TQ7867 : HMS Glatton war memorial, Woodlands Road Cemetery

near to Gillingham, Medway, Great Britain

HMS Glatton war memorial, Woodlands Road Cemetery
HMS Glatton war memorial, Woodlands Road Cemetery
HMS Glatton (and her sister ship Gorgon) were originally built as coastal defence ships for the Royal Norwegian Navy, as Bjørgvin and Nidaros respectively. She was purchased from Norway at the beginning of World War I, but was not completed until 1918 although she had been launched over three years earlier. On 16 September 1918, before she had even gone into action, she suffered a large fire in one of her 6-inch magazines, and had to be torpedoed to prevent an explosion of her main magazines that would have devastated Dover.
Casualties were very heavy, 60 men were killed outright and 124 were injured of whom 38 later died of their burns. Including 4 officers and 94 men. 1 Officer and 56 men are buried.

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See LinkExternal link for more details and a transcript of the memorial inscription.
Woodlands Road, Cemetery, Gillingham
St Mary's Church and Grange Road cemetery, was used from 1867 until 1973 when the site was largely cleared of memorials to provide a community open space for the local population. Then Woodlands Road is used.
The town has always maintained a strong connection with the Military. The Royal Engineers Museum holds one of
the most impressive military collections. The Royal Navy has also been in the area for over four hundred years.
All servicemen are now remembered at various Memorial's erected at the Woodlands Road Cemetery.
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Tuesday, 12 February, 2013
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Burial ground, Crematorium  Defence, Military 
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