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HMS Pheasant On This Day

HMS Pheasant, Admiralty M Class destroyer painting by Martin Laird

On the 1st of March 1917, HMS Pheasant struck a mine just off Rora Head, Hoy, Orkney. The explosion and ensuing confusion of the rescue operation resulted in all 89 on board losing their lives. Only one body was ever recovered. Midshipman Reginald Cotter is buried in Lyness Naval Cemetery, Hoy.

The grave of Midshipman Reginald Cotter, age 20, Lyness Naval Cemetery Hoy

The Orkney News has published several articles about HMS Pheasant. To find them please use the search button.

Some of the men who were killed when HMS Pheasant sank.

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