As far as one can tell, there have been no other casualties amongst the naval Old Dragons at Jutland – for which we are all most thankful.
Charles Fisher’s brother Captain William Fisher (HMS St Vincent) was also involved in this action, and was lucky enough just prior to the battle to be able to spend some time with Charles.
“Charles and I were on shore together having the greatest fun when recalled, as we have been recalled dozens of times before.”
Then, by another extraordinary coincidence, he found himself at the scene of his brother’s death very shortly after the event:
“Exactly twenty-four hours later the ‘St. Vincent’ steamed past the wreck of a ship which we took to be a German. We were, with other ships near us in the line, engaging four German Dreadnaughts at the time, but I looked to see if there was anyone in the water near this ship and saw nothing – not even floating wreckage. All round was still calm water.
The wreck might have been there for weeks – and yet we know now she went down only about a quarter of an hour before our arrival. Her bow was high in the air and so was her stern, the centre having been split in two and apparently resting on the bottom.”
It was not long before someone spotted on the starboard side at the stern, the name: HMS Invincible, and William realised that he had lost his brother.
William writes of Charles:
“I am comforted by the knowledge that he who had seen so much carnage will have steadied everyone near him.
How proud I have been to walk about as Charles’s brother, and prouder, if possible, than ever now…”
These are sentiments we can all share.
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It is good to read some good news at this time. In today’s Court Circular column it is recorded that Commodore Reginald Tyrwhitt was yesterday invested by the King at Buckingham Palace with the insignia of a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.