In todays' DailyTelegraph, for those used to the reports of successes in the Dardanelles any news of losses in that sphere would come as a bit of a shock, but reports on page 8 today suggest a nasty blow has been struck by a German submarine with the sinking of the troopship Royal Edward in the Aegean. Reports were still at an early stage, but although 600 men had been rescued that left nearly 1,000 other soldiers and crew unaccounted for, which would make this one of the more serious military losses at sea so far if confirmed.
Our naval analyst Archibald Hurd was not holding out much hope in an article on page 6, writing as if this toll was definite. It can’t have helped that conditions might have been rather cramped on board if the size of the ship suggested by the picture on page 3 is anything to go by.
Also in today’s paper
- W. L. Courtney reviews Somerset Maugham’s “Of Human Bondage” on page 4, although he takes a while to deal with the book itself
- A Cabinet Crisis in Greece – page 7. Plus ça change… - Back to the usual scepticism about Germany’s claims on the Eastern Front on page 7, although on the not unreasonable grounds that they are distinctly vague about locations - More belated news on page 8 – a “Graphic Story of the Cameroons campaign” dated June 12 - The story emerges of how the American Ambassador in Turkey saved the lives of 2,000 English and French civilians who the Turks were planning to expose to the bombardment by their country’s fleets at Gallipoli – page 8