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Families across Stirling learned with relief that their loved ones had survived a terrifying Mediterranean torpedo attack.

Soldiers with connections to the Stirling were on board the ship said to have been attacked at the end of December, 1917.

It is thought they had been on HMT Aragon, a 9588-ton former Royal Mail vessel. It was taking 2,200 troops from Marseille to reinforce the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the Palestine Campaign against Turkish forces. There were in addition 150 military officers, 160 Red Cross volunteers and about 2,500 bags of Christmas mail.

The Aragon was close to the Egyptian port of Alexandria when it was hit and sunk by a torpedo fired by a German U-Boat. No fewer than 610 of those on board were killed.

Mr William Samson, engineer, Well Green, received a letter from his son, Peter, a corporal in the A&SH, describing the "terrible experiences" they had gone through. He informed his father he was safe but had suffered severe bruising to the legs.

Cpl Samson said Company Sergeant Major Ewing, son of Sgt John Ewing, St Ninians, was also among the survivors.

Pte Farquhar Strang was another one of the lucky ones. He informed his father, Mr Jame Strang, tailor, GeorgStreet, Stirling, he wain hospital sufferinfrom bruised limbs. The 24-year-old was horseshoer with MessrWordie & Co befor enlisting in June, 1917.

Mr John McLean, ScotWha Hae Inn, St Ninianshad a communication from his youngest sonPte Ian McLean, that he was one of the survivors, as was a son of Capt John Blyth, Alexandra Place, Stirling.

Territorial Battalion member Edward S Bayne, whose father was station master at Bridge of Allan, escaped the sinking. Hwas formerly an Inland Revenue officer in Aberdeen.

for the family of Miss A McLuckie, who was among on board. She contacted friends to say she was safe.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 31, 2018
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