100 Years Ago Today – Wenman’s Lucky(?) Day

sinking ship-s2According to Wikipedia –

Wenman “Kit” Wykeham-Musgrave (1899–1989) was a Royal Navy officer who has the possibly unique distinction of having survived being torpedoed on three different ships on the same day.[1][2] He was born on 4 April 1899 at Barford, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, and was educated at Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, England, and at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon, England.[3]

He was serving as a midshipman aboard HMS Aboukir when, on the morning of the 22 September 1914, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy, three pre-Dreadnought cruisers,[4][5] were on patrol in the Broad Fourteens off the Dutch coast. They were attacked by the German U-Boat U-9, which was under the command of Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen. Wykeham-Musgrave’s daughter, Pru Bailey-Hamilton, recounted the tale of his torpedoing during a BBC interview in 2003:[6]

“He went overboard when the Aboukir was going down and he swam like mad to get away from the suction. He was then just getting on board the Hogue and she was torpedoed. He then went and swam to the Cressy and she was also torpedoed. He eventually found a bit of driftwood, became unconscious and was eventually picked up by a Dutch trawler.”

The U-Boat torpedoed all three ships within the space of an hour. Wykeham-Musgrave survived the war and re-joined the Royal Navy in 1939, reaching the rank of commander.[3]

Advertisements

0 Responses to “100 Years Ago Today – Wenman’s Lucky(?) Day”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




HayYoo!com

daily shot at HayYoo.com

DUMMR.com

is the blog for DanKostecki.com
Go to DUMMR
Go to Hot Meatloaf.com
Go to DanKostecki.com
HayYoo! now presents a new image every day - the best of the web. Check it daily.
Contact

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 554 other followers


%d bloggers like this: