Category Archives: May 1915

All diary entries written in May 1915.

21 May 1915; Friday

At work as usual. Very busy all day. Frank1 back to work. Played the piano a bit. Submarine AE.2 2 lost about this time in the Dardanelles. Daily Mail attack on Kitchener3.

  1. Frank had been sent home on 17 May

  2. The AE2 was an Australian Navy vessel; she sailed to Australia from Vickers Armstrong on delivery in 1914, then the longest voyage by a submarine, but was then towed back to the Mediterranean. She operated for five days in the Dardanelles before surfacing due to mechanical trouble, was damaged by a Turkish torpedo boat and was scuttled, all her crew being captured; the only Australian Navy vessel lost due to enemy action in WW1. 

  3. The Daily Mail famously attacked Kitchener, blaming him for a shortage of shells during the shell crisis of 1915

13 May 1915; Thursday

At work as usual. A lot of Roots† now to Lusitania1. Finished in decent time. Got work pulled up a bit. Received news of the loss of the “Goliath”2 in the Dardanelles, sunk by Turkish torpedo boats. Heavy loss of life, probably 800 men.

  1. Lusitania: See notes on 7 May

  2. Goliath”: pre-dreadnought battleship, 13,150 tons, built in Chatham 1898, torpedoed as stated above in Morto Bay, near Cape Helles, 13 May 1915, with loss of 570 out of crew of 700.