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HMS Bulwark HMS Bulwark
First Name: Thomas Last Name: HAWKES
Date of Death: 26/11/1914 Lived/Born In: Forest Gate
Rank: Petty Officer1 Unit: HMS Bulwark
Memorial Site: Chatham Naval Memorial

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9, Hesketh Road, Forest Gate

Born-Herne Bay, Kent 


HMS Bulwark was a Royal Naval battleship which had entered service in 1902 and in November 1914 was part of the 5th Battle Squadron patrolling the North Sea. At 7.50 am on 26th November she was moored close to Sheerness when she was destroyed by a series of explosions that killed over 700 of her crew with only 14 surviving. A court of enquiry established that the ammunition for her guns had been stored incorrectly and that heat from a nearby boiler room bulkhead had caused a cordite charge to explode and from then on it was a chain reaction. Over 60 of those killed, including Thomas Hawkes, came from London.

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