1944 – HMS Spartan was sunk. 1920 – James Lilley of Dromore died from effects of war service in 1920. He was at the famous escort of the captured German fleet to Scapa Floe
On 29 Jan 1944 – Light cruiser HMS Spartan was sunk by a Henschel Hs 293 glider bomb in Anzio Bay. 46 men killed. (image copyright IWM)
On 29 Jan 1920 – James Lilley, (RN. Stoker I. K/11769) from Dromore died from the effects of his war service. He took part in the famous escort of the captured German fleet to Scapa Floe
He enrolled on 12/07/1911 for 12 years. He had war service in Pembroke, Tyne, Ganges and Phaeton. Took part in the famous escort of the captured German fleet to Scapa Floe. HMS Phaeton was one of eight Arethusa-class light cruisers built for the Royal Navy in the 1910s.
In February and March 1915 Phaeton was operating in the Dardanelles in support of the allied landings in Gallipoli. On Phaeton’s return to home waters, she was assigned to the 1st Light Cuiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet and by mid-April 1915 she was operating out of Scapa Floe. On 04/05/1916 she took part in shooting down the Zeppelin L7. On 31 May to 1 June 1916 Phaeton took part in the Battle of Jutland.
James Lilley died in HMS Phaeton from the effects of his war service 29/01/1920. Born Dromore 30/06/1893. Plymouth (Ford Park) Cemetery. Dromore, Co Down, WM. ADM 188/890/11769