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Darcy Dendy (1883-1915) - Stoker 1 st  Class K11235 Royal Navy Darcy   Dendy    was   born   on   the   18 th    October   1883   in   Barns   Green,   the   only   son   of   William   and   Sophie/Sophia   Dendy   (nee   Robinson), and was baptised on the 17 th  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 5 th  May 1908. His   initial   service   was   on   battleships   where   he   changed   designation   (and   number)   to   become   Stoker   1 st    Class   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   9 th    September   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   30 th    October   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.   His    service   record survives and can be found online on both Ancestry or Findmypast  or at the National Archives in Kew.
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