Saturday, 16 August 2014

Assassinated by Huns - Stark Statement on Southport Gravestone

Howard Walter Tijou drowned when the SS Lusitania was sunk by a U-Boat on May 7, 1915. The unlucky ten-year-old was said to have been playing on deck when the torpedo struck and he and other children were blown overboard and drowned. His body was never recovered. This headstone in Southport's Duke Street Cemetery records the bitterness of his parents - 'Assasssinated by Huns', it reads. Find-A-Grave has some details HERE  and further details are available HERE as Tijou is the second named person detailed in this article.

The sinking of RMS Lusitania, contributed to America's entry to the War. The shocking story of the sinking and huge loss of life is recorded by Wikipedia HERE.

The Imperial War Museum  says one of the most famous commemorative medals in the Art Department's collection is Karl Goetz's 'Lusitania Medallion'. It was privately issued in Germany to mark the circumstances of the sinking of the Cunard liner RSM Lusitania in May 1915. British copies of the piece were subsequently widely distributed as part of a concerted anti-German propaganda campaign. I have a couple of boxed British copies along with the accompanying facsimile newspaper article. A detailed article by the Museum can be found HERE. It makes fascinating reading.


Cloudia said...

It is propagandizing itself that leads to such outrages. . .
Here we see the ultimate gravity of war.

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Bill Nicholls said...

A sad tale even sadder it was child

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