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chrisharley9

HMHS Asturias

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I'm not sure if this is right for this thread, but the information available for the two women on board, missing believed drowned, seems a tad sparse. The following may be of help to someone. Bridget Trenerry, nee Murphy, born in Dublin. Bridget was a 65 year old Stewardess, widow of Edmund Trenerry, a Customs Officer. The other was a Staff Nurse in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Special Reserve). Her name was Jessie Josephine Phillips, born in Mooltan, Punjab, 20 June 1889, the daughter of Police Superintendent Frederick William Phillips and Josephine Maud (nee Laville).

The papers for Miss Phillips (from TNA) include a telegram from Commander Eagles, Kingsbridge to Admiralty, sent 11.45am on 23 March. It is a state of play at the time and gives the names of casualties for both medical personnel and crew. I can post a copy provided a) I'm technically competent, B) anyone is interested and c) it's OK to post Crown Copyright.

Peter

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By sheer co-incidence I happened to be researching tonight a RAMC man who is remembered on a War Memorial at Lowestoft and is buried in Lowestoft Cemetery, who died in the torpedoing of the Asturias. A google search brought me here at just the right time to commemorate the centenary of this incident.

 

33176834590_7f8ec0b6ef.jpgEdgar Arthur Blake HMHT Asturias 1917 by Moominpappa06, on Flickr

 

I also found another article, part of which possibly explains the reference to gassing.

 

For survivors struggling in the water near the wreck, the conditions were atrocious. Not only was it a cold night, but, so press accounts claimed, the explosion had taken place in “an area of the ship where disinfectants were kept, and that region was rendered dangerous by the fumes of the chemicals.”

http://forgottenwrecks.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/asturias

 

regards,

Peter

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