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On Wednesday 15th June 2016, almost fifty descendants and relations of people who died when SS Persia was torpedoed by U38 on 30th December 1915, gathered at Buckler’s Hard on the bank of Beaulieu River to commemorate all those who … Continue reading
Please excuse this brief diversion from the SS Persia story, but it is in a very worthy cause. On Tuesday 31st May 2016, the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland, I was privileged to attend a commemoration which included Frederick William Watts, my wife’s Great Uncle. He was born on 25th July 1892 in Portsmouth and naturally enough joined the Royal Navy. At the time of the battle he was serving on board HMS Malaya. She was hit eight times, taking major damage and heavy casualties. A total of 65 men died during the battle while others died later of their injuries. Frederick succumbed to his wounds on 1st June 1916, exactly 100 years from the date I am writing this piece. He left a young widow, Alice. Frederick is buried in Lyness Royal Navy Cemetery on the island of Hoy in the Orkneys.