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The loss of HMS Bulwark : 26 November 1914


Losses of life in the First World War are more often than not attributed to engagements in battle or enemy action of some sort. However, this is not always the case. One of the most significant events during the early part of the war that caused a major loss of life to military personnel was an accident. HMS Bulwark was part of the 5th Battle Squa…

A Christmas Party then Tragedy : 30 December 1915


The band of the Royal Marines played, a film show ran and then tragedy as a  series of explosions ripped through HMS Natal on the afternoon of 30 December 1915 in the Cromarty Firth.  The ship sank within 5 minutes with the loss of 421 lives, some of them being the Captain’s invited guests including a local family and nurses from a nearby hospital…