The Live Bait Squadron Society Bulletin 7

Dear Friends,

First of all we’d like to welcome you all to this new Bulletin, the May-Bulletin.
The next Bulletin issue is planned for July/August, shortly before the September Commemoration ceremonies that will take place in Chatham (22nd) and The Hague (24th) respectively. At present several Live Bait Squadron followers already signed up for tickets in order to attend the ceremonies. For anyone still interested, the invitation is repeated below. A detailed confirmation will be communicated to every applicant in the early part of August.

Dear all,

Many of you have probably been looking forward to receiving more information regarding the commemoration of the disaster of 22nd September 1914, which is due to take place September next. We are therefore glad to be able to put forward more specific information on that subject in this bulletin. In close co-operation with the staff of the Lord-Lieutenant to the Queen in Kent and the Royal Navy, The Historic Dockyard Chatham have drawn up an excellent programme for Monday the 22nd of September, Centennial Day.
In the following paragraphs you will find a full account of it, including guidance about how to participate.

Furthermore, your chairman has drafted a number of items, to be included in the programme, scheduled for the afternoon of the preceding day, Sunday 21st of September.
Additional ceremonies are planned to take place in Holland on Wednesday, the 24th of September, 2014.

Listed below is a first outline

September 21, Sunday
– first performance in Great Britain of the Documentary (film) about the three cruisers, and directly after
– an informal meeting between all descendants and relatives of the men who served on the cruisers, and other interested parties.
Time and venue yet to be determined; the idea is to let those events take place in Chatham, too.

September 22, Monday
Official Commemoration, see the programme below.

September 23, Tuesday, travelling day to Holland for those who wish to be present at the ceremonies to be conducted there.

September 24, Wednesday, official commemoration in The Netherlands, The Hague area.
In the morning visitors will be given the opportunity to visit the special exhibition dedicated to the Cruisers, displayed in The Hague (Scheveningen seaport) museum “Muzee”. In the afternoon, between 2 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. a memorial service will be held at the Kerkhoflaan 12, a Cemetary in The Hague, while the Documentary will have his Dutch premiere later that day. In The Hague too, venue to be decided.

It goes without saying that it is essential for the organizing parties, viz. both The Historic Dockyard Chatham and our Association, to timely get an insight into the attendance. In the Dockyard message below you will find all data needed to apply.

As far as the Association is concerned we would like you to inform us
– if you want to take part in the Sunday afternoon activities and if so, with how many adults, how many children,
– and the backgrounds of your participation (HMS Aboukir, Cressy, Hogue, or SS Titan, Flora, or otherwise)
– If you are considering taking part in the ceremonies in Holland; and if so, with how many adults, how many children?
Kindly send your applications for Sunday afternoon and trip to Holland via e-mail to

With kind regards, also on behalf of The Historic Dockyard Chatham,

Henk van der Linden

First World War Commemoration Event at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Afternoon of Monday 22nd September 2014

As part of The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s First World War Centenary commemorations, this event of national significance, will commemorate the three Royal Navy Cruisers (HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy) which were sunk by enemy submarine action on 22nd September 1914 off the Dutch coast in the North Sea with a total loss of life of 1,459 men.

The event will consist of:

• A Commemorative Drumhead Service at 2.00pm
• A plaque unveiling and hand-over of a wreath to Henk van der Linden for a commemoration event on 24 September in Holland
• Fall of 1459 poppy petals (one for every life lost)
• Refreshments in the Steam Steel and Submarines Gallery
• Royal Marines Band marching and a musical afternoon Beat Retreat performance with the Salute taken by a VIP Guest.
• The opportunity for the collection of family recollections.

Tickets for admission to both the Commemorative Drumhead Service and The Historic Dockyard Chatham site itself (including all the galleries and attractions) for the day are free of charge.

However, as numbers for the Drumhead Service are limited, they will be available on a first come, first served basis. Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is giving members of the Live Bait Squadron Society the opportunity to register for tickets ahead of general release.

Tickets for this commemorative event are free of charge but must be applied for in advance. Members of the Live Bait Squadron Society are encouraged to do so by the latest date of 30th May 2014

Applications for Tickets
Applications can be made via an email addressed to: in c.c. to
with the heading: First World War Commemorative Event – 22.9.14.

1. Please state how many tickets you require (adults and children) for:
Entry into The Historic Dockyard (including all galleries and attractions)
Entry into The Commemorative Drumhead Service
2. Your link or connection to the story. Priority will be given to descendants and families of those who had a direct involvement with the action of 22 September 1914

Over the weekend immediately preceding the event, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is running its annual “Salute to the ‘40s” event. A nostalgic look at life on the home front during the 1940s with vehicles, fashion and entertainment. We would be delighted to offer members of the Live Bait Squadron Society the special rate of £10 per person for this event – tickets do not need to be purchased in advance for this, however proof of your membership of the Live Bait Squadron Society and/or a copy of this bulletin should be presented on arrival at the ticket desk to obtain this special rate.
Further information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham can be found at

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I carry the area 2 standard for Kent I live very close to the Dockyard in Chatham are you wanting standards for this event, please? Royal Navy Association and my friend carries Chatham standard

  2. Dear Live Bait
    Please could you give me more detaiks about the event on Sat 21st Sept at Chatham Dockyard I dont seem to be able to find them on the Chatham webpage.
    My Partner Robert Dutton had a relation of the same name that lost his life on one of the 1st World War Navy Cruisers and would very much like to make contact with any relatives
    Probably grandchildren by now !
    I am going to put an advert in the Medway Messager with all the details but would like to attend the function on the Sat 21st
    Can you help please
    Many thanks Best Regards Christine Godber

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