Tuesday 26 October 1915 – We Lost 185

by greatwarliveslost

The Orderly Officer on duty at Bassin Loubert, Boulogne is informed that a fire has broken out in the afte hold of S S Maine an ammunition ship in which a quantity of high explosives is stored and he at once reports the fact to Lieutenant Commander Arthur Richard Shaw Warden (Royal Navy) at the office of the Naval Transport Officer.

In the meantime the ship is abandoned by her officers and crew and steps are taken by the local fire brigade to rig the short fire hoses. Lieutenant Commander Warden immediately goes on board and on arrival at the after hold finds smoke issuing from between the high explosive cases in the center of the hatch.  He goes down into the hold, lifts up one of the cases, and calls for fire hose which is passed to him by Private Edward Gimble (Middlesex Regiment) who has followed him on board.

Lieutenant Commander Warden directs the hose and extinguishes the fire.  There is little doubt that the prompt action by these men prevented an explosion which would have had serious and possibly disastrous results with almost certain loss of life.  Both men will be awarded the Albert Medal for their efforts.