Norman Holbrook blue plaque in Portsmouth

Submariners Association

Lieutenant Norman Douglas Holbrook VC, Royal Navy
Was educated here.
Awarded the Victoria Cross 13th December 1914 when he commanded HM Submarine B11 throught the Dardenelles negotiating enemy minefields, shore batteries and strong currents to fatally attack the Turkish Battleship Messudieh before returning to safety

Commander Norman Douglas Holbrook VC (9 July 1888 – 3 July 1976) was a British naval recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award of the British honours system. Holbrook was the first submariner to be awarded the VC and it was the first naval VC gazetted in the First World War.

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