Five British Military Hauntings

1. The Admiral’s ghost comes home

Admiral Sir George Tryon (commons.wikimedia)

Admiral Sir George Tryon (commons.wikimedia)

On the 22nd of June 1893, Lady Tryon was holding a dinner party for up to a hundred guests at her home in Eaton Place, London when during the course of the night her husband, Admiral Sir George Tryon appeared in full naval dress and walked the length of the room in full view of Lady Tryon’s guests. Surprised by the Admiral’s sudden appearance some of the guests pursued him only to find that he had vanished.

When Lady Tryon was asked why she had not told them that her husband was home when he was expected to be at sea she scoffed at the claims that some of her guests had seen him for the Admiral was still in the Mediterranean aboard his flagship HMS Victoria. The party continued and the guests went home.

The next day Lady Tryon awoke to receive the news that her husband had been killed when his ship had collided with another Royal Navy warship whilst on manoeuvres with the Mediterranean Fleet off the coast of Syria. Taking in to account the time difference the incident seemed to occur at around the same time that her guests had claimed to see him.


2. Death march ghosts

The photo taken by Major Tulloch (via the Daily Mail)

The photo taken by Major Tulloch (via the Daily Mail)

In 2010 ex-British Army Major John Tulloch was travelling along a muddy track in Borneo where thousands of prisoners of war trudged to their deaths after being taken prisoner by Japanese forces in World War II. 2,400 Australian and British PoWs were marched 160 miles by the Japanese and by the end of it only six had survived. The rest died of exhaustion, starvation, beatings or being shot by their captors. Tulloch was using a 4×4 to check the track ahead of an upcoming remembrance march and took several pictures.

Upon developing the pictures he was amazed to discover that one of them seemed to show the ghostly skeletal figures of men walking along the path. Many of Tulloch’s friends who viewed the image became quite distressed by it and it would be two years before he went public it. However Tulloch himself believes that these are not the spirits of the dead but is actually a reflection of a towel onto the window of the vehicle he was driving. Some however think that the ghosts of those who died on that hellish march are making their presence known so that they don’t get forgotten.

What do you think?


3. The haunted hospital

Royal Navy Haslar hospital (qaranc)

Royal Navy Haslar hospital (qaranc)

Founded in the reign of King George I, the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire, was for many years the country’s foremost – and then ultimately last – military hospital losing its military status in 2007. After two years with the National Health Service it was closed for good. During its time however the site was the scene of many strange goings on.

One spirit apparently enjoyed teasing kitchen staff by turning taps on and off and tipping over the head chef’s filing cabinet. An elderly lady apparently haunts a staircase while a grey man haunts the corridor outside the galley (canteen). In the Children’s Ward a member of staff claimed to have seen the ghost of a little girl who runs around the top floor of D Block. The ghost is said to be of a patient who died in a fire in that part of the building.

A grey lady is said to be one of the most prolific ghosts at the site being observed many times by the nursing staff. The grey lady was said to walk through solid objects and her presence was often felt with intense cold spots throughout the building. Her appearances began shortly after work at the site uncovered a plague pit and it was not until the hospital padre blessed the site that her appearances stopped.


4. One of our bombers is haunted

Haunted LincolnResiding at the RAF Cosford museum is Avro Lincoln RF398 which has become the source of a ghostly apparition for over 30 years. The apparent haunting began one night when a member of staff was about to lock up the hall when he spied someone inside the aircraft. Thinking he had missed someone on his checks he called out to whomever was inside but there was no response so he then went to investigate but found no one. Since then numerous people have reported seeing a ghostly figure inside the aircraft usually in the upper gun turret or peering through the navigator’s window.

Intrigued by the story, a BBC journalist spent several nights in the aircraft and recorded sounds that were identified as that of the aircraft while in flight even though it was stationary on the ground. He also reported occasionally seeing small balls of light (orbs in paranormal parlance) inside the cabin of the aircraft.

It is widely believed the ghost is that of the last pilot to fly the aircraft in the 1960s when the aircraft along with the rest of the Lincoln force was retired. He is reported to have said that he loved the aircraft so much that when he died he would haunt it. A few weeks later he was killed in a training accident.


5. The Princes and the Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

Ghosts and the British monarchy go hand in hand and in 1881 the future King George V and his brother Prince Albert Victor of Wales witnessed one of the most famous ghosts of all time – the Flying Dutchman ghost ship. The two princes were on a three-year voyage with their tutor John Neill Dalton aboard HMS Inconstant. In the early hours of the 11th of July 1881, off the coast of Australia in the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Sydney one of the Princes, it is unclear exactly which one, recorded in their log;

July 11th. At 4 a.m. the Flying Dutchman crossed our bows. A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow, in the midst of which light the masts, spars and sails of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief as she came up on the port bow, where also the officer of the watch from the bridge clearly saw her, as did the quarterdeck midshipman, who was sent forward at once to the forecastle; but on arriving there was no vestige nor any sign whatever of any material ship was to be seen either near or right away to the horizon, the night being clear and the sea calm. Thirteen persons altogether saw her … At 10.45 a.m. the ordinary seaman who had this morning reported the Flying Dutchman fell from the foretopmast crosstrees on to the topgallant forecastle and was smashed to atoms.

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8 responses to “Five British Military Hauntings

  1. It’s funny, as a modern man and a product of a rational age I don’t believe any of this (well, except for the towel on the dash of the Jeep…); but I feel like that’s a shame. These stories are too much fun to be nonsense!

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