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HMAT Warilda (His Majesty's Australian Transport)

Built by William Beardmore and Company, Scotland and launched in 1911. Used as a transport ship during the First World War. Torpedoed by German U-boat UC-49 in the English Channel whilst transporting wounded troops and personnel from Le Havre, France to Southampton, Hampshire on the 3rd August 1918 despite being clearly marked with a Red Cross. It sank within a couple of hours with the loss of 123 lives from over 800 who were on board the ship. Individuals who lost their lives included the Deputy Chief Controller of the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corp, Mrs Violet Long and Private Norman Cecil Abbott of the 33rd Battalion Australian Imperial Force. Her wreck lies in the English Channel.