Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery

Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery

information kindly supplied by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Location Information:
Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Hoy and Graemsay, is on Hoy, between Mill Bay and Ore Bay.

Historical Information:
Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery was begun in 1915 when Scapa Flow was the base of the Grand Fleet. Lyness remained as a Royal Naval base until July 1946 and the cemetery contains graves from both wars.

There are 439 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 112 of which are unidentifed. The majority of the graves are of officers, ratings, and members of the land forces lost from H.M.S. "Hampshire," "Vanguard," "Narborough" and "Opal."
The 200 burials of the Second World War in the cemetery include those of 26 men from H.M.S. "Royal Oak", which was sunk off Longhope in Scapa Flow by a German U-boat on 14 October 1939.

The cemetery also contains the graves of 14 sailors of the German Navy - the High Seas Fleet was interned at Scapa Flow after the 1918 Armistice - four further German and one Norwegian war grave, and 30 non-war burials.

Graves Plan

A complete listing of the war graves is available below in pdf format - you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program (available here) to view them

© 1999