Shearon, W A
|Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
First World War, 1914-1918
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The hospital troopship HMAT Warilda (A69), which was taken over by the Admiralty in June 1916 and ...
The hospital troopship HMAT Warilda (A69), which was taken over by the Admiralty in June 1916 and converted to a hospital ship manned by an Australian crew. Originally operating with a brightly coloured paint scheme, the ship was camouflaged early in 1917 after Germany stated all vessels operating in the English Channel would be attacked. After most of the Australian crew returned to Australia in May 1917, a German submarine sunk Warilda off Le Havre on 3 August 1918 when it was fully loaded with patients and medical personnel.