1915, Belgium, British Army, casualties, civilian casualties, decoration, England, Flanders, Fleetwood, France, Germany, Great Britain, Imperial German Navy, Irish Sea, Japan, King Albert I, La Bassee, Lancashire, Le Havre, merchant navy, merchant shipping, monarchy, sinking, SM U-21, SS Ben Cruachan, SS Kilcuan, SS Linda Blanche, sword of honour, trenches
Japanese sword of honour presented to King Albert in Belgium. Germans again checked by the British near La Bassée. Three enemy battalions repulsed, many dead left in front of British lines. German submarine off Fleetwood, on the Lancashire coast, sinks three British steamers, the Ben Cruachan, the Linda Blanche, and a third unknown. Crews of first two rescued.
[A different edition of the The Times Diary states: “German submarines off Fleetwood and Le Havre sink British steamers.”]