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World War I transport ship HMAT WARILDA

Date: 1915
Dimensions:
Overall: 90 x 143 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Ray Connor
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00028443

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    Description
    This black and white photographic postcard depicts HMAT WARILDA broadside from port view just off shore. One of the cabins has been marked with black ink, with a note beneath it. On the back of the postcard are ten names of men who died on the ship, and the phrase 'lest we forget'.
    SignificanceThis postcard illustrates the use of ambulance transport ships during World War I. Operating in and near war zones as a facility for medical treatment and transport, hospital ships were vital to the war effort.
    HistoryHMAT WARILDA was owned by the Adelaide Steamship Company, and like many of the company's ships during World War I, it was handed over by the Australian Government to the British. From 1916 it operated as an Ambulance Transport ship, until it was sunk by a submarine on 3 August 1918 laden with patients, staff and crew.

    Merchant ship WARILDA was requisitioned by the Commonwealth in August 1915, she was fitted up as a transport. As well as transporting troops she was also used as a hospital ship. During her war service she transported more than 7,000 troops and as a hospital ship transported some 80,000 patients. Torpedoed and sunk 3 August 1918 in English Channel.
    From Australain War Memorial website, Australian Postcard Collection, postcards 2/15/47 and 2/15/61. http://www.awm.gov.au/findingaids/special/Postcards/aus.xml accessed 01/03/2011.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: World War I transport ship HMAT WARILDA

    Assigned title: HMAT WARILDA

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