For this church:
Monuments and Memorials
The south west side of the Chapel Crossing a 360 x 710mm memorial plaque in brass is mounted:
A further memorial plaque is fitted centrally on the south wall of the Lady Chapel:
Another memorial brass plaque 75 x 310 mm is fitted in the crossing with the inscription:
The reports at the time indicate HMS Natal was a Duke of Edinburgh-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1900s. During World War I the ship was assigned to the 2nd Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet, but did not participate in any battles. Natal was sunk by an internal explosion near Cromarty as indicated on the plaque and the Admiralty court-martial into the causes of her loss concluded that it was caused by an internal ammunition explosion, possibly due to faulty cordite.
The Admiralty issued a revised list of the dead and missing that totalled 390 in January 1916, but did not list the seven women and three children and one civilian male on board by invitation of the Captain that day. Losses are variously listed elsewhere as from 390 to 421.