Sunday 27 September 1914 – We Lost 96

by greatwarliveslost

Nigerian Yacht Ivy

Nigerian Yacht Ivy

This morning Brigadier General Charles Dobell and his senior commanders and staff go on board the Nigerian Yacht Ivy to have closer look at Yoss Point to see if it will be a suitable place to land troops. They are interrupted by a series of violent explosions.  Looking towards Douala they see the steel masts of the wireless station collapse.  Soon after white flags rise over Government House and other prominent buildings and at 11:00 a German official hales the Ivy and comes aboard to surrender unconditionally the towns of Douala and Bonaberi (directly across the river). Shortly after noon British bluejackets land at Bonaberi and Dobell with a detachment of Royal Marines and formally take possession of Douala, ceremonially hoisting the Union Jack and the Tricolor at Government House. The Germans have managed to remove into the interior most of the railway rolling stock and large quantities of stores, provisions and arms.  Still there remains plenty for the British and French to pick up.  The chief prize is 31,000 tons of merchant shipping, including nine large liners, forty or fifty smaller craft, a shallow drought stern-wheel gunboat and the German governor’s steam yacht, Hertzogin Elizabeth. There is also a large quantity of railway and dockyard material, a battery of field guns, and the floating dock, which has been sunk but it is soon raised and repaired; it proves most useful. The object of the expedition, the destruction of a hostile naval base and its wireless station, is accomplished.

A British naval force at the entrance to the Dardanelles orders a Turkish torpedo-boat to turn back. The Turks then close the straits, lay mines, switch off the lighthouses and put up warning signs along the cliffs.

  • Family that will lose two sons

Private Charles Robert Young (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 23.  His brother will die of wounds and pneumonia in December 1918.

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