Petty Officer Charles Lake
|Service||Royal Navy||Service No.||206229(Dev)|
|Ship:||HM Submarine E16|
|Date of Birth:||25/04/1884Born Crediton||Date of Death:||22/08/1916|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||LAKE CHARLES P.O. SUBM E.16|
Charles joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman on 28th September 1899 and on reaching the age of 18 on 25 April 1902, became an Ordinary Seaman and signed on for 12 years service.
In September 1915 he was posted to H.M.S.ARROGANT, acting as Depot ship to the 4th Submarine Flotilla at Dover, and in November 1915 he went on to H.M.S.MAIDSTONE, also a submarine depot ship at Harwich. Harwich was an important naval base for control of the southern North Sea and the entrance to the English Channel.
Submarine E 16 was commissioned on 27 February 1915 and sank U-boat U6 off Stavanger, Norway on 15 September 1915. She was based at Harwich and was one of 33 submarines there.
Association with Dawlish
Charles was the youngest child of James Lake (1836-1914), born in Sandford, who married Ann Cleave (1838-1892). James was an agricultural labourer in the 1891 census when they lived at 96 Jollys(?), Crediton.
Charles joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman on 28th September 1899.
Charles and Mary Ann had three children, born in Dawlish; Frank(1907-), Joyce (1909-1984), and Leonard (1912-1913).
|Devon Roll of Honour||Lake, Charles P.O. H.M.Submarine E 16 2nd August 1916|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||Mary Ann Lake, wife, of 8 King Street, Dawlish|
|Last Known Address:||99 Victory Street (East), Keyham, Devonport (census 1911)|