Royal Oak


War Hero
Was there not some conspiracy theory that said Royal Oak was sunk by an internal explosion due to sabotage, rather than by a U Boat? I remember reading this years ago, but I can't remember where.


War Hero
My research so far is suggesting to me that 631 Company Royal Army Service Corps was involved in the transport of arms and ammunition down the River Thames. There was an Artillery garrison at a place called Shoeburyness much closer to the end of the estuary and I think that 631 handled the convoys of small boats which sailed from Woolwich Arsenal down to Shoeburyness. As there was a convoy of boats, one behind the other, this was probably called a "Water Train" - like a train with carriages but with boats and on the river. Their building may have been A44, which was on the edge of the Royal Woolwich Arsenal, close to the dockyard.

RWA stands for Royal Woolwich Arsenal.
So sorry didn't mean to confuse anybody

631 company Royal Army Service Corps

Water Training Building No A44 - RWA

Thank you for explaining what this means to me. Feel a bit silly not working out what RWA meant but we live and learn
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