War Diary May 1915

War Norfolk
Sinking of the Lusitania 

U-20, a German submarine, sinks the passenger liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland. 1198 die including 128 US citizens.

Norfolk Troops Torpedoed 

The ship Manitou, carrying British troops, was attacked by a Turkish torpedo. Two Norwich boys relate their experience home in a letter. ‘At the time the 3rd round was fired there were many of the troops in the water. They were 2 or 3 hours floating about in the sea amongst all kinds of timber before being rescued’.

Airship Raid on London 

7 people are killed and 35 injured in the first German airship raid on London

War Relief Fund Fraud 

A Norwich citizen was summoned at the Guildhall for obtaining £3 by false pretenses from the war relief fund. The defendant’s husband was out of work sick and applied for assistance at the Guildhall. Later her husband enlisted but the defendant still claimed assistance.


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