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Anstruther in Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
 

The “Battle” of May Island

 
 
The "Battle" of May Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 5, 2011
1. The "Battle" of May Island Marker
Inscription.
On the night of January 31st 1918, a disaster took place just a few miles off Anstruther when the British Grand Fleet left Rosyth for exercises in the North Sea. With wartime news restrictions in force, few if any people onshore were aware of this. At speed and without navigation lights and in radio silence, the leading column of submarines encountered two minesweepers also operating without lights and completely unaware of the Fleet's movements.

In the ensuing confusion two submarines, the K4 and K17, were rammed and sunk with the loss of 108 lives. Four other submarines and a cruiser were severely damaged. Relatives were merely informed that their loved ones were lost on active service.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them.
 
Erected by Fife Council.
 
Location. 56° 13.302′ N, 2° 41.815′ W. Marker is in Anstruther, Scotland, in Fife. Marker is on East Shore just east of Haddfoot Wynd, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located directly across the street from the tourist information office. Marker is in this post office area: Anstruther, Scotland KY10, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers.
The "Battle" of May Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 5, 2011
2. The "Battle" of May Island Marker
At least 3 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lofty Beginnings (approx. 14.3 kilometers away); A Religious Powerhouse (approx. 14.3 kilometers away); The Many Faces of St Andrews Castle (approx. 14.6 kilometers away).
 
Categories. War, World I
 
The "Battle" of May Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 5, 2011
3. The "Battle" of May Island Marker
Commemoration Isle of May Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 5, 2011
4. Commemoration Isle of May Marker
To commemorate those members of the ships' companies of His Majesty's submarines K4 & K17 who gave their lives in the service of their country off the Isle of May on 31st January 1918
Anstruther Coast looking toward the Isle of May image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 5, 2011
5. Anstruther Coast looking toward the Isle of May
Isle of May (yellow arrow)
Isle of May image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 5, 2011
6. Isle of May
In the distance (yellow arrow)
Anstruther Town image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 5, 2011
7. Anstruther Town
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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