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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

28th October 1916

On this day:

  • Minenwerfers Silenced   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report Very quiet day until about 1400, when the hostile minenwerfers (mortars) showed some activity but were effectively silenced by our Howitzer Battery.

    War Diaries

  • Hospital ship   

    HMHS Galeka alongside Britannic

    SS Galeka was a steam ship originally built for the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, but requisitioned for use as a British troop transport and then a hospital ship during the First World War. On 28 October 1916 she hit a mine laid by the German U-boat UC-26.

    Owner: Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company. Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast. Yard number: 347. Launched: 21 October 1899. Completed: 23 December 1899. Fate: Hit a mine laid by German U-boat UC-26 on 28 October 1916.

    General characteristics

    Tonnage: 6,767 gtn. Length: 440 ft.(130 m), Beam: 53 ft (16 m). Speed: 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h).


    The ship was the last vessel to enter service before the merge between the Union and Castle shipping lines. She served on the South Africa route until the First World War when she was used by the UK as a troop transport, carrying troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps to the Gallipoli Campaign. Galeka was then refitted as a hospital ship with accommodation for 366 wounded passengers.

    • Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport Service during WW1.
    • Medical Staff strength.
    • Officers:8
    • Nurses:10
    • Other:54
    • Accommodation capacity.
    • Officers:
    • Cots:254
    • Berths:112
    • Period of Service as Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport.
    • Date From:22nd June 1915
    • Date To:28th October 1916
    • Ships Crew details:


    On 28 October 1916, while entering Le Havre HMHS Galeka struck a mine. She was not carrying patients at the time, but 19 Royal Army Medical Corps personnel died in the sinking. She was beached at Cap la Hogue, but was a total loss, Union-Castle's first war casualty.

    John Doran

  • 28th October 1916 Training and inspections

  • 28th October 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 28th Oct 1916 Reports of Naval Fight


    Wet Quiet day on the whole. Four fighting patrols from 92nd Bde went out through our lines. None of the enemy were encountered. Enemy shelled Battn. HQ. Medical Aid Post blown in.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 28th Oct 1916 Salvage

  • 28th Oct 1916 Parades

  • 28th Oct 1916 On the Move

  • 28th of October 1916 Working for RE

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  • Pte. Hubert Archibald Thatcher. Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.

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