Tom Coy 12-Mar-17

First Name: Tom
Last Name:Coy
Rank: Leading Telegraphist
Regiment: Royal Navy
Military Number:J 4768
Place of Birth:Galway
Place of Death:E49
Date of Death:12-Mar-17
Additional Information:

Killed in Action: Lost his life on board a submarine 12 March 1917.  Age 21.

Supplementary Notes: Coy, Tom.  Leading Telegraphist J/4768 -E49 Royal Navy.

Circumstances of Death
Direct result of enemy action. HM Submarine E49 was mined off the Shetland Islands on 12th March 1917. The minefield was laid by the German U-boat UC-76 on 10th March 1917. There were no survivors.


Son of Hugh Coy of Galway. Brother of Charles Coy, (also listed on site).

Other: Mary, West House, Henry Street, Galway. Parents: Hugh Coy and Mary Willcox. His father was a master wheelright and carpenter. Both parents were born in England. The 1901 Census shows the family at 2 Paul Quay, Wexford. Children were Henry (23), Elizabeth (19), Frederick (17), Alice (15), George (14), Albert (12), Lucy (11), Charles (9), Thomas (8), Florence (6), Gertrude (4), Edith (3) and Mabel (1).

Remembered: Plymouth Naval Memorial -Devon -United Kingdom (22) & Great War Monument -St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church -Galway -Ireland.


E-49, built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Ltd., Newcastle in 1916 and owned at the time of her loss by Royal Navy, was a British submarine of 725 tons.

On March 12th, 1917, E-49 was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-76 (Wilhelm Barten), off Huney Island, Shetlands. 31 persons were lost.

On leaving Balta Sound for patrol, E49 hit a mine laid by UC76 on the 10th, off the entrance. There were no survivors. She lies in 16 fathoms with bows blown off.
Mined and sunk off the Shetlands

COY, THOMAS (24), Leading Telegraphist (no. J/4768), HMS E-49, Royal Navy, °07/02/1893 ~ †12/03/1917, Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial



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St-Nicholas Collegiate church- Galway-Ireland.

St-Nicholas Collegiate church- Galway-Ireland.

Plymouth Naval Memorial - Devon- United Kingdom.(15)

Plymouth Naval Memorial-Devon- United Kingdom. (15)