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Remembering the Great War

9th November 2014 Remembrance Service at Southampton Cenotaph. Members of the descendents and family of Southampton born Captain Charles Algernon Fryatt met with supporters of the Southampton Fryatt Plaque as the name of Captain Fryatt has recently been added to the glass panels supplementing the Portland stone memorial. Images by Den White


Charles Algernon Fryatt master of SS Brussels in the service of Great Eastern Railway attempted to ram a U Boat in the North Sea in 1915. In 1916 he was captured and executed by a German firing squad at Bruges. 

Australian Transport Ship Karoola at Southampton [6th October 1915]

A letter home by Mr Moylan, purser

"I have now been here a week and feel that I know all England.  Much to my disappointment, we were ordered into this port instead of going to London, as intended, but we soon found out that we were lucky in coming here for more reasons than one.

On reporting to the Admiralty I found that all officers of transports were entitled to a first-class pass to any port or town in the British Isles; so I am going to Glasgow, via London, where I am to stay for a few days.

The Government are treating us very well, and have issued a very neat badge to show that we are on war service, so we are not likely to be jeered at by the people ashore, who might think one should be at the front.

"We had a very fine run from Marseilles, calling In at Gibraltar for a few hours then with all speed to England. We are to stay here about six weeks while they are converting the ship into a hospital, and, from present appearances, she will look beautiful when finished. In walking round the deck I can hardly realise that it is the same ship that left Sydney last June. Ten of the nurses who are on board are daughters of titled people here. I have been kept very busy here, as the police do not allow you in or out of the dock gates without a pass, and it falls on me to issue them.

"A lot of our men were camped near here, but they left for the front just before we arrived”.

"The hospital ships from France and the Dardanelles berth near us. The men are discharged into trains to go on to the hospitals."

Note the Karoola having been converted to a hospital ship arrived at Adelaide on 1st December 1915 with many wounded Australian troops. She remained under charter to the Commonwealth government until June 1919. 

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