HMS Hampshire:  a Century of Myths

and Mysteries Unravelled

by James Irvine, Brian Budge, Jude Callister, Kevin Heath, Andrew Hollinrake, Issy Grieve, Keith Johnson, Neil Kermode, Michael Lowrey, Tom Muir, Emily Turton and Ben Wade


The book assembles hitherto unused contemporary evidence to explore the causes and circumstances of the loss of HMS Hampshire on 5 June 1916 and to the associated myths and mysteries. 

It includes:

  • the new Roll of Honour,

  • accounts of Hampshire, Lord Kitchener and the mission to Russia,

  • the rescue efforts and associated rumours and outrage,

  • the conspiracy theories,

  • the minelaying and minesweeping operations,

  • the loss of HM Drifter Laurel Crown,

  • the Kitchener Memorial,

  • the diving expeditions on the wreck, the artefacts,

  • the Centenary Events, and

  • notes on the survivors and many of the men who lost their lives. 

This A4 120 page illustrated case-bound book will be launched on 30th August 2016 and retail at £25, plus postage & packing.  All proceeds, including authors’ royalties, will go to the Orkney Heritage Society for the Kitchener Memorial Refurbishment Project.



The book is available from The Orcadian bookshop online - click on the image below to be taken to their bookshop