- Weston, Bert E.
- Biographies and personal histories, WWI operations
- RAN Ships
- None noted.
- March 1996 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
Holbrook’s service after the sinking of MESSOUDIEH consisted largely of patrolling duties until Aug. 1915, when he was wounded in the nose when a ship, which had first shown the white flag, fired on the submarine as it closed with it. Thereafter, he was engaged in minelaying duties and was mentioned in dispatches for his work in July 1917. Service with the Grand Fleet in the submarine flotilla followed, and in Aug. 1918 he left the submarine service to go to Russia as LCDR in the Russian cruiser ASKOLD.
He retired from the Royal Navy in 1920.
(From the London “Times”, 5 July 1976.)
- B-11-135′ x 13’6″. 280 tons. 2 x TT’s.
- Built by Vickers and launched 21 Feb. 1906.
- Converted Aug. 1917 to surface patrol boat S-11.
- Sold 1919 to Messrs. Francotosti in Malta
(The town of HOLBROOK, NSW, formerly called GERMANTOWN, was named in honour of Commander HOLBROOK during WWI.)
[MESSOUDIEH – spelling: It is generally agreed that the name of the battleship sunk by B-11 was “Mesudiye”. Ed:2016]