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SBA Students Support Memorial Project for Iolaire

posted 5 Mar 2018, 05:08 by Katrina Heather

On the First of January 1919, HMY Iolaire sailing to Stornoway with sailors returning from the First World War, hit the rocks just outside Stornoway Harbour.


201 sailors drowned , 20 of which were the Crew from Mainland Britain; the Mainland Crew came from, Grimsby, Great Yarmouth, Newcastle, Portsmouth (2), Ipswich, Sunderland, Southampton, Emsworth, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Harlepool,  Southend, Auchterader, Penzance, Isle of Wight (2) and London (3)

Details of the victims from the Isle of Wight are noted below:


Leonard Edmund D Cotter , Lieutenant, RNR, 49 yrs, ISLE OF WIGHT( CowesGrasmere House, Park Rd) - Body not recovered, Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Alfred William Henley, Chief Petty Officer/Cook, MMR, 45 yrs, ISLE OF WIGHT, (Ryde) (Newlands St Helens) - Interred St Helens Church Ryde


The Nicolson Institute, the main secondary school on the Isle of Lewis, is preparing a memorial made of local stone from the areas of the fallen to commemorate this tragic event on its Centenary.

Sandown Bay Academy students have collected stones from the beach and have posted these to The Nicholson Institute.