Roll of honour

jpns-10-05-14 rw roll of honour
jpns-10-05-14 rw roll of honour
Preserved Nissen huts at Camp 21.

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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.