Sidney Monckton

Service :               Royal Navy

nk:                   Engine Room Artificer 4th Class

Service No :          M/2665

Ship :                   Submarine “E41”.

 Sidney was born in St George, Bristol on 8 June 1895.  He was the son of John & Mary Monckton.  A schoolboy in 1901 he was living with his family at “Sunnyside” The Avenue, St. George.  On the 3 st December 1910  he had joined the Royal Navy as a boy entrant & was a boy artificer engineer serving on board H.M.S Indus. Indus was the mechanical training establishment and workshops at Devonport, Plymouth. On his 18th Birthday 8 June 1913 based at Vivid II Devonport Sidney signed on for 12 years sevice. His details recorded as Height 5" 31/4", 34" Chest, Auburn Hair , Light Brown Eye and Fresh Complextion. His Character recorded as Very Good and his ability satifactory.

Sidney served on the indefatigable-class battle cruiser “H M S New Zealand” from 2nd Feb. 1915 to 4th July 1916 so he  would have seen action in the “Battle of Jutland” (31 May 1916). On 5th July he joins HMS Dolphin at Gosport, this was a shore base submarine training establishment.

Shortly after Sidney joined the company of  E Class submarine HMS E41 operating from depot ship Maidstone. Whilst on exercise off Harwich 15 August 1916 E41 collided with E4 and sixteen crew member including Sidney lost their lives.

He is remembered with Honour on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Sidney's name can be found on panel no 14 at the foot of the left hand column.

Images by D R Crew

Sidney qualified for the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal & The Victory Medal, these were issued to his father.

HMS E41 was raised in September 1917 and re-commissioned but was sold for scrap on 6th September 1922.

Foot Note:

Sadly Sidney was not the first member of the parish to loose his life in a submarrine disaster. As reported in the May 1904 Parish Magazine :-

Further details at Wikipedia:


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census