Wisborough Green men die in battleship explosion - December 1914

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

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HMS Bulwark was a battleship that blew up on November 26 1914. It was an internal explosion while the ship was moored at Sheerness, believed to have happened when cordite charges were stored near the boiler room.

Out of 736 men only 14 survived, with two dying later in hospital.

“A memorial service was held in Wisborough Green Church on Tuesday evening for two former choir boys who were on HMS Bulwark; Mr Bernard Paul Mainprice, aged 19, the youngest son of the Vicar, and Percy Sopp, aged 17,

“Mr Mainprice, who was a clerk in the Paymaster’s department, was educated at St John’s School, Leatherhead.”