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In the early morning hours of February 26, 1918 HMHS Glenart Castle had just entered the Celtic Sea after leaving Newport (Wales) en route to France to pick up wounded, she was sailing with only her crew and hospital staff.






Operator: Union-Castle Line

Builder: Harland and Wolff

Launched: 20 September 1900

Completed: 6 December 1900

Tonnage: 6,807 tons gross

Formerly: The Galician

Fate: Torpedoed by German U-boat UC-56, 26 February 1918. Wreck lies approximately 10 mi (16 km) west of Lundy Island in 240 ft (73 m) of water POS - 51:07N 05:03W. 

At about 0400 hrs two torpedoes hit the Glenart Castle on her starboard side, almost immediately all power was lost and all lights went out, the ship was plunged into darkness. Reports vary but it is believed that the ship sunk in about 7 minutes. One lifeboat had been destroyed by the explosions and others had much difficulty getting into the water, however seven boats were got away, but only one was ever found.

Most of the people on the ship were inside, probably sleeping and had little chance of getting off after the lights went out, a dark and rolling ship, sinking fast and listing hard would have made moving about almost impossible. The sad fact is that only those who were awake, alert and on deck or close to an exit would have had any chance at all.

She sank stern first taking a number of her charges into the depths with her and leaving many others in the cold and churning waters. Heavy seas were running, rollers about 20' high were reported and this made searching for others almost impossible.  

Several hours after the sinking, the first survivors, 22 in total, were found by the French schooner Faon. The ship remained in the area for two hours, but was unable to locate any other survivors.  

About 1300 hrs that afternoon the USS Parker DD-48 picked up another 9 survivors.

Another 7 other survivors were picked up, they were landed at Pembroke.



The Captain, Kapitänleutnant d. R. Wilhelm Kiesewetter, claimed that there was few lights on the ship and thought she was an armed Merchantman.

The boat was later interned in Spain.

Kiesewetter was later arrested at Falmouth on 6th May 1919 and imprisoned. He was later released and then disappeared until WW2 when he became the oldest U-Boot commander at the age of 62.



Royal Army Medical Corps

Furness James C Lt Colonel
Kelsey Arthur Captain
Moysey Lewis Captain
Stainsby John A Lieutenant
Young George W Captain
Abrahamson Alexander Private
Adams George W Private
Bamford Ernest Private
Benham Harry Private
Birch Thomas Private
Blench William Private
Breakell George Private
Brice Alfred Private
Brown Arthur G Private
Clamp Charles Private
Cumber William S Staff Sergeant
Daniel Llewellyn Private
Donnelly Henry Private
Duncan Andrew Lance Corporal
Ferguson John Private
Gerdes Samuel Lance Corporal
Gilchrist Lyon Private
Grimsley William T Private
Hay William T Private
Hutson George T Private
Hyatt Thomas Private
Jardine Joseph Private
Kelso David Corporal
last Albert V Private
Lund Samuel H Private
Mavor George Private
McMeekin James Private
Norton John  Private
Parry John Private
Richmond William Private
Ritchie John Staff Sergeant
Rogers Percy Private
Simpson Fredrick Private
Small William Private
Smith William A Private
Turner Edward C Sergeant Major
Underhill Reuban Private
Vine Fredrick T Lance Corporal
Wadsworth Harold V Private
Wright John Private
Wright Thomas H Private


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Beresford Rebecca R Staff Nurse
Blake Edith Staff Nurse
Edgar Elizabeth Staff Nurse
Evans Jane Sister
Henry Charlotte E Staff Nurse
Kendall Rose E Sister


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MacKinnon Mary Staff Nurse


Army Chaplin's Department


Edinger Rev Frank H Chaplin 4th Class
McIIvaine Rev John J Chaplin 4th Class



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