100 years ago today, Ordinary Seaman Evan William Harris Vaughan, 29, of HMS Vanguard died in the service of his country. Shortly before midnight on 9 July 1917 at Scapa Flow, Vanguard suffered a series of magazine explosions. She sank almost instantly, with the loss of all except 2 of the men aboard. This is believed to be the biggest loss of live in a naval accident during WW1.

He is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial and on the Lych Gate memorial in Wellington.

Rest in peace.

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