Remembering the Men of HMS Pheasant

By Fiona Grahame

This is Lieutenant Hubert William Douglas Griffith.

H W Douglas Griffith HMS Pheasant

He was killed on 1st of March 1917 when his ship, the M-Class Destroyer HMS Pheasant struck a mine off Rora Head, Hoy, Orkney. He was 29 and married with a young son.

HW Douglas Griffith death RN

There were no survivors out of the 89 crew. They were from all walks of life and from all over the UK and Ireland.

This short video will explain a bit more about our exhibition.

Martin Laird and myself will be telling the stories of the men of HMS Pheasant, of their families and the communities they came from in a exhibition to start on Saturday 30th of November at the Northlight Gallery Stromness as part of the international cultural event, St Andrews Fair Day.

We have a crowdfunder running to help to pay for the exhibition display which will be able to be used by other communities and organisations. If you cannot contribute to the crowdfund it would be helpful if you could share the link.

HMS Pheasant 1917 Crowdfunder

There will also be a talk, open to the public, on Saturday 23rd of November at 2.30pm in the McGillveray Room of the Orkney Library and Archive, Kirkwall. The talk and exhibition are both free events.

It is important to remember the men who died on HMS Pheasant. Martin and I will try to do our best to tell their stories.

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