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HM SUBMARINE BII with crew on deck

Date: 10 October 1910
Overall: 87 x 140 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Jennifer Smyth
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00015810

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    Photograph of the HMS B2 with members of her crew on deck, most likely taken in 1910. Handwritten on the reverse of the photograph is "This is not my boat but one exactly like her, sorry the present hasnt turned up I have written about it. Please give my love to Aunt Ella and Uncle Charles. Yours G.A.G.H."
    SignificanceThis photograph was sent by Lieutenant Geoffrey Haggard who was originally a crew member aboard HMS B2, the b class submarine who was sunk off Dover in 1912. Lieutenant Haggard was later on board HMS AE2 when she infiltrated the Sea of Marmora in April 1914 as Australian and New Zealand troops landed on Gallipoli. Lieutenant Haggard played an instrumental role in ensuring the crew of B2 survived the scuttling of the submarine and their subsequent imprisonment at a Turkish prisoner of war camp for next 3 1/2 years.

    Lieutenant Haggard was later awarded the Distinguished Services Cross in recognition for his role and gallantry in the Dardanelles event.
    HistoryHMS B2 was a Royal Navy B class submarine, built at Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness and completed on 9 December 1905. She was accidently sunk in October 1914 after a collision with the SS AMERIKA.

    After his time aboard the HMS B2, Lieutenant Haggard was transferred to HMS B11 and then AE2 in 1915. It was aboard AE2 that Haggard played a leading role in breaking though Turkish defences and entering the Sea of Marmora. He was later captured and interred in a Turkish prison camp for 3 1/2 years.

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