Museum marks end of WW1 Centenary

Especially assembled for the Submariners Association Remembrance Day Service, taking place at the Submarine Museum in Gosport on Sunday 11 November 2018, a small, temporary display has been set up to mark the uniqueness of the occasion as the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. The display cabinet includes a giant Victoria Cross awarded to Lieutenant Norman Holbrook, Commanding Officer of submarine HMS B11, by naval colleagues in a mock ceremony to celebrate the first VC awarded to any member of the Submarine Service after Holbrook sank a Turkish battleship in the Dardanelles on 13 December 1914. Another significant artefact shown is the engine room clock from the German submarine U96 which surrendered at Harwich shortly after the armistices in November 1918. U96 was responsible for sinking 31 Allied ships and damaging 3 others. The cabinet is framed by hanging poppies, especially knitted by local people in 2014 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the ‘War to End Wars’.