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Chatham performed a vital half within the nation's nice warfare attempt. It used to be one of many British Royal Navy's 3 'Manning Ports', with greater than a 3rd of the town's ships manned via males allotted to the Chatham department. The conflict was once simply 6 weeks outdated while Chatham felt the impacts of conflict for the 1st time. On 22 September 1914, 3 Royal Naval vessels from the Chatham department, HMS Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue, have been sunk in fast succession through a German submarine, U-9. a complete of 1,459 males misplaced their lives that day, 1,260 of whom have been from the Chatham department. months later, on 26 November, the battleship HMS Bulwark exploded and sunk while at anchor off of Sheerness at the Kent coast. there has been a lack of 736 males, lots of whom have been from the Chatham area.

On 18 August 1914, deepest 6737 Walter Henry Smith, who used to be nineteen and serving with the sixth Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, grew to become the 1st individual to be killed in the course of wartime Chatham. He used to be on sentry accountability with a colleague, who unintentionally dropped his loaded rifle, discharging a bullet that strook inner most Smith and killed him.

It wasn't all doom and gloom, even if. Winston Churchill, because the First Lord of the Admiralty, visited Chatham early on within the warfare, on 30 August 1914. On 18 September 1915, German prisoners of struggle, Lieutenant Otto Thelen and Lieutenant Hans Keilback, escaped from Donnington corridor in Leicestershire. at the beginning, it used to be believed that they had escaped the rustic and have been on their as far back as Germany, yet they have been re-captured in Chatham 4 days later.

By the tip of the warfare, Chatham and the boys who have been stationed there had really performed their half in making sure a historical Allied victory.

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