Gunner Thomas Lee

Gunner Thomas Lee, Royal Marine Artillery. He was killed on 30th December 1915 aboard H.M.S. “Natal” when the cruiser blew up whilst anchored in the Cromarty Firth. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.  H.M.S. “Natal” was a Duke of Edinburgh class armoured cruiser built in 1905 of 13,550 tons and with a main armament of six 9.2 inch guns.  An admiralty inquiry put the loss down to an internal explosion of faulty cordite in one of the aft magazines. 421 Officers and men were lost. As Gunner Lee was with the R.M.A. his battle station would have been in one of the main gun turrets.

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