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Able Seaman J/5933 William Edward Gregory

Royal Navy aboard HMS Bulwark
Died at Sea in Explosion of Sheerness, Kent, 26th November 1914, aged 25.

  • Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 2
  • Awarded 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals with two Good Conduct Stripes
  • Son of George and Nellie Gregory of Long Street, Atherstone
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Atherstone

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  • Born 1889 at Atherstone
  • Lived at HMS Excellent Royal Naval School of Gunnery, Portsmouth [1911]
  • Employed as a Regular Sailor [1911]

    The Sinking of HMS Bulwark

    A powerful internal explosion ripped Bulwark apart at 07:50 on 26 November 1914 while she was moored at Number 17 buoy in Kethole Reach, 4 nmi (4.6 mi; 7.4 km) west of Sheerness in the estuary of the River Medway. Out of her complement of 750, no officers and only 14 sailors survived, two of whom subsequently died of their injuries in hospital. Most of the survivors were seriously injured. Also killed in the explosion was Stoker 1st Class William Shuttleworth of Little Packington

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