SS Khedive Ismail

The SS Khedive Ismail was a steamship sunk with great loss of life in 1944. On 6 February 1944 Convoy KR-8 sailed from Kilindini Harbour at Mombasa, Kenya to Colombo, Ceylon. The convoy consisted of five troop transports (Khedive Ismail, City of Paris, Varsova, Ekma & Ellenga), escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Hawkins and the destroyers HMS Petard and HMS Paladin.

In the early afternoon of Saturday 12 February 1944, a Japanese submarine sank the Khedive Ismail with two torpedoes. No fewer than 1,297 people, including 77 women, lost their lives in the two minutes it took for the Khedive Ismail to sink. Only 208 men and 6 women survived. The sinking was the third worst Allied shipping disaster of World War II and the single worst loss of female service personnel in the history of the Commonwealth of Nations. The Army nurses that died are commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial.

Nurses who died at sea on the SS Khedive Ismail

Airey, Freda

Atkin, Joyce Kathleen

Bateman, Edith Mary

Brown, Amy

Dalgarno, Elsie Alice

Dann, Elizabeth Doritha

Davies, Margaret Eluned

Dervan, Gertrude

Dewar, Alice Whitehead

Dowling, Beatrice Olivia

Farrelly, Mary

FitzGerald, Catherine Mary

Harvey, Grace Wesslink

Hastings, Valerie Francis

Humphrey, Muriel Christine

Ievers, Eileen Mary Elsie

Jarman, Marie

Johnston, Maud Fredaline

Kells, Maggie Jane

Kells, Winifred Evelyn

Leckey, Muriel Emily

Leech, Barbara Elisabeth

Littleton, Mary Joyce

MacLaren, Jean Noel

McMillan, Marion Lennox

Moore, Isabella

Morgan, Sarah

Nuttall, Phyllis

Pirie, Barbara

Richardson, Sybil Gwendoline

Robertson, Helen Murray

Senior, Doris Ena

Smith, Marjorie

Spence, Isobel

Taylor, Katherine Mary Monica

Thomas, Jane Mair George

Urquhart, Mary Annie Ross

Walker, Kathleen Hewison

Warwick, Roberta Alice

Whitaker, Mafalda Selene

White, Gwendoline May

Willis, Annie Amelia

Young, Eleanor Jane