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HEARTBREAKING SCENES

TERRIBLE SUFFERINGS OF THE WOUNDED

GLORIOUS BRAVERY DISPLAYED.

(Received August 7, 10.30 a.m.)

LONDON, 6th August. The seamen aboard the Warilda said ifc is impossible to fully realise the terrible sufferings of the.wounded during the hasty removal, their helpless anxiety making it difficult to keep cheerful amidst the general confusion, when.it is remembered how even the slightest movement seemed to cause pain as they were gently planed aboard on Friday. It is marvellous how they bravely bore up under their midnight experiences. It would have been the height of folly to use lights, therefore the transference was undertaken with the maximum of difficulties. There was no panic, but accidents were bound to happen. One or 1 two boats were overturned while launching, and the crippled occupants struggled in the water until picked iip.; The captain remained on the bridge until the last. The torpedo crashed in the starboard side, smashing the engines and dynamos, stopping the machinery immediately. Eye-witnesses pay a warm tribute to die Army medical men in the rescue work, everyone ftrkitly following the orders, "Wounded .first!" Glorious bravery was displayed by small parties who continually went below and reappeared carrying the wounded, although they neyer knew when the vessel would take the final plunge. When every movable case was cleared the captain called for volunteers to remain and listen in the darkness for a short time for cries for help. Ten gallant men promptly stepped forward and searched the vessel from end to end as far as her sinking condition permitted. The missing include Mrs. Violet Long, deputy, chief controller of the women's corps. She was ons of the founders of the movement. Survivors from the Warilda express i egret that the vessel for the first time in two years carried no German wounded or prisoners. It is stated that at least three boats were smashed while being lowered.

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HEARTBREAKING SCENES, Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 33, 7 August 1918

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HEARTBREAKING SCENES Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 33, 7 August 1918

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