Lieutenant (Lt) (later Commander) Norman Douglas Holbrook VC of HMS B11, on board HMS Adamant. Lt ...

Accession Number G00453
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass transparency (positive)
Maker Brooks, Ernest
Place made At sea
Date made c December 1914
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

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Description

Lieutenant (Lt) (later Commander) Norman Douglas Holbrook VC of HMS B11, on board HMS Adamant. Lt Holbrook won the first Victoria Cross (VC) medal to be awarded to a submariner for his actions on 13 December 1914 in sinking the Turkish battleship Messudiyeh in the Dardanelles Straits. Navigating B11, an obsolete submarine built in 1905, through five rows of mines, he successfully returned his craft back to the Mediterranean, evading gun fire and torpedo boats, after having been submerged for nine hours. The New South Wales town of Germanton was renamed Holbrook in honour of his exploit, a name change brought about by fierce anti-German sentiment.

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