Roll of honour

jpns-10-05-14 rw roll of honour

jpns-10-05-14 rw roll of honour

Alan Sanger and his cousin Audrey (with their backs to the camera) are in the centre of this historic blitz picture taken at Fratton.

Bomb site boy is revealed, 76 years after blitz on Portsmouth

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HMS Viknor is a name I have not come across before, maybe because she was not a naval vessel as such. Viknor was a requisitioned passenger ship called RMS Altro when first launched in 1888 and then, in 1912, re-named SS Viking.

She was re-named again as Viknor when she was refitted as a naval auxiliary vessel and taken over be the Admiralty in 1914. She served with the 10th Cruiser Squadron.

She is believed to have hit a mine off the west coast of Ireland on January 13, 1915, and went down with the loss of all hands – 295 British sailors lost in a few minutes.

Among them was Corporal Thomas James Sutton of the Royal Marine Light Infantry. A Portsmouth man, Thomas lived with his wife Alice at 2, St John’s Square, Forton, Gosport. He was 29.

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