Friday, August 26, 2011

Private Peter Gilbert Richards - Queenstown Memorial

Private Richards embarked with the NZ Medical Corp, No. 1 Stationary Hospital on 21 May 1915 aboard the 'Marama'.  Private Richards was killed in action (most likely drowned) on 23 October 1915 aboard the 'Marquette' troop ship which was torpedoed and sunk on  its way to Lemnos Island in Greece.  

There are a couple of older posts which give more details about the sinking of the 'Marquette': 

I found this interesting postcard on the Alexander Turnbull Library website made in memory of those in the NZ Medical Corp and NZ Nurses who were lost when the 'Marquette' Sunk.

Image of the hospital ship Marquette with list of members of the New Zealand Medical Corps, and New Zealand nurses lost in the sinking on 23 October 1915.

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