E19

 

St. George Medal
Order of St. George

E18 and E19 taken in the Baltic, 1915.
Kindly forwarded by Mattias Ericsson.
The medals to left and right, awarded to Cromie by the Russians.

St. Anne Medal
Order of St.
Anne

Type:
'E' Class

Group Two
Pennant No.:
I.99

Laid Down:
27th November 1914.
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.

Commissioned:
12th July 1915.
Lt. Cdr. F. N. Cromie.

Commander:
1915
Lt. Cdr. F. N. Cromie.
1916 - 1917
Lt. Cdr. F. N. Cromie.

Complement:
31
3 Officers, 28 Ratings.

Service Career:
1915
8th Flotilla,HMS Maidstone, Harwich.
1915
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Harwich (Detached to Baltic Flotilla, Revel (Tallin), Estonia).
1916
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Harwich (Detached to Baltic Flotilla, Revel (Tallin), Estonia).
1917
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Harwich (Detached to Baltic Flotilla, Revel (Tallin), Estonia).
1917
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Harwich (Detached to Baltic Flotilla, Pamyat Azova, Helsingfors, Finland).

Fate:
Was sent to join the Baltic Flotilla in support of the Russians in September 1915.

Sank two German submarines, one in November and one in December of 1915.

Sank 'Walter Leonhardt', 11th October 1915.

Pursued the 'Germania' until she ran aground, left to natures fate, 11th October 1915.

Sank the 'Gutrune', date not known.

Sank the 'Direktor Rippenhagen', date not known.

Sank the 'Nicodemia', date not known.

There is a possibility that the above were all sank on the same day.

Sank the Cruiser Undine in the Baltic on 7th November 1915.

Cromie was decorated by the Russians firstly for breaking through into the Baltic (Order of St. Vladimir), secondly with the Order of St. Anne after his first patrol.   He was awarded with the Order of St. George for the dispatch of the Undine and invited to dine with the Tsar.

Unfortunately Cromie's feats were not recognised by the Admiralty until May of 1916 when he was awarded the DSO.

Cromie was appointed Senior Naval Officer, Baltic in 1916 and granted the rank of Acting Captain, he gave up command of E19 in May 1917.

Commander Cromie remained in Russia attached to the British Embassy instead of returning home with the remaining submarine crews.

He was murdered on the steps of the British Embassy in Petrograd, 31st August 1918.

Scuttled in the Baltic to avoid capture on 3rd April 1918.