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The Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery pictured above.
Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Hoy and Graemsay, is on Hoy, between Mill Bay and Ore Bay. The Cemetery lies just a little way up the path from what was the Naval Base, now fitted out as a museum.
Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery was begun in 1915 when Scapa Flow was the base of the Grand Fleet. Lyness remained as a Royal Naval base until July 1946 and the cemetery contains graves from both wars.
There are 439 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 112 of which are unidentifed. The majority of the graves are of officers, ratings, and members of the land forces lost from H.M.S. "Hampshire," "Vanguard," "Narborough" and "Opal."
The 200 burials of the Second World War in the cemetery include those of 26 men from H.M.S. "Royal Oak", which was sunk off Longhope in Scapa Flow by a German U-boat on 14 October 1939.
The cemetery also contains the graves of 14 sailors of the German Navy - the High Seas Fleet was interned at Scapa Flow after the 1918 Armistice - four further German and one Norwegian war grave, and 30 non-war burials.
After the sinking of the Hampshire all the bodies were not recovered from the sea. The bodies that were recovered now lay to rest at this Cemetery.
For more details contact:
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Telephone: (01856) 791300
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