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Cromarty Image Library

HMS Natal
The Cromarty Archive
HMS Natal

From the archive of Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, this photo was taken on November 22nd 1915 while she was in for a refit and is probably one of the last official photographs of the Natal.
Picture added on 27 February 2006
My father survived the explosion. at cromarty he was in the water for 3 quarters of an hour he was rescued by two fisherman and he told me that the explosion took part in the middle of a christmas/new year childrens party he escaped through burning decks and in to the water. I think his rank was a torpedoman. We are trying to research his navy career and p.s my mother kept his hat ribbon up until she died recently his name was Edward Stupple.
Added by Alfred Stupple on 02 December 2006
My father Robert Richard Borthwick was crew on HMS Natal when it sank, he survived. I would like to know his rank and what he said when interviewed. I have his medal issued to the survivors. While in Durban S.A., I came across the memorial to the crew of HMS Natal at the Fort. I also have a poem written of the sinking.
Added by Ron Borthwick on 17 August 2008
It's so nice to see this photograph. I can imagine my grandfather William Walsh, on board at this time and not knowing that a short time later in the coming month his ship would be destroyed and sadly him as well. Thank you for the image, I'll add it to my album.
Added by Joegracey421@hotmail.com on 18 August 2008
What a wonderful photo, Estelle. I am researching the names on our local war memorial. One is W. Jervis, died 1915, but the only likely Jervis on the CWGC website is Leading Seaman T W Jervis who died on HMS Natal and is buried at Cromarty. Do your records indicate when and where T W Jervis was born? If he was 'our' Jervis, the picture is even more poignant, for we live near Liverpool and he would probably have had some home leave
Added by Ros Phillips on 07 November 2008
I don't think it can be the same Jervis. Thomas William Jervis who served on the Natal was born in West Ham and lived in Ramsgate. Have you tried the medal card index on the National Archives site - quite a few Thomas Jervises there.
Added by Estelle Quick on 09 November 2008
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The Natal - Warship destroyed by an explosion off Cromarty during WW1

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