Sinking of the Transylvania

Sinking of the Transylvania

3rd May 1917 - 4th May 1917

Travelling on the Transylvania on the 4th May 1917 which had left Marceilles bound for Alexandria, carrying 200 officers and 2860 troops the ship was proceeding to Selonika with reinforcements. It was escorted by two Japanese destroyers, the Matsu and the Sakaki and was struck by two torpedoes. After the first torpedo fired by a U boat struck, the Matsu started to offload passengers the order given to men on board the Transylvania was to "take your time men because the ship will be at least 3 hours before she goes down" The Japanese Sakaki tried to force the U boat to remain submerged but it fired a second torpedo and the Transylvania went down rapidly, off Cape Vado, a few kilometres south of Savona. Witnesses observed men jumping from the top deck some never moving again after they struck water. Frederick Grout may have been one of these men, and his family acknowledge his great courage, braveness and his great sacrifice. His memorial is at Savona memorial Italy (cemetery)

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    Born 1896

    Died 1917

    British Army 13108 Private Essex Regiment 9th Battalion

    British Army 23245 Private Essex Regiment 9th Battalion

    British Army 23245 Private Essex Regiment