The Great War Part 166, October 20th 1917

122 The Great W 2r included the fights of Heligoland Bight and Coronel the torpedoing of the Aboukir Hogue and Cressy and the destruction of more than a dozen enemy war­ ships— the total of our casualties in sea fighting was— Officers: Killed 208 wounded 29. Men :Killed 4072 wounded 243. It will be remembered that no single soul was saved from the Good Hope and Monmouth when they were sunk b they Germans on November 1st 1914 no fewer than 1654 officers and men being accounted for in these ships alone while 1459 were lost in the Aboukir - Hogue and Cressy. A large number were fortunately saved from these three ships but they did not include any of the DINING O-R O MIN H.M .H.S. LIBERTY The beautifully appointed dining-room of Lord Tredegars yacht never received more appreciative guests than the sailors who stayed in her in her time of service as a hospital-ship. floating they are liable to be burst open b y a torpedo below the water-line or a single shell bursting and thrusting tongues of flame down into the vitals may detonate a magazine stored with tons of cordite and high explosives— which is what happened to the Indefatigable and Queen Mary at Jutland— reducing a great ship to debris in a moment. In these circumstances there is little cause for wonder that taken in the aggregate those killed in sea fighting outnumbered the wounded many over.times The Admiralty did not see fit to issue any detailed statistics on this head after the end of the third month of the war but down to November nth 1914— a period which DRAWING O-R OMAN D(IN CIRCLE )OPE RATING -T HEAT R E .Lord Tredegar a notable member of the Royal Yacht Squadron placed his palatial steam -yacht Liberty at the service of the Admiralty as a hospital-ship directly war broke out. He bore the entire cost of refitting her for her new purposes in the manner shown on this and the opposite page. wounded. Those who were most badly hurt in the explosion of the torpedoes could hardly be saved from going down with the ship and those who had been injured at all would bethe least likely to survive the sudden and long-continued immersion in the cold water. According to Surgeon- General Rolleston “it is not considered inadvisable the public interest to give the figures for the Battle of Jutland ”but in this action the battle-cruisers Queen Mary Indefatigable and Invincible and the arm oured cruisers Black Prince and Defence] were sunk with almost everyone on board and taking the action as a whole the killed on the British side probably out­numbered the wounded b y more than ten to one. Of the manner in which the men of the Fleet acquitted, nwwiM
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