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A FINE GREAT WAR D.S.M. AWARDED TO PETTY OFFICER OF THE DESTROYER ARIEL FOR THE RAMMING AND SINKING THE GERMAN SUBMARINE U-12 IN THE NORTH SEA IN MARCH 1915, A SIGNIFICANT NAVAL INCIDENT IN THE PRESS OF THE DAY

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL, G.V.R. ‘165462 G. RODGERS, P.O. 1CL., H.M.S. ARIEL.’

D.S.M. London Gazette 9 April 1915:
'For services in connection with the sinking of U.12.'

George Rodgers was born on 21 August 1875 at St. Paul, Chichester and enlisted into the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class on 21 August 1893. Initially serving aboard St. Vincent and at the shore establishment Victory I, he was promoted Ordinary Seaman on 21 February 1895, he was further advanced Able Seaman aboard the corvette Cordelia on 1 July 1896, Leading Seaman aboard Duke of Wellington and Petty Officer 1st Class aboard the protected cruiser Sapphire on 1 May 1905. By the outbreak of the Great War, he was severing aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Ariel on 7 February 1914, Rodgers was awarded the D.S.M. for his actions in March 1915, when Ariel rammed and sank the German submarine U-12, a significant incident that received huge press coverage at the time. After the action with U-12, Rodgers spent the remainder of the Great War at Portsmouth and aboard the battleship Hindustan from 18 September 1916-31 March 1917, and again from 27 April 1917-14 May 1918. As such, he was present in February 1918 when Hindustan was selected to serve as parent and depot ship during the Zeebrugge Raid and the first Ostend Raid. He also witnessed the collision of Hindustan and the destroyer Wrestler in May 1918, the former being paid off into reserve at the Nore on the day that Rodgers returned to Victory. Transferred to the shore establishment Fisgard, Rodgers was finally demobilised on 13 October 1918.

H.M.S. ARIEL AND THE SINKING OF U-12

On the morning of 10 March 1915 when the German submarine U-12 was spotted by the trawler May Island lurking to the east of Fife Ness………………

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Condition NEF, sold with copied service record, newspaper articles and research. A very good single D.S.M. for an early war home waters naval action , which received significant media coverage at the time.

Code J2563        Price £1185