Naval Ship

Ordinary Seaman Harry Cartridge

Active Service

Story

Harry Cartridge served aboard H.M.S. Kildonan Castle.

Address

13 Skinner Street, Poole

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Place of Service

HMS Kildonan Castle was commissioned as a hospital ship on 6 October 1915 and decommissioned in March 1916 and converted into an Armed Merchant Cruiser. She joined the 10th Cruiser Squadron on 21 August 1916. She was converted for use as an armed merchant cruiser in the July and was commissioned into the Royal Navy on  21 August and joined the 10th Cruiser Squadron based at Glasgow. She took Viscount Milner to Murmansk on the 17 January 1917 who headed the British Military Mission which attempted to stop Russia signing a non-aggression pact with Germany. The Brest-Litovsk Treaty was signed on the 2 March the same day that the mission arrived back at Scapa Flow. In April she returned once more to convoy work in the North Atlantic.

Wartime Organisation

Royal Navy

Subdivision

Naval Ship

Rank

Ordinary Seaman

Service Number

66037

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

- Rupert Brooke