Monday, 26 June 2017

Wartime Hospital Ships - Jun 27th

During WWI Women's groups all over the world held concerts, teas, bazaars and card parties to raise money for their Hospital Ship Fund. Their names and amounts were often printed in the local newspapers, to encourage others to donate.

On 27 June 1918 the Canadian Hospital ship Llandovery Castle was sailing from Nova Scotia to Liverpool when it was torpedoed by German U-Boat off the coast of Ireland. Only 24 persons survived out of 258 medics, nurses and crew.

This was one of two hospital ship sinking cases presented at the Leipzeig war crime trials after the war and considered one of the worst atrocities of the war.

During WWII the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur was attacked and sunk by a Japanese submarine, on 14 May 1943. Of the 332 medical staff and crew 268 lost their lives.

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