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13th August 1915



Under the command of Heino von Heimburg the German submarine UB-14 fired a torpedo at the Admiralty Hired Military Transport ship Royal Edward under the command of Mr P Wotton hitting her in the stern. Within a little over six minutes RMT Royal Edward had sunk, and with her the lives of 132 of her crew and 13 military officers, 852 other ranks.  651 survivors were rescued by the hospital ship Soudan and two French destroyers and trawlers.


In todays' Daily Telegraph Over a year of war didn’t appear to be affecting the holiday season too much, if “By the Silver Sea” today on page 3 is anything to go by. This reports “really remarkable business is now being experienced in Blackpool, “Gay holiday crowds revelling in the many and varied delights of sunny Clacton will make this month stand out in local history,” “The season is proving in every respect a gratifying success” in Llandudno, but “there are not such crowds as in normal times” in Walton-on-the-Naze even though “the beach is in capital condition.”
Meanwhile in Margate “the experiment of employing young women as ticket collectors and clerks at the local railway stations has proved successful” but “the employment of a lady as temporary shops inspector during the absence of the male inspector with the colours has been referred by the Town Council to a committee” in Southport
Despite all this holidaying at the seaside, the Mayor of Brighton has to quell rumours that the attractions there will close earlier than usual (page 4)
If abroad was still your thing, you could take up the Touring Club de France’s suggestion in an advert on page 9 of visiting the Vosges and the Jura, with advertised attractions including “the stubble fields” and “the smiling mountains”
- Also in today’s paper - High level fighting for the Italians, with a battle at 11,899 feet – page 6 - Another example of positive spin on the sinking of a navy ship (see also August 11), which concentrates on the 141 men who have survived the sinking of the auxiliary cruiser India, which is a salve for relatives of those, but no hint as to whether there were any losses – page 7 - Bulgaria states that she’ll only come in on the side of the Entente powers if they guarantee her territory in Serbian Macedonia, territory which the Germans are only too happy to allow them to have – page 7 - The dressmaking form of Worth announces it will close its London branch due to lack of demand as a result of the war, but its staff are unsuited for munitions work – “their hands are very delicate and sensitive, and would be too tender for that time of labour” – page 7. A leader on page 6 observes this “will bring home to the world of fashion, if that be necessary, the fact that a great war is in progress.” Has anyone told Mrs. Eric Pritchard? - A “lamentable state of affairs” at Covent Garden on page 10 as longer journey times for shipping bringing in greengages and plums means they are arriving in “deplorably unsound condition” creating “rivers of waste.” On a happier note on the same page, “after twelve months’ experience with poultry in war time, Great Britain may be congratulated on the satisfactory condition of the industry”

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