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Remembered Today:

Pte James Frederick Shine ASC d. 3/8/18

Will O'Brien

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As per the CWGC


Initials: J F

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Army Service Corps

Unit Text: 8th Div. M.T. Coy.

Age: 46

Date of Death: 03/08/1918

Service No: T4/096447

Additional information: Husband of Johanna Staples (formerly Shine), of 29, Dennis St., York Rd., King's Cross, London.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead


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& the memorial info


Country: United Kingdom

Locality: Hampshire

Location Information: The Hollybrook Memorial is situated in Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery, which is on high ground in Chilworth Road, Shirley, next to Southampton General Hospital.

Historical Information: The Hollybrook Memorial commemorates by name almost 1,900 servicemen and women of the Commonwealth land and air forces whose graves are not known, many of whom were lost in transports or other vessels torpedoed or mined in home waters. The memorial also bears the names of those who were lost or buried at sea, or who died at home but whose bodies could not be recovered for burial. Almost one third of the names on the memorial are those of officers and men of the South African Native Labour Corps, who died when the troop transport Mendi sank in the Channel following a collision on 21 February 1917. Other vessels sunk with significant loss of life were: HS Anglia, a hospital ship sunk by mine off Dover on 17 November 1915. SS Citta Di Palermo, an Italian transport carrying Commonwealth troops, sunk by mine off Brindisi on 8 January 1916. In rescuing survivors, two Royal Naval Otranto drifters were themselves mined and blown up. HMTs Donegal and Warilda, ambulance transports torpedoed and sunk between Le Havre and Southampton on 17 April 1917 and 3 August 1918. HS Glenart Castle, a hospital ship torpedoed and sunk off Lundy on 26 February 1918. SS Galway Castle, torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic on 12 September 1918. RMS Leinster, the Irish mail boat, torpedoed and sunk in the Irish Sea on 10 October 1918. Among those commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial is Field Marshall Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, who died when the battle cruiser HMS Hampshire was mined and sunk off Scapa Flow on 5 June 1916. The memorial stands in Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery, behind the plot of First World War graves near the main entrance. The cemetery also contains burials of the Second World War and war graves of other nationalities. * Officers and men of the Commonwealth's navies who have no grave but the sea are commemorated on memorials elsewhere.

No. of Identified Casualties: 1870

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Given his date of death I wonder if James Shine was aboard HMT Warilda, the ambulance transport which was torpedoed & sunk on 3rd August?

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Spot on, Will.

The 'cause of death' entry in the CWGC database reads 'drowned at sea (HT Warilda)'.

A little info on the Warilda.............

It was built by W. Beadsmore & Co. Limited for the Adelaide Steam Ship Company & launched on the 5th December 1911.

Warilda stats

Length 135 metres

Beam 18 metres

Weight 7713 tonnes

Speed 16 knots

Its sea trials commenced on the 9th July 1912 & was manned by an Australian crew during the war.

It was torpedoed & sunk off Littlehampton by UC49.

The Warilda has become a popular wreck with divers having been first found on the 22nd August 1992 by divers from the 'Michell Mary' who recovered the Bell from the ship (not too sure if I agree with removing items from what I would deem to be a war grave :( )

A picture of the Warilda

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