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ID number P06972.001
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Digital print
Maker Unknown (Photographer)
Date made c 1916


Portrait of Midshipman Ernest Semple Cunningham, HM Submarine K17, RAN, of Bega, NSW. Cunningham entered the Naval College at Jervis Bay in 1913 and graduated in 1916. Promoted to the rank of midshipman in January 1917, he was appointed to HMS Glorious for sea training. Midshipman Cunningham won the Grand Fleet boxing championship for his weight the same year. In early 1918 he was transferred to HM Submarine K17 for submarine training. On 31 January 1918, Midshipman Cunningham was lost, aged 19, along with 44 other officers and men when the K17 was rammed by the light cruiser HMS Fearless in the North Sea.