E4

 

Type:
'E' Class

Group One
Pennant No.:
I.84

Laid Down:
16th May 1911.
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.

Commissioned:
4th January 1913.
Lt. F.A.N. Cromie.

Commander:
Aug. 1912 - 1913
Lt. F.A.N. Cromie.
Sept. 1913
Lt. Cdr. E.W. Leir.
1914
Cdr. E.W. Leir.
1915
Lt. Cdr. J.T. Tenison.

Complement:
31
3 Officers, 28 Ratings.

Service Career:
1913
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Portsmouth.
1914
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Harwich.
1916
9th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Harwich.
1918
9th Flotilla, Yarmouth.

Fate:
Supported the British surface fleet at the 'Battle of Helgoland'.

Lt. E.W. Leir was affectionately known as the 'Arch Thief' who plundered His Majesty's Navy of anything portable and about whom it was said that only his DSO was earned honestly.

Leir carried out the first major rescue by a submarine.   After an engagement with the German destroyer V187 which was sunk, HMS Defender had lowered boats to pick up survivors when a German cruiser arrived on the scene.

Though everyone had been ordered to retire Leir surfaced and took on board an officer and nine ratings from the Defender and one officer and two men from the German destroyer.   He provided the rest of the Germans with boats, food and compass to get them back to Heligoland.

Lost with all hands in collision with E.41 on 15th August 1916.

Salvaged and put back into service.

Sold 21st February 1922.