Charlie's bugle rang out clear and loud
Amongst the names on the boards, the youngest boy listed was Charles Ernest Timmins, a 14 year old from Kent who was the bugler aboard HMS Cardiff. Timmins lost his life in 1917 whilst alerting his ships company during the battle at Heligoland. He was killed when a piece of shrapnel from a shell blew a hole in his ships funnel and pierced his bugle.
This bugle has been located on the Type-45 Destroyer HMS Dragon and, in acknowledgement of this important historical link, the Royal Navy sounded the Last Post on board HMS Dragon at sea as RHS pupils played at the Queens House in Greenwich and at the School in Suffolk.