One senior German officers and seven crewmembers were killed during the Scuttle. Today, their bodies lie in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Lyness on Hoy.
One further casualty happened after the scuttle was over, on the night of 23 / 24 June when a machinistenmaat from the SMS Frankfurt, Kuno Eversberg, was shot while aboard the battleship, HMS Resolution.
Kuno Eversberg’s headstone in Lyness will be re-dedicated on June 21 2019 to reflect the real story of his death. A story, recounting his death and the efforts that have been made to correct the historical record, ran in The Orcadian (click here for pdf Eversberg)
One mystery still remains. Despite the court reporting in 1920 and the local death Certificate, German literature and the German War Graves records spell the young sailor’s name ‘Evertsberg’ not ‘Eversberg’.
|SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm
German War graves records dating from 1928, record the Germans buried at Lyness, including those that died as a result of the Scuttle.