NAVAL CEMETERY Orkney United Kingdom
Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Hoy and Graemsay, is on Hoy, between Mill
Bay and Ore Bay.
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.