Lieutenant Commander Henry Hugh Gordon Dacre Stoker

Lieutenant Commander Stoker was a Royal Navy submariner on loan to the Royal Australian Navy during the First World War.  He was captain of the Australian submarine AE2, which served in the Dardanelles.  There, AE2 was the first Allied submarine to breach the minefield and enter the Sea of Marmara.  Between 25 and 30 April 1915, AE2 attacked several Turkish vessels, but after being hit, was forced to surrender.  AE2 was scuttled and the crew became prisoners of war.  For his service, Stoker was awarded a Distinguished Service Order and a Mention in Despatches.

In 2011, Stoker was listed in the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into unresolved recognition for past acts of naval and military gallantry and valour.  The following link is to Chapter 19 of the Report of the Inquiry which focusses on Stoker.

Chapter 19 – Lieutenant Commander Henry Hugh Gordon Dacre Stoker

The Tribunal received 13 written submissions that included reference to Stoker.

Submissions received

Submission 021 – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd)

Submission 021 – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd) – Attachment 1

Submission 021 – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd) – Attachment 2

Submission 021 – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd) – Attachments 3 & 4

Submission 021 – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd) – Attachments 5,6,7 & 8

Submission 021A – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd)

Submission 021B – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd)

Submission 021C – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd)

Submission 021C – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd) – Attachment 1

Submission 021C – Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Retd) – Attachment 2

Submission 060 – Mr Alfred Brogan

Submission 089 – Nowra Greenwell Point RSL Sub Branch

Submission 099 – Mr Graham Wilson Annex B Stoker

Submission 123 – The Naval Association of Australia

Submission 124 – Mr Richard Pelvin

Submission 142 – Mr Graham Harris – Navy League of Australia

Submission 202 – Mr Richard William Stoker

Submission 202A – Mr Richard William Stoker

Submission 202B – Mr Richard William Stoker

Submission 203 – Mr John William Stoker

Submission 204 – Mr Dacre Stoker

 

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