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Vanguard's honour ill-fated WW1 namesake
20 August 2015

Submariners from HMS Vanguard paid their respects to those who died in the dreadnought, which bore the same name 98 years ago.

The battleship, which fought at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, was blown apart by an accidental magazine explosion in July 1917 with the loss of 843 hands – one of the largest accidental losses of life for the Royal Navy.

SUBMARINERS from HMS Vanguard paid their respects to those who died in the dreadnought, which bore the same name 98 years ago.

The battleship, which fought at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, was blown apart by an accidental magazine explosion in July 1917 with the loss of 843 hands – one of the largest accidental losses of life for the Royal Navy.

During a recent trip to the Orkneys by members of the current HMS Vanguard, some of the boat’s crew sailed out to the site of the wreck – a designated war grave – at Scapa Flow for a wreath-laying ceremony.

The sailors were accompanied by members of the Orkney Royal Naval Association for the emotional visit, which was followed by a trip to Lyness Naval Cemetery where a further wreath was laid on the Vanguard Memorial.

The submariners also visited the Sea Cadet unit TS Thorfinn to present a cheque for £500. Two crewmen, AB Robbie Watson and LET Dominic Hall, both former Sea Cadets, took to the water for an evening to carry out powerboat training with the current cadets.

During their visit to Orkney personnel visited Ness Battery, the best-preserved artillery battery in the islands and the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum.