Details of British Royal Navy ships destroyed during the First World War can now be found online at findmypast.co.uk
The records have been published in partnership with The National Archives and can provide the following information:
- Ship name
- Date it was destroyed
- Number of officers killed or wounded
- Type of vessel
- How and where it was destroyed
An example from the records
We’ve found this example in the new WW1 Ships Lost at Sea records, detailing the fate of HMS Black Prince.
The record reveals that the cruiser was destroyed on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland. We learn that 37 officers were killed.
By searching the British Newspapers with the keywords “Black Prince” and the year 1916, we can discover who some of these men were.
Here we’ve found a photograph of Lieutenant Robert Chichester that was published in The Devon and Exeter Gazette on 9 June 1916:
We were then able to learn more about Chichester’s Navy service by searching findmypast.co.uk’s collection of military records.
The following Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll record reveals that he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War Medals (abbreviated as ST. V. B.).