Lieutenant Owen Gough

Lieutenant. Owen ,M.C., 12th Indian Cavalary. He was lost at sea on the SS “Persia” on 30th December 1915. Despite the advice of his batman he had gone below to retrieve his ceremonial cavalry sword and unfortunately went down when the ship suddenly went down.  He is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt. The ship was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Crete by U-38 while on its journey between London and Bombay. There were 519 passengers and crew on board and 343 lost their lives. Many of the lost were Indian Army Officers on their way back to their Regiments in India. Among the passengers who survived was John Douglas Scott Montagu, 2nd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, younger son of the Duke of Buccleugh. His secretary and mistress Eleanor Thornton who was the model for the Rolls Royce  “Spirit of Ecstasy” mascot was aboard with him but did not survive.

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