Armistice 100: Cotton workers threaten strike and hundreds die in U-boat attack

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Prime Minister Lloyd George, still recovering from a bout of flu which meant to had to cancel some of his official trips the previous week, made a passionate appeal to cotton workers, who were threatening strike.

Mr George said: “A strike in the cotton industry would seriously interfere with the production of war material and we are all most anxious that nothing should occur to make more difficult the task of our brave men who are engaged in deadly struggle with the enemy.”

Following recent events in Russia, with the Bolshevik revolution and the assassination of the ruling Romanov family, there was speculation of a similar uprising in Germany. The article read: “What will happen when the Germans realise that their own Government has wickedly deceived them? Already the people are becoming restless.” This, of course, was all from the mouth of the Kaiser’s former dentist, Mr A N Davis, who was penning a series of articles in The Times, which with the value of hindsight appear nothing more than propaganda.

In other news, the Germans torpedoed and sank HMS Galway Castle, with the loss of 936 passengers, plus crew. It was attacked 160 miles south of the Fastnet Rock on September 12 but news only emerged on the 17th.

The ship had been carrying 400 South African walking wounded, 346 passengers and 204 crew members on this voyage and heavy seas hampered the lowering of boats and 143 (some say 150) people lost their lives. Lifeboats were deployed but the ship did not sink for three days,.