On 18th of April 1916, Edith Wharton, was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award, for her contribution to the war effort.
On 14th of March 1899 Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin took out a US patent for a ‘navigable balloon’. It became known as a Zeppelin airship.
Dr Mary McNeill worked in hospitals in Serbia, Palestine, India and East Africa during and after World War 1.
Eighty nine crew were aboard HMS Pheasant when she was lost on 1st of March 1917.
Today The Orkney News remembers Orcadian, Dr Mary McNeill, whose devotion and self-sacrifice in serving others is humbling
On Remembrance Sunday, November 8th 2020, Orkney remembered all those who had suffered and died as a result of war and conflict.
“ we lived in an eerie borderland between the seen and the unseen worlds” F.M. McNeill
On 21st of June 1919 the German High Seas Fleet was scuttled in Scapa Flow, Orkney
“There were at least 28 Irish sailors lost on HMS Hampshire”
On the 5th of June 1916 HMS Hampshire sank off the West coast of Mainland Orkney a tragedy that saw the loss of 737 lives including that of Earl Kitchener, Britain’s Secretary of State for War.