Soldier – Harris, Walter – Torpedoed (picture)

December 1915

Mexborough Times, December 4th 1915

Denaby driver saved

Driver Walter Harris, Denaby, R.F.A.

Driver Walter Harris of 45 Annerley Street, Denaby Main, has written home as follows:

“Well mother, I’ve left Egypt, and the vessel which took me was torpedoed. I was in the water eight hours, but I do not say where I am at present. You will guess by the papers it was on 23 October, and the vessel was struck at 9:20 a.m.. At 9.30 the vessel was taking the final plunge.

I left the ship just before she sank, and was picked up by a French torpedo boat about 8 p.m.. The Frenchman were exceedingly good two us; they gave us plenty of hot wine and tea to bring us round, and about 12 o’clock that night they transferred us to a French hospital ship.

I shall remember that day, for I was struggling for my life while Alf was getting married.”

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