Methodist Minister in
Isle of Man Preaches Against the War
The Rev. Peet was accused of making statements which were considered as ‘likely to prejudice recruiting into the forces.’ He was found guilty and sentenced to three months hard labour. He was released on 1st March.
Royal Navy and American Navy Begin laying Minefields in the North Sea
Both navies began to lay mines in the area between the Orkneys, North Scotland and Norway. By the end of the
Troop Ship Sunk off
The Aurania was a
Strike in the City
A strike which had begun on 25th January by fourteen packers and washers on 25th January was brought to an end.
S.S. Tuscania Sunk off Rathlin Island, Rescued Brought to the city
The ship had left in a convoy HX-20 of twelve ships from Halifax, Nova Scotia
On the 5th
Some of the survivors floated in cold conditions for eleven hours to the Scottish island of Islay. Two of the rescue ships, H.M.S. Mosquito and H.M.S. Pigeon brought survivors into Lough Swilly and they were brought ashore at five o’clock in the morning. From there the survivors marched to Ebrington Barracks. A number of the survivors kept diaries all through the war and a number recorded that they were well treated in the barracks. One wrote,’ We got acquainted with a lot of Irish troops from the Royal Inniskillings. I will swear by them
Two days after the sinking, survivors from the Tuscania marched out of Ebrington Barracks just after noon. They were escorted by ‘Irish Kilty Bagpipes’ and the Royal Inniskilling Band. As the train left the station bound for Carrickfergus, the regimental band of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers played ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’
Among those who lost their lives on the Tuscania were
Daniel Boyle, trimmer, aged twenty, a son of John and Margaret Boyle of Bunbeg. He is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial.
Denis Boyle, aged nineteen, a second son of the John and Margaret Boyle, also commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial.
Hugh Caulfield, aged thirty-eight, a fireman, who served as Kelly. He was the husband of Mary Caulfield, nee Carley, of Meeting Street in Maghera. He is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial.
William McGrory, aged thirty-two, a fireman, from Strabane, a son of the late William and Hannah McCrory. He is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial.
Peter Reilly was aged thirty-six, a trimmer. He was born in County Leitrim and is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial.
Ship Sunk Near Holyhead
The Mexico City was sailing from Liverpool to Alexandria with a general cargo when it was sunk off Holyhead with the loss of twenty-nine. U-101 took part in eight patrols with a loss of 26.253 tons.
American Cargo Ship Attacked off County Antrim
U-57 was based in Zeebrugge and took part in eleven patrols, sinking forty-seven ships with a loss of 129,173 tons. The submarine hit a mine in the Southern Approaches on 14th August 1918 with the loss of all hands.
American Destroyer Arrives in Queenstown
The USS Beale arrived in Queenstown which was under the command of
Royal Naval Ship Sinks off Buncrana
The Nathaniel Cole was a Royal Navy steam trawler of 275 tons which foundered off Buncrana with the loss of all hands.
Representative of the People Act
The Royal Assent was given to a bill which gave the vote to women over the age of thirty. One of the clauses was that conscious objectors were barred from voting until five years after the war ended.
A Local Man Lost in the Great War
James Burke who was thirty-eight years old served as a private in the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
President Wilson’s Speech on National Aspirations, Additional Four Points
In a speech, the president said,’ All well-defined national aspirations shall be accorded the utmost satisfaction
President Wilson, Analysis of Austrian and German Views of Peace
On the reply by Count Czernin of Austria, President Wilson said, ‘Count von Hertling’s reply is uttered in a very friendly tone. He finds in my statement a sufficiently encouraging approach to the views of his own Government to justify him in believing that it furnishes a basis for more detailed discussion of purposes of both governments.’
On the German
President Wilson added,’ What is at stake now is the peace of the world. What we are striving for is a new international order based upon broad and universal principles of right and justice, no mere peace of shreds and patches. This war has its roots in the disregard for the rights of small nations and of nationalities which lacked the union and the force to make good their own claim to determine their own allegiances and their own forms of political life. Covenants must now be entered into which will render such things possible in the future.’
He concluded,’ I hope that it is not necessary for me to add that not a word I have said is intended as a threat. That is not the temper of our people. I have spoken thus only that the whole world may know the true spirit of America-that men everywhere may know that our passion for justice and for self-government is no mere passion of words but a passion which, once set in action, must be
satisfied. The power of the United States is a menace to no nation or people. It will never be used in aggression or for the aggrandisement of any selfish interest of our own. It springs out of freedom and for the service of freedom.’
Convoy Escort Sinks U-Boat Off Malin Head
H.M.S. Roxborough was one of six Devonshire-class armoured cruisers detailed for convoy duty. Painted In dazzling camouflage, the ship rammed U89 off Malin Head with the loss of all forty-three of the submarine crew. For this
An Attack from the Air on The Capital
A number of German airships carried out another attack on London. The plan had been to drop a 2,000 lb bomb on Victoria Station but it fell harmlessly near the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.
Important English Channel Port Attacked and Patrol Ships Sunk
In the early hours of the morning, five German destroyers attacked a number of small patrol vessels off Dover. Bombs fired by the German ships landed on the shore and eight patrol boats were sunk with the loss of thirty-six men.
Casualties in London, Railway Station Hit
Five bombs were dropped in or near St. Pancras Station in London. One landed near the station’s booking office killing twenty and injuring thirty-three.
United States Ships from Cork Escort Duty
A Local Man Lost in the Great War
John Bryson served as private in the Royal Munster Fusiliers.
War in the Middle East
In the conflict against the Ottoman Empire and in part of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign, the Egyptian Expeditionary captured Jericho
Paris Attacked by Huge German Gun
The city came under attack from Crepy-en-Valois, which was a distance of about sixty kilometres from the centre of Paris.
Limerick Newspaper Speaks Out Against British Military in the Local Area
The left-wing paper ‘Soldier Hunter’ was critical about soldiers socialising with locals, declaring that soldiers were ‘demons in human form.’
Breakup of Empires, Estonia’s Declaration of Independence
This event, also known as ‘The Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia’, occurred on this day. The manifesto had been printed and read out
A Local Man Loses His Life in the Great War
Michael McKinney served as a sapper in the Royal Engineers.
Cargo Ship Sunk the Mouth of Belfast Lough
The S.S. Tiberia was a 10,000
In the First World War U-19 was responsible for sinking over fifty Allied ships and surrendered in 1918. The main gun is now to be found in Ward Park in Bangor, close to the town’s war memorial.