Sunday 28 March 1915 – We Lost 191

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RMS Falaba

RMS Falaba

The Captain of the Great Eastern Railway steamer, Brussels, Charles Fryatt saves his ship by turning towards an attacking submarine and attempting to ram it. The submarine flees, and Fryatt is awarded a gold watch for his actions by the Admiralty.

The first American citizen to be killed in the Great War drowns when the German submarine U-28 torpedoes the cargo-passenger ship Falaba (Master Frederick John Davis drowns) while en route from Liverpool to West Africa.  The ship sinks in eight minutes and one hundred four passengers and crew members including the Master of the two hundred forty-two on board drown. The submarine has given the passengers only five minutes to evacuate the ship.

Among those killed is:

  • Photographer William Hugh Cornwallis Trousdell killed at age 45. His brother will be killed in service in August 1917.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Chaplain to the Forces
  • The son of a Brigadier General
  • Multiple families that will lose another son in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties are

  •  Captain Francis Whitchurch Townend (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred John Townend Chaplain to the Forces.
  • Lieutenant Hamilton Henry Travers (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of Brigadier General J H du B Travers CB CMG.
  • Corporal John Blakey (Durham Light Infantry) dies at home on active service at age 34. His brother will be killed in action in October 1918.