Battle of Jutland

This is a photograph taken of a group of Lewismen who served on board the battlecruiser HMS Invincible when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916.

They all perished when a shell from the German destroyer Derflinger burst through the Invincible’s Q-turret. The flash went down to the magazine, which immediately exploded, causing the the ship to blow up and sink in a cloud of smoke, breaking in half and leaving the bow and the stern standing in the water like gravestones, marking the spot where over 1000 men lost their lives.

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The men pictured above are as follows: 

Top Row:

*Finlay Macritchie (46 Lower Barvas), *Norman Macleod (28 Lower Barvas), Angus Maclean (17 Habost, Ness), Donald Smith (11 Cross, Ness), Allan Macsween, (Battery, Stornoway)

Seated:

*Angus Graham (4 Lower Garrabost), Donald Morrison (9 Calbost, Lochs), Murdo Murray (27 North Tolsta), John Macleod (56 North Tolsta)

Those marked with * have not been verified.

There were at least twelve Lewismen on board the HMS Invincible when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland on the 31st of May, 1916.   They all perished in the blast.   There were only six survivors from the crew of over a thousand men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Over 1000 men were lost, including Rear Admiral Sir H.L.A. Hood who was in charge of the cruiser squadron at the Battle of Jutland and on board the HMS Invincible when she engaged in battle with the German fleet.

Captain Dannreuther, who was in the mast at the time, was thrown into the water and survived along with five other members of his crew.





Front Row:-
*Angus Graham (4 Lower Garrabost), Donald Morrison (9 Calbost, Lochs), Murdo Murray (27 North Tolsta), John Macleod (56 North Tolsta)

Those marked with * need to be verified.
 

Three lives were lost from the village of North Tolsta in this Battle.

On that night, John Macdonald (41), 12 North Tolsta died at home from wounds received during enemy action at sea, leaving a widow and seven children.

On the 31st day of May, 1916, Tolsta was left to mourn the loss of four brave sons, leaving four widows and twenty three children fatherless.

 

"HMS Broke"

Angus Maciver,(32 yrs)

33 North Tolsta. Left a widow and 6 young children.

"HMS Invincible"

John Macleod (42yrs)
56 North Tolsta. Left a widow and four children.

"HMS Invincible"

Murdo Murray (45yrs.)

27 North Tolsta /Seaview. Left a widow and 6 young children.



 

These are the campaign medals of Murdo Murray RNR, 27 North Tolsta, displayed with the WW1 Commemorative Memorial Plaque given to the widow or next of kin of the one lost.   Thus it was frequently known as the ‘Death Penny’ or the ‘Widow’s Penny’.   It came with a memorial scroll with the dead man’s name on it.

The medals shown are:-
The Victory Medal  - The 1914-15 Star - The British War Medal

This letter was sent to the next of kin by the widow of Rear-Admiral Sir H.L.A. Hood who was in charge of the cruiser squadron at Jutland and who was on board the HMS Invincible when it engaged in battle with the German fleet.

Murdo Murray, RNR, 27, North Tolsta

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