TQ7867 : HMS Bulwark and HMS Irene War Memorial, Woodlands Road Cemetery

taken 8 years ago, near to Gillingham, Medway, Great Britain

HMS Bulwark and HMS Irene War Memorial, Woodlands Road Cemetery
HMS Bulwark and HMS Irene War Memorial, Woodlands Road Cemetery
A powerful internal explosion ripped HMS Bulwark apart on 26 November 1914 while she was moored at Number 17 buoy in Kethole Reach, 4 nmi west of Sheerness in the estuary of the River Medway. Out of her complement of 750, no officers and only 14 sailors survived, two of whom subsequently died of their injuries in hospital.
In May 1915, Princess Irene was moored in Saltpan Reach, on the Medway Estuary in Kent between Port Victoria and Sheerness, being loaded with mines in preparation for deployment on a minelaying mission. On the 27 May, Princess Irene exploded and disintegrated. A column of flame 300 feet high was followed a few seconds later by another of similar height and a pall of smoke hung over the spot where Princess Irene had been,reaching to 1,200 feet (370 m). Two barges laying alongside her were also destroyed. The explosion was larger than that which had destroyed HMS Bulwark six months earlier, although the loss of life was less. A total of 352 people were killed, including 273 officers and men, and 76 dockyard workers who were on board Princess Irene.
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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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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 February, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 12 February, 2013
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 78942 67932 [1m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.9337N 0:34.2028E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7892 6793
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