1898 - Launch of FORMIDABLE
17th November. HMS “Formidable”, the largest warship at that time, launched by Lady Hicks-Beach, the wife of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
On the 1st January 1915 while on exercises in the Channel she was struck by a torpedo from U24. Three quarters of an hour later at 03.15 she was again torpedoed by the U24. The seas were rough and very cold and at 04.45 she capsized and sank with the loss of 547 of her crew.`