Charlie Edward Kilburn

Date of birth: 14th July 1885
Place of birth: Kent
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel:  HM Submarine D2
Rank / Service No: Engine Room Artificer, M/848
Died: 25th November 1914, aged 29 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Charlie was the only child of John and Eliza Jane Kilburn (nee Edwards), who married in Wandsworth in 1881.


The couple lived in Poole for many years, before Eliza came to Southampton after 1918 to be close to her son.


John was born in Essex in 1853 and he died in 1918 in Poole.

Eliza was born in Surrey in 1867 and she passed away at 80 Oxford Avenue on 6 January 1927.


She left £1790 16s 6d to one William James Bailey, a dairy owner.


Charlie married Elizabeth Fairman in Southampton in 1911; the couple lived at 4 Avenue Road, The Avenue.


They had one son……

John Charles   b. 26 June 1912 Portsmouth   d. 1983 Aylesbury   Married Edith L. Gilbert in Bucklow, Cheshire in 1939.


Elizabeth had been born in Parkstone in 1882 and she passed away in Portsmouth in 1939.



Charlie had enlisted on 25 February 1909 and was in training at Portland at the 1911 Census.


He joined D2 on 23 October 1913, the submarine having been commissioned in Barrow on 29 March 1911.

It was one of 8 D-class submarines built for the Royal Navy.


D2 fought in the Battle of the Heligoland Bight on 28 August 1914 and, on 23 November 1914. it’s commander (Lt. Commander A. G. Jameson) was washed overboard and lost off Harwich.


He was replaced by Lt .Cdr C. Head on its next voyage.


It is believed that D2 was rammed and sunk by a German patrol boat off Borkum on the German north coast, with the loss of all 25 crew.


The wreck has never been located, so its actual fate is open to conjecture.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th October 2016


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