Postcard with black and white photograph depicting a group of navy servicemen standing on top of Holland-Class H.M. Submarine Boat No.1 - the first British Submarine. The postcard was sent by Albert Victor Peile to his sister, identified on the postcard as 'Flo.' This is possibly his older sister Florence Mary Peile. Albert enlisted on 27 August 1914 with the 3rd Battalion, D Company, when he was 22 years old. He served in Gallipoli and later France, and was eventually promoted to the rank of corporal. He died in Bullecourt, France on 4 May 1917 and is commemorated at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

The Holland-1 Submarine was the fist of the Holland-class of submarines built by the Royal Navy in 1901. Officially designated HM Submarine Torpedo Boats, the Holland-class were petrol-driven with a crew complement of eight and very little in the way of amenities. The Holland-1, although the first to be built, was the last to enter service in 1903. The Holland-1 was decommissioned in 1913 and sank that same year on her way to be scrapped. The wreck was later discovered in the 1980s and is now on display at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

Description of Content

Group of men standing on a partially-submerged submarine.

Physical Description

Black and white photographic postcard.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Military Memorabilia Collection, Returned and Services League (RSL) Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mrs Margaret J. Hitchens, 1986

  • Date Depicted


  • Author

    Private Albert V. Peile - Australian Imperial Force (AIF), circa Dec 1914

  • Format

    Photograph, Black & White

  • Inscriptions

    Printed on front: 'H.M. SUBMARINE BOAT NO 1 WITH PERISCOPE. "Silverette"' Printed on back: 'TUCK'S POSTCARD. / CARTE POSTALE. POSTKARTE.' Printed on back right: '(FOR ADDRESS ONLY)' Printed on back left: 'H.M. SUBMARINE BOAT No. 1, with Periscope. Type, / Holland. Displacement, 75 tons. 63 feet long. Speed, / 7 knots surface, 6 knots submerged. 1 torpedo tube. / Power, gasoline and electricity. Completed, 1901.' Handwritten on back right: 'Miss F Peile / Main Road / Sth. Yaradale / Vic' Handwritten on back left: 'Dear Flo just a / line to let you / know I arrived here / safe. I had a good / trip up. Curl ?] got / tipsy found / all well write soon / love to all from all. Albert.' Stamped on back: 'TARADALE / SE 18 / 08 / VICTORIA' Stamped on back top right corner: 'WEST WYALONG / [Illegible]' Printed vertically on back left: 'THE NAVY Series 1. / Raphael Tuck & Sons "SILVERETTE" (REGd) Post Card 6584. / ART PUBLISHERS TO THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING & QUEEN'

  • Classification

    Military history, Service, Battleships

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • References

    'Holland Class Submarine,' BriTSub, at: [Link 1] accessed: June 15, 2012 For Albert Peile's war record see the National Archives of Australia website at: [Link 2]

  • Keywords

    Military Memorabilia, World War I, 1914-1918