William Henry Skinner

Military Information

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  • Service no: K/3851
  • Rank: Leading Stoker
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M. Submarine E-22
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 24
  • Date of Death: 25.04.1916
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  • Cemetery: Plymouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 15

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  • Address: 19 Glebe Street, Dundee
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More about William Henry Skinner

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Plymouth Memorial. He was serving aboard H.M. Submarine E-22 which was a seaplane carrying sub, with two Sopwith Schneider seaplanes on her after casing. The seaplanes were intended for bombing Zeppelin bases and shooting down Zeppelins approaching the English coast. The seaplanes could only be launched in calm conditions and the submarine could not dive without jettisoning them. E-22 never used her Sopwiths operationally and was herself torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by UB-18 in 1916.

On the morning of 25th April 1916 H.M. E-22 was on surface passage in the North Sea. At just after 1150 a torpedo fired from the German submarine UB-18 struck the vessel sending her immediately to the bottom. Of the crew of 33 only two survived having been picked up by UB-18 and taken as Prisoners of War.

 

Information supplied by Gary Thomson

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