Remembering Those of www1



crochet popppy       DSCF0699


My crochet poppy


This year I would like to share with you a family memory of www1.

I love researching and have found out a little bit more on the history of this event, this year

15 April 1917 the Troopship SS Arcadian was hit by a German torpedo. Many lives were lost which included Private Thomas Harry Dicker at the age of just 25. he was aboard with his brother Private William John Dicker, my grand father who was a survivor.


Sinking of SS ARCADIAN

Looking at this picture is very poignant as it says you can see the people clinging to ropes. Was my grand father there?


Grandad Dicker 1914-18

My Granddad 1914/18


The ship was travelling from Salonika to Alexandra (Egypt).Thomas is remembered ‘with honour’  on the Mikra Memorial situated at the south end of Mikra British Cemetery.


The History of the ship


SS  Arcadian

A British Transport Passenger ship built in 1885 by Vickers, sons and Maxim Ltd. Barrow in Furness .Launched in 1899, and named SS Ontana.

Its owner until 1910 was Pacific Steam Navigation Co Liverpool when it sold to Royal Mail Steam Packet & Co ltd (Royal mail lines). London. and re-named SS Arcadian

They changed its status to a cruise ship.



At the start of www1 the ship was taken over for the use of troops and was a troopship until its demise in being torpedoed n 1917.

In this special year we celebrate all those who lost their lives in the two wars.

My Granddad never spoke of the war. It must have been a great loss to loose his brother. Unfortunately we have no photos of Thomas, yet he will always be remembered.


About marystreasurechest

Life provided me a long variety of experiences in skills, careers and hobbies. Countryside, nature, gardening, reading, cooking, knitting, cross-stitch. Originally from Reading/Newbury areas, now reside in S. Wales. Writing stories, telling tales of everyday life . Take a peep in my 'treasure chest' and enjoy your read. All work on this site is copyright of the owner
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