Darcy Dendy (1883-1915) - Stoker 1st Class K11235 Royal NavyDarcy Dendywas born on the 18thOctober 1883 in Barns Green, the only son of William and Sophie/Sophia Dendy (nee Robinson), and was baptised on the 17th February 1884 at St Nicolas Church.His father William was a farm labourer and lived all his life in Barns Green. William was married three times, his first wife (Sarah Gratwicke) died in confinement in 1882, Darcy’s mother Sophia died in 1897 and William married Elizabeth North, a widow with 2 children, two years later in 1899. Darcy attended Itchingfield School from 1888 to 1895 when he left school to start work. By 1901 he was working as a bricklayer’s labourer for his half-brother Walter but he gave this up to join the Royal Navy as Seaman S 107158 on the 5th May 1908.His initial service was on battleships where he changed designation (and number) to become Stoker 1stClass K11235 in April 1911. He continued serving on cruisers and battleships of the home fleet until the outbreak of the war. Some of his time must have been spent in Ireland as in early 1913 he married Margaret Holland in Middleton, County Cork.In October 1914, his role appears to have changed and he was posted to HMS Dolphin – the submarine shore base at Gosport. His record shows service on S1, the earliest of the WW1 submarines, then on E20 – a brand new boat, only a week out of commissioning when he joined her on the 9thSeptember 1915. The image below was taken as the E20 left Barrow after commissioning and there is a good chance that Darcy is amongst the crew pictured.Luck was not with this boat or its crew however and a strange, and possibly preventable, chain of events led to its loss just two months later. From the Submariners Association Boat Database website “On 30thOctober 1915 the French submarine Turquoise ran aground near Nagara Point, in the Dardanelles. With the submarine directly under the Turkish shore batteries the French crew hastily abandoned ship. Unfortunately for E20, which was due to rendezvous with the Turquoise, the French Captain had failed to destroy his confidential papers. The Germans now knew of the rendezvous and dispatched U14 to intercept the unsuspecting E20. U14 first sighted E20 at 1600 and at 1700 at a range of 550 yards she fired a single torpedo scoring a direct hit.” At least 21 of the crew were lost – Darcy was one of them. Darcy’s body was never found but he is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial as well as on the War Memorial in St Nicholas Church, Itchingfield, and he was awarded the 1914 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for his service. Hisservice record survives and can be found online on both Ancestry or Findmypast or at the National Archives in Kew.