HMS Kent, an armoured cruiser, took part in the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December 1914 where she sank the German light cruiser SMS Nürnberg. During the battle she was hit by 38 shells, causing serious damage and killing eight men. Despite this, she attempted to rescue men from the sinking Nürnberg. Sadly, she was only able to save five of the 332 crew.
In the Cathedral is a memorial to the men of HMS Kent who lost their lives during the battle. The ship’s flags were laid up in the Cathedral in 1916, but were damaged during World War II, and no longer survive.
Adrian Beaumont, Cathedral Guide, has written a fascinating story of HMS Kent and its service in World War I Click here to download
Published 27th October 2014