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.

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