HMS Vanguard

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Reference WMO/273084


Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery



KW16 3NS


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Wheel cross
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Celtic Cross. Head for the Cross of Sacrifice. The memorial is on the left hand side near the boundary. The 845 men lost on the Vanguard included two Australian stokers from H.M.A.S. Sydney in her cells and an observer from the Japanese Navy, a Commander Kyosuke Eto [not Ito as on the Kirkwall British Legion website] The memorial commemorates those lost from HMS Vanguard in 1916, some of whom are buried in the cemetery. The memorial was erected by thier shipmates and is seperate from the graves. If this marked the site of their burials then it would not be a war memorial but a gravestone but the dedication clearly notes this was erected by relatives and squadronmates. The cemetery also includes Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves, cemetary features such as a cross and other war memorials see WMO/202640, WMO/273081, WMO/273082, WMO/273085 and WMO/273086.
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