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Hospital Ship Gloucester Castle


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For many years I have had in my possession a small ships bell from "Gloucester Castle" whch served as a hospital ship in 1914-1918.

This bell is approx 13 cm tall and is marked as follows:

Front - S.S. Gloucester Castle London

Rear - War Service 1914-1918 with a cross indicating hospital ship

Top - Commander Henry Meredyth Cruise

I have done lots of research over the years concerning the ships commercial service, Great War service and subsequent sinking by a German Raider in 1942. I would welcome any additional information about the ship.....

But what I really want to know is - has anyone seen one of these bells before or know anything about it. Presumably awarded as a form of "medal".

Thanks in advance for any assistance



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All ships have a bell its the way old sailors got the time.

one bell every half hour 8 bells end of watch.

Seems like some sort of commemoration piece, the ships bell would be at least 30cm tall.

In the RN it was also used as a font and the childrens names engraved on the lip.

Nice to have I wonder if it was presented to Cdr. Cruise?


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The FWW HMHS 'Gloucester Castle' 7,999grt was struck and damaged by a torpedo on the night of 30/31st March 1917 from UB 32.

Best wishes


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