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FOUGHT TO THE DEATH

GREAT GALLANTRY ON BOARD THE I MONMOUTH. ALL GUN'S ON H.M.S. GOOD HOPE j OUT OF ACTION. Splendid gallantry was shown by the I British Squadrou under the late Admiral | Cradock against superior odds. A thrilli ing account of the engagement, which took place 60 miles from the Chilian port of [ Goronel, is given by the 'New York Herald.' Just what happened before the j battle is a matter yet to be reported, but as Coronet is a coaling port it is believed that the German warships waited far out at sea. with German spies on shore to report the arrival and movements of tho British vessels. It i«i known that the Germans have spies and informants in every port of South America. When the British ships left port to continue their search for the German raiders, the Gneisenau, and Schamhorst, and their companion cruisers closed in and opened tire. That the British cruisers gavo valiant battle i* indicated by the lo<<s they suffered. Our Ships Outranged.— The German", opened tire at over five miles range, and tho British when they lanw within four miles. They had already been badly damaged. Tho Monmouth received a terrible broadside, but continued in the battle until her hull was riddled and she could hold no moro water than a sieve. Those who had not been killed on board the Monmouth by the terrific fire to which .die was subjected stood at their guns, and fired shell after shell until the cruiser toppled over in the water, lay for a- moment with her keel being lapped by the seas, and then plunged to the bottom. Few on board the Monmouth could have been saved, according to reports reaching Valparaiso, but every man fought until there was nothing to stand on. With the .Monmouth gone the Germans began to cIo-e in, 16 big guns of tho two battle cruisers tiring incessantly upon the Good Hope. With only two big guns to reply with the Rear-Admiral's flagship fought <- 0 vigorously that water dropped upon the guns would have boiled. The German fire was marvellously accurate. Shell after she!! hit the Good Hope. Parts of the superstructure were carried away. Her funnels were riddled, and then crumpled. Shells penetrated, her armor, and flames broke from her in a dozen place-. But she continued to lire until every gun was out of action. Tt was then she turned and ran for the shore, with the —Water Pouring into Her Huli.She could be seen settling in the water, the Germans report, as she sped for the roekv coast. The Germans followed her in until there was danger of going ashore themselves. The Glasgow, al-o seriously damaged, ran for Conine]. As the Germans devoted their energies oil the Good Hope, the Glasgow was able to get away. Upon reaching the three-mile limit the German cruisers ceased their pursuit and went back. Nothing could be s,} Pn of the (rood Hope, but it is believed that she went upon the rocks in a sinking condition. Leaving the Dresden and the Leipzig a- watchdogs off the port of Coroiiel to watch for the reappearance of the Glasgow, the Gneisenau. Schamhorst, and Nurnberg proceeded to Valparaiso, diopping anchor in the harbor. According to an official report by Mr Fletcher, the United States Minister in Chile, the Monmouth was slink and tin? Good Hope took tire. The Glasgow was damaged and interned. The Germans did not attempt to rescue the crew of the Monmouth on account of the rough sea. Aecordin-; to the latest Navy Li-t the ciliceis of the Monmouth were : - Captain— Frank Brandt. Commander—-Spencer D. Forbes. Lieutenant-commanders —Bertie W. Bluett. (G.) Hugh D. Collins, Hon. Peter R. H. D. Willougbbv. Lieutenants—it.) John A. Leo;, Thonm Staple-ton. Harrv P. Roger?, Alfred Edgar, (N.i Wilfred IK Sterling. Maurice J. 11. Ucigot (in lieu of Mib-lientcnant). Engineer-commander—John B. Wilshin. Engineer-lieutenants—Bernard C. Child, Lionel B. Wan-borough. Captain R.M.—Geoffrey M. T. Herford. St riff Surgeon —llenrv Woods. Meet Paymaster—Tohu Cooper. Surgeon—Albert J. Tonkiiison. Sub-lieu tenant—Han way Cooper. Assistant Paymaster—Douglas B. Lee. Chic? Gunner—Robert T. If. V. Lee. Chief Carpenter—Frederick G. Hartlaud. (limner—James Bennett. Boatswain.-—William J. Barrett. Thomas B. Treland (acting). Artificer Engineers—George H. Farebrother. Alfred T. Johns, William Day. Warrant, Mechanician—Alfred Start. Warrant Engineer R.N.11. Charles Driver. Clerk—Basil St. M. Cardew. Assistant Clerk—Cecil T. Martin /temporary]. Naval Ciidets—K. A. M. Somerville, G. R. Bruce, J. F. Boulton. X. G. E. S. Schreiber. J. R. Le G. Pullen. F. A. Cooper, C. Musgrave, J. M. Pa-eoc. (J. W. Muir. P. S. Candv.

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FOUGHT TO THE DEATH, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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FOUGHT TO THE DEATH Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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