Tag Archives: Royal Navy

Photos tell tragic tale of submarine battle

On 1 February 1917, Germany declared unrestricted submarine warfare; with its U-boats torpedoing ships without warning, allowing passengers and crew little or no chance of escape. Nicknamed Der Magische Guertel, or the Magic Girdle, the operation aimed to starve Britain … Continue reading

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Royal Navy Museum marks centenary of WRNS

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, is marking the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) with an exhibition entitled Pioneers to Professionals. Women and the Royal Navy. On show within the Portsmouth Historic … Continue reading

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Jutland casualty found in North Atlantic

A Danish expedition team has located the wreckage of British warship HMS Warrior, a casualty of the Battle of Jutland. The cruiser was badly damaged during the 1916 battle and 71 of its crew were killed. The remaining 743 men were transferred to HMS … Continue reading

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UK government unveils Battle of Jutland centenary plans

Warships from Britain and Germany will lay wreaths in the North Sea to mark the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 2016. Fought off the Danish coast, the battle was one of a relatively … Continue reading

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Restored First World War ship on show at Portsmouth Dockyard

The First World War monitor HMS M33 is the latest addition to the collection of warships on display at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. Restored at a cost of £2.5m, largely paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the vessel saw service … Continue reading

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Surviving Gallipoli ship to be restored and put on display

The last surviving ship that took part in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 is to be restored and opened to the public with the help of a £1.75m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). HMS M33 was a monitor … Continue reading

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War Artists at Sea at Queen’s House, Greenwich

The 17th-century Queen’s House at Greenwich is marking this year’s Centenary of World War I with a wide-ranging display of the works of naval war artists from the 20th century. War art’s uses In the UK, official war art was … Continue reading

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Lincolnshire couple unearth World War I medal in garden

A couple who discovered a World War I medal in their garden are hoping to trace the descendants of Royal Navy sailor to whom it belonged, reports the BBC. Katie and Paul Roberts from Saxilby in Lincolnshire, found the 1914-15 … Continue reading

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Engineer Lieutenant Commander Jack Bassano Hyde, of HMS Sable, died on 25 October 1918, aged 31. Jack was the son of Captain John Francis Hyde and Marianne Hyde of 131 Adelaide Rd, London. He was born at Hyde End, Berkshire, … Continue reading

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Two World War I brothers commemorated in East London

Tucked away at the back of churchyard in east London is this gravestone that tells the sad story of how a widowed mother lost two of her sons in World War I. Edmund John Thorogood was a gunner in the … Continue reading

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