, Newcastle on Tyne
David, born 08.05.1918
More about David Roberts
David has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was serving aboard Submarine E-47 which was based at Harwich with the 9th Flotilla – depot ships Maidstone and Forth. She was engaged in North Sea patrols off the German and Dutch coasts. Following the resumption of German coastal shipping between Heligoland Bight and Rotterdam, four E-class submarines were sent to intercept. E-47 was lost in the North Sea on 20 August 1917. There were no survivors.
Also lost was fellow Dundee submariner Lt Edward Cambridge Carre, The Grange, Monifieth.
Information supplied by Gary Thomson, image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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