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Hi all, you either love it or hate it! but I've set up a branch Facebook page. Nothing much on it yet (Obviously) but it will hopefully build. If it doesn't we can always dump it. But it does allow me to share items and videos that I cannot share on the web page. Go to Facebook and search Royal Naval Association Orkney Branch. It may give you a list of other branches but ours should be at the top so just click on that.

At 1100 on Thursday 25th April 2019 a short service followed by the laying of a wreath and poppy crosses took place at the ANZAC graves in the Commonwealth Graves Commission section of St Olaf's cemetery Kirkwall. A small gathering of 14 including 5 members of the Orkney RNA Branch, Royal British Legion Scotland Kirkwall and Stromness branches and various ex servicemen. The wreath was laid by Australian Suzanne Carter an Orkney resident, also present was Janine Miller wife of Australian Greg Miller they also live in Orkney. Each year a different gravestone is chosen for the wreath and poppy crosses so as to honour each in turn. This year was Naval pilot Lieutenant Thomas Noel Bush Royal NZ Navy Volunteer Reserve. Crashed Dec 5th 1942 aged 27 years.

A commemoration service for the 100th anniversay of the loss of HMS Opal and HMS Narborough at Windwick Bay South Ronaldsay took place on Friday 12th January at 1100. Attended by the Lord Lieutenant, OIC officials, 2 officers and 2 ratings from HMS Victorious representing the RN, 5 members of the Orkney RNA, members of the Kirkwall & Stromness RBLS and notably Mr Tim Jackson great nephew of Lieutenant Edmond Bowly captain of HMS Narborough. The service was conducted by Rev David Dawson of the RNA. A one minutes silence was observed. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by 2 RM buglers followed by the Lament, Flowers of the Forest on the bagpipes as 8 wreaths where laid. The service was followed by a light lunch in Cromarty Hall and talk by local historian Mr Brian Budge explaining the circumstances as to the grounding of the ships and loss of 188 sailors and the 1 survivor. Mr Tim Jackson gave a brief speech detailing what he knew about his great uncle Lieutenant Dowly and his family history. In conclusion another short service was held and the dedication of a book of remembrance containing the names of all the men who were lost.

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A commemoration service for the 100th anniversay of the loss of HMS Opal and HMS Narborough at Windwick Bay South Ronaldsay took place on Friday 12th January at 1100. Attended by the Lord Lieutenant, OIC officials, 2 officers and 2 ratings from HMS Victorious representing the RN, 5 members of the Orkney RNA, members of the Kirkwall & Stromness RBLS and notably Mr Tim Jackson great nephew of Lieutenant Edmond Bowly captain of HMS Narborough. The service was conducted by Rev David Dawson of the RNA. A one minutes silence was observed. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by 2 RM buglers followed by the Lament, Flowers of the Forest on the bagpipes as 8 wreaths where laid. The service was followed by a light lunch in Cromarty Hall and talk by local historian Mr Brian Budge explaining the circumstances as to the grounding of the ships and loss of 188 sailors and the 1 survivor. Mr Tim Jackson gave a brief speech detailing what he knew about his great uncle Lieutenant Dowly and his family history. In conclusion another short service was held and the dedication of a book of remembrance containing the names of all the men who were lost.

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Left hand photo: l to r Mr Alister Buchan OIC CEO, Capt Bill Spence Lord Lieutenant, Mr Harvey Johnston OIC Convener, Lt Cdr Garth Atkinson RN HMS Victorious, Mr Keith Welbon ViceChairman RNA Orkney Branch, Mr Eddie Ross Chairman Kirkwall branch RBLS, Mr Tim Jackson great nephew Lt Edmond Bowly, Kirkwall Grammar School pupil (No name given) who has completed a project on the event. Another wreath was laid by a Lt RN (No name given) just out of the photo.

Right hand photo: A general view to seaward with the shoreline along which the ships grounded clearly visible. A colour party with the Union flag, RNA branch standard and the RBLS Standard stand behind the plaque commemorating the lost and to the right the piper and buglers.

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