Tuesday, 5 June 2012

HMS Hampshire

In the Royal Naval Cemetery at Lyness in Orkney you will find 21 gravestones dedicated to "Known unto God", for a man who served on HMS Hampshire. The warship foundered off Skaill Bay on the west coast of Orkney in a severe gale in June 1916, thought to have struck a mine.

Three named stones associated with the sinking of that ship are present in that cemetery. HMS Hampshire also carried Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of State for War. He was among the dead, but his body was never recovered. Only 12 survived.

Today is 96 years ago since the sinking of HMS Hampshire. This post is dedicated to the memory of those lost in her.

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