John Reioch Keith Wilson

Military Information

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  • Service no: 168866
  • Rank: Stoker 1st Class
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Bulwark
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 37
  • Date of Death: 26.11.1914
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  • Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 5

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  • Address: Bath St, Broughty Ferry
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More about John Reioch Keith Wilson

John has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was serving aboard H.M.S. Bulwark,  a  London class Pre-Dreadnought Battleship.  She exploded whilst lying at anchor at Sheerness with only 12 survivors. During that day she had been taking on board ammunition and it was thought that the shells had been stacked too close together and too close to a boiler room which caused some of them to ignite and cause a magazine explosion.

In terms of loss of life, the explosion on H.M.S. Bulwark remains the second most catastrophic explosion in the history of the UK, killing 738 sailors. The most deadly explosion in British history was that of H.M.S Vanguard, caused by a stokehold fire detonating a magazine, at Scapa Flow in 1917.

John was the brother of Sapper, Peter Richardson Wilson, 60084, 3rd Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops.

Information supplied by Gary Thomson

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