I was drawn to a memorial in an old municipal cemetery, this week, for a sailor who had drowned in some foreign sea. His name had been added to those of his parents, whose grave it was, and it struck me that it must have been hard for his family to have no place to mourn for him, as he was lost at sea. Perhaps that was why they had commemorated him on a family gravestone.
I have been using the Naval History website at http://www.naval-history.net to find out more about the Royal Navy in the Great War and then this week I got a notification from Findmypast that they had just published some fascinating new military records online, in partnership with The National Archives.
Findmypast say: “Over 500 British Royal Navy ships were lost at sea during the First World War. Thanks to these new records, you can now discover more about the vessels that were destroyed.
“The WW1 Ships Lost at Sea records are available on all Findmypast websites and can provide the following information:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ship name
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Date it was destroyed
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Number of officers killed or wounded
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â How and where it was destroyed
For more information and to search the records, please visit http://search.findmypast.co.
As we get closer to the centenary of the start of the First World War we can only expect to see more and more records made available to researchers to mark its grim anniversary.
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