C/M1495 - RAN 9205
Born 31/8/1885 Adelaide
"The old submarines C.1 (Lieut .A.C Newbold) and C.3 (Lieut. R.D. Sandford), each with a volunteer crew of one other officer and four ratings, had five tons of amatol packed into their fore-ends and were to be driven into the viaduct where they were to be blown up to prevent reinforcement of the German garrison on the mole. The Crews were meant to abandon their submarines shortly before the collision, leaving the submarines to steer themselves automatically into the viaduct. During the passage from Dover C.1 [with Harry Coward aboard] parted her tow and consequently arrived too late to take part in the operation."
The Crews - Zeebrugge
Lieutenant J. Howell Price, D.S.C., R.N.R. Coxswain
Petty-Officer W. Harner, O.N. 228795 Wounded
E.R.A. A. G. Roxburgh, O.N. 272242
Leading Seaman W.G. Mayer, On.N. 22196
Stoker 1., H. C. Bindall, O.N. K5343 Wounded
Lieutenant S.A. Bayford, D.S.C., R.N.R.
Petty-Officer H. G. Jones, L.T.O., O.N. 17 994
Petty Officer G. T. Newman, O.N. 213236 Coxswain
E.R.A. W. H. R. Coward, O.N. 1495
Stoker Petty-Officer F. J. Smith, O.N. 299134
A report to the Admiralty, which I may publish in part on this site at a later date, goes into considerable detail of the actions of submarines C.1 and C.3. The report leaves the reader in no doubt that the Captain of C.3, Lieutenant R. D. Sandford, richly deserved the Victoria Cross which he was awarded on 23rd July 1918.
Lieutenant R. D. Sandford
C.1 survived the war and was sold on 22/10/20
Harry Coward is buried in Geelong. I recall being told that he rode a motorcycle with sidecar, was chess champion of Geelong, and was a keen model maker.
Thanks once more to George Malcolmson of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum for much of the information posted here.
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