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First Name: Thomas Fleming Last Name: BESANT
Date of Death: 14/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Notting Hill
Rank: Lieutenant Commander Unit: HMA Submarine AE1
Memorial Site: 1. Notting Hill, St Johns Memorial 2. Plymouth Naval Memorial

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The Australian submarine AE1 was lost with all hands on 14th September whilst taking part in the Australian occupation of German New Guinea. She was sent to patrol in St. George’s Channel between New Britain and New Ireland. Her fate is unknown. It was suggested that she hit a coral reef but a subsequent search of the area found nothing.She was officially declared lost on 19th September.

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