David Findleton Bisset

Military Information

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  • Service no: J/26658
  • Rank: Ordinary Seaman
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  • Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
  • Unit/Ship: H.M.S. Invincible
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 19
  • Date of Death: 31.05.1916
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  • Cemetery: Potrsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 14

Personal Information

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  • Address: 34 Ryehill Lane, Dundee
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  • Mother:

    Wihelmina Bisset, 34 Ryehill Lane, Dundee

  • Father:

    David Findleton Bisset, 34 Ryehill Lane, Dundee

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More about David Findleton Bisset

David has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was serving aboard H.M.S. Invincible which was a Battle cruiser of the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class of three, and the first Battle cruiser to be built by any country in the world.

The ship was built at Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Ltd on Tyneside. She was laid down on 2 April 1906, and launched at 3 p.m. on 13 April 1907 by Lady Allendale.

H.M.S. Invincible,  was lost in the battle of Jutland. H.M.S. Invincible became became the third of Britain´s battleships to explode after a German shell penetrated a turret at 18.33.

After the war, the wreckage was located in 1919 by a minesweeper at 57-02-40 N/ 06-07-15.E in 180 feet (55 m) down. Invincible was blown in half by the midships explosion, and the pieces of the ship rest on a sandy bottom near each other, the stern right-side up and the bow upside-down.

The roof of the aft 12 inch turret is missing, the guns still loaded. She is protected as a War Grave, though her propellers have already been removed by looters.

/26658 Ordinary Seaman David Findleton Bisset, son of David and Wilhelmina Bisset, 34 Ryehill Lane Dundee, was killed at Jutland, aged 19.
He was serving on board the battlecruiser HMS Invincible on 31 May 1916, when she was hit by three salvoes from the German battlecruisers SMS Lutzow and SMS Derfflinger. She sank in 90 seconds. Of her complement, 1026 officers and men were killed. There were only six survivors.

Seaman David Bisset (Dundee) who was on board the Invincible. No news has been received of his fate. The People’s Journal, Saturday, 10 June 1916, 6.

David Bisset, born in Glasgow, was the son of Mr David Findleton Bisset and Mrs Wilhelmina Bisset of 34 Ryehill Lane, Dundee and he joined the Royal Navy as a Boy in 1913. After initial training at HMS Ganges he served onboard HMS Crescent. In August 1914 he joined the battlecruiser HMS Invincible when she completed a refit in Portsmouth. He took part in the Battles of the Heligoland Bight battle in August and also the Falkland Islands in December 1914. In March 1916 he was advanced to Ordinary Seaman. During the battlecruiser actions in the later stages of the Battle of Jutland the Invincible was stuck by shells from the German battlecruisers Lutzow and Derfflinger. An explosion broke the Invincible in half and she sank in 90 seconds. 1020 men were lost and there were only six survivors. David Bisset is named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Southsea Common in Hampshire.


Information supplied by Gary Thomson

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