Shropshire burial at sea of Arthur Frederick Duke account by Jack Dobson Sellars
I was just Googling info re my grandfather Jack Dobson Sellars (33437 AIF) who was aboard the SS Shropshire and stumbled across your letters re soldier buried. I have my grandfather's very detailed diary from when he enlisted to just before leaving to the front from England. I checked his diary and there was the info regarding the burial at sea - amazing.
It appears the OIC postponed an organised fight as a soldier had fallen down some stairs (sergeants mess) on 9th July and died. he was committed to deep on 10th July. I have included a scan of the relevant pages for you to peruse. Feel free to send it on to the person(s) who were interested.
My thanks for taking the trouble to attach a segment from your Grandfather's diary which reported the death of a soldier in the troopship Shropshire, quite a coincidence to see my AHOY site and then verify the story from Jack's diary.
I well remember the struggle I had to find the name of this soldier who fell down the stairs to his subsequent death.
An unfortunate accident.