1917 - Hermione Angela Rogers VAD WW1

Hermione was the eldest daughter of Francis Edward Newman Rogers and Louisa Annie Rogers nee Jennings born in 1896 at Clifton, Bristol.  The family moved to Rainscombe Park, Oare in approx. 1900.

On the 14th October 1914 she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer V.A.D. in the 14 V.A.D Wilts.  The detachments were at first intended for home service only, and they received no payment or salary so had to be in a position to give their services for free.

On the 6th September 1916 at the age of 21 still with the Red Cross she became a nurse at Sutton Veny Military Hospital, Warminster a hutted hospital built in 1916 with approximately 1200 beds and she remained there until transferring to Egypt on the 18th December 1917.

She embarked on the troopship H.M.T. Osmanieh.   On December 31st 1917 with troops and medical personnel on board it was sunk by a mine from the German Submarine UC34 (Horst Obermuller) at the entrance to the harbour at Alexandria.

The papers reported that Transport ship Aragon was torpedoed and sunk on December 30th and one of His Majesty’s destroyers whilst picking up survivors from Aragon was also torpedoed and sunk, the Osmanieh struck the mine and sank in approximately the same locality on 31st December 1917.

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