Loss of HMS Viknor 13 January 1915

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    HMS Viknor was lost off Tory Island in heavy weather in an area recently mined by the Germans on Jan.13,1915.

    She was a 5386 Ton Blue Star Line ship, formerly the Viking. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy as an Armed Merchant Cruiser. She was part of the 10th. Cruiser Squadron blockading the seas between the North of Scotland and Iceland.

    HMS Viknor sank on Jan.13, 1915. She had a complement of 22 Officers and 273 Ratings mostly of the Royal Naval Reserve. She was commanded by Commander E.O.Ballantyne.

    25 seamen were of the Newfoundland Division of the Royal Naval Reserve. 24 are commemorated on the Beaumont Hamel Memorial in France. One body was washed ashore and is buried in Colonsay.

    This was one of three Armed Merchant Cruisers of the 10th. Cruiser Squadron lost in Jan., Feb., and March of 1915.

    Men of the Newfoundland Division of the Royal Naval Reserve lost in HMS Viknor

    1220X Seaman Enos Barnes Port Union
    1219X Seaman Albert Brace Chance Cove, TB
    1147X Seaman George Coates Fogo
    702X Seaman Gilbert Dyke Salvage Bay
    411X Seaman James Greening Summerville
    2180X Seaman Thomas Jackson Brigus
    1218X Seaman Levi Jerrett Cupids, CB
    1213X Seaman Phillip Lewis Caplin Cove
    1224X Seaman Alexander Martin St.John's
    1034X Seaman John Bowen Mercer Bay Roberts
    1209X Seaman Frederick Morgan Seal Cove, CB
    1190X Seaman William George Morgan Blow me Down, P de G
    932X John Parsons Shearstown
    901X Seaman Harry W Peach Arnolds Cove
    706X Seaman Ralph Charles Flat Island, BB
    1122X Seaman Charles Rowe Trinity
    1222X Seaman William St.Croix Trepassey
    1227X Seaman Edward Smart Saunders Cove, Alexander Bay
    862X Seaman Eli Sparkes Shearstown
    1259X Seaman George Stringer Little Hearts Ease
    1214X Seaman Douglas Walsh Cow Head, St. Barbe
    2179X Seaman Albert J Warren Glovertown
    611X Seaman George Youden Bull Cove
    670X Seaman Thomas Youden Bull Cove

    Other than (1034X) Seaman John Bowen Mercer, who is buried in the Colonsay Military Cemetery, these men are all commemorated on the Beaumont Hamel Memorial for those with no known grave.
  2. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

  3. cally

    cally New Member

    I knew that I had a picture of her somewhere - although it is not brilliant in quality it is very hard to obtain any of her at all so I feel it is still worth posting in order to get an idea of what she looked like...

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