27 February 1917 – Last of the Lady Olive crew get back

DIARY: Arrival of Last party from St Malo

diary-013It was clear from James’s diary entry for 20 February, that when the Lady Olive had sunk, the crew had got into 3 life boats and during the night the 3 boats inevitably drifted away from each other.  He wrote:  “23 men in each boat and 7 went on ahead in dingy, lost the other boats as it became dark on Monday night” (19/20 February 1917).  So whilst James and everyone in his life boat got picked up by the French vessel, Dunois and were taken to Cherbourg, the other members of the crew ended up in St Malo, which probably suggests that they were in their life boats for even longer.

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