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The Invergordon Archive

HMS Royal Oak
The Invergordon Archive
HMS Royal Oak

The band of HMS Royal Oak just before the she sailed from Invergordon for Scapa Flow. She was sunk shortly afterwards with the loss of over 800 crew, many of whom came from Easter Ross.
Picture added on 17 April 2004
Comments:
The date on this picture should be 1939 not 1940. HMS Royal Oak was sunk on October 13th / 14th 1939 and my uncle was one of the Marines who lost his life that day.

(Thank you for the correction and the date has been amended - Site Admin.)
Added by Shirley Bird - nee Hall on 21 March 2006
It is indeed a small world. I have full size Ministry of Defence framed pictures, one of The Royal Oak and one of HMS Hood. I acquired them both here in Canada and display them proudly in my rec room. Several of my family members served in the Royal Navy, 3 uncles and my father. One of my uncles served on HMS Nigeria and my father served on HMS Newcastle and on HMS Wallflower which was a corvette. I just couldn't see these pictures lying around some junk store, they were probably some old navy man's prize possessions...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 March 2006
I came here on the trail of my great, great grandfather and HMS Dido during WW1 and came across this - my great uncle Jack Mitchell was lost on the Royal Oak so I guess he was in Invergordon too. I can see I shall have to visit!!
Added by Jack Day on 18 November 2008
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