06 May 2007

Victoria Cross: N. D. Holbrook


Lieutenant, Royal Navy; commanding HM Submarine B11

Born: 9 July 1888, Southsea, Hampshire

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery on the 13th December [1914], when in command of the Submarine B. 11, he entered the Dardanelles, and, notwithstanding the very difficult current, dived his vessel under five rows of mines and torpedoed the Turkish battleship "Messudiyeh," which was guarding the mine-field.
Lieutenant Holbrook succeeded in bringing the B. 11 safely back, although assailed by gun-fire and torpedo boats, having been submerged on one occasion for nine hours.

(London Gazette Issue 29015 dated 22 Dec 1914, published 22 Dec 1914.)

Note: Lieutenant Sydney T Wynn, second in command of B11, was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
The town of Germanton, New South Wales, Australia, was renamed in Lieutenant Holbrook's honour in 1915.

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