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Re: Explosion on the Bouncer
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009, 09:58:31 »
From my "Times" posting in January
27 Jan 1898 (rewritten by PM)
The Gunboat Bouncer had a serious occurrence yesterday when a shell exploded in 6" QF gun off the Nore. 2 men were killed and 6 injured. 'of the 6 were seriously injured and sent by steamer to Melville Hospital Chatham. Funeral held. 31 Jan both buried at Sheppey Cemetery with full military honours.
7 Feb 1898
2nd class PO Thomas Jones of the Bouncer has been promoted to 1st class PO in recognition of his bravery in the recent gun accident and in which he lost an eye. The crews of Wildfire and her tenders have raised £150 for the fund set up for those affected. by the explosion. At the resumed inquest 11 Feb witnesses stated that there had been no irregularities in the loading and firing, 7 rounds having already been fire. Examination of the remaining cartridges showed there may have been a defect caused by rough handling after manufacture during transit. Verdict was Death due to a defective cartridge. 23/5/1898 The fundraised for the affected being £388/10/8 has been distributed.

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Explosion on the Bouncer
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2009, 17:23:22 »
Nelson Evening Mail ? 28th January 1898

Explosion at Sheerness

2 Men Killed and 6 Wounded

London, January 27

An explosion on board the Bouncer during practice at Sheerness killed two and severely wounded six of the crew.


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