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« on: March 12, 2017, 17:25:32 PM »

Rank:Able Seaman
Service No:J/22122
Date of Death:04/06/1919
Regiment/Service:Royal Navy H.M. Submarine L.55.
Grave Reference: Screen Wall. "L.55" grave.
Additional Information:Son of Frank and Charlotte Orme, of 9, Young St., Derby.

Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 03 September 1928

DERBY SUBMARINE HERO. Parents Invited to Funeral.
The Derby seaman, Louis Orme, of 9, Young-street, who was drowned in the British submarine L55 in 1919, will be buried with the other victims on Friday.

As announced in last Thursday's "Telegraph," his parents have received an invitation to attend the funeral, which will take place at the Royal Naval cemetery, Haslar, Gosport.

H.M.S. Champion is expected to arrive at Portsmouth with the bodies on Wednesday.

Further information about the funeral will sent to relatives of the deceased officers and men, but any who may have removed from the address recorded at the Admiralty should apply to the Commander-in-Chief, H.M. Ships and Vessels, Portsmouth, for detailed information as to the arrangements.

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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 20:56:38 PM »

Name:   Louis Orme
Gender:   Male
Birth Date:   27 Sep 1895
Birth Place:   Derby
Service Number:   J22122
First Service Date:   16 Jan 1913
First Ship Served On:   Vivid I
Last Service Date:   9 Jun 1919
Last Ship Served On:   Dolphin

NOTE ? his record shows killed 4.6.1919, but 4 crossed out and substituted with 9th. And in the margin—“missing since June 4th when she dived to attack enemy destroyer”
Last ship is unreadable
A Boilermaker’s Apprentice when he joined as a Boy.

In 1911 with parents Frank & Charlotte & 4 siblings at 9 Young Street Derby. He was an Apprentice Boiler Making. Father a Boiler Plater. Elder brother Harold an Apprentice Brush Trade.
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 21:52:21 PM »


The HM Submarine L55 memorial dates from 1928 when the remains of the crew were repatriated after almost a decade, following the raising of the sunken vessel the previous year.

The L55 was a British L-Class submarine, built on the Clyde, that had been in service for only a year before being sunk during the Allied intervention into the Russian Civil War. On 4 June 1919 the submarine unsuccessfully attacked two Bolshevik destroyers that were laying mines to protect Petrograd (now St Petersburg) and in so doing suffered damage and was sunk. Although the Bolsheviks claimed responsibility for sinking the vessel there is some doubt, as it sunk in an area heavily laid with British mines.

In 1927 the L55 was raised by the Russians; their policy not to allow British war ships within their waters was upheld, and the remains of the crew were collected by a British merchant ship before being transferred to HMS Champion to make the journey home. 32 coffins were buried in a communal grave on 7 September 1928.

The submarine went on to have a chequered career under Russian control, sinking for a second time, along with 50 men, in 1931. She became a training craft, but was damaged in 1941 and was finally broken up in 1953.

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