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Falklands battle: report on casualties
Catalogue reference: ADM 1/8405/459


H. M. S. "KENT".
at Falkland Islands,
11 December 1914.


Sir,

I regret to report the deaths of the following men, mentioned below, belonging to this ship. They occurred during and after an action off the Falkland Islands with the German light cruiser NURNBERG on 8th. December 1914.

Walter Wood Private R.M.L.I. Po. 16920
Samuel Kelly " Po. 3793. R.F.R.A.
566
Walter James Kind " Po. 15409.
Arthur Charles Titheridge " Po. 11220
Walter Young Seaman, R.N.R. C. 2453
George Alfred Duckett Off. Steward 1 cl. Po. L.2428.

 

1. Private Walter Wood R.M.L.I. was one of the 6" gun's crew in A.3 casemate when an explosion occurred. He appears to have been killed instantly, the body being rigid with the hands and arms in the position he would have been in when holding a cartridge. He was very severely burnt about the face, trunk and limbs.

2. Private Samuel Kelley, R.M.L.I. was injured by a shell which took off both his legs below the knees. He also had a scalp wound and fracture of the occiput. He was attended during the action and later removed to the sick bay. He was in extremis when seen and died about 2 hours after the action ceased at 9pm.

3. Private Walter James Kind, R.M.L.I. was one of the 6" gun's crew in A.3 casemate. He was very seriously burnt about the head, face, trunk and limbs. He was put to bed in the sick bay. Picric acid dressings were applied and morphia administered, but he died of shock at 3p.m. on 9th. December.

4. Private Arthur Charles Titheridge, R.M.L.I. was gunlayer of the 6" gun in A.3 casemate. He was very severely burnt about the head, face, trunk and limbs. He was brought to the sick bay where picric acid dressings were applied and morphia administered but he died of shock at 11/40pm on 8th December.

5. Walter Young, Seaman, R.N.R. was injured by a splinter. He received a perforating wound of the chest, the splinter entered below angle of left scapula behind, perforating pleura lung and ribs behind and in front and lodged below the outer side of left nipple just beneath the skin. He was attended to during the action and later removed t the sick bay. He was in extremis and died at 9-30 p.m. on 8th. December.

6. George Alfred Duckett, Officers' Steward, First Class, was one of the ambulance party in A.3 casemate. He was very severely burnt about the head, face, trunk and limbs. He was conveyed to the sick bay. Picric acid dressings were applied and morphia administered. He died from shock at 9.55 p.m. on 9th December.

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In addition to the above, I regret to report that the following men were injured at the same time:-

Private George Snow, R.M.L.I. Po. 16958.
Sergt. Tom Spence, R.M.L.I. Po. 5644 (R.F.R.A. 811.)
Lance Corporal Edward Joy, R.M.L.I. Po. 10568 (R.F.R.B. 659)
Private Francis Thomas Day, R.M.L.I. Po. 6517 (R.F.R.B. 1108)
Private Alfred Brindsley Sheridan, R.M.L.I. Po. 1370.
Private William Arnold, R.M.L.I. Po. 830 (R.F.R.B. 866)
Stoker, P.O. George Silvester Brewer, O.N. 150950.
Stoker Herbert Lindsey, R.F.R. B.3754
Stoker Joseph Pear, R.F.R. B.4055
Stoker John Restall, R.F.R. B.4172.

1. Private George Snow R.M.L.I. was one of the 6" guns crew in A.3 casemate. He is very severely burnt about the head face, trunk and limbs. He is accomodated in the sick bay. His condition is very serious and recovery cannot be hoped for.

2. Sergeant Tom Spence, R.M.L.I. was one of the 6" guns crew in A.3 casemate. He is very severely burnt about the head, fact, trunk and limbs. He is in the Falkland Islands Hospital at Port Stanley. His condition is of a serious nature and his ultimate recovery is doubtful.

3. Lce Cpl Edward Joy, R.M.L.I. was one of the 6" guns crew in A.3 casemate. He is severely burnt about the head, face, hands and arms. He is in the Falkland Islands Hospital. His condition is serious but he is doing well.

4. Private Francis Thomas Day, R.M.L.I. was one of the 6" guns crew in A.3 casemate. His is severely burnt about the hands, head, face and arms. He is in the Falkland Islands Hospital. Though his condition is serious there is every hope of his ultimate recovery.

5. Private William Arnold R.M.L.I. was one of the 6" gun's crew in A.3 casemate. His is very severely burnt about the head, face, hands, arms and back. His condition is serious and his ultimate recovery is doubtful.

6. Private Alfred Brindsley Sheridan, R.M.L.I. was one of the 6" gun's crew in A.3 casemate. He is very severely burnt about the head, face, hands arms and back. He is in the Falkland Islands Hospital. Hi condition is serious and his ultimate recovery is doubtful.

7. Herbert Lindsey, Stoker, R.F.R. is suffering from a penetrating wound of the left thigh and a superficial wound of the lower part of the abdomen caused by a splinter. He is in the Falkland Islands Hospital and is doing well.

8. Stoker P.O.George Silvester Brewer, R.F.R. was burnt when trying to put out the fire in A.3 casemate. He is severely burnt about the head, face, hands and wrists. He is doing well, and from the small extent of his burns he should be fit for duty again in two or three weeks time.

9. Joseph Pear, Stoker, R.F.R. was struck by a splinter which inflicted a small superficial wound of the right arm and two small punctures on the chest from which fragments were removed. He is able to continue his duties and has not been placed on the sick list.

10. John Restall, Stoker, R.F.R. was struck by a splinter which inflicted a small superficial wound of the chest. A fragment of metal was removed and the wound dressed. He is at his duty and has not been placed on the sick list.


 
I have the honour to be,

Sir,

Your obedient servant,

E.B. Pickthorn.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR GENERAL,
ADMIRALTY.
FLEET SURGEON
Approved.
 
J. O. Allen.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR GENERAL,
ADMIRALTY.
CAPTAIN.
(H.M.S. "KENT" 11 DEC 1914)
   
 

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