Royal Naval Cemetery

Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery is dedicated to the men who gave their lives to World Wars I & II

The inscription around the base of the central Cross reads:

The cemetery was built and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

10 thoughts on “Royal Naval Cemetery

  1. Does my uncle Harry Spencer have a grave here his naval no is 158255 he was on the royal Oak ship that was sunk on 14 Oct 1939

    • Boy 1st Class
      Service Number P/JX 158255

      Died 14/10/1939

      Aged 17

      H.M.S. Royal Oak
      Royal Navy

      Hi dawn. I seen your post and had a check on cwgc website it didnt say if your uncle had a grave in lyness. Although it said he was commemorated in PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
      I am working in lyness cemetery on monday I will have a look. And let you know if I find your uncles grave.
      Best regards.
      Lee Richmond

    • I’ve just found him in Gosport cemetery, Hampshire, along with his father. If you send me an email address I’ll post a photo for you.

    • Hello Maureen, my name is Brian Allaway. Harry Cyril Leonard Mountford was my mother’s brother. I have some information about him if you would like to contact me on the email address below.

  2. I have recently discovered that my dad’s cousin, John Burrow Dawson, is buried at Lyness. He was on HMS Hampshire sunk on 5th June 1916. He was 19 years old.The grave location is F32. It would be great if someone could send me a photo.

    • if you type in” hms hampshire crew members lost “you should be able to print it off, i have just tried for j w harrison who was my great uncle it worked ok, good luck. alan from boston,lincolnshire

  3. Re burials from HMS Hampshire. Does anyone know the actual date the burials took place?
    I know the Hampshire went down June 16th but would like to know burials date of my ancestor 2nd Lt. Robert Macpherson, Russian translator to Lord Kitchner.
    Many thanks.

  4. On my last visit I was saddened to see a lot of graves of non-white, non-christian men consigned to the very edges of the cemetery – squashed up between the defining wall and the edge of the lawn – not actually sharing the same soil and respect of the other soldiers.
    I felt a great shame that even in death the spectre of racism lives on. They deserve better.

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