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Royal Oak sinking survivor Bert Pocock of Reading dies aged 92

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Image caption The Royal Oak wreck is an official maritime war grave

One of the last survivors of the sinking of a battleship at Scapa Flow in Orkney during World War Two has died.

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Image caption Bert Pocock often returned to Orkney to pay his respects

Bert Pocock, 92, of Reading, was a regular visitor to Orkney to take part in commemorations for shipmates who lost their lives when the Royal Oak was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1939.

Most of the 1,200 crew were asleep below deck, and more than 800 - including many boy sailors - died.

Mr Pocock was 17 at the time.

He said in 2004 of his survival: "I was a very lucky man."

Mr Pocock died at home with his family.

The Royal Oak wreck is an official maritime war grave.

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