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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.

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.


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.


Chairman ANZAC Day 17
The chosen grave for ANZAC Day 17

To mark ANZAC Day 25th April 2017 A short service conducted by the Royal British Legion
Chairman of the RNA Orkney Branch Scotland (Kirkwall Branch) and silence was observed
Shipmate David Hughes lays a poppy cross at 1100 on 25th April 2017 to commemorate ANZAC
at the grave of one of the New Zealand Airman Day. Members of the Kirkwall, Stromness RBLS
who died in Orkney during WWII branches and Orkney RNA where present.

A wreath and poppy crosses where laid at the chosen grave of Sub Lt LH Johnston Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve who died in an air accident when in a collision with another aircraft during a practice firing exercise on 23rd February 1943 aged 21. The other pilot who died with him that day Sub Lt A C A Smalley, Royal Navy Reserve HMS Sparrowhawk aged 23 is buried beside him.


Shipmate Reg Jamison lays a poppy cross and pays his respect during the ceremony Shipmates Reg and Ian MacDonald and
Mr Greg Miller an Australian gentleman
who now stays in Orkney.

A REMINDER Full size photo's can be seen on the RNA Orkney pictures page.


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