HMS Bulwark Albion Centaur Association

BAND OF ROYAL MARINES AND BAC ASSOCIATION REUNITED IN REMEMBERANCE OF THE BULWARK 1914 DISASTER. Three November commemorations were held in Kent to remember the 800 personnel who were killed at the HMS Bulwark 1914 explosion in the Medway on 26/11/1914. Members of HMS Bulwark Albion & Centaur association & some descendants of the dead held a poignant service & laid wreaths above the wreck at Kethole Reach. Later, another memorial service was held in Woodlands Cemetery, Gillingham. This was preceded by a Parade & March to the mass grave where some of the crew were buried. The Band of the Royal Marines Portsmouth was in attendance at the cemetery. A poignant reminder as 15 members of the HMS Excellent Band were killed on HMS Bulwark. There were around 200 spectators watching on at the cemetery. A commemoration dinner was held in the King Charles Hotel, Chatham. A Corps of Drums by the Royal Marines Band entertained the guests. Captain Ken Tullett RN was the guest speaker. Lt. James Hodgkiss from the current ship Bulwark updated us of their recent events. On the following morning a church service was held in the St. George’s Centre, Chatham. Colonel Michael Reece RM, Vice-President of the association, recited “Churchill’s statement” of the disaster & secretary Denis Askham read the poem “HMS Bulwark” by W J Booker. Chaplain Andrew Huckett led all the commemoration services. The Mayor & Mayoress of Medway were in attendance. Thanks to all who participated. Far too many names to mention. Certainly a weekend to remember. A fantastic turnout & this will probably be the last organised commemoration on this scale. But - WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.