David Taylor

Military Information

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  • Service no: J/13192
  • Rank: Able Seaman
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Black Prince
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
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  • Date of Death: 31.05.1916
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  • Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 13

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  • Address: 2 Hillbank Rd, Dundee
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More about David Taylor

HMS Black Prince participated in the Battle of Jutland, but her end was a mystery for many years, as she had lost contact with the British fleet. The German account reads that HMS Black Prince briefly engaged the German battleship, Reineland at about 23:35 GMT, scoring two hits with 6-inch shells.

HMS Black Prince then approached the German lines and she turned away from the German battleships, but it was too late. The German battleship Thuringen fixed the Black Prince in her searchlights and opened fire.

Up to five other German ships, including battleships Nassau, Ostfriesland and Friedrich Der Grosse joined. Black Prince was hit by at least twelve heavy shells and several smaller ones and sank within 15 minutes with no survivors of her 857 complement.

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