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Offline HERB COLLECTOR

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Re: HMS Amphion survivors
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2016, 23:20:03 »
HMS Amphion. Those killed and those that survived. http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1914-08Aug.htm with photo of the sinking.

© IWM (Q 43259) The ACTIVE class scout cruiser, HMS AMPHION. Leader of 3rd Destroyer Flotilla at the outbreak of the First World War, HMS AMPHION became the Royal Navy's first casualty on 6th August 1914 when she ran into a minefield laid by the KONIGIN LUISE, which the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla had just sunk.
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Re: HMS Amphion survivors
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2016, 21:17:05 »
Well that clears that mystery up brompton boy! Thankyou.
It still surprises me that with all the Naval establishments (Hospital, Barracks etc) in the area that it was deemed necessary to have an additional, "emergency hospital" set up so early in the War. Amphion was the first casualty after all.

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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2016, 17:31:55 »
HMS Amphion survivors - I have just found a newspaper report that identifies the 'Temporary Hospital'. It is form the Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough.

AMPHION'S WOUNDED ARRIVE - A fleet of motor omnibuses fitted as ambulances arrived at Chatham today with the wounded sailors from the cruiser Amphion sunk by a German mine. The wounded were admitted to the Welcome Sailors Home which has been converted into a temporary hospital.

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Re: HMS Amphion survivors
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2016, 17:05:20 »
Love the Yorkshire dry wit in the last sentance
Hi Conan, the end note of Sunk Sank the Sinker was my creation. To many years spent in a press room listening to subs coming up with headings!
I have a notion on two possible buildings. Either the Welcome Sailors and Soldiers Home or Chatham Constitutional Club and Queen’s Hall (nos.12-13 Military Road)

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Re: HMS Amphion survivors
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2016, 16:55:57 »
Love the Yorkshire dry wit in the last sentance
Hi Conan, the end note of Sunk Sank the Sinker was my creation. Too many years spent in a press room listening to subs coming up with headings!

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Re: HMS Amphion survivors
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2016, 10:47:58 »
Do we know where the "temporary hospital in Military Road" was?

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Re: HMS Amphion survivors
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2016, 19:22:06 »
Love the Yorkshire dry wit in the last sentence.
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HMS Amphion survivors
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2016, 16:40:25 »
Quote from the Yorkshire Evening Post of Monday 10th August:-

ENGLISH WOUNDED REACH CHATHAM
The wounded sailors from HMS Amphion arrived to-day in motor-ambulances, which were formerly London omnibuses. They were received into the temporary hospital in Military Road, Chatham.

HMS Amphion was the first RN ship to be lost by enemy action in WW1, sinking after hitting a mine on 6th August 1914. She was a Plymouth manned ship with a complement of 293, 132 of whom were lost. Amphion and her destroyer escorts had earlier sunk the SMS Königin Luise, a former Hamburg-Heligoland excursion boat that had been converted to an auxiliary minelayer by the Germans. After rescuing German survivors Amphion and her escorts continued with their patrol to the Dutch coast. On their return to UK waters she struck the mine that sank her which had been laid by the Königin Luise. So the sunk sank the sinker!

 

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