Harold William Chipperton, Royal Artillery, was on the HMAT Warilda when it was torpedoed and sunk on Aug 3 1918
March 17, 2010HMAT Warilda
I found your website while doing a Google search for the hospital transport ship Warilda.
My grandfather (Harold William Chipperton, Royal Artillery) was on the Warilda when it was torpedoed and sunk on Aug 3 1918. I have his diary, where he noted from his hospital bed in Netley, England Aug 6:
Not sure what the reported 240 means?
Also, while he was alive (he died in 1978) he had said that when he was torpedoed in the English Channel, he was picked up by another ship which was also torpedoed but made it safely to port in England. This was not noted in his diary though. I am not sure of the name of the other ship.
I thought you might find this interesting and want to post it on the message board.
Best Sue Chipperton
Reports of the sinking indicate that of the 801 on board some 123 were lost.
Like you I cannot relate to the reported 240.
The destroyers HMS Badger and HMS Jackal picked up 570 survivors, I cannot find a reference to a rescue ship being torpedoed.