D.S.M. Gazetted 13 Sep 1915: "For service in submarines in the Sea of Marmora."
Submarine E14 played an important role in the Gallipoli campaign, diving beneath minefields to penetrate the Sea of Marmora on 27th April 1915, and successfully attacking enemy shipping. She quickly sank the Turkish gunboat Nurel Bahr, sinking 200 tons on 1 May and then went on to damage the minelayer Peik I Shevket sinking 1014 tons in a torpedo attack. For this action, all 30 of her crew were decorated; the ship's captain, Lieutenant Commander Edward Courtney Boyle, received the Victoria Cross, her two Lieutenants Distinguished Service Crosses and all ratings the Distinguished Service Medal. E14 then went on to become the only ship in Royal Navy history to have 2 Victoria Crosses bestowed on her captains; Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Saxton White was posthumously awarded whilst bravely trying to escape from the Dandanelles whilst flooded. E14 sank but nine of her crew survived and were taken prisoner.
To read extracts of the ship's log from the E14's Captain in Gallipoli, click here.