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HMS Natal salvage
I just found this website after looking at an old relic handed down to me from my Grandfather, William Newton. Hevwas in the RN Submarine service during the first world war serving as achief stoker. The relic is a shell casing mounted on an ebony or bakelite base and has an engraved plaque which reads...

HMS Natal, Sunk Dec 31 1915, Salvaged June 9 1937

I have no idea how my grandad came to posess this shell but he may have been involved in the salvage operation perhaps. The shell has various markings on it such as Vickers II, 1910 F 21, R.L. 12 10 10

If anyone has any information about the savage operation that would be interesting do let me know. Thanks Andy
Posted by Andy French on 19 October 2018
Edward Meyers
I have previously told you that AB Edward Meyers was up the Foremast checking electrical connections to the ships searchlight.
I have more information from both his daughter Mis Edna Meyers and his other grandson Edward Weager that he was standing in for the watch of someone else.
According to Miss Meyers, when he was fished out of the water, he had been in the water for between 6 and 9 hour, he was very close to death and they thought he was dead. He was taken to the mortuary and laid out when someone realised that he was still alive. According to my Aunt, he was revive by that British magical elixier of a cup of hot tea!
He later went on to serve in submarines.
In WW2 he was at Singapore at the time of teh sinking of the Repulse and the Prince of Wales on HMS Tenedos. They escaped to Colombo where they were bombed. He was thrown from the deck down a hatch to the bowels of the ship. He was seriously injured and to his death still carried pieces of metal in his brain.
After WW2 he served as Submarine Attack Teacher at HMS Dolphin.



Posted by Charles Weager on 11 September 2018
Edward Meyers
I am the grandson of AB Edward Meyers.
Edward was up the foremast checking Electrical connections to the
searchlights. He was, I am told, thrown into the water. Somehow he managed to survive the cold, depending on which story, between five and nine hours before being found clinging to a piece of drift wood.
He subsequently went on to serve in submarines. He rejoined for WW2 and was at the fall of Singapore and the Battle for Leyte Gulf. He retired as Attack Teacher at HMS Dolphin in 1960.
To anyone reading, your relative from WW1 can be remembered on the "Lives of World War One" web site. This will be permanent national memorial under the umbrella of the Imperial War Museum.
Posted by charles weager on 09 August 2018
Sgt Reginald Walker RM
My late Uncle's father died on HMS Natal. My uncle was born after his father's death. Anyone know anything more about him or his family?
Posted by Adrian Tucker on 29 June 2018
Memorial to Captain Eric Percy Coventry Beck at Maxstoke in Warwickshire
I have just visited St Michaels Church in The Warwickshire Village of Maxstoke Where their is a memorial to Cthe Captain it is in the form of a crucifix surmounting two stone blocks set in the wall of the churchyard .the side facing the road is inscribed as a war memorial with the names of fallen parishioners in the "Great War" the other side is inscribed to his memory and underneathrather puzzingly" and his wife Violet who died with him"
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