Shetlanders on the Barham

From Battle of Jutland Crew Lists Project
Photo Gallery Crew List
HMS Barham Crew List (Photographs) HMS Barham Crew List
Narrative Source Photograph
Shetlanders on the
Barham

The following Shetland seaman served on the "Barham" at the Battle of
Jutland: Gilbert Thomson (Unst); Gilbert Anderson, Peter J. Robertson,
Albert E. Nisbet and Charles Williamson (yell); William Gilbertson, Peter H.
Robertson and William Williamson (Northmavine); Arthur Williamson
(Delting); Robert J. Walterson (West Burrafirth); John G. Smith (Whiteness);
Franceis Anderson, James Irvine and David White (Bressay); Andrew Leask,
George H. Ross, Simon Williamson and George Wiseman (Lerwick);James
Duncan, Robert Scott and Andrew J. Smith (Sandwick); Thomas J. Stout
(Fair Isle); and W. Williamson (Muckle Roe). Four of them were injured
during the battle: Gilbert Thomson, John George Smith, Francis Anderson
and Robert Scott. Mr. Thomson was badly burned on his 21st birthday when
cordite exploded and he spent over a year in hospital getting extensive skin
grafts. Andre Leask (Formerly of Linga) had one of the most uneviable of
all duties during the battle. He spent 12 hours on the foretop lookout - the highest part of the ship - looking for submarines.
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A group photo taken on HMS Barham at Scapa Flow some time after the
Battle of Jutland. Most of them are Shetlanders. Back row (left to right):
Peter Robertson, Northmavine; Andrew Leask, Lerwick; Arthur
Williamson, Delting; George Ross, Lerwick; Robert Walterson, West
Burrafirth; James Duncan, Sandwick. Middle row: non-Shetlander; Bertie
Anderson, Yell; non-Shetlander; non-Shetland; Albert E. Nisbet, Yell.
Front row: unknown; Andrew Smith, Sandwick.
Shetland Life,
November 1985,
Page 13
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