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HMS Amphion

   HMS Amphion was a Royal Navy Light Cruiser which was mined and sunk in the North Sea on the 6th August 1914. Around 150 British sailors were killed in the sinking, as well as 18 of the crew rescued from Königin Luise ( The German minelayer which had just laid the minefield and was pursued and sunk by two British Destroyers).

5th Aug 1914 First German Naval loss  Königin Luise had been was requisitioned by the Kaiserliche Marine on the 3rd of August 1914 to serve as an auxiliary minelayer, and was pressed in to service when Britain entered the war. On the night of the 4th/5th of August she laid a minefield off the coast but was spotted by a number of fishing vessels. The light cruiser HMS Amphion and a number of destroyers of the 3rd Flotilla sailed early in the morning of 5th of August and sailed towards Heligoland Bight. En-route they encountered a fishing vessel, whose crew informed the British ships that they had seen a ship "throwing things over the side" about 20 miles north of the Outer Gabbard. The taskforce spotted Königin Luise at 10:25, but she fled at top speed, moving into a rain squall, where she proceeded to lay more mines. HMS Lance and HMS Landrail gave chase, and Lance opened fire, the first British Naval shot of the war. HMS Amphion soon closed in and also commenced firing on the Königin Luise which attempted to escape to neutral waters to the south-east, leading the pursuing British vessels through her minefield. Being damaged by heavy fire, Commander Biermann ordered the scuttling of the Königin Luise. The surviving crew abandoned ship, and the vessel rolled over to port and sank at 12:22. 46 of the 100 crew were rescued by the British ships.

6th Aug 1914 HMS Ampion lost  HMS Amphion hit a mine and sank in North Sea with the loss of 151 lives.

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Those known to have served in

HMS Amphion

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Austin Albert Victor. Chief ERA (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Brown-King John Lesley. (d.23rd August 1914)
  • Cann Jerome. Pte. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Cann Jerome. Pte. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Cann Jerome. Pte. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Douglas William James. Stoker 2nd Class. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Edgcombe Walter. Stkr. (d.5th August 1914)
  • Edgecombe Walter. Sto. 2nd Cl.
  • Emerson Harry Bernard. Able Seaman (d.4th Sep 1914)
  • Fegen Edward.
  • Fox Cecil H. . Capt.
  • Gedge J. T.. Staff Paymaster (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Gedge Joseph Theodore. Staff Paymaster (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Gollop Thomas. Stoker
  • Harradine Albert Laity. Sea. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Julian William. Stoker (d.6th August 1914)
  • Kellyn Irvine . Pte. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Kendell Edward Clarence. Sig.
  • Knight William John. 2nd Class Stoker (d.6th August 1914)
  • Lambell Peter James. Ordinary Seaman (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Lovett George.
  • maxwell john. Sig.Boy. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • McConaghy George Charles. Seaman (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Murphy Joseph Pierce. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Pound Frederick William. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Pound Frederick William. Stoker 1st Class (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Street Herbert James. Stroker First Class (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Towllis J. D.. Petty Offcr. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Tucker Reginald Penhorwood. L/Stoker. (d.6th Aug 1914)

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