WW1 ship St. David?

November 5, 2011

Dear "Mac"

I was intrested to read about WW2 Hospital Ship St.David - I am trying to find info on the WW1 St. David (No luck so far) the reason for this is that an uncle served with the 54th Battalion was wounded in France evacuated on the St.David for treatment in the UK.

David Grant


HERE IS A NOTE ABOUT AN AIF soldier evacuated by St David in 1916

The Diary of Hilton Lamond B Coy -13th Bn - (13th Reinforcement) 4th Brigade AIF 19th March 1916. Operations in France and Flanders from early April 1916 near Fleurbaix. Acting Company Sergeant Major 24th August 1916. Wounded in action Mouquet Farm 29th August 1916 with shrapnel to head. Evacuated to England per Hospital Ship St David from Boulogne 4th September 1916.

Admitted King George Military Hospital Stanford seriously ill 6th September 1916. To Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield 23rd January 1917. To furlough 7th February 1917

St David (1906–1932) 2,529 tons
One of three ships that started the new Fishguard to Rosslare service in 1906, St David was built by John Brown. She was used as a hospital ship during World War I. In 1932 she was renamed Rosslare and was sold for scrap
the following year.[6]

Launched 1906: ss ST DAVID

Built by John Brown Clydebank,
Yard No 370
Engines by Shipbuilder

Last Name: ROSSLARE (1932)
Propulsion: Steam turbine. 3 direct-drive turbines 9500shp 3scr 20kn .......
... 1925 given new reduction turbines by John Brown
Launched: Thursday, 25/01/1906
Built: 1906
Ship Type: Passenger Vessel
Ship's Role: Fishguard-Rosslare ferry
Tonnage: 2529grt, 771nrt
Length: 350.8ft
Breadth: 41.1ft
Owner History:
Fishguard & Rosslare Railways & Harbours Co
Status: Scrapped - 9/1933

1914/1919 requisitioned as hospital ship
1932 renamed ROSSLARE as new ST DAVID
Broken up at Newport


Dear Mac,

Many thanks for your e-mail and the info - very pleased.

David Grant 

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