HMAT A69 Warilda
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|Name||HMAT A69 Warilda|
|Builder/Built||1912 W Beardmore & Co Ltd, Dalmuir|
|Type||Passenger / cargo ship|
- 1 Remarks
- 2 Medical Staff
- 3 Fremantle to Plymouth 1 June - 18 July 1916
- 4 Soldiers carried
- 5 Fremantle to Port Suez 16 February - 13 March 1916
- 6 Fremantle to Plymouth 1 June - 18 July 1916
- 7 France to England 28 Jan 1917
- 8 Rouen to England 8 March 1917
- 9 Le Havre to England 3 May 1917
- 10 France to England 25 May 1917
- 11 France to England 25 September 1917
- 12 France to England 14 March 1918
- 13 France to England 31 May 1918
Built for the Adelaide Steamship Company. Could carry almost 400 passengers in three classes, she was converted into a troopship in August 1914 and made three journeys from Australia in this form.
Converted again in 1916, this time to be a Hospital Ship and she served as such from 25 Jul 1916 till 3 Aug 1918.
In 1918 sailing between Southampton and Le Havre she was struck by a torpedo that did not explode. Later she was involved in a collision at sea that caused very significant damage.
On 3rd August 1918 while transporting the sick and wounded from Le Havre to Southampton, the HS Warilda was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-49. This was despite being marked clearly with the Red Cross; as with a number of other hospital ships torpedoed during the war, Germany claimed the ships were also carrying arms.
The ship sank in about two hours, and of the 801 persons on board, 123 people perished including 19 Australians and the Deputy Chief Controller of the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corp, Mrs Violet Long.
Those lost at sea in the Channel are commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton.