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Plans to remember Barnoldswick men lost in Rohilla tragedy

Pete Thomson, Honorary Curator of Whitby Lifeboat Museum, with the luggage trunk of Mary Roberts who survived both the sinking of the Rohilla off the North Yorkshire coast and the Titanic

Pete Thomson, Honorary Curator of Whitby Lifeboat Museum, with the luggage trunk of Mary Roberts who survived both the sinking of the Rohilla off the North Yorkshire coast and the Titanic

Plans to remember those who were lost in the HMHS Rohilla tragedy 100 years ago - including 12 from Barnoldswick - are to be finalised at a meeting on Monday.

A commemorative weekend of events is planned in Whitby later this year to mark the centenary of the hospital ship’s sinking off the North Yorkshire coast in October 1914.

As well as remembering the 84 who died in the disaster, which occurred in a fierce storm as the ship was sailing south from Queensferry to Dunkirk, the event will celebrate the 145 who survived and the heroic efforts off the Whitby and Upgang lifeboat teams.

A weekend of events are planned from Friday, October 31st to Sunday, November 2nd, and will begin with a display of the William Riley lifeboat, one of those used in the historic rescue.

There will also be activities on the Saturday and the conclusion on the Sunday morning with a church service.

Peter Thomson, Curator at the Whitby Lifeboat Museum, said: “We have visited a few relatives (in Barnoldswick) that we could see at the time but we are appealing for anybody in the area to get in touch so that we can involve them.”

Anybody interested in contacting Mr Thomson should call him on 01947 606094.

 

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