The Sinking of the Lusitania


The sinking of the passenger line Lusitania by a German submarine on May 7th 1915, with over a thousand civilians drowned, was widely covered in the local press.   The passengers included nine members of the Royal Gwent Glee Party, returning from a singing tour of the USA and Canada, three of whom were lost. W. Spencer Hill of Aberbeeg, the pianist, reported that he had been in the water for thirty minutes before being rescued by Gwyn Jones of Blaina, another member of the choir, who had managed to find an upturned life-boat.

Also amongst the survivors were Lord Rhondda of Llanwern House and his daughter, Lady Mackworth.  The sinking caused huge indignation.  Councillor David Bowen of Abercarn  stated that “even Satan himself would be ashamed.