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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…

Drowned close to shore: the loss of two American Troopships in 1918


In 1918 the small island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland would witness the full brunt of the sea war on not one but two occasions. Above: Islay is the most southern of the islands in the Inner Hebrides, known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’. The first of these was on 5 February 1918 when the Troopship Tuscania was torpedoed by UB-77 at 7…