The Loss of HMS Natal

The Loss of HMS Natal

HMS Natal was a 'Warrior' type cruiser of 13,550 tons. On 30 December 1915 while anchored at Cromarty, there was an explosion aboard caused, as determined by a court of enquiry, by faulty ammunition. The Captain was hosting a film party and had invited a number of guests including his wife and children. While a number of the crew were ashore at a football match, the explosion and the subsequent sinking of the Natal resulted in the deaths of 422 crew and visitors. Of these 415 are currently remembered here. The other seven were the wives of Captain Back and Lieutenant Bennett, and Mr & Mrs Dodds and their 3 children who had been invited aboard. This community remembers those who died aboard on 30 December 1915.

Created by: Trevor65535

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  • Born 1897

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy Z/5700 Royal Naval Division

    Royal Navy Z/5700 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Tyneside

    Royal Navy Tyneside/Z/5700 Able Seaman Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1895

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 8460 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 8460S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1869

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy V 336 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 336V Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1896

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy M13756

    Royal Navy M/13756 Armourer's Crew H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1890

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 5122 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 5122S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1894

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 7018 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 7018S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1862

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy Established Skilled Labourer H.M. Dockyard

    Royal Navy Established Skilled Labourer H.M. Dockyard - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1895

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 7581 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 7581S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Profile picture for Olive Kathleen Rowlett Or Rowlatt

    Born 1882

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy Nursing Sister Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service H.M.H.S. "Drina."

  • Born 1903

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Civilian Casualty

  • Born 1884

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 8626 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 8626S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1889

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 6814 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 6814S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1885

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Civilian Casualty

  • Born 1894

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 8630 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 8630S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1889

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy 233912

    Royal Navy 233912 Petty Officer H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Profile picture for John Smith

    Born 1891

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy 5/2341 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Clyde

    Royal Navy Clyde 5/2341 Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1894

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 8238 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 8238S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Profile picture for Eliza Millicent Elvens

    Born 1886

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy Nursing Sister Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service H.M.H.S. "Drina."

  • Born 1897

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 7128 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 7128S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."

  • Born 1880

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy S 5220 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 5220S Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Natal."