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S.S. ONWARD


Wargrave lass
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Hi

I am not sure if this is the correct place to post this question, but here goes...

I am trying to find any information about S.S. Onward. Has anyone heard of her?

Would be grateful for any info.

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hi,The 1/7th Battalion remained in Essex throughout the winter months, quartered in good billets at Maldon (to which town the Battalion had moved on the 19th September 1914). During that period the Territorial Battalions were reorganized, adopting the four company organization of the Regular Army instead of the old organisation in eight small companies which the Territorial battalions had hitherto retained. Then they were inspected first by General Sir Ian Hamilton, then commanding the Home Defence Army, and later by His Majesty the King. By the spring of 1915 the Territorial battalions of the 48th Division were fit in all respects to take the field, and on the last day of March (transport of the Battalion moved on the previous day, the 30th March 1915) the move to France began. The 1/7th Worcestershire bade farewell to their billets of the winter, entrained at Maldon East station and entrained for the front. The Battalion embarked at Folkestone on S.S. "Onward" after dark, reached Boulogne at midnight (31st March 1915) and then marched three miles to camp.

lots of info if you google search , trying to send photo tony

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ss onward, regards tony

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There were a few ships by that name. The Onward you're probably thinking about is a 1,671 grt passenger steamer built in 1905 by Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton for the South Eastern & Chatham Rly. Co's. Managing Committee, London. She was a fast ship for her day, with a top speed of 22 knots. She was 311.2 feet long wit a beam of 40.1 feet.

In 1920, she was sold to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co., Ltd., Douglas, I. o. M. and renamed Mona's Isle. She was broken up in 1948.

Best wishes,

Michael

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There were a few ships by that name. The Onward you're probably thinking about is a 1,671 grt passenger steamer built in 1905 by Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton for the South Eastern & Chatham Rly. Co's. Managing Committee, London. She was a fast ship for her day, with a top speed of 22 knots. She was 311.2 feet long wit a beam of 40.1 feet.

In 1920, she was sold to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co., Ltd., Douglas, I. o. M. and renamed Mona's Isle. She was broken up in 1948.

Best wishes,

Michael

hi mike, the same ship, she sank after a fire in folkestone 1918 and the hull was sold to the ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET CO, tony

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Apparently scuttled at her moorings on 24th September 1918 to prevent the fire spreading to the pier.

Best wishes

David

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Apparently scuttled at her moorings on 24th September 1918 to prevent the fire spreading to the pier.

Best wishes

David

Hi Chaps

Sorry for the late response to your posts. You guys are the best!! Many thanks for the information.

Kind regards

Wargrave lass (aka Margaret)

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War Diary of 7 Gordons:-

Folkestone / 3.5.15

1 a.m. Embarked at Folkestone on H.M.T. “ONWARD” disembarking at Boulogne at 3 a.m. and marched to Rest Camp.

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