HMS Black Prince

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Can anybody tell me about this ship and what happened please ? :confused:

    In Memory of

    J/23332, H.M.S. "Black Prince.", Royal Navy
    who died age 19
    on 31 May 1916
    Son of William and Alice Soper, of Wood Court, Ashell, Ilminster, Somerset.

    Remembered with honour

    casualty list in The Times 9 June 1916

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  2. cally

    cally New Member

    This is as good as anything I can think of Annie...

    The Black Prince missed the main battle of Jutland, having become detached to the west. Her captain, T.P. Bonham, turned south, presumably expecting the battle to have moved in that direction. Just after midnight on 1 June, she sailed right into the middle of the German fleet, finding herself close to the centre of the High Seas Fleet. She was picked out by searchlights and fired on at short range by the German battleships. After only two minutes she was on fire from end to end, and all resistance had stopped. After burning for a few minutes, at 12.10 she exploded with all hands. 37 officers, 815 men and 5 civilians were lost in this terrible explosion...


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  3. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Thanks Calley - that was awful wasn't it ?? ...

    I found a few other things that may be of interest ...

    In Memory of

    H.M.S. "Black Prince.", Royal Navy
    who died age 43
    on 31 May 1916
    Son of Admiral C. W. Bonham, R.N., and Mrs. Bonham.

    Remembered with honour

    Sadly it seems that there are a few in this family that have no known grave

    In Memory of
    Private ROY BONHAM

    1306, 7th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
    who died
    between 25 April 1915 and 02 May 1915

    Remembered with honour

    Roy BONHAM

    Regimental number - 1306
    Place of birth - Sydney, New South Wales
    School - Monbulk State School, Victoria
    Religion - Church of England
    Occupation - Carpenter
    Address - c/o Miss V Lennie, 712 Malvern Road, Armadale, Victoria
    Marital status - Single
    Age at embarkation - 28
    Next of kin - Father, R C Bonham, c/o Mr E Crespin, Leongatha, Victoria
    Previous military service - Nil
    Enlistment date - 10 November 1914
    Rank on enlistment - Private
    Unit name - 7th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
    AWM Embarkation Roll number - 23/24/2
    Embarkation details - Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
    Rank from Nominal Roll - Private
    Unit from Nominal Roll - 7th Battalion
    Other details from Roll of Honour Circular - Name given on Roll of Honour circular as Harold Roy Clyde BONHAM. Grandson of Admiral C.W. BONHAM, Royal Navy; nephew of Commander T.P. BONHAM, RN, who went down with his ship, HMS 'Black Prince', at the Battle of Jutland, 1916.
    Fate - Killed in Action 25 April 1915
    Place of death or wounding - Gallipoli, Turkey
    Date of death - 25-29 April 1915 ; secondary dod: 25/04/1915
    Age at death - 27
    Place of burial - No known grave
    Commemoration details - The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 28), Gallipoli, Turkey
    Other details - War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

    Medals - 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal


    7th Batt, (killed in action), was born in Sydney, N.S.W., and was 28 years of age.
    He was the eldest son of Mr. K. C. Bonham, and grandson of the late Admiral C. W. Bonham. Ryde, Isle of Wight, England. Two of his uncles were Major C. B. Bonham. R.N., and Captain T. P. Bonham, R.N., members of an old Wiltshire family of that name, and a long line of fighting ancestors. His only brother is at present in camp at Seymour.

    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. - 1848-1954) Tuesday 29 June 1915

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