HM Hospital Ship Rohilla

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Reference WMO/295815


St Andrew's Church

Sway Road


SO41 6FR


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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Flag
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Lettering: Other
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Union flag suspended from a flag pole. Framed descriptive caption with red and black lettering is mounted on the wall beside the flag. SS Rohilla ran aground off Whitby in October 1914, hitting a reef which could not be seen as the lighthouse was switched off because of the war. Captain Neilson believed that the ship had struck a mine before being driven onto the reef, and he was exonerated by the enquiry. 146 of the 229 people aboard were rescued. Three members of the lifeboat crews in attendance were awarded the RNLI Gold Medal, and two of these later received the George Cross. Flags do not always qualify as war memorials but the facts merit the inclusion of this one which was presented to the church by 2nd Officer C W F Morgan. See WMO 235753 for the commemorative plaque at Whitby Pier and WMO 230187 for the memorial in Whitby cemetery..
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The flag of the Rohilla mined off Whitby Oct 30 1914 while serving as H.M.Hospital Ship One of the few things saved, this flag was given to the Church by C.W.Fairfax Morgan R.N.R. 2nd Officer who swam a- shore whrn the ship was wrecked

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