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1918 - Dockyard War Record

The war record of the Dockyard was revealed for the first time by the Dockyard’s General Manager, Mr. John Apsey (Later Sir John).

From the commencement of hostilities to the armistice there were 1.200 vessels refitted in the Dockyard, including 40 battleships and battle cruisers, 25 cruisers, over 400 destroyers, 150 torpedo boats, 140 trawlers and drifters, 20 submarines and other vessels. During this period 1.658 vessels were dry docked or hauled up slipways for repair; these do not include munitions produced in its factories for the War Department.

Ships built in the Dockyard during this period included the battleships “Iron Duke”,Queen Elizabeth“Royal Sovereign together with submarines J1, J2, K1, K2, and K5.

Dockyard Work Force.

July 1914 - December 1918.

Women 50 - 1,786

Men 15,646 - 22,509

Officers and Clerks ..........591 ….. …. 1,103

Total….............................................25,398