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HMS LARK and Commander Rafe Grenville Rowley-Conwy

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Commander Rafe Grenville Rowley-Conwy, Bodrhyddan Hall, and HMS LARK took part in the first naval battle of the Great War – the Battle of Heligoland Bight in the North Sea – on 28 August 1914. British Commodores Reginald Tyrwhitt and Roger Keyes had devised a plan to catch German destroyers returning to port after night patrol. HMS LARK was part of the British 3rd flotilla comprising 16 new Laforey-class destroyers under the command of Tyrwhitt. The battle began at around 7:00 a.m. when German torpedo boat G194 was sighted and Tyrwhitt ordered four of his destroyers to attack. In the hours that followed, Germany would lose the light cruisers MAINZKÖLN and ARIADNE and the destroyer V-187, with three other light cruisers being damaged. 712 German crew members were killed, 530 were injured and 336 taken prisoner. The British suffered damage to one light cruiser and three destroyers, with 35 crew members killed and 40 wounded.

This tribute was suggested by the House Stewards of Bodrhyddan Hall, Denbighshire. In association with the Rowley-Conwy family.

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