On 5 June 1916, H.M.S. Hampshire left the Royal Navy’s anchorage at Scapa Flow, Orkney, bound for Russia. The Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, was on board as part of a diplomatic and military mission aimed at boosting Russia’s efforts on the Eastern Front.
At about quarter to nine in the evening, in stormy conditions and within two miles of Orkney’s northwest shore, she struck a mine laid by German submarine U-75. Only twelve survived.
We know the names of some former Scouts and Leaders who were lost with the ship.
Chaplain Rev Philip George Alexander Scoutmaster, 1st Downend Scout Troop.