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.
From over 100,000 sailors at sea, 1 in 10 died or were wounded
At 117 feet long and with a beam of 28 feet, this three-masted ship was built to be capable of sailing through broken ice, to act as an ice breaker and also to withstand the pressures of being trapped and frozen in the ice fields as happened many whalers of that time
The lives of the men from HMS Pheasant are highlighted in an exhibition at the Hoy Kirk Heritage Centre for the month of March.
On 16th of February 1918 Lithuania reinstated its independence.