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HMS Formidable centenary


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Does anybody know of any events to mark the centenary of the sinking of HMS Formidable?.

The "What's on in Lyme Regis" site lists under Tuesday 6th January "Sinking of HMS Formidable Centenary Commemoration", but this seems a rather odd date and the way the page is suggests that there should be more information but there is not.

Evan

PS: For anybody that thinks they are going mad I originally added this to a thread about a seaman on HMS Formidable, but then decided it would be better as a new thread so deleted original post and started again.

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Hello Evan,

Nice to know you are also interested in this topic.

I have a personal family member who was lost with the HMS Formidable that was sunk on 1st January 1915....and I also posted a question to the Forum, in case anyone else out there is also researching the sinking of HMS Formidable,

I have made contact with Thame Remembers, (as they are interested in laying a wreath / wooden cross) by sending down a diver to the site - and leaving a wreath / wooden cross on the wreck of the Formidable....but who are seeking permission to do this first from the authorities.

As a great grand daughter to Frederick James North ... who was sunk by German torpedo / U boat ... I am watching for developments.

I wonder if there is anyone else who would be interested ... or similarly has a lost a relative, that would be interested to visit and go out to the wreck to lay a wreath with me ... it is a date still to be confirmed.

Thank you,

Linda

1st January 1915 ... (which is 100 years to the day ... of the sinking of HMS Formidable ... in Lyme Regis Bay).

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Either this thread has lost a post of mine, or I made a right mess of trying to do a 3 word post which is more likely! So lets try again.

Linda, PM Sent

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Just had a call from a very helpful lady at Lyme Regis tourist board (just reopened after Christmas / New Year hence not hearing previously).

Tuesday 6th January "Sinking of HMS Formidable Centenary Commemoration", is correct.

About 13:50 the parade will assemble at the Lyme Regis Cemetary, (on the Charmouth Road), it will then march to the HMS Formidable memorial.

The service starts at 1400 (the exact time to the hour of the service back in 1915)

A short service, Wreath laying, Exhortation, Two minutes silence, reveille, Standards Fall out.

Muster in Pilot Boat public house.

See http://www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk/January.htm for details.

Evan

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I have tried http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1915-01jan.htm (note missing / from first appearance) which is the other address you give, but that still doesn't seem to work. Hold on a mo.

Later: success! try this: http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1915-01Jan.htm

That one works, phew. Unusually for a web address it is case-sensitive, i.e. the DKC mid-address and the J of Jan have to be upper-case as per the website.

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I have tried http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1915-01jan.htm (note missing / from first appearance) which is the other address you give, but that still doesn't seem to work. Hold on a mo.

Later: success! try this: http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1915-01Jan.htm

That one works, phew. Unusually for a web address it is case-sensitive, i.e. the DKC mid-address and the J of Jan have to be upper-case as per the website.

glad it worked, I first tried a copy/paste but would not work?? good for you for figuring it out

Bob

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Bob, Seajane, thanks for the link I have used that Naval History site previously it is very useful.

I drove down to Lyme Regis yesterday for the HMS Formidable Centenary Commemoration (it was held on the 6th as this is when the men were buried).

It was a lovely little service and wreath laying at the HMS Formidable memorial. It was attended by at a guess about 100 people including relatives of those on HMS Formidable, survivors and those lost.

Afterwards in the Pilot Boat the Commodore gave a brief speech and there were a couple of presentations.

The Royal British Legion, Royal Navy and Royal Naval Association did an excellent job remembering the men that gave their lives - thank you to the organisers.

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