Battle of the Falklands: report on casualties

Report by the fleet surgeon on HMS Kent on casualties in the Battle of the Falklands, 11 December 1914.

On 8 December 1914, a British naval force under Vice Admiral Sir Doveton Sturdee earned a decisive victory over its German counterpart off the coast of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. This report graphically describes the six deaths and ten injuries that occurred on the armoured cruiser HMS Kent during the action. Severe burns were the most common cause of death or serious injury. The surgeon gave four of the ten wounded men little chance of ultimate recovery.
Catalogue reference: ADM 1/8405/459 (11 Dec 1914)

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