By Stephen Wynn
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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