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Memorial details

Memorial type
Trophy / Relic
District
Orkney
Town
Kirkwall
County
Orkney
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945), Regimental Memorials
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 14 October1948
    Attended by: Rear Admiral W G Benn, captain of the ship at the time of its sinking.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 14 October 1948
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
44713
Current location

Wall of north aisle of the Chancel
St Magnus' Cathedral
Kirkwall
Orkney
Orkney
KW15 1PA
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: HY 44940 10870
Denomination: Church of Scotland

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Description
Ship's bell mounted above a wooden board with small dedicatory brass plaque. Inscription in relief with Ship's Badge at top. The Book of Remembrance is positioned in a cabinet underneath the bell.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF/ 833 OFFICERS AND MEN OF/ H.M.S. "ROYAL OAK"/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WHEN/ THEIR SHIP WAS SUNK IN SCAPA BAY/ BY U 47 ON 14TH OCTOBER 1939.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Regimental Memorials
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Backboard
    Measurements: depth 50mm, height 860mm, width 1160mm
    Materials: Wood
  • Plaque
    Measurements: depth 5mm, height 185mm, width 310mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Bells
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Case
    Measurements: depth 550mm, height 150mm, width 700mm
    Materials: Wood
  • Book
    Measurements: height 270mm, width 200mm
    Materials: Paper
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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