Loss of Sarah CL Pain on board at the sinking of the SS Moloja 27th Feb 1916

On 26 Fe 1916, my grand aunt Sarah LC Pain board the SS Moloja bound for Bombay. The ship carried 122 passengers, general cargo and a mixture of government personnel, and civilians including women and children. And 301 British officers & Lascar crew.
The next day 26/2 it was mined off Dover.
It was a defensively equipped merchant ship and a P&O M class passenger ship.
Sarah Pain was on board courtesy at her majesty’s service.
My great aunt did not survive the incident and the entry beside her name says Supposed drowned. I believe there is a memorial plaque there somewhere to her and the lives of others lost during that incident, for which I am grateful. Whilst carrying out further research I discovered your site but was somewhat surprised to note that the sinking of the SS Maloja does not get a mention. Two ships went down that morning after striking German mines… was it common to have ships mined in the straights? And do you have access to any further information for me.
I live in Australia and it can be quite difficult finding information. It took me years to discover what had become of her.

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  • The Tilbury and Chadwell Memories site has very little information other than the contributions posted on the site. Perhaps one of our other contributors may be able to help by posting a comment.
    John Matthews

    By rjm (09/12/2019)

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